Plaça del Sol


Lined with bars and restaurants, the rowdiest of Gràcia’s squares springs to life on long summer nights.It was the scene of summary executions after an uprising in 1870, and, during the civil war, an air-raid shelter was installed here.

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2. Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia

0.11 MILES

Gràcia's busiest square, the Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, was, until a few years ago, known as Plaça de Rius i Taulet, and you'll still hear that name…

3. Plaça de la Llibertat

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This popular square is home to the bustling Modernista produce market of the same name, along with a couple of great little restaurants.

4. Mercat de la Llibertat

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Opened in 1888, the ‘Market of Liberty’ was covered in 1893 by Francesc Berenguer i Mestres (1866–1914), Gaudí’s long-time assistant, in typically fizzy…

5. Plaça de la Virreina

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Pleasant terraces adorn the leafy, pedestrianised Plaça de la Virreina, presided over by the 17th-century Església de Sant Joan, rebuilt in the 1880s by…

6. Església de Sant Joan

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Construction on this striking church began in 1878 and was completed in 1884. It was designed by Francesc Berenguer i Mestres, Gaudí's protégé, but it's…

7. Casa Vicens

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A Unesco-listed masterpiece, this angular, turreted 1885-completed private house was Gaudí’s inaugural commission, when the architect was aged just 30,…

8. Mecànic

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Set in a stylishly converted garage, this forward-thinking photography hub specialises in experimental contemporary international work and hosts four…