Gràcia is one of the most interesting neighbourhoods of Barcelona. In the 19th century as Barcelona expanded, the town of Gràcia, like Sants, became was gradually surrounded and in 1897, it became part of the city. This said, Gràcia still retains some of its separate character, and its maze of higgidely-piggedly narrow streets. International chains and tourists which blight the Gothic area are thin on the ground here. Gràcia treads a narrow line between one of the most authentic parts of Barcelona with small shops and local life, and the pretentiousness of post bohemian style. Whatever the case, it’s a great place to eat with dozens of excellent restaurants.

Gràcia hosts the most famous and best fiestas in Barcelona, the annual Festa Major de Gracia, in August, which bring in as many as a million visitors

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