Favorite thing: this picture was taken in Plaça del Diamant.. (diamond square) closer to other beautiful square as is Virreina.. located in upper Gracia quarter the best thing to do by Gracia is strolling during spring or summer by the street maze that become Gracia for foreigners and sitting and relaxing drinking at any terrace ..
Located north of L'Eixample is the district of Gracia. It is known for its maze of narrow streets and lanes, and if you take the time for a wander around this area you will come across some lovely squares as well. There are some excellent restaurants and cafes dotted around if you are looking for somewhere off the main tourist drag.
My favourite square in the area is the pretty Placa de Ruis I Taulet. The square is lined with interesting bars and cafes, whose tables spill out into the square. In the centre is the lovely Torre del Rellotge (clock tower).
Fondest memory: Another nice square nearby is the tree-lined Placa de la Virreina. At the northern end of the square you will see the 17th century Esglesia de Sant Joan, which has an unusual (for a church anyway) mosaic-looking name above the entrance door. This pedestrian square is also home to some more cafes.
North of the area, up a steep hill, you will find Park Guell, another Gaudi gem - not just a building, but this time a whole garden and complex. It is a beautiful place to visit and offers some great views back over the city. While you are there pop in and have a look at Casa Museu Gaudi, where the great man himself lived for the last 20 years of his life.
This little square, one of the many in this Gracia area, is named after Francesc de Paula Rius Y Taulet, born in Barcelona in 1833 and deceased in Olerdola in 1890.
He studied at the Barcelona University til 1858 and decided to get himself involved in politics.
As far as I have found information he was very much concerned about urbanization of the city and he preserved parks and area's as the "parque de la Ciudadela".
He also was involved in many museum projects and his masterpiece was his contribution to the World Exposition, that opened at the 20th of May in 1888.
The Queen regente María cristina de Austria honoured him with the title of Marquise de Olérdola.
Fondest memory: When we had our first drink there on our day of our arrival, at 9 pm in the evening, we had no idea that this nice little square was named after such an important person.
take time out to discover as many of the wonderful neighbourhoods as possible. to an outsider everywhere in barcelona can be magical, it does have a pretty unique feel.
one amazing neighbourhood where many people spend an absolute lifetime is called gracia, it's just above the centre of town and is very much its own community with loads of great eating spots, bars and the excellent pair of verdi cinemas which also show great movies with the english soundtrack intact!
placa del sol at the centre of gracia has a great concentration of bars and gets really lively at the weekends, especially bar mond, centre of barcelona's pop phenomenon!
the gracia authorities are trying to quieten the place down about so outdoor drinking and eating may fade out soon which is a shame.
Fondest memory: my favourite thing about barcelona is spending all night having a laugh and then staying up to enjoy the sunshine the day after. sitting on a beach after my first sonar stands out in particular.
this photo shows how beautiful barcelonan sunsets can be too - taken from the barcelonetta end - great part of twon for little cafes and just wandering around chaotic streets.
Plaza del Sol
Fondest memory: This square is located in Gracia district. It's is the place I used to go a lot for a coffe or a beer usually after my classes in the University. It is a quiet place with very little shadow (as the name implies - 'Square of the Sun'). So if you go there be ready to get very hot and, if you have a 3-4 beers, you'll probably get very drunk.