A wonderful, spacious apartment with 24 hour free wifi connection if you bring your laptop. You cannot be more centrally located. The sleeping area has three double rooms: one with a Queen size bed, and two with single beds and wardrobe space. In the kitchen you will find an oven, burners, toaster, coffee maker, microwave, fridge, washing machine etc. The living area is very comfortable and cosy and naturally fully furnished with sofas, satellite TV, DVD, dining table… Naturally it is all fully air conditioned and heated. 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, a high chair and a tub.
The neighbourhood 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. 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!
Fontana and Diagonal are the metro stops, and from there you can get into the centre of the city, Paseo de Gracia in less than 5 minutes and Plaza Catalunya in less than 10 minutes.
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, cosy cafes, a real Mediterranean lifestyle. Whilst everything like the buildings, streets and placas are in much smaller scale than those in the centre of town there is some striking art nouveau architecture to be seen.
The area is very safe.
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.