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Gràcia

May 2011 | Тенденции | Distrit Style | Barcelona

The Gràcia neighborhood boasts a blend of history, tradition, avant-garde culture and design that is all but unique in the city. This one-time farm town still has such a marked identity that its people say “I’m from Gràcia".
Gràcia Style District Barcelona
Gràcia Style District Barcelona
Gràcia Style District Barcelona
Gràcia Style District Barcelona
Gràcia Style District Barcelona
Gràcia Style District Barcelona

The Gràcia neighborhood boasts a blend of history, tradition, avant-garde culture and design that is all but unique in the city. Annexed to Barcelona in 1897, this one-time farm town still has such a marked identity that its people say “I’m from Gràcia” instead of “I’m from Barcelona”.

It is a very calm and peaceful quarter but, even so, its many little squares and streets are bubbling with life by day and by night. Shops, malls, cafés, restaurants and bars by the hundreds offer visitors an almost limitless range of possibilities.

There are architectural treasures here like the Vicens House, by Antoni Gaudí, at Carrer de Les Carolines, a surprising structure with turrets and mosaic decoration in the Neo-Mudejar style. This is not the only notable building in Gràcia, however: along the main street, Carrer Gran de Gràcia, there are quite a few examples of interesting Modernista architecture.

In the middle of August, Gràcia is the centre of attention in the city because that is when its annual festival is held, with concerts, theatre, exhibitions and a celebrated street-decoration contest. The local inhabitants take this event very seriously and spend most of the year preparing for it. Once decorated, the streets are truly spectacular and appear in the media from all over Spain.

Gràcia’s unique personality is especially attractive to new residents of Barcelona: designers, craftspeople and restaurateurs from many countries establish themselves here, mixing with the native Gracians. This interesting social fabric makes the quarter’s cultural, leisure and shopping opportunities quite appealing and that is why we are beginning this section with it. Gràcia is our Style District in its own right.

Air raid shelter
A walk in Gràcia can include a little history lesson by visiting an air raid shelter that was built during the Spanish Civil War. Located 12 metres under ground at Plaça del Diamant, it accommodated up to 200 people during the bombardments. It was built by the quarter’s inhabitants and especially women, the elderly and children, who worked in day and night shifts to finish as soon as they could. Thanks to its humidity conditions, it is one of the best preserved shelters in the city, where a total of 90 similar structures were built.

Living squares
One of the quarter’s particularities and foremost attractions are its squares. Cheerful and lively in summer and winter, each “plaça” or square in Gràcia’s has its own story. Plaça Joanic is the largest of all, with the most room for a children to play, together with Plaça de la Revolució de Setembre. The squares of Sol, Vila de Gràcia and Virreina, for their part, have the biggest night-time offering, with bars and discotheques that stay open till the small hours of the night. The quarter’s gypsy collective gathers at Plaça del Poble Romaní, and in tribute to courage and peace there are Plaça d’Anna Frank and, the newest square in the quarter, Plaça de John Lennon.

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