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Vila de Gràcia

Lively, radical, arty warren of fun and solidarity: Vila de Gràcia in Barcelona

8th April 2017
Map of Vila de Gràcia, Barcelona

Map of Vila de Gràcia.

Vila de Gràcia, the heart of the district of Gràcia, is a warren of very strollable streets and inviting squares fringed with café-bars, craft, design and fashion stores, restaurants offering every kind of cuisine, cool bodegas, independent cinemas, music venues, theatres, art galleries, craft workshops, two excellent indoor markets, plus much, much more. 

The neighbourhood is famed for its Festa Major in August, when hundreds of thousands of visitors cram the narrow streets to inspect the residents’ wonderfully inventive decorations.

Vila de Gràcia is also well-known for its political activism, with frequent protests, meetings and direct action which occasionally provoke a heavy-handed response from the Mossos d’Esquadra’s Mobile Group (anti-disturbance police).

You could easily spend a whole month strolling and grazing around, stopping off at squares, window shopping and dancing ’til you drop, and never get its measure.

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Getting Around, Vila de Gràcia

6 ways of getting to Gràcia in Barcelona

28th May 2015

How can you not explore a neighbourhood with streets called Danger, Liberty, Fraternity, and squares called John Lennon and Revolution?

Hot spots

You’ve probably come across articles, or heard friends talk about the cool bars, excellent affordable restaurants, bodegas, chic shops, cinemas, music venues, markets and lovely squares amid a warren of  narrow streets in a barrio called Gràcia.

Warm words

Much of what’s written and said is true — Gràcia is a fascinating area at any time of day or night, every day of the week.
You may very well want to put at least one visit to Gràcia on your itinerary.

 But where is this fabled land? And, how do I get there? Continue Reading…

Graffiti, Vila de Gràcia

Amy Winehouse in Barcelona II

30th April 2015

Amy-Winehouse-Barcelona-II-by-Bill-Sinclair

One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious portraits of well-known, and not so well-known, people in unexpected places.

Here’s a graffiti stencil portrait of Amy Winehouse on Carrer Francisco Giner in Gràcia, Barcelona, July, 2013

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Graffiti, Vila de Gràcia

Amy Winehouse in Barcelona

2nd April 2015

One of the many wonderful things about exploring Barcelona is happening across curious portraits of well-known, and not so well-known, people in unexpected places.

Here’s a graffiti portrait of Amy Winehouse on Carrer Mozart, Gràcia, Barcelona, 2011.

Enjoy Barcelona