Located 20 minutes on foot north west of the city centre of Barcelona, Gràcia, once a quiet village outside the city, retains a distinct and independent feel, and is now one of its most bohemian districts, much loved by those into ethnic restaurants and days spent lounging on café terraces.
It is also home to a vibrant street festival of over with 600 events spanning dance, theatre and, music, taking place over 7 days and nights.
The Festa Major de Gràcia (Gracia Festival) is considered by many to be Barcelona’s most festive and most fun street festival.
The Festa Major de Gràcia rages day and night for a week, turning 20 streets in Gràcia into their own new worlds for the duration.
Although drinking, dancing and partying dominate proceedings by night, the festival also offers children’s activities during the day, allowing the entire family to partake.
Residents of this usually-quiet neighbourhood also fiercely compete for the best decorated street. Decorations are themed, and often are made from recycled materials.
Each street works together to adorn their corner of the district in a riot of colour. Decorations are stretched between buildings to create-like passages exploding with color and papier-mâché sculptures, and balconies are outfitted with everything from streamers to basketball hoops and giant scissors.
The Festa Major de Gràcia takes place from the 15th to the 21st of August.