Rather than a neighbourhood, Gràcia is one of Barcelona’s main districts. It comprises 5 neighbourhoods: Vallcarca i els Penitents, El Coll, La Salut, Vila de Gràcia, and Camp d’en Grassot i Gràcia Nova. Given that Gràcia was an independent town for many years before it became part of Barcelona, its inhabitants still share a sense of belonging and feel as if they lived in a town of its own. Despite its active social life, it is overall a safe, clean and quiet neighbourhood. It has everything you may need for your everyday life.
Gràcia: A square in every corner
Gràcia is known for its wide range of restaurants, bars, squares, shops and markets, as well as some very important landmarks in Barcelona. The district is probably the place with most squares in Spain, among which are Plaça del Sol, Plaça del Diamant, and Plaça de la Virreina. These squares provide the neighbourhood with a vibrant atmosphere and numerous bars and restaurants.
Gràcia knows how to have fun
Gràcia is like a town inside the city of Barcelona, and has many activities and festivities to prove it. Besides the amazing five-day-long Gràcia Festival in mid-August, it also hosts the most random and authentic contests, such as the Premis Poya (literally ‘Penis awards’!!!). Additionally, if you are into alternative theatre or experimental music, Gràcia has lots to offer at El Teatre Lliure, Gràcia Territori Sonor and Cines Verdi.
Getting around Gràcia
Gràcia is completely self-sufficient. If you wanted, you probably wouldn’t even need to step outside of Gràcia to get everything you need. However, since Barcelona is such an amazing city and you will want to explore it, let’s just tell you that the easiest way around it is by Metro.
There are two Metro lines in Gràcia, L3 and L4, and several different bus lines. The main Metro stop is Fontana (L3), but Gràcia also includes Lesseps, Vallcarca, and Penitents (all from L3), and Joanic (L4).
Gràcia is centrally located and only 10 minutes away from Plaça Catalunya by public transportation. The beach and the main train station are about 20-25 minutes away by Metro and it will take you about 54 minutes to the airport.
Despite being one of Barcelona’s coolest districts, rental rates in Gràcia are quite affordable. You can find a bedroom for yourself around the 350-450€ range on Uniplaces. There are, of course, more premium options. A luxurious 3-bedroom apartment can go for upwards of 2000€ per month.
Fact sheet: Gràcia
One place to eat: Sol Soler is one of our favourite tapas restaurant in Plaça del Sol, one of the hotspots in Gràcia. They are quick to serve and their tapas are very tasty and reasonably priced.
Address: Plaça del Sol, 21
One place to drink: Gata Mala is a local and extremely popular bar with fantastic gin & tonic and good prices. Beer, locals, good vibes and good tapas. What else could you need?
Address: Carrer de Rabassa, 37
One place to study: Biblioteca Jaume Fuster is Gràcia’s new library. As the central library in Gràcia, it provides students with all expected facilities and material necessary for studying, including Wi-Fi.
Address: Plaça de Lesseps, 20-22
One place to see: Quite frankly, Gràcia has so many things to see it is hard to pick just one. However, if we only had time to see one, it would definitely be Park Güell. You haven’t seen Barcelona if you don’t visit one of the most incredible creations of world-famous architect Antoni Gaud. Besides its striking colours, organic shapes and out of the ordinary architecture, Park Güell provides its visitors with breath-taking views over the city of Barcelona. You can go for a nice walk and take the opportunity to take some amazing pictures as souvenirs!
Address: Carrer d’Olot, 5
One thing to do: Gràcia Festival, aka Festa Major de Gràcia. This eagerly awaited festival equals 5 days of partying non-stop! Cultural activities and traditions are being conducted all over the place, along with concerts, contests, workshops, popular feasts and all sorts of social gatherings. Streets compete against one another to be declared the best decorated street. People take it very seriously and results are astounding! The Gràcia Festival takes place every year mid-August, you cannot miss it! Find more information here.