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The unique and characterful barrio of Gràcia stands in stark contrast to the geometric order of Eixample.

For many who live here, the narrow streets and hidden squares offer a greater sense of relaxation, fun and intimacy than its highly planned neighbour. The old town of Vila de Gràcia that gave its name to the area was swallowed up by Barcelona, but Gràcia retains its individual charm, historic pride and sense of individuality.

Leave the main artery and explore a little and you’ll find historic squares like Plaça de la Virreina and Plaça del Diamant. Look up at lovely buildings with façades that give little away about the often beautiful apartments within and catch glimpses of high greenery that betray lush roof terraces and views across the rooftops.

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This district is renowned for its myriad social and cultural events. Starting in 1827 Gràcia’s Festa Major in August has been one of the most important festivals in the city, and the barrio’s reputation for enjoying a party is confirmed by the social calendar, which includes more than 100 festivals.

This is an area of change and rebirth, with rejuvenated markets and rebuilt open spaces, and even outdoor escalators that make navigating the higher reaches of the barrio easier for residents and tourists alike. Up here you’ll also find Gràcia’s rich cultural past in the form of Parc Güell, another of Gaudí’s great creations.

The quarter of Vallcarca in the north is also known as Barri dels Penitents because of its anarchic history, but these upper reaches of Gràcia maintain strong social bonds. Coll enjoys its own identity, as do Camp d’en Grassot i Gràcia Nova and Salut, while the steep streets of La Baixada de la Glòria have summer houses from the 19th Century. Travessera de Dalt marks the end of Gràcia.

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The narrow streets and many pedestrian areas make walking or cycling the best way to explore and move around Gràcia. Take the FGC train to Gràcia or start from underground stations at Fontana, Lesseps and Joanic (Lines L3 and L4) or take a bus to Gran de Gràcia.

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