Once a modest farming village, Vila de Gracia is now one of Barcelona’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Its narrow streets reflect its rural roots, though today they’re lined with trendy cafes, designer boutiques, craft shops and art galleries. Vila de Gracia’s terrace culture is strong, and sipping on coffee in La Plaça de la Virreina is a fantastic way to soak up the atmosphere.
Vibrant and eclectic, Vila de Gracia knows how to party. Every summer it hosts the famous Festa Major de Gracia, which sees its streets explode with colour. Vila de Gracia is also celebrated as the birthplace of Catalan rumba, a musical style defined by its fusion of flamenco guitars and clapped bongo rhythms.
Vila de Gracia offers fantastic access to public transport, with several metro stations located within its footprint. The journey from La Rambla takes around 30 minutes by metro or a 45-minute walk. Once in the neighbourhood, the best way to explore its quirky streets is by foot. For visitors arriving by air, Vila de Gracia is a 20-minute drive from El Prat Airport or a one-hour public transport journey.
Nothing defines Vila de Gracia’s unique personality quite like Park Guell. Designed by the legendary Antoni Gaudí, the psychedelic space is one of the world’s most bizarre landscaping feats. While he originally designed it to serve as a utopian self-serving community, it’s since been converted into a public park for all to enjoy.