Gracia is well-known for its charm, sunny squares, cafes, restaurants and terraces, small streets with little traffic and boutique shops. You can still see that Gracia used to be an independent town until the end of the 19th century. The inhabitants of this district are very proud of their roots and mostly say they are from Gracia, instead of Barcelona.
The area is perfect for those who want something a little bit different, those who perhaps have been to Barcelona before and want a different tourist experience. Although really because central Barcelona is so easily accessible from Gràcia it is suitable for everyone.
One of the best features of Gràcia is that there are not so many tourists so you feel like you’ve discovered something a bit new and diverse.
Shopping is also good in Gràcia, where new, arty boutiques stand next to traditional Spanish stores.
You can’t think of Gràcia without thinking of its ‘Festa Major’, a district-wide weeklong street fair and party that takes over the barrio every August, complete with neighbourhood decorating competitions that are taken very seriously, and all day activities. Architecturally, Gràcia can hold its own with the likes of the clock tower in Plaça de la Vila, the modernist Casa Fuster, Gaudí’s Casa Vicens and, stretching the boundaries a bit, Park Güell.
Fontana is the metro stop, and from there you can get into the centre of the city, Plaça Catalunya in less than 10 minutes. Also near the metro stop is a cinema that plays films in their original language (version original).
Gràcia is totally self-sufficient. That is to say you could stay in Gràcia and never have to leave, there are good amenities of every sort, bars, cosy cafes, a real Mediterranean lifestyle. Shopping is also good in Gràcia, where new, arty boutiques stand next to traditional Spanish stores.