As every year, the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, ??one of the neighborhoods preferred by national and international students, celebrates its main festival. The "Fiestas de Gracia" parties are undoubtedly, together with "La Mercè", one of the best-known and most popular festivals in Barcelona. However, this is not another year, as the holidays are celebrating their 200th birthday! If you want to know the history of these traditional holidays do not miss our post today.
Without a doubt, the neighborhood of Gracia is one of the neighborhoods of Barcelona with the most personality. But do you know since when is a neighborhood of Barcelona? Where now are our flats for students of Travessera de Gracia or the university flats of Gala Placidia, before there were fields of cultivation, which then were transformed into streets and squares. It was in 1897 when the town of Gracia began to be part of a Barcelona that was growing.
When Gracia joins Barcelona her party begins to become increasingly relevant. From the end of the 19th century, every summer, from August 15 to 21, the residents of the Gracia neighborhood decorate its streets and squares and the neighborhood is filled with people, activities, popular meals and concerts.
200 years later, the biggest party in Gracia has become the best known party in Barcelona. This festival that was born as a neighborhood celebration, is nowadays a party with a great international recognition.
This year the party has a special charm, since its bicentennial is celebrated with various events have been organized, which are not limited to the date of the festivities, but began in the month of May and will end next year.
If you want to know the evolution of the party in these 200 years, you can visit the tent set up in "Els jardinets de Gracia" where you can see historical photographs like the one that accompanies this news. Also in the streets through scannable QR codes you can see historical images.
And although all the students who stay with Barcelona Student Housing are very young, you can take a trip to the past and attend the same concerts that were held in the 1964 Festa Major and dance to the rhythm of "Los Sirex" or the "Mustang" "As maybe your parents did if they were in Barcelona at that time. ????
If you are in Barcelona during the month of August you can not miss its decorated streets and the great festive atmosphere that can be felt in every corner of the neighborhood.
To see the full program of the holidays you can check the website https://www.festamajordegracia.cat. In this web you can filter by date, type of activity or location. You will see that there are events for all tastes and ages: music, sports, gastronomy ... all in its beautiful streets adorned by neighbors. Enjoy the parties of Gracia!