Top Ten Things To Do In Gracia Barcelona

What to Do in Barcelona's village-like district

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.

This article is part of our 100 Things to Do in Barcelona.

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    Park Guell

    Park Guell, Barcelona
    ••• Park Guell, Barcelona. Image: Damian Corrigan

    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.

    S​ee also: ​Artistic Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia and Park Guell

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    Gràcia Festival

    Gràcia Festival
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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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    Casa Vicens

    Casa Vicens
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    This house on Carrer de les Carolines is one of Gaudi's early creations. There's a hint of Mudejar in its modernism.

    Read more on the Casa Vicens, Barcelona or find out about Barcelona Modernism

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    Cine Verdi

    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.

    Read more about Cine Verdi Barcelona

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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.

    Read more about Place del Sol, Barcelona

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    Jaume Fuster Library

    Jaume Fuster Library
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    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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    Gràcia Fashion

    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.

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    Plaça de la Virreina

    Plaça de la Virreina
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    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

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    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.