The Village of Gràcia is one of the administrative districts in which Barcelona is divided. It’s the smallest district in Barcelona with an extension of 4,19 square kilometres, but the second most densely populated (28.660 inhabitants per square kilometre). It’s delimited by the Eixample on the south, Sarriá-Sant Gervasi on the west and Horta-Guinardó on the east.
The main cultural and tourist attraction is unequivocally Park Güell, the most admirable of Antoni Gaudí’s works. Its narrow streets buzzing with life jam-packed with bars, restaurants and shops make this glamour-crazed district among the most appealing in town. Gracia has retained all the traits of an independent township despite forming part of Barcelona for over 100 years. It has a wealth of community life due to the great number of civic and social entities in the area.
A case in point is Gràcia Festa Major (big party) which takes place in mid-August. The streets are decorated with spectacular ornaments made by its inhabitants who devote months in preparation to compete for the best adorned street. The celebrations that take place in Gràcia are popular throughout Catalonia attracting locals and outsiders who gather here in particular in the summer to take full advantage of its terraces and open air music gigs that mushroom in its squares.
It is worthy of mention the historical relevance the strong Gypsy presence has had on this neighbourhood contributing to shaping its character. Gràcia birthed several artists such as “El Pescaílla” born on Carrer Fraternitat de Graciá and considered the founder of the Rumba Catalana.