Grącia District

Once a separate town, Grącia was swallowed up by Barcelona, and now is surrounded by the city. Grącia’s narrow streets stretch up into the hills above Barcelona making it easy to navigate as you’re either heading up or down. Home to Barcelona’s working classes, students and anarchists, it’s a very lively mix and a popular place to visit for those hip to the scene. Shops, markets and restaurants are all a bit cheaper here, and the popular lunch menu can easily be found here for less than 7 Euros. There are many plazas in the district, some with picturesque statues or churches. In the evenings these places are where people young and old meet for conversation, food and entertainment.

Grącia parks and plazas are also where you might catch the latest street art, either in the form of graffiti or colorful murals. This form of political and artistic expression is tolerated and accepted as a legitimate (if sometimes unsightly) art. Many of the artists are obviously talented, and add a youthful voice to the neighborhoods.

Looking down upon Grącia is Antoni Gaudi’s outstanding Parc Güell, which should not be missed. A pleasant day could be spent visiting the park then walking downhill through the Grącia district, perhaps wandering down Carrer Verdi, where the Verdi theater is, surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars. One block west is Torrent de l’Olla, with more restaurants and some interesting shops. Nearby, don’t miss the Plaza del Sol especially in the evening when the young people gather. A bit further west is the Gran de Grącia, a major shopping street that turns into Passeig de Grącia further downhill.

Note: The Grącia district of Barcelona is home to Barcelona’s working classes, students and anarchists. It’s a very lively mix of small squares surrounded by restaurants and bars and a popular place to visit especially for the nightlife.

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