A world away from the tourist-focused Gothic Quarter and La Rambla, Gràcia charms all comers who venture out to meet it.
The neighbourhood of Gràcia was an independent town until well into the 19th-century, and in many ways it has preserved that independent spirit to the modern day. Barcelona may have gulped up Gràcia, but it didn’t take away its soul. The hillside cafes, parks and outstanding views of the rest of Barcelona enchants all who make the trip.
If you’re visiting the nearby Park Güell, free up a couple of hours for a wander around this charming neighbourhood. It will be time well spent. An area popular with artists, Gràcia has a diverse population and that’s reflected in the international influences seen in the pavement cafes and restaurants.
Placa de Sol
Plaça de Sol is considered by many to be the heart and soul of the area, so start your visit with a coffee and some people-watching here. Many of the cafes and restaurants spill onto the streets, and festivals and events are held on the spacious square throughout the year.
During the day Placa del Sol is rather quiet because it’s not so well known among tourists. Usually it is no problem to get a table for lunch, but it’s a different story in the evening as the locals fill up every table.
During the third week of August there is live music, drink and food stalls all over the district for Barcelona’s and biggest street festival.
Have you been to Gràcia? What’s your favourite spot in this fascinating district?