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Gràcia is a district of the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It contains the neighborhoods of Vila de Gràcia, Vallcarca i els Penitents, El Coll, La Salut and Camp d'en Grassot i Gràcia Nova. Gràcia is bordered by the districts of Eixample to the south, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi to the west and Horta-Guinardó to the east. It's numbered District 6. In 2005, Gràcia had 120,087 inhabitants, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística.



Gràcia was established in 1626, by a novitiate of Carmelites who established a convent there called "Nostra Senyora de Gràcia (Our Lady of Grace)." Gràcia was an independent municipality until it was annexed to Barcelona in 1897 along with other villages in the plain of Barcelona. The expansion of the Eixample district in the 19th century eventually led to the northward expansion of Barcelona, connecting Gràcia to the growing metropolis.


Parc Güell

The most well-known attraction in Gràcia is the Gaudí-designed Parc Güell which is located on El Carmel mountain. Casa Vicens, Gaudí's first important work and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also located in Gràcia.

Gràcia was also the original home to Teatre Lliure, one of the most prestigious theaters in Spain (the theater has since relocated to Montjuic). There are several notable squares in Gràcia including Plaça del Sol, Plaça de Rius i Taulet and Plaça de la Virreina.

Every August, Gràcia holds an 8-day festival "Festa Major", known as Festes de Gràcia, one of the largest festivals in Barcelona.

Gràcia in fiction

Mercè Rodoreda's most important novel, The Time of the Doves (La plaça del diamant), is set mainly in Gràcia at the time of the Second Spanish Republic and the Spanish Civil War.

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Coordinates: 41°24′24″N 2°09′29″E / 41.40667°N 2.15806°E / 41.40667; 2.15806


Gracia may refer to:

  • Spanish word meaning 'grace'
    • best known for the expression 'muchas gracias', meaning 'thanks a lot' or 'many thanks'


  • Gràcia, a district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
    • Streets in this district:
    • Passeig de Gràcia
    • Carrer Gran de Gràcia
    • Travessera de Gràcia
  • Alta Gracia, a city located in the Province of Córdoba, Argentina

Given name:


  • Cedric Gracia, French cyclist
  • Rubén Gracia, Spanish footballer
  • Sancho Gracia, Spanish actor


  • Gracia (Saint-Émilion), a Bordeaux garagiste winery
  • La Campana de Gràcia, Catalan weekly satirical magazine

See also

  • García

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Barcelona : Gràcia

Discussion on defining district borders for Barcelona is in progress. If you know the city pretty well, please share your opinion on the talk page.

Gràcia, about 1 km north of the center of Barcelona at the north end of the Passeig de Gràcia, is the most distinctively Catalan neighborhood to be found in easy walking distance of the center. A prosperous neighborhood, Gràcia nonetheless has more a local than a cosmopolitan feel to it, with much of life lived on the many public squares.
It's also a very good place to start (or finish) a walk through the most important modernist buildings.
A good place to stay in an hotel.

Get in

Both the Fontana and the Lesseps Metro stations (on line L3) are located in or near the Gracia district. From the stations, the heart of Gracia will be to the NNE (this may appear as East or "to the right" on most, if not all, maps of Barcelona).


Check out any plaza and it will most likely be humming with life and vibrancy.

  • Park Güell Park (Parc Güell)
  • prosperous private villas can be found above the Guel Park


One of Barcelona's most lively festivals, the Festa Major de Gracia [1], is a week long festival that displays the best of Catalan with a mass celebration in the streets. One of the most popular events is the 'Best decorated street', where residents from 23 neighboring streets use anything and everything to decorate their street in a theme and vie for the prize.

