Gràcia is a trendy and traditional area of Barcelona busy with artists and a variety of cultures. It's unsurprising therefore, that this area is lined with wall art and interesting bars and restaurants and is one of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Its annual street festival; Festa Major de Gràcia, spans a week every August and sees the streets of Gràcia filled with decorations, live music and entertainment, Spanish food and drinks and is a fabulous way to immerse yourself into authentic Barcelona culture as well as getting some great insta's!
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Although we were extremely lucky to visit Barcelona during the Gràcia Street Festival, I would recommend people visit the area even not during the festival season. It is much less touristy than central areas of Barcelona, is host to restaurants, shops and bars preferred by locals, meaning that you get more for your money and a much more authentic experience. Not only that, Gràcia is the most highly ethic area in Barcelona, meaning there are lots of foreign restaurants to try in this neighbourhood too. Whilst the Vila de Gràcia is densely populated with restaurants, picturesque plazas and shops, the larger Gràcia area includes Park Guël, Casa Vicens and the Gaudi House Museum so is a perfect area to spend a whole day.
How To Get There
Gràcia is quite a vast area, and whilst a large number of streets participate in the festival, there are numerous metro stops you can exit which will allow you to take whatever route you fancy through the village. There are also numerous squares with festival bars, live music and street food within the Vila de Gràcia, so choose either the Fontana or Lesseps underground stations on the Green L3 line.
Food & Drink
The Gràcia street festival is a perfect opportunity to try Spanish style tapas, with the restaurant lined streets of the village offering paella, tapas and other traditional dishes, often with deals or offers. Not only that, almost every bar and restaurants open during the festival offers ridiculously cheap drinks, including Spanish beer, cocktails and sangria. After buying the Gràcia festival plastic cup at around €1/2, vendors will refill your cup with beer for only around €2. I was really surprised with how cheap alcohol was during the festival, with sangria and mojitos around €3, which would probably cost at least three times as much during any festivals in the UK!
The Gràcia street festa is a colourful week-long festival organised by the residents of Gràcia in which each street organised decorations, activities, live music and entertainment. 21 streets are decorated by the locals in a competition against each other and it is a great opportunity to try some Spanish food and drink, some of the Spanish hospitality, live music and some colourfully decorated streets. Often decorated streets will only allow entry from one direction, therefore it's best to check some of the maps online and dotted around the festival which show which streets are decorated and from which side you should enter from.
Here are some helpful website links and I also believe the festival has its own app too!
official website (turn translate on!): https://www.festamajordegracia.cat/
itunes app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/festa-major-de-gracia-2015/id1027817625
andriod app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atoomstudio.fmgracia