Gràcia in Barcelona is one of the city's hippest areas. A hub of youthful energy despite its village-within-a-city feel, Gràcia's highlights include Gaudi's Park Guell and a riotous week-long festival in August, just two of our top ten things to do in Gracia Barcelona.
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Not content with building mere palaces and cathedrals, Gaudi also turned his hand to landscape gardening. With phallic mushrooms, mosaic lizards gingerbread houses, Park Guell matches his buildings for sheer hallucinatory wonder. And it's got great views of the city.
See also: Artistic Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
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It's loud, it's raucous and its a bit of a marathon - it goes on all day every day for a whole week. It's the incomparable Gràcia Festival in mid-August.
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Not only is it Barcelona's coolest cinema, showing independent and art-house movies, it's surrounded by great bars for a post-movie debate. It's also one of the few English-language cinemas in the area.
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Carrer Verdi and Cine Verde
Gràcia's trendiest street, lined by exotic restaurants, buzzing bars and independent outlets. Irresistible.
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Nightlife on Plaça del Sol
Plaça del Sol is a good bet for lively bars any night of the week (except perhaps Mondays). For a boogie head to Mirasol, one of Gràcia's jolliest music-bars. For a low-key jazzy vibe try Woody's.
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Jaume Fuster Library
For a taste of contemporary Spanish architecture head to Plaça Lesseps and this innovative, award-winning library designed by Joan Vera and Josep Llimona.
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Fashionistas with a nose for a barguain should delve the independent designer stores in the streets around Carrer Verdi, Carrer Torrijos and Gran de Gràcia.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Plaça de la Virreina
Sitting on a cafe terrace in the shadow of Sant Joan Church in the stupendously pretty Plaça de la Virreina, it's easy to imagine you're in a village - which is precisely what Gràcia was. Before it got gobbled up by Barçelona, that is.
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Plaça del Diamant
The 'Diamond Square' is worth exploring for its turbulent political history. It inspired the work of one of Catalonia's foremost Civil War novelists, Mercé Rodoreda, and is a focus point for political activism during the August festival.