In 1626, Gràcia took its name from a Carmelite cloister called ‘Nostra Senyora de Gràcia’, or ‘our lady of grace’. From its beginnings the area was an independent municipality, until it was annexed by Barcelona in 1897.
The area is located above L’Eixample, and before Gràcia became part of Barcelona, there was a road connecting the two towns, known today as the very popular Passeig de Gràcia, or ‘passage of grace’. Gràcia is also home to some of Gaudí’s key works, such as Casa Vicens and the popular Parc Güell.
Gràcia is a large area comprising five smaller areas, the most famous of which is Vila de Gràcia in the lower part of Gràcia. Gràcia is popular both for its local charm and its convivial nature. Many who live in the area believe that once settled in Gràcia, you rarely find a reason to leave, for it has everything you could need.
Gràcia is known for the Festa Major de Gràcia, an annual festival involving cultural events and festive activities. What makes the festival most popular is the neighbourly competition for who can decorate their street the best. Festa Major de Gràcia is a public celebration drawing in visitors from all over Barcelona.