- What to see
- Where to sleep
- Travel Tips
Gràcia is a liberal, artistic, and peaceful residential area in Barcelona
Most of the Gràcia district used to be an independent village until the nineteenth century. For a long time it has been connected with the city of Barcelona via "Passeig de Gràcia", one of the most important streets in the city. Even after joining the city in 1897, the area has retained its own character. If that sounds like your preferred place to stay in Barcelona, then take a look at our list of apartments in Gracia.
Video presentation of Gracia, Barcelona
Why Stay Here?
Gràcia is a district with an authentic and alternative vibrance and is home to many beautiful modernist buildings. It's an uptown area, meaning it's tranquil, but it's also very easy to reach the city centre and the beach in around 20 minutes thanks to the choice of public transportation options.
One of the defining features of Gràcia is the abundance of beautiful plazas. To name a few there is Plaça del Diamant (Diamond Plaza), Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça de la Revolució, etc. All of the original Plazas are surrounded by streets named after them, for example Diamond Plaza is adjoint by Gold Street and Topaz Street. They're all ideal locations to get something to eat or drink, meet with friends, or watch some community events organized throughout the year.
The most known by visitors is Plaza del Sol, which comes to life at night and is the meeting spot for starting a long night out, but in general the tourists don't stroll to far within this district outside of areas like Park Güell.
If you only visit Gràcia for one thing, it will probably be to see Park Güell by modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. In fact if you love Gaudi you can also visit Casa Vicens, which is also found in Gràcia, his first house after graduating as an architect, on Carrer de les Carolines.
If you're coming in August, one of the most famous events in the city, the Festa Major de Gràcia - or 'The Annual Gràcia Festival' - takes place. Neighbours compete to decorate their street and turn it into the most beautifully themed in the district. It's an unbelievable spectacle with music, parades, dances, and fireworks.
Where to Eat
Gràcia has a large selection of restaurants, boasting the most diverse selection of international cuisine in Barcelona. Catalan, Greek, Japanese, Egyptian, Lebanese... If you can think of a cuisine you'll likely find a corresponding restaurant in Grácia. You'll find many restaurants around Carrer de Verdi, but if you just want to stick to good old authentic tapas, then any of the bars will be more than happy to oblige!
If you're looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special event, don't miss Botafumeiro, this seafood restaurant on Gran de Gràcia is so good, that from time to time you'll even see limousines pulling up. Yes it's expensive, but special occasions call for special measures.
Café del sol on Plaça del sol has tapas as well as drinks and wine, all for a very good price
Also recommended is O'Gràcia on Plaça de la Revolució. A modest restaurant run by a French couple. The offer typical dishes and menus for all kinds of budgets. There's even a tasting menu, which is perfect for treating your partner or socializing with friends.
When in Gràcia, the best night outs can be found on the numerous terraces relaxing with a drink with some friends. There are many bars and cafés. For one of the most authentic bars, take a look at Bar Canigó.
For something more lively, go to club el Alfa, where apart from the great atmosphere you'll find some great music. It's ideal for all crowds, young and old, and has very reasonable prices.
If you want live music, then there's Soda Acústic Bar, a meeting point for new musical tendencies. It's found on Carrer de les Guilleries, 6 and is frequented by artists from all over the world, bringing together cultures and musical styles from Jazz to Swing, Rock to Latina, and beyond...
Along the main high-street of the district, you will find Gran de Gràcia, the place with the most shops. It's always a good idea to shop around this road, but it also helps to detour into a side street from time to time to find some truly hidden gems of shops. Another great shopping street is Carrer de Verdi.
For basic shopping needs, there are supermarkets all over this residential district. However the most charming way to shop for your goods is at one of the local marketplaces, like Mercat del Abaceria on Travessera de Gràcia or Mercat de la Llibertat on Plaça de la Llibertad. Markets in Barcelona open every day except Sundays.
L3 - Green Line at Fontana, Lesseps, or Penitents will take you to the city centre in under 10 minutes
L4 - Yellow Line at Joanic will take you to the beach in under 15 minutes
L6 and L7 - Purple and Brown Lines at Grácia will take you to the city centre in 5 minutes.
The main street of Gràcia (Gran de Gràcia) is extended by Passeig de Gràcia, which you can simply follow all the way down to reach the city centre.