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Gràcia

Tickets for Park Güell
Tickets for Park Güell

General Information

Nowadays the Gracia area is a district of Barcelona but up until the end of the 19th century it was an independent village founded by Carmelites back in the 17th century (for additional information – History of Barcelona). Though today the site is part of the city of Barcelona, the people who live here still have their own independent identity and they have preserved their culture.

Most of the tourists who come to this neighborhood are curious about Park Güell which is situated on the northern part of the district. There are not that many tourists on the streets of Gracia as there are in the centre of Barcelona, however the area is recommended to visit because it is very beautiful and full of modernist buildings designed mainly by Antoni Gaudí, a famous catalan modernist architect. The neighborhood is home to many historical landmarks mainly related to the Spanish Civil War and many shops and restaurants which are more authentic than those found in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). The nightlife is also very active and authentic in this part of the city.



Main Landmarks in Gracia

Park Güell

Park Güell is one of the most famous modernist works of Gaudí. This is a beautiful park in Gracia area in Barcelona. Since 1984 the park belongs to the World Heritage Sites. From the highest point in the park, one can admire the whole city from a bird’s eye view. Besides its architectural significance the park is also famous for its varied wildlife.

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Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens was the first independent work of Gaudí. It is also situated in Gracia and it is one of the main attractions of this district. Casa Vicens was built at the end of the 19th century and it had a significant role in the development of the Catalan modernist architecture.

Casa Fuster

Casa Fuster is another building representing the Catalan modernist architecture. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner (who also designed the Hospital de Sant Pau in the Eixample district) and by his son, Pere Domènech i Roure. The building is famous for its rose windows and large stone columns.

Plaça del Sol

Plaça del Sol is a marvelous square in Gracia. There are many restaurants, cafes and bars in it’s area, so tourists can spend a great time here.

In addition to the above-mentioned attractions there are many other landmarks in Gracia area that are worth a visit.

Tips and Recommendations for Visiting Gràcia




 

Tips for Transportation in Gràcia:

Tips for “when to visit” in Gràcia:

  • Gracia area is recommended for those who spend at least 3 or 4 days in Barcelona, or for those who are visiting the Catalan city for the second or third time, and already saw most of the must-see sites of the city. The area is highly recommended for those who would like to see something different and more authentic than the popular sites of Barcelona.
  • A good time to visit Gracia area is during the month of August, due to the famous Festa Major de Gracia (Gracia Festival). This event is quite unique, in where one can enjoy parades, watching a human tower, different competitions between the inhabitants of the old parts of the neighborhood and a lot of music events (for additional information – Events in Barcelona).
  • Gracia area is recommended at any hour of the day. During the daytime one can enjoy a lot of tourists attractions and visit many authentic small shops, while during the night the district becomes very active with students and people from all over Barcelona. There are not as many tourists in this area as opposed to El Born or the Gothic Quarter, which is why the pubs and the clubs are more authentic than in the center of Barcelona.

Tips for Shops and Restaurants in Gràcia:

  • There are numerous small shops in Gracia. These are situated mainly on the small streets of the district and not on its main street. The shops in Gracia are cheaper and more authentic than those in the center of Barcelona.
  • Gracia area is full of authentic restaurants and coffee shops, such as El Jardinets del Gracia, the Con Gracia and the Onna Coffee (for additional information – Bars and Restaurants in Barcelona).

Tips for Hotels in Gràcia:

  • In regards to accommodation, there are many recommended hotels in Gracia, such as the Bestprice Gracia and the Aparthotel Silver. The quarter is ideal for those who would like to spend their holiday in peace and silence, far from the noisy nightlife of the city center. Since the hotel rooms and apartments in Gracia are 20%-30% cheaper and larger in size than in the center of the city, this area is also a recommended for families and groups. The district is approachable by car and there are many public parking lots, which makes it a good place to stay for those who visit the city by a private car or for people with disabilities (for additional information – Family-friendly Hotels and Hotels with Parking in Barcelona)It would be a good idea to check if the hotel is near to a metro station in order to make it easier with getting to the city center (for further information – Hotels near Gracia and Hotels in Barcelona). 

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Getting there
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Metro

L2 (purple) – Stations: Diagonal or Passeig de Gràcia.
L3 (green) – Stations: PenitentsVallcarca, Lesseps, Diagonal, Fontana or Passeig de Gràcia.
L4 (yellow) – Stations: Joanic or Verdaguer.
L5 (blue) – Stations: Diagonal or Passeig de Gràcia.

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Bus

No. 7, 16, 17, 22. 24, 28, 31, 32.

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Car

BSM Torrent de l’Olla  /  SABA BAMSA Gal la Placidia  /  Travessera Parquing Pompela  /  SABA BAMSA Plaça del Sol  /  NN Travessera.

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