The Gràcia neighborhood is only one stop from the Passeig de Gràcia, but it feels like being in a different city. Gràcia was an independent town until the end of the 19th century, and even now people are still proud of their roots, and they don't say they are from Barcelona, they say from Gracia. There is always a lot of life going on in the streets of Gracia. This area is trendy but still has a cozy, village-like look.
This bohemian area is popular with artists and has the highest concentration of etnic restaurants in Barcelona. Plaça de Sol, with its beautiful terrace bars and restaurants, is one the favorite places for local to have a drink and enjoy the night.
Top things to see in Gràcia
One of the most famous spots in Barcelona is the Park Guell by Antonio Gaudí.
Keep in mind that it is one of the most popular attraction for tourist, we recommend to buy you tickets online in advance.
The Gràcia area is the perfect place to buy organic, eco-friendly products. In this area you will find several small boutiques, vegan restaurant and eco-cosmetics shops.
Casa Vicens is a less known work of Antoni Gaudí, his first masterpiece, located in the heart of Gracia. Casa Vicens is not officially open to the public, but given its beauty from the outside and we definitely recommend checking it out if you are in this area. The house sometime opens for exhibition and temporary art shows. Check out the official website for more information.
Carrer Verdi is one of the most popular streets of Gràcia, with several bars, restaurants and indendent shops.
Get ready to stop every once in a while when you see alluring vintage stores or nice little bars. Some stores might be on the expensive side because of the location but you will find the most unexpected shopping opportunities in the area.
Hotels in the Gracia District
Many people think that the best place to stay in Barcelona is on Las Ramblas, the famous boulevard in the center of the city. Yes, you ’re going to be close to the attraction, but it’s also busy, noisy, and full of overpriced restaurants and pickpockets. If you are looking for a quiet place, full of delicious local restaurants and with an alternative and artsz twist, Gràcia is the place for you.
In our where to stay section you will find several hotels for each district but these two are our favorites in the area: