Gràcia comprises the neighbourhoods of Vila de Gràcia, Vallcarca i els Penitents, El Coll, La Salut and Camp d’en Grassot i Gràcia Nova, although many people simply use Gràcia to mean La Vila de Gràcia.   Gràcia usedto be a small town on the outskirts of Barcelona, which gradually became swallowed up by the encroaching city and is now linked to the old town by the sprawling Eixample.

To me, it is the young, hippy part of Barcelona, although very traditional at the same time, which makes for an interesting mix of old and new.  The town hosts the best Fiesta Mayor (festival) in the city, during a week in August where the inhabitants get together to decorate each of their streets, and host outdoor parties, music and fireworks.

The streets themselves form a grid, similar to the Eixample but much narrower, and link up various plaças, together boasting a fantastic number of both cool and older style bars and restaurants.  One of most recognizable squares is the Plaça de la Vila which houses the old town hall, and the high clock tower in the centre of the square.  Plaça del Sol and Plaça de la Virreina among others, are also worth a visit to sit on one of the terrace cafes or bars and soak up the sun and the atmosphere!

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