The Fiestas de Gracia or Fiesta Mayor de Gracia (in Catalan, Festa Major de Gràcia) is a popular party held in the Gracia district of Barcelona since August 15 and for a period of between seven and ten days.
Its most distinctive element is the decoration of streets, but also concerts, popular dances, exhibitions, giants and big heads, and fire dragons, and other festive and religious events, such as the mass in honor of Our Lady of Grace.
As every year, the streets are decorated and the neighborhood is filled with activities for everyone, such as competitions, workshops, sports activities, and much more.
Between August 15 and 21 the streets of the Gracia neighborhood will be dressed in their best colors in a friendly contest between neighbors to see who has more taste decorating their daily environment. The festivities of Gracia are one of the best-known summer joys of the Barcelona calendar and this year they will be very special in celebration of the bicentennial of the festivities. Certainly it is a relatively young party as well as the history of the same neighborhood that dates back to the early nineteenth century with an evolution of agricultural society to an amalgam of artisans, workers and small merchants. Even so, due to its own merits, this festival has been placed among one of the most recognized and expected of the Barcelona calendar.
Many people go through the festivities of Gracia out of curiosity and apart from seeing beautifully decorated streets, they return home with the feeling that during these parties people only enjoy bottles in the squares with a live concert and little else. How badly they go. During the holidays, especially during the weekdays and during the day, the activities take place continuously and offer possibilities for all types of tastes and ages. Let’s hope that the success of tourism in Barcelona does not break the traditional and neighborhood character of these historic holidays.
It is an opportunity to visit the neighborhood both day and night, because at all times there is a special energy. If you go to Barcelona on these dates it is a must to visit!
To go to the neighborhood of Gracia and visit its streets, you can go up Passeig de Gracia and once you cross Avinguda Diagonal, go through one of the streets on the right. If you see decorated streets and many people, it means that you are already in Gracia.
Near the zon, you have numerous buses that leave at the confluence of Diagonal Avenue with Passeig de Gracia. You also have the Fontana stop on line 3 of the Metro. Relatively close to the neighborhood of Gracia, you have the metro stops Diagonal Line 5 and Verdaguer Line 4. These last two are a few minutes from the center of Gracia walking.