This month we are glad to present you Gràcia, a large district and also a modernist symbol of Barcelona.
Gràcia was founded in the 17th century by the Carmelite. It was a small village with farms only and separated from Barcelona until the next two century, 19th century, with the construction of monasteries, high-class houses, its growth and development has removed the gap with Eixample district. This northern part then became a part of Barcelona, where travelers can find the charms of the city without being overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of other tourists in La Rambla or Gothic Quarter.
Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Antoni Gaudi, the “father of Catalan Modernism”, the owner of seven architectural works, which is recognized as world cultural heritage by UNESCO. Casa Vicens is one of them.
In 1883, Manel Vicens, the owner of the construction, authorized to Antoni Gaudies to design a summer cottage for the Vicens. At this time, Gràcia was a separate village with Barcelona so that nowadays it seems to be separate completely from the famous area with crowded streets around it.
Illustration 2 Casa Vicens by Ian Gampon | flickr
Adress: Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012 Barcelona
Open every day. Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm (doors close at 7 pm).
Closed: 25 December, 1 and 6 January.
Special days: 22 May, Santa Rita.
Free days/Open doors days: European Night of Museums
Park Güell is a public park system, a composition of gardens and constructive components, are another works by Antoni Gaudi. Located in Carmel Hill, the upper part of the city, Park Güell allow visitors a spectacular view of the whole of Barcelona. The landscape garden is also listed by UNESCO and extremely popular, with about four million visiting a year.
Illustration 2 Park Guell by Guillermo Barrios Valle | flickr
This Gaudi's works is the symbol of his passion for nature. He really brought a new wind and a turning point for architecture in the world, separate, strange but so unique. Visiting the construction promises to bring you a colourful view of sparkling mosaics under the sun.
Adress: Carmel Hill, 08024 Barcelona
Old town squares are a part of Catalans. If a traveller is in Barcelona but has missed the moments of chilling out in the square, one has missed a sacred cultural piece of this city. There are in total 15 plazas in Gràcia district, and each of them is with its own vibes and atmosphere. These plazas are individual and are designed for all classes here, from children, adults to old people. Here are some suggestions for you:
- Plaza Del Sol: A suntrap square during the day but usually crowded after sunset with nightly activities. One may find that the square is full of noisy bars and night-goers. The place is suitable for party people, who want to enjoy Gràcia partying style with a cup afternoon beer while watching the sunset and night out.
- Plaza De La Virreina: A chilling out place for everybody, with the Parish Church of Sant Joan and the old worker’s Catalan’s cottages.
- Plaza Del Diamant: The popular square for the older generation of Gràcia hanging out. You may find families with children spending time together in the nearby playground.
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