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Barcelona District Guide: Welcome to Gràcia

There are truly so many places in Barcelona that should be seen. Besides all the famous sights and spots like Las Ramblas or Placa Cataluny this lovely city has so much more to offer – and to discover! Therefore today we are headed to show you something slightly different to the usual tourist path: Gràcia. Gràcia is an area of Barcelona and one of the districts you shouldn’t miss during your stay - and not just because there is the Park Güell nearby . As a matter of fact Gràcia actually was an independent town until the late 19th century, which might be a reason for the very unique atmosphere around there. Being just two train stops away from Placa Catalunya,  Gràcia still is in the midst of activities but does nevertheless surprise people by its own magical charm that does not have too much in common with the busy and crowdy lifestyle right around the corner. gracia_streets Very special are the many beautiful, bohemian buildings in the streets that might not be as tall as those in the city centre, but in fact it’s precisely this that gives the district its special, cosy look. Besides its lovely architecture Gràcia does of course also strike out because of so many other great features. Everybody who loves relaxing inside a sweet, little café, sipping a tasty Café Latte will feel very well-placed in Gràcia. There are a tone of small owner-managed coffee shops and bars in which you can enjoy great food and drinks in a very familiar and down-to-earth atmosphere. In that case “Mama’s Café” can be especially recommended – a cute place with a lovely terrace where you can enjoy quality products in a comfortable ambience. Also those of you who might be tired of packed shopping centers hosting just common brands will be happily pleased by the shopping possibilities in Gràcia. shopping_gracia While doing some “slow shopping” people can walk from one tiny boutique to another discovering all different kinds of treasures. From handmade jewelry, over creative home interior to unique clothes from young designers – quality and uniqueness is definitely emphasized. As a hint: take a look at the urban pieces from “Suite”. Another fun fact is that Gràcia holds its own festival every year in august. During this 5-day festivity called “La Festa Major de Gràcia” people are competing in street decoration and turn the area into one colorful beauty. The results are often pretty creative and spectacular and definitely worth a visit. festa_major_gracia Well, whoever longs for his or her very own Barcelona district experience with a big portion of real “neighborhood-feeling” should consider Gràcia as the place-to-be.
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Fiestas de Gracia in Barcelona

Colourful Catalan summer festival in Barcelona

La Fiesta Mayor de Gracia or just Fiestas de Gracia, is an exciting party which takes place once in a year in the area of Gracia. gracia fiestas It derives from a village of artisans, workers and small traders in the nineteenth century. In the past it was a small event in the neighborhood village and was unknown in this region and in Barcelona. Now Fiestas de Gracia is celebrated for the 197th time and it is a very popular and amazing event for locals and tourists in Barcelona. Especially for tourists it is a good opportunity to understand the Catalan culture and their habits. In addition everything is for free. In this week you can enjoy exhibitions, children's activities, workshops, sports, parades, exhibitions of different artists, dance, theater and more. At the Plaza del Sol and Plaza Rius i Taulet you can listen to concerts of jazz, rock, and also classical music. Enjoy also the traditional food which will be provided on these days in these areas. The best time to visit the Gracia area is in the evening from about 8 pm when it starts getting dark because later the lights on the streets will be turned on and you will not have the same effect of the decoration like in the darkness. The decoration of the streets, terraces and balconies is taken very seriously of the locals. Often they plan months before how to present proudly their own decoration. At the end there is a competition for the best balcony decoration and the best street decoration of the year. It is always a secret which theme will be presented every year. Let's be curious how they will surprise us is this year. This year from the 15- 21 August Barelona expects thousands of people for this colorful festival. Even though the concerts end at 2 am, every year the party goes on in other places until the morning. At the end of the article you will see on the map where Gracia and the parties are located. Do want to enjoy this festival in Barcelona on those days? Just go to www.habitatapartments.com and book your apartment. We provide beautiful apartments close to Gracia.
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