The Apt. is located on a typical Gracia’s building. A wonderful, spacious apartment of 40 square meters with 20 square meters of TERRACE and 24 hour free wifi connection if you bring your laptop. You cannot be more centrally located. As you enter you immediately notice the space of this very stylish apartment. The sleeping area has one double room with a Queen size bed and wardrobe space. In the kitchen you will find burners, toaster, coffee maker, microwave, fridge, washing-dryer machine etc. The living area is very comfortable and cosy and naturally fully furnished with a big sofa-bed, satellite TV, DVD, dining table and chairs, some books… Naturally it is fully air conditioned and heated. It has also insulated windows. This is truly an exceptional property in the absolute best position possible!! I consider this to be of very good value. To cover some basics - Yes, all linen, towels, cutlery, crockery etc are provided. If you travel with a baby, we have a baby crib.
The neighborhood of Gracia is just one stop up from the top of Passeig de Gracia but it feels like a whole different world. Gracia was an independent town until the late 19th century and even now the community is small and tight. The people are exceedingly proud of their roots, they don’t say they come from Barcelona, they say Gracia.
The area is popular with artists and a generally bohemian crowd, it also has a high ethnic population and the highest concentration of foreign restaurants in Barcelona. Plaza de Sol is the most renowned area of the neighborhood, it’s lined with terrace cafes and at night this is where the people convene to drink and be merry. However despite the trendy nature of Gracia it is also a very traditional barrio with a large elderly population which makes for an amusing and odd mix - and very entertaining people-watching!
Gracia is also well-known for it’s festival which is held for 5 days in August and sees the locals competing in street decoration (they take it very seriously!). The results are usually spectacular, and at night the festival comes alive with drinks stalls and stages of live music of every variety.
Fontana and Diagonal are the metro stops, and from there you can get into the center of the city, Paseo de Gracia in less than 5 minutes and Plaza Catalunya in less than 10 minutes. Also near the metro stop is a cinema that plays films in their original language (version original).
Gracia is totally self-sufficient. That is to say you could stay in Gracia and never have to leave, there are good amenities of every sort, great bars, cozy cafes, a real Mediterranean lifestyle. Whilst everything like the buildings, streets and places are in much smaller scale than those in the center of town there is some striking art nouveau architecture to be seen. The area is quite safe and away from the main squares where people drink outside until the early hours it is also quiet.
The area is perfect for those who want something a little bit different, those who perhaps have been to Barcelona before and want a different tourist experience. Although really because central Barcelona is so easily accessible from Gracia it is suitable for everyone.
One of the best features of Gracia is that there are not so many tourists so you feel like you’ve discovered something a bit new and diverse. Shopping is also good in Gracia, where new, arty boutiques stand next to traditional Spanish stores.
*We have another apartment with terrace in the same building: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3862306