Gràcia, smack in the middle of Barcelona, wasn’t always just a district in the city, but was once its own village, and as the NY Times points out in their recent photo essay on the ‘hood, “it’s never lost that village feeling and remains a jumble of narrow streets and tree-shaded plazas dotted with Art Nouveau architecture.”
And if you happen to be there right now instead of your bland cubicle (which, given it’s August, is not entirely implausible), you’ll see that the Festa Major de Gràcia is in full swing, an annual festival beginning on August 15 where the neighborhood is taken over by parade-goers, food stands and live music. And, as can seen above, every year the streets are decorated with a different theme by residents of other neighborhoods in a friendly competition. For a full list of events, check out their official site (how’s your Catalan?).
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