Barri de Gracia, Barcelona Travel Guide
Barri de Gracia Summary
- Village-style neighborhood with a strong character and lots of charm
- Lively squares full of outdoor cafes and restaurants
- Lots of small, traditional workshops, and low-rise buildings
- Easy to explore by foot
- Traditional neighborhood flavor, but also young and hip
- Wide array of vibrant bars and restaurants
- Lots of accommodation options -- mostly budget and upscale
- Within walking distance to Sagrada Familia cathedral and the Passeig de Gracia attractions
- Placa del Sol is a pretty pedestrian square with a handful of lively outdoor cafes
- Popular, fun annual fiestas that attract hordes of locals and tourists alike
- Few mid-range hotels
- Not as centrally located as other neighborhoods in downtown Barcelona
- No major tourist sights -- but many charming, unique streets
What It's Like
Barri de Gracia, located north of the intersection of the exclusive Passeig de Gracia and Avinguda Diagonal, is the most traditional of the neighborhoods in downtown Barcelona. Independent from the Catalonian capital until almost the early 20th century, Gracia still has a strong village feeling to it, with many traditional workshops and low-rise buildings, and a unique character. It is also one of the most charming areas, with narrow cobblestone streets and alleys, and tree-shaded squares packed with cafes and restaurants. One of these is the Placa del Sol, one of the prettiest pedestrian squares in Gracia, lined with bars that offer al fresco dining and drinking year-round.
Despite its traditional vibe, Gracia is full of young people, and the annual local fiestas, celebrated in mid-August, attract hordes of locals and tourists alike. It is arguably one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Barcelona, second only to possibly the Gothic Quarter. There are no historic sights to visit here -- but its streets are full of local charm and are great to just wander around.
Where to Stay
There are a wide array of basic apartment-style hotels conveniently located close to the subway and train stations along Carrer Gran de Gracia, which turns into upscale Passeig de Gracia farther south. Visitors will find a couple of upscale hotels near the southern border of the neighborhood, where the Eixample begins -- but visitors on a tighter budget might want to go deeper into Gracia.