Fiesta Mayor de Gracia
Every year during the third week of August Catalunya’s most famous street festival will be held in Gracia, Barcelona’s hippest city district.
The week-long festivities will transform this picturesque neighbourhood into a place full of decorated street scenes, open-air concerts, parades and fireworks.
Until the end of the 19th century Gracia has been an independent town some 3 kilometres from Barcelona. With the construction of Passeig de Gracia, which today is Barcelona’s most exclusive shopping street, these two towns began to merge.
After the Eixample area has been settled, Gracia finally was incorporated into the grown municipality of Barcelona. Thus, it has still kept its charme and today it is getting more and more popular among locals who adore Gracia’s narrow lanes and its lively plazas.
Hardly discovered by tourists yet, Plaza del Sol, Plaza de Virreina and Plaza Revolucion, just to name a few, are an insider tip for those who want to escape the masses in Barrio Gotico and enjoy the relaxed live-style and atmosphere in Gracia’s warm summer nights with a cold beer under the sky.
This tranquility, however, will be impossible to find during the Fiesta Mayor in August. But artisan exhibitions, Rock, Jazz or Classical music concerts and the Catalan culinary specialities from tapas to Cava will definitely make it worth a visit.
During the month of preparation for the festival, a special attention is given to the street decoration. As you can see in our pictures and movies, decorations are a piece of art for themselves.
Neighbours are choosing a common theme for their street and are competing to win the pride and the price of being named the most beautiful street of Gracia.
How to get there?
Take metro line 3 to Fontana and you are right in the centre of the party.
If you want to take it easier in the beginning, take line 3 or 5 to Diagonal and walk 10 minutes from here up to Plaza del Sol.
Official Website (in Catalan): www.festamajordegracia.cat