The streets of Barcelona’s Gràcia District are completing the details of their preparations to fill of colour and fantasy one of the most emblematic neighbourhoods of the city. The normal life of this district is transformed for over a week to receive the thousands of visitors that are attracted to this show for the sight. Today we give you the keys to make the most of the smallest district of Barcelona and its festival.
The first notice of Gràcia festivities appears in a newspaper dating from 1850 where there is already talk of how neighbors decorated their streets -even when the neighborhood wasn’t part of the city of Barcelona- for the arrival of the festivities. A tradition that endures until today, and it’s not surprising, because each year brings more curious people desirous of living the festivity as a neighbour more. Although this is a difficult task, if you’re not a regular at the Gràcia festivities, don’t worry about that because we’ll give the keys to survive the most colourful festivities in Barcelona:
Don’t stay only at the most famous streets
We know you’ll want to go see the streets that everybody is talking about, as Verdi or Travessia de Sant Antoni, but is better don’t go with the flow and forget to follow the crowds. There are 20 streets waiting, included two new this year and any of them can be a winner!
Don’t forget to look up
Although less known, there is also a balconies and entrances competition, where about thirty communities are involved in decorating their own homes.
Join the popular food and forget the fast food
We also recommend that you take a cold beer and a tapa in one of the many bars there to regain strength.
Makest the most the other shows!
Although the decorated streets are the main attraction of Gràcia festivities, you shouldn’t forget that there are many more activities that you can enjoy. Concerts, dances, plays, the fair… and of course, the famous “Colla de Diables de Gràcia”, a large group of people of all ages are dressed as a devil to provide a show of fire, music and unmatched dance.
You’ll soon realize that you’ll be queuing for everything; to go to the bathroom, to order food, to access the streets, and even, to leave them. Heat will be another one of your companions during the day, so prepare a survival kit with a fan and water because we are sure that you will need it.
Download the Festes de Gràcia app
If you don’t want to lose any of Gràcia festivities, we suggest you to that download the mobile app which is now for Android and iOS and in wich you’ll find all the events and services available. In addition, there are also spots where QR codes are placed and let you know the daily Schedule of each place.
We give you a preview of what you’ll find this year between the streets of Gràcia to whet your appetite; masquerades, the Catalan rumba or the Jules Verne’s universe are just some of the themes that await you between 15th and 20th August.
See you in the streets!