Festa Major de Gràcia 2014
Spain is famed for its fiestas, and Festa Major de Gràcia is a week-long party that really puts Barcelona on the map. Beginning on Assumption Day, the event is Barcelona’s biggest neighbourhood festival, primarily put on for residents and neighbours but also open to visitors – it attracts over a million visitors each year.
The festival takes place in the setting of bohemian, laid-back Gràcia, which boasts charming narrow streets and independent shops and restaurants. This is a great time and place to get a real feel for authentic Spanish culture.
Although fun and friendly, the festival has a decidedly competitive streak. Each street in the neighbourhood chooses a theme and competes to win the prize for best decorated street. Themes can be anything from Roman wrestling to underwater sea life, and the creativity of the residents is very impressive. Previous years have seen Antarctic themed streets, Star Wars streets and Wild West saloons – there’s a surprise around every corner to keep you on your toes.
Partying begins in the early evening and continues into the early hours of the morning, with a parade on the first day to kick-start the festivities. Throughout the week there will be shows, music and more events taking place so expect plenty of singing, dancing and costumes. There’s no entry fee, drinks are cheap, and the individual streets make money by selling food, crafts and t-shirts, so you’ll be able to pick up a souvenir or something tasty to munch on.
The neighbourhood (or “barrio”) of Gràcia is very close to Generator Barcelona. If you’re feeling energetic it’s a fifteen minute walk away, or you can take the L3 from Diagonal Station to Fontana Station which takes around 11 minutes. Alternatively, a taxi will get you there in less than five minutes.