Formerly called the Independent Village of Gràcia, this one-of-a-kind neighborhood was a separate entity from Barcelona. Eventually, it became part of the city’s municipality. Gràcia is a neighborhood with a strong personality and it’s one of the most authentic neighborhoods in Barcelona.
A small town atmosphere
Gràcia is the smallest District in Barcelona with just (2,6 mi²) and the most populated after the Eixample, with a registered 120,000 people.
Nowadays, the area is fully integrated with the city but still holds to its own identity. However, the difference in urban structures is quite noticeable. Just walk one block into the neighborhood, and you’ll notice a sharp contrast, not only on the streets, buildings and sidewalks, but the overall atmosphere.
Once inside, even though the streets are quite busy, there’s a small town feeling wherever you walk, especially in the squares, where the locals spend a lot of their free time. There are plenty and all of them a worth a visit: Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça de la Revolució and Plaça del Diamant, among many.
Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most important avenues in Barcelona, was the former road that connected the town of Gràcia with Barcelona.
Gràcia, Town’s square. Image: csp via Shutterstock
What to see in Gràcia
Hanging out in the open terraces is the best way to observe the diverse demographics that populate this district. Here you’ll find a mixture of bohemian, trendy and traditional. This is mirrored in the new design boutiques that thrive everywhere.
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 Verdi street you can start off with beer and tapas, then attend a movie theater and watch a film in original version (with Spanish subtitles). have Egyptian food for dinner and enjoy Italian icecream for dessert.
The neighborhood is famous in Barcelona thanks to its local holiday. La Feste Major de Gràcia is one of the biggest local festivities.
Held every August, during this week long festival, the residents decorate their streets with very creative motifs. Thousands of visitors come everyday to enjoy the great atmosphere, good music and performances. Local traditions like the Castellers (human towers), also take place.
How to get there
Metro Line 3: Fontana station. Line 4: Joanic station
FGC Railway: Gràcia station
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