Gràcia is the smallest District in Barcelona with just 4,19 Km² (2,6 mi²) but at the same time is the most populated after the Eixample, with a registered 120,000 people. Formerly called the Independent Village of Gràcia, and dating from the 17th century, it was eventually annexed to the Barcelona municipality. Gràcia has a strong personality and it’s one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Barcelona.
Plaça de la Virreina, Gràcia
If you find the name Gràcia familiar, you probably already know about Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most important and expensive avenues in Barcelona, and the former road that connected the town of Gràcia with Barcelona.
Nowadays Gràcia is fully integrated with the city but still holding on to its own identity, however the difference in urban structures is quite noticeable. Just walking one block into Gràcia, especially if you’re coming from the Eixample, and the contrast is rather striking, not only on the streets, buildings and sidewalks, but the atmosphere in general.
Once inside, even though the streets are quite busy with people, there’s a small town feeling wherever you walk, specially in the public squares, the place where the locals spend a lot of their free time. There are plenty and all of them a worth a visit: Pl de la Virreina, Pl de la Revolució, Pl del Diamant and Pl. de Ruis i Taulet among many.
Hanging out in the squares in Gràcia is the best way to get a grip of the diverse demographics that populate this district, which goes between a special mixture of bohemian, trendy and traditional. This is mirrored in the new design boutiques, original retail stores and Hostels that are recently thriving in the neighborhood.
The gastronomical offer is quite diverse as well, ranging from take away pizza and sushi restaurants, to high quality catalan and arabic food. Plenty of this offer can be found at Verdi street, one of the most hectic ones in Gràcia. In Verdi street you can start off with beer and tapas, then attend a movie theater to see an independent film in original version (with Spanish subtitles), have Egyptian food for dinner and enjoy some French crêpes or Italian gelatto for dessert.
Gràcia is most famous in Barcelona thanks to its local holiday known as La Feste Major de Gràcia, one of the biggest local festivities. Held every August, during the 8-day festival the residents decorate their streets with very creative motifs and compete at the same time for the best street award. Thousands of visitors come everyday to enjoy the great atmosphere, good music and performances of local traditions like the Castellers (Human towers).
How to get there:
Metro Line 3: Fontana Station.
Metro Line 4: Joanic Station.
FGC Railway: Gràcia Station.
Address: Grácia borders with Eixample District in Roselló street and Diagonal, with Sarriá-Sant Gervasi in Via Augusta, and with Horta-Guinardó in Sardenya street.
Map of the Area
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