  • Hibernian (Secondhand English Bookshop), Carrer Montseny 17, Grácia (Metro Fontana), +34 932 174 796, [2]. 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Good selection in many categories. Also has some new books, and a shelf of German and French titles. Most used paperbacks at €5.  edit
  • Vinçon, Passeig de Gracia 96 (M. Diagonal), (93) 215-6050, [3]. Mon-Sat 10AM-8:30PM. This is a place modern design lovers simply must visit. Offers everything from little household objects to furniture in a sleek and contemporary design--and much beyond interior decoration.  edit
This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Up to €10
Mid-range €10 - €25
Splurge €25 and up
  • Eldorad2 [4], in the street Ramis, 2-4 (between Milà i Fontanals and Quevedo, 2 streets below Travessera de Gràcia, next to the Plaça John Lennon). A recently opened subsidiary of El Dorado Bar that shares the principles of quality and service of the main house.
  • Breton. Located just across the street down an "alley" from the Fontana metro station. An assortment of pictures out front of the restaurant give diners an idea of the plates as well as a tacky feel, but inside the restaurant is clean and simple. Good service and decent food make this a place to possibly frequent because you know what to expect. A menu del dia and a great menu to select from. "Normal" to Moderate prices. Menu del dia ~10€, Bocadillos ~€4, salads/"entrees" ~3€.
  • Restaurant Petra Carrer D'Asturies. Authentic Lebanese cuisine in the heart of Gracia. This great pedestrian street has several restaurants and many shops, but Petra offers traditional Mediterranean dishes. Shwarma, falafel, hummus, traditional pita and much more. Takeout available. Combination Plates ~10€.
  • Can Xurrades, Carrer Gran de Gracia, 57, 93 217 30 97, [5]. Closed Sunday (all-day) and Monday night. Probably one the best Catalan restaurants in the neighborhood, although their selection of other Spanish food is quite good. Particularly excels at meat dishes, cooked in traditional Catalan style. Dishes of note include the Ous Estrellats to die for (Andalusian Scrambled Eggs with Potato) as well as amazing desserts such as Strawberries with Salt and Pepper. Great wine selection with various Catalan varieties. Wonderful staff, the owner Rafa is a marvelous host.  edit
  • Flah-Flash C/Granada del Penedès, 25. Not really in Gràcia, but next to it, it's one of the restaurants of the Tuset street years, when the Gauche Divine was the cool group in the city. This restaurant was made as a cool bar during the late 60's and it remains unchanged. The food's good (omelettes is the speciality and the cheapest option). About €15.
  • La Porteria La Forja, 11. This quiet street holds a few bars and restaurants to choose from. La Porteria is nothing fancy, but seems to keep a steady local crowd. They have a menu del noche (like the menu del dia), which provides a good value and (what I assume was) the proprietor served his own wine from the "Ribera" (del duero) region of Spain. The selection of 3 olive oils with bread before the meal was a pleasant bonus. Menu del noche - ~22€.
  • La Taberna del Cura (The tavern of the priest), Carrer Gran de Gracia, 83. Known by locals as one of the better restaurants in town, the menu is mostly meat selections, but seafood can be ordered from it's sister restaurant Botafumeiro next door. La Taberna is on the expensive side, but the food is excellent. 1st courses €4-12, main courses €12-20. (salad, filet, small bottle wine, water, dessert, coffee - €50).  edit

Non-Spanish cuisine

  • La Rosa del Desierto Plaça Narcís Oller, 7. The first Moroccan food restaurant in Barcelona offering quality and generous portions, with a quite special decoration. About €18 each person.
  • Botafumeiro Carrer Gran de Gracia, 83. The sister restaurant (and next door) to La Taberna Del Cura, Botafumeiro specializes in seafood, while La Taberna handles the meats. High quality food with a price tag to match.


Gracia is popular among students, and offers a lot of nice restaurants and bars for the student budget. The plazas in the area, as Plaça de Sol for instance, are filled with nightlife.

  • El Dorado [6] Plaça del Sol, 4. With an ample dance floor, it also has a pool table, 'futbolín' and arcade games. The giant video screens and the monitors over the bar are other icons of this Music Bar. Drinks are catered for by staff that are professional, likeable and friendly.
  • Bar Bambo LaForja, just off via Augusta. Small local bar with a clean, cozy atmosphere and a single dart board. Turntables behind the bar control the mix of music which is a variety of American and Spanish upbeat hits. Estrellas - €2.

Places to seek more bars:

  • Plaça del Sol Has a lot of bars, such as Sol Soler, Woody's
  • Plaça Rius i Taulet This nice square with the old city hall and the clock tower in the middle has also many bars.
  • Plaça de la Revolució Is not as crowded as the others, but has an Ice cream bar, owned by two Italian sisters, that serve the best ice creams in Barcelona. The problem is that you may have to wait a long time.
  • NH Belagua [7] Via Augusta 89-91, phone: +34 932 373 940, email: Nice, clean rooms with double windows to keep out street noise. Like many European hotels, neighbor rooms can still be heard. Moderate to Expensive in price, probably geared more towards the business traveler. Great continental buffet breakfast included with room.
  • Barcelona City North, [8]. Very good facilities. Three stops by metro away from Catalunya square. Bathroom ensuite, tv, satellite, air-conditioned, wi-fi access to Internet.
  • Pensión Norma, up 3 flights of stairs at C. Gran de Gràcia, 87, Tel. (+34) 237 44 78. Modest rooms, some with bath, in the relative quiet of Gràcia, about a kilometre north of the centre of town. About €25 per night.
  • Aparthotel Silver, Bretón de los Herreros, 26, tel. +34 932189100, [9] A recommended establishment in Barcelona, located in a central, but quiet area in the city. Attractive prices. The Fontana metro stop (line 3) is at the doorstep, which will leave you in the historic centre (Plaza Catalunya, La Rambla, etc.) in only 10 minutes.
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