Barri de Gracia

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Barri de Gracia
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Students, artists and political types make their home here, and everyone's welcome to hang out at Placa del Sol, a popular square day or night with its cafes, bars and 19-century architecture.
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Neighborhood: Gracia
Gracia literally stands out from the pack. It used to be an independent town until late into the 19th century. Though it’s just a short commute away from the center, a visit here feels like you’re in a whole different city. The bohemian vibe has drawn many international artists to this area, resulting in a wide selection of galleries, live music and artsy boutique stores. The nightlife is centered around the vibrant Gracia’s plaças, where young and old gather to enjoy a drink outside. Carrer de Verdi, its main street, offers affordable restaurants and a movie theater that screens new as well as classic films in their original language. However Gracia's greatest treasure lies just up the hill at Guell Park, where Antoni Gaudi's vibrant and revolutionary art sculptures stand atop unequaled views of Barcelona.
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  • Fontana • 6 min walk
  • Lesseps • 6 min walk
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Chung1234
Singapore338 contributions
Solo
Nice pace to stroll about for half and hour or so. This place gives the neighborhood Spanish charm. Not touristy at all. But I also saw several graffitis ‘Tourist go home’ sprayed on the walls.
Anyway, I didn’t feel unsafe unlike the horrific El Post.
Written May 14, 2022
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josepguixolenc
Barcelona, Spain172 contributions
Friends
Old district of Barcelona with special atmosphere. Day or night always is interesting. Just walk, enter in any small shop, or just take some tapas in any bistrot!
Written May 7, 2017
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periandro
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,111 contributions
Solo
The Barcelona district known as “Barri de Gràcia” is formed in its entirety by a group of houses in streets usually narrower than the average Barcelona streets, some buildings in that district dating back to the nineteenth century or the beginning of the twentieth. Until the end of the nineteenth century, Gràcia used to be a borough autonomous from the city of Barcelona at a municipal level, with its own authorities and local municipal system. Due to the fact that Barcelona spread out considerably Gracia was then embraced by that city thus becoming a part of its urban ensemble. Still nowadays there is what is called the Gràcia Town Hall in the Plaça Vila de Gràcia where a council holding limited powers sits from time to time to deal with matters in connection with the district.
As stated, most of the district streets are relatively narrow with no much traffic. Therefore, strolling along those streets is rather pleasant. Sometimes one can even have the feeling that he is not in a big city like Barcelona but rather in a village as the atmosphere of past times is somehow preserved. Of course there are some urban roads where the traffic is heavier, such as Gran de Gràcia, Travessera de Gràcia, Travessera de Dalt and carrer Escorial. In order to have a nice walk it’s recommendable to avoid such roads. It’s possible to go to that district by tube. Then it’s advisable to get out at Fontana station and one is already full in the district. One of the streets where that station stands is carrer Asturias, which is a pedestrian road and starting from there it’s a good way to commence a tour within the district. Another possibility would be to get out at Diagonal tube station and then walk up towards the Plaça Vila de Gràcia along, for instance, carrer St. Pere Martir and from the said square towards carrer Verdi sauntering along Ramón y Cajal and Plaça de la Revolució and continue towards travessera de Dalt. Some beautiful squares appear from time to time when walking at random in the district: the already stated Plaça Vila de Gràcia, as well as the Plaça del Sol, Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça del Diamant, Plaça Rovira I Trias, Plaça del Nord, etc. In those squares there are usually some good terraces where it’s very pleasant to sit for a while and have a drink. In the first one of those just mentioned, the terrace of the Bar Nou Candanchú is particularly agreeable.
The district concerned is plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants. It’s currently in fashion so that many youngsters abound in its streets, squares and in the said commercial premises. Apart from the interest that the district itself arouses one can come across some interesting buildings when taking a stroll in its streets. For example, in carrer Carolinas, on the left hand side of carrer Gran de Gràcia going towards Plaça Lesseps there is a beautiful modernist building by Gaudi (Casa Vicens). Likewise there are two markets, one on each side of the said carrer Gran de Gràcia. It’s advisable to visit them and even to buy some fruit there. Some churches, such as that of St. Pere, and small parks are also worth being visited.
Sometimes special events are held in that district and occasionally some streets or parts of them are closed to the traffic so that pedestrians can walk freely on the roadway with no risk whatsoever. In summer, from August 15th and for a whole week there are the district festivities (fiestas de Gracia) and then manifold events take place in the open air: music, dance, companionship repasts, games for children and for adults, fireworks, etc. At that time many streets or sections of them are closed to the traffic and they are decorated in a very peculiar, funny, clever and witty manner. A ceiling-like scheme is placed at a certain height. It’s made of slips of paper or some other objects such as plastic bottles or cans or incredible items. Besides, some figures made of cardboard or papier mâché and over elevated platforms representing ships, castles, houses, etc. made of wood, cloth or also cardboard are placed somewhere in the middle or the sides of the streets concerned. Some plastic swimming pools for the children are also displayed and the whole is very colourful, showy, gay and interesting. During that time of course the saunter along the streets adorned in the way described is even exciting and a highly recommendable activity so as to observe a unique pageantry which exists pretty much nowhere else. Unfortunately, most of those papier mâché or cardboard figures don’t last untouched until the end of the festivities as they are subject to vandalism. Therefore one or two days after their having been set up just a few remain unscathed and it’s a shame to see that many of them have been therefore mutilated, maltreated or abused. This can of course be considered as an example of the primitive and uneducated temperament of most of Spanish people.
