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A great area for cafés, bars and restaurantsGràcia is now known for its vibrant nightlife and the abundance of outdoor terraces. Shown here is the Plaça de la Virreina where several bars and cafés line the leafy square.
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An area steeped in historyGràcia was an independent village until it was annexed onto Barcelona in 1897. Shown here is the distinctive 'torre del rellotge' (clocktower) in the Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia (previously Plaça de Rius i Taulet). This square is also home to the local town hall and a whole host of cafés, shops and restaurants.
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A great place to shopThere still remains a village feel to the 'barrio' (neighbourhood), thanks to the many independent shops thriving here; you can pick up original gifts, distinctive fashion, shoes and much more.
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Limited hotel choiceAlthough the area is popular with private apartment rentals there aren't too many hotel options. If money is no object then the Hotel Casa Fuster–a UNESCO world heritage site and five-star GL hotel—is the one for you. If you can't afford the rooms rates, then the bar and rooftop terraces are an affordable way to take in the famous Modernista architecture.
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Noisy neighbourhoodIf you are staying near one of the main thoroughfares of the area, then you might find it can get quite noisy with traffic. In addition, if you have a car then the one-way system and narrow streets mean limited parking options.
Gràcia is a very popular option with many foreign residents, thanks to its lively street life, independent shops and narrow streets. Take a look at our slideshow to find out what you'll find if you stay there on our visit to Barcelona.