Gracia Barcelona is approximately 1 km north of the centre of Barcelona, at the north end of the Passeig de Gràcia; this distinctively Catalan neighbourhood can be found by walking distance of the centre. A prosperous neighbourhood, Gràcia Barcelona nonetheless has more of a local than cosmopolitan feel to it, buzzing alive at night on the many public squares.
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Gracia Barcelona is immediately distinguishable for its narrow streets, an unambiguous contrast to the wide, modern boulevards of L’Eixample. This district is known as a modish area with an active and politically-conscious community. Here you’ll find a number of dynamic plazas, bars and restaurants, but it’s a little more subdued from other cultural hubs like Born or El Raval.
Sightseeing in Gracia Barcelona
Gràcia is also well-known for its festival which is held for 5 days in August and sees the locals competing in street decoration. The results are usually spectacular, and at night the festival comes alive with drinks stalls and stages of live music of every variety. In particular, Festa Major de Gracia is held for a week, it displays the best of Catalan with a mass celebration in the streets and is recognised as one of the largest festivals in Barcelona!
The most well-known attraction in Gracia Barcelona is the Gaudí’s Parc Güell; this project was converted into a public park. It’s located at about a 10-15 minute walk north from the centre of Gracia on El Carmel Mountain. Casa Vicens, Gaudí’s first important work and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also located in Gracia.
Gracia was also the original home to Teatre Lliure, one of the most prestigious theatres in Spain; however this theatre has since relocated to Montjuic. There are several notable squares in Gracia including Plaça del Sol, Plaça de Rius i Taulet and Plaça de la Virreina. Just west of Plaça del Sol you’ll find the Mercat de la Libertat, a beautiful modernista market designed by Antoni Gaudí’s assistant.
Hotspots in Gracia Barcelona
Here is a list of just some of the spectacular restaurants that Gracia has to offer:
Botafumeiro Restaurant – The city’s most famous seafood and fish restaurant
Kibuka – Sushi place
Ugarit – Serves incredible Lebanese food
Sol Soler – For the best home cooked Tapas!
La Piadina – For great Italian food
Ikastola – Galician sandwich and salad shop
Criolo – Empanada takeaway shop
Gelateria Italiana – This ice cream parlour has the best Gelato in the city
Where to live in Gracia Barcelona
In terms of location, Gracia gives you excellent access to many of the city’s main attractions, being so close to La Rambla means that everything is within walking distance. Not to mention it is not an area flooded with tourists so you will get the authentic Barcelona experience living in this area! In terms of accommodation in Barcelona, for your stay there are numerous, remarkable apartments available to rent for family holidays, visiting with a group of friends or even rooms for couples. There are endless advantages of living Gracia, from the beautiful landmarks to the amazing restaurants; it’s the perfect holiday destination. You can view and rent apartments in the Gracia or if you want something smaller, rent rooms in Gracia for amazing prices.
History of Gracia Barcelona
Throughout Spain’s 1st and 2nd Republics and Civil War during 1936-1939, it was a republican/ liberal stalwart; Gracia went bohemian again in the 1960’s and 70’s. It’s still common to see anarchist flags hanging from apartment buildings and other signs of political radicalism on the streets and in plazas, restaurants and bars.
Gracia was originally its own village and was set apart from the rest of the city. However, when Eixample was built in the late 19th century, it served to connect old Barcelona and Gracia. Thus Gracia ceased to be a town and become a neighbourhood in the larger metropolis that we now know and love as Barcelona.
- Address: Gràcia Barcelona, Spain.
- Transport: Metro Stations: Fontana (L3), Lesseps (L3).