Written June 5, 2017
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Stuff Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK146 contributions
For most of us busy busy tourists, a first trip to Barcelona has so many sites to tick off it's very likely the only reason you'll venture north of the city's mid-sectioning Avenue Diagonal is to see the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Then it'll be back down to 'safety' of the Gothic Quarter, El Born, Raval and Barceloneta. Well, if you do that you'll be missing one of Barcelona's most interesting hoods - Gracia. Experiencing a bit of a surge in popularity lately, it's essentially a family neighbourhood, but let yourself get lost wandering the grid-like streets and you'll soon see it has a lot to offer visitors too. Gracia is full of beautiful architecture, decades old specialty food shops (cheese, ham, legumes, bicycles, confectionery), endearingly cluttered bodegas full of colourful locals, street art, restaurants and little squares you come across just made for sitting to take a breather and people watch. If you like to get a feel for the real heart of any city you visit to get a proper taste of how the locals live, unlike the still beautiful but tourist-centric areas mentioned above, Gracia is where you need to head. Wander round at your leisure, but keep an eye out for legendary churro shop Trebol, Abaceria Central Market and all the amazing street art displayed on shop shutters. And if you're lucky enough to be there in August, whatever you do, don't miss the Festa Major Gracia, when the local residents get together to decorate the streets in lavish, colourful displays that'll have you oooohing and ahhhhhing and probably filling up a huge chunk of your camera'a memory stick.
Written February 1, 2016
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Mita_Mtl
Montreal, Canada65 contributions
Family
Plus we loved the narrow streets, miles and miles, in every direction. There are great women's fashions in the little shops, and sidewalk stores that open up on Saturday mornings. Amazing! Not to mention, bread shops, patisseries, bars, endless charming restaurants. Almost didn't need to go anywhere else. Safe to walk around all hours of the night. People of all ages walk around at midnight and beyond. This neighborhood is close to several attractions: Sagrada Familia, Guel Park, short metro ride to Tibidabo.
Written July 17, 2014
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MartinBDevon
Devon253 contributions
Friends
We explored this captivating area one afternoon and it was the most enjoyable neighbourhood we found in Barcelona. We were there on a Sunday and the squares and streets were full of families and friends rather than tourists. Several local markets and even a couple of weddings. We stopped at a couple of bars in the squares and people watched. It is right at the top of the Paseo de Gracia, a million miles from the chaos of the bottom end of the Ramblas and a couple of fine buildings to look at. I can imagine staying there for a while on the next trip.
Written June 24, 2013
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Ibadanboy
Nairobi, Kenya6,146 contributions
Solo
The Barri de Gracia is a lovely mixed/ residential district in Barcelona. Many of the tourist attractions (e.g.: Parc Guell) are here and it is home to some incredible masterpieces of architecture. A great neighbourhood to stroll and get lost in. Most highly recommended!
Written March 11, 2015
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Avraam-Jason
Thessaloniki, Greece16 contributions
Friends
One of the best and must-visit neighborhoods in Barcelona, away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Feel free to wander in the squares and alleys of this place, and you will find really nice cafes and bars.
Written December 25, 2014
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Christine M
Glasgow, UK18 contributions
Family
We walked around looking for a quaint eatery and came across Barri de Gracia, it is a lovely quiet and it has many small eateries in the little lanes surrounding the Square. We found a lovely past place that does fresh pasta and the freshest sauces, only a few different pasta and sauces but the fresh taste is wonderful. A great little area with a relaxed and romantic feel.
Written March 29, 2014
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SergioLeon33
Mexico City, Mexico209 contributions
Couples
I stayed for 3 weeks at Gracia Barrio. It was such a pleasant stay. The appartment had a gorgeous view of the tibidabo and the surrounding mountains. It was super quite at night and in the evenings, the streets are mostly small or walking only. In the main area of neighborhood you can find the market, it is only second to the boqueria, full of fish, fruits, cheese, wine, anything you need is there food wise.
Outside the market you'll find tons of shops, speciality shops, restaurants from all over the world, massage parlours, beauty shops, cinemas. It is a very special area. There are always kids running around and playing soccer, and young adults outside having a pint or a coke.
There are no tourists around here, mostly Catalans and Spaniards.
If you are coming to barcelona, make sure you stay here, and forget about the tourists and just enjoy barcelona.
Written July 17, 2012
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