Gràcia is a district of Barcelona and is the most distinctively Catalan neighbourhood within easy walking distance of the city centre. It was an independent town before it joined the city in the 20th century. Its narrow streets and young atmosphere gives Gràcia more of a local than a cosmopolitan feel. The district's many public squares are lively with people, and the wonderful Park Güell's Gaudi flair and panoramic views of the city delight.
One of Barcelona's most lively festivals, the Festa Major de Gracia, is a week long festival that displays the best of Catalan with a mass celebration in the streets. One of the most popular events is the 'Best decorated street', where residents from 23 neighbouring streets use anything and everything to decorate their street in a theme and vie for the prize.
Gracia is popular among students, and offers a lot of nice restaurants and bars for the student budget. The plazas in the area, as Plaça de Sol for instance, are filled with nightlife.