Experience the Best of Barcelona: 10 Things To Do in Gracia

This blog post was originally posted on August 30, 2014 and was updated on August 17, 2017.

The beautiful neighborhood of Gracia is one of Barcelona’s liveliest districts, despite its small-village feel. There are so many wonderful things to do in Gracia—you’ll be spoiled for choice!

From the rich history to the contemporary art scene, this is a neighborhood where old traditions and cultural diversity flourishes. Check out our top picks for things to do in Gracia.

We just love the Festival Major de Gràcia! It's one of our top things to do in Gràcia. A spectacular event that the whole family will love.

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1. Visit Park Güell

Whether or not you’re a fan of architecture, the psychedelic Park Güell is most definitely worth visiting. Designed by the one and only Antoni Gaudí. The original idea of Park Güell as an idyllic, self-serving community right outside the city was commercially unsuccessful and has since been converted into municipal gardens. It’s bizarre nature and hallucinatory effects are well-worth the hike up. For families traveling with children—pack a picnic and spend the day exploring it’s hidden charms!

2. Experience the Festa Major de Gracia

Each neighborhood in Barcelona celebrates its own festival during one week of the year, but none can compare to the famous Festa Major de Gracia. Held each August, the festival is a huge street party of concerts, street-stalls and a general eat, drink and be merry atmosphere. Weeks beforehand the neighbors get together to convert the streets into a spectacular wonder of themed decorations. This is a must-see event that makes the whole neighborhood seem like a dreamy escape from the city.

The Gracia neighborhood festival is truly a sight to be seen. And is definitely one of the best things to do while in Gracia.
The decorated streets are full of magnificent creations. Photo credit: Equipatge de mà

3. See a movie at Cine Verdi

There is a lot to love about Gracia’s movie theatre, Cine Verdi—Independent, original version, art-house movies with cheap popcorn and Wednesday night specials! The best part about seeing a movie here are the discussions you will have afterwards over a glass of wine in one of the many surrounding bars.

4. Walk Carrer Verdi

If you’re in the mood for a little more action, head to the tree-lined Verdi street for some great ethnic food, independent-designer fashion and quirky shops of all kinds. Tons of pedestrian traffic on this emblematic street make for a lovely afternoon stroll. Another great street for this type of shopping in Gracia is Carrer Torrijos.

If you're looking for one of the best things to do in Gracia, make sure to visit this beautiful street!
The beautiful Carrer Verdi is one of our favorite places to wander!

5. Have a drink in Plaça de la Virreina

This beautiful spot is known as one of the most picturesque squares in Gracia. Stopping to have a coffee or a bite in La Plaça de la Virreina is a must while visiting the neighborhood. Simply sitting on the steps of the beautiful Sant Joan church is enough to truly soak up the most pleasant of Gracia vibes.

6. Soak up the history of Plaça de la Vila de Gracia

The original town square back when Gracia was just a village was the Plaça de la Vila de Gracia. Home to the infamous clock tower, a sight of bombings and rebellions, as well as the baby-blue town hall, this history-filled square is definitely worth visiting.

We love beautiful squares, especially if you're looking for things to do in Gracia.
Spend an afternoon in this beautiful square. Photo Credit: Terrazeo

7. Check Out the Many Art Galleries

For many, what’s most lovable about Gracia is the artistic side. The neighborhood is sprinkled with colorful street art on every street. It also serves as a haven for contemporary artists and a handful of unique art galleries and residences. Why not visit the Galeria Miquel Alzueta (Carrer Seneca, 9-11) or Galeria Paspartu (Carrer Verdi, 25) while visiting? It’s definitely one of our favorite things to do in Gracia.

8. Go on a food tour

A fun and delicious way to get to know the ins and outs of Barcelona and Gracia is to join us on our Gracia Neighborhood Market & Food Tour. We visit a handful of family-run establishments and taste all different types of authentic Catalan cuisine. It truly is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about the amazing traditions and culture within Barcelona and of course, Spain! Find out all of the details on our website, or subscribe to our blog to get great tips and advice on eating, drinking and enjoying Barcelona.

If you are looking for one of the best things to do in Gracia, why not come along on one of our Food Tours?
Meet the real characters behind some of the best food in Gracia on our Neighborhood Food & Market Tour!

9. See a play at Teatre Lliure

Gracia is home to many of Catalonia and Spain’s famed thespians. The theatre scene is an important part of the neighborhood’s culture. A small, alternative theatre on Carrer de Montseny puts on high-quality plays, sometimes also in English, and has a full program dedicated solely to children.

10. Enjoy the nightlife in Plaça del Sol

One of the best places to soak up the vibrant nightlife in Gracia, is definitely at Plaça del Sol. This is a meeting point for young people and an important site for botellon, which means to drink in the street. Of course, this is probably why it has now become one of the most hopping evening squares in all of Barcelona, any given night of the week. Have a beer on one of the many cafe terraces, or dinner in our favorite tapas bar, Sol Soler, and if you have the energy, check out the bar scene afterwards. A great place to get your groove on is Mirasol, a bar that jams boogie music all night long.

What’s one of your favorite things to do in Gracia? We would love to know!

Want to discover off-the-beaten-path Barcelona, filled with deliciously authentic eats? Join us and let us show you the way! We have fantastic food tours, delicious neighborhood tours, history filled tapas tours and even wine tours – there is something for everyone! 

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