Gràcia is the sixth district (out of 10) in the city of Barcelona. It is located west of the city centre and is undoubtedly one of the most popular areas of Barcelona.
The main focus of this lively Barcelona neighbourhood is Park Güell, located on the southern slope of Mount Carmelo and the unique work of the modernist architect Antonio Gaudi.
But Gràcia is much more than this cultural and tourist enclave. Numerous neighbourhood associations have managed to preserve and promote their festivals and traditions. The most representative is the annual festival Fiesta Mayor, held in mid-August, and in which the neighbourhood's streets compete with each other for the best decoration prize.
Gràcia retains its popular character and this is a feature that is clearly reflected in the vibrant life of its streets (many of them pedestrian). The social life of gràciens takes place mainly in the Plaza del Sol, with more youthful environment, and other more traditional Revolució and plaza del Diamant.
Grand de Gràcia and Travessera de Gràcia are two other important places. The latter runs through the district from north to south.
As you walk around Gràcia, you will find numerous taverns, cafes, and restaurants in narrow streets. But if you want something different, go to places like Pollería Fontana or Barrabás.
These establishments (like most you will find along the way) have made "good, nice and cheap" a philosophy.
Small businesses in the neighbourhood are characterised by a certain bohemian air, self-assured and committed to the environment. Asturias and Bonavista streets and the two must-see places for fashion lovers.
Apart from the places where you can enjoy an afternoon with your children without the inconvenience of traffic, there are other corners of Gràcia that are especially designed for children.
Creueta del Coll Park is a busy mountain garden during weekends, with large esplanades to play with, have a picnick and spend some quality time with family.
During the winter, it is more comfortable for parents and children to go to places like Hora Lliure, a cafeteria with play areas for the kids.
It sounds like a cliché, but it's true: Gràcia is one of those neighbourhoods that never sleeps. So even though there are no big nightclubs and the party has a more moderate schedule to it, many locals and tourists choose this area to go out for drinks, both on weekdays and weekends.
Music, cocktails, jam sessions and even karaoke are up for the offer at popular venues such as Almo2bar, the Alfa or Duvet.
It is easy to fall in love with Gràcia district. If Barcelona is itself a charming town, this particular area is one of those places with its own identity.
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