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Street Art and Scenes from Gracia, Barcelona

Street Art in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Although I spent a summer in Barcelona while in college, I’ve truly gained familiarity with the city in the years that I’ve been returning to Spain. I dedicated those early days of my travels to the more typically touristic of activities – Gaudí museums, the Sagrada Familia and the more heavily trodden alleys of the Barri Gotic. It was during a visit several years later in which I fell in love with the neighborhood of Gracia. This part of Barcelona is so close to the center, but somehow maintains a neighborhood ambiance. I am quick to return to Gracia upon setting foot in the city and spent a few hours wandering around the area with my camera earlier this year.

The buildings in Gracia are a bit shorter than their counterparts on the Avinguda Diagonal and the streets are more narrow. The set-up of the neighborhood creates a cozy and familiar feel.

Flowers in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Building in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Pink building in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Street in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Those quiet streets lead to grand plazas, like the Plaça de la Vila de Gracia and its memorable clock tower.

A plaza in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Sign in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Water in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

The shops selling food and drink are a colorful mix of old and new. You can spend the better part of a day just trying to figure out the best signage in Gracia.

Food in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Sign in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Bodega in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

The uptick in fun street art really registered on this walk. No better way to spruce up a wall or the gate of a store than some paint and creativity.

Street art in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Street art in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Street art in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Even zombies feature in the street art.

Street art in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

Of course, a visit to Gracia would be wasted without some time in their markets – check out my Barcelona market post for more photos.

barcelona spain markets

While a walk around Gracia is a fantastic exercise, my favorite times in the neighborhood have consisted of a coffee or a beer in a plaza, with the architecture giving way to the sky after a few floors. These are the images that keep dragging me back to Gracia and I’m itching to have another afternoon to explore it yet again.

Plaza in Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Renate Flynn March 28, 2015, 7:51 pm

    Hi, Dave – I found you on FB’s Travel Blog Chronicles. I am heading to Barcelona for the first time in May 2015! I will check out your other Barcelona posts. Do you have recommendations for a first-timer to Barcelona. What are the must-sees?

    Happy Travels, Renate

    • Dave March 29, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Hi Renate, thanks for stopping by! I would definitely visit Gaudi’s La Pedrera building (buy tickets ahead of time), the Picasso Museum, Parc Guell and La Sagrada Familia. Those are the indispensable sights for a first-timer, but be sure to enjoy all of the food options around the city. I would recommend popping into the bakeries around town, as the breads and pastries rival those of their French neighbors.

      • Renate Flynn April 1, 2015, 5:19 am

        Thanks so much, Dave! I think you’ve just given me my first-timer’s itinerary! I can’t wait to taste those breads and pastries! Which are your favorites?
        Also, as an aspiring photographer, I, too, will pay close attention to the street art. Fun to connect – perfect timing!

        Best to you, Renate
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  • J.R. Duren March 30, 2015, 12:26 pm

    Great photos Dave! Gracia is an awesome neighborhood. Glad you stopped by the neighborhood market….it’s a great way to get a sense of the local culture and to put yourself in the middle of Barcelona’s daily life.

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave) March 30, 2015, 2:16 pm

    It’s funny how for many years, I’d never really noticed street art in different parts of the world but since doing a street art tour I’m Buenos Aires last year, I now notice it everywhere I go. I had no idea Barcelona was full of these works of art but then it’s been more than a decade since I went so I’m probably due a return visit!
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  • sigeraldto March 31, 2015, 7:36 am

    This is great. I can’t wait for my planned trip to Barcelona this summer. I will ask definitely ask for your help.
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  • Rachael@safari254 March 31, 2015, 1:41 pm

    This post makes me wish that I had travelled through Europe when I had the chance to. Gracia looks like a lovely place to visit.
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  • Elena April 2, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Every tourist and visitor in Barcelona takes obligatory pictures of Gaudí museums, the Sagrada Familia etc. Of course, they are outstanding, but by now they became so… overphotographed (is it a word?). Barcelona is more than just a few tourist locations. What I like the most about these photos is that they show the different side of Barcelona. Thank you!
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