The Most Famous Barcelona Neighborhood

Welcome to Gràcia

Gracia Barcelona is SuiteLife's favourite Barcelona neighborhood!
Gracia is by far (in our opinion) the coolest Barcelona 'barrio', or neighborhood, and if you're looking for a serious Barcelona neighborhood guide, look no further for we are decade-long BCN expats and have the lowdown on the local life.


Gracia Barcelona is one of the most famed and popular of all the Barcelona neighborhoods.  It's also our absolute favourite.  Once upon a time it was its own quaint town on the outskirts of BCN.  In 1897 after the famous Exiample extension of the city the expanding city swallowed up the little town and it became known as the neighborhood of Gracia Barcelona. Today you can't find a more vibrant and charming Barcelona neighborhood. The array of residents is eclectic, to say the least: Older Catalán people who have spent their whole lives in Gracia, young families, a bohemian artsy alternative crew, the fashionistas, hipsters, and of course the guiris!!!  Really, it's a mixed bag, and that's what makes it so rich.


The neighbors

Many Catalán people who have lived there their whole lives. Also a huge concentration of young international people and a bit of a hipster and bohemian crowd as well.

What to expect

Amazing plaza atmosphere, small quiet and pedestrian streets. Excellent bars, restaurants and shopping as well.

Lifestyle

Very social and lots of life in the streets. Young, vibrant and eclectic. 

What not to expect

There's not very much green space at all in Gracia, although you won't miss it at all and hey you can't have everything.

The market

Very competitive and sought after, especially in Vila de Gracia. This is one of the neighbourhoods that foreign investors are most attracted to.

You'll fall in love with

The atmosphere of a bustleing small town in the heart of the city. Take a 5 minute stroll around Vila de Gracia and you'll know what we mean!


Pros

Unique 'small town' feel while still being in the heart of the city.

Excellent and dense boutique commerce: some of the city's best restaurants, clothes and shoes shopping, galleries, bars, and markets, for example.

Very high quality of life and environment: community life focuses on Gracia's plazas, which are scattered like gems throughout the barrio.  Life is vibrant in the squares as people from all walks of life gather there daily.

Cons

Competition for apartments in Gracia Barcelona is fierce.  Supply is low, demand is through the roof.

Buildings are old, apartments are small. Good renovated apartments cost a pretty penny.

You might never want to live in another part of the city again!

Not always the quietest neighborhood in the city. If you want total peace and quiet try Sant Gervasi / Sarria.



Location


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Market snapshot


Rent

11€ M2


Average price per m2

On average, Gracia is

11.7%

Less than other
Barcelona neighborhoods

Sale

3200 € M2


Average price per m
2

On average, Gracia is

4%

Less than other
Barcelona neighborhoods


Market Explained

Competition for finding a property in Gracia Barcelona is Fierce, with a capital F. Prices in Gracia Barcelona are higher than the norm in terms of the general state of the flats. The buildings tend to be old, the apartments on the smaller side, and the state of renovation is usually lacking.  Of course there are more renovated flats all the way up super lux apartments but for those you'll pay an accordingly higher premium. The most desired part of the Barcelona barrio to live in is actually called "Villa de Gracia". This is the part of Gracia that feels like a little magical village.  Many enamoured people resolve to never leave the barrio and move around within the same area for decades. Add the fact that it's a favourite of seemingly all international newcomers and you've got a veritable feeding frenzy. 



















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