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4 things to do and see in Gracia area.

Gracia neighbourhood is a village within a city being absorbed by the Eixampla expansion of the 1800s. After Diagonal, passeig de Gracia transforms into Gran de Gracia which passes through the Gracia neighbourhood. The area is popular with artists and has a bohemian vibe although this is disappearing because of gentrification.

My two favorite squares in Gracia are Plaza Virriena and Placa de la vila de Gracia. Plaza de Sol is also well known as a place to hang out because it is lined with terrace cafes and at night a place to drink and be merry. Gaudi received his first commission to build a house, casa Vincens, in Gracia. Gracia also has one of only two surviving air raid shelters in Plaza del Diamant. Shopping is also good in Gracia, where new, arty boutiques can be found alongside traditional Spanish stores.

Gracia is also well-known for its fiesta major which is held for a week in August and sees the locals competing for the title of best street decoration. The results are usually spectacular and thematic, and at night the festival comes alive with drinks stalls and stages of live music of every variety.

The green metro line runs underneath Gran de Gracia, the most popular stop being Fontana or Lesseps. Metro Diagonal on the green and Blue lines stops at the bottom left corner of Gracia. On the other side of Graica, the yellow line passes by with a stop at Joanic.

Happy Exploring!

Gracia Civil War Air Raid Shelter

Gracia Civil War Air Raid Shelter

One of only two surviving air raid shelters from the civil war. Built underground by a co-operative of residents in Gracia Neighbourhood. Guided visits on Sundays.

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Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Casa Vincens Modernist House

Casa Vincens Modernist House

UNESCO World Heritage Site. 1st house designed by Antoni Gaudi for Manuel Vicens i Montaner as a summer residence. One of the first Art Nouveau buildings.

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Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Plaza Virreina Barcelona

Plaza Virreina Barcelona

Lively plaza with bars and restaurants. Central is the Sant Joan Baptista Romanesque church dating from 1884.

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Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Placa Vila De Gracia Barcelona

Placa Vila De Gracia Barcelona

Lively plaza with bars and restaurants. Central is a 33-metre bell tower, built by Antoni Rovira i Trias in 1864. Blue facade town hall by Francesc Berenguer in 1904.

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Updated: Sep 28, 2021

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