Vila de Gràcia is a small subsection of Grácia, in the lower part of the district. The area’s infrastructure has remained more or less intact since 1897, and it is today described as ‘a community within a community’. The area is full of little streets and squares, where you can find a wide assortment of international restaurants, as well as bars and small cosy shops. In recent years the organic trend has taken hold in the area, and a number of organic bakeries and greengrocers, for example, have appeared in the area. Like Ciutat Vella (the district comprising El Gòtic, El Born, Raval and Barcleoneta), Vila de Gràcia has its charm, but it comes without the intense tourism and the big chain shops, with the area instead embracing the local character it has preserved.
Vila de Gràcia is a very popular area with a real sense of neighbourliness permeating both the older generations and the younger generations who have moved to the area more recently. The unique, bohemian atmosphere has attracted plenty of international residents, and artists and musicians are also keen to live in the area.
Vila de Gràcia is located close to Passeig de Gràcia, and just a 15-minute walk to Plaça de Catalunya. The area has connections to both the metro and the Ferrocarrils (similar to the metro, but extending further out of Barcelona’s inner city).
Vila de Gràcia has an abundance of charming flats, as well as larger classic apartments. Many of the older properties are well preserved in terms of trim and fittings.