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Gràcia is indeed a special neighbourhood in Barcelona, no other neighbourhood better encapsulates traditional charm and vibrant modernity. Formerly a separate village, it now forms the core of the Barcelona’s 6th district, which also includes other neighbourhoods such as Vallcarca, Penitents and La Salut.

Travessera de Gràcia, along Carrer Gran de Gràcia, are the two main arteries crossing this neighbourhood full of small quiet small streets, alleys and squares. Contrasting words like hip, traditional, bohemian, old, trendy and time-honoured attach themselves to this place. Direct contrasts live side-by-side and it’s not uncommon to find a sparkling stylish boutique neighbouring a conventional Catalan store. Yet, whilst you may think this odd mix may confuse and blur its identity, the regular differences only add to its charm. What you’ll find in Gracia Barcelona is a popular, modern district, proud of its roots. Especially the Carrer Verdi and Travessera de Gràcia are not to be missed, the first one is pedestrianised while the later is closed to traffic every Saturday afternoon and public holidays from 5pm to 9pm.

More information: -official site of the association, in Catalan only.

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