Plaça de Sol – a lovely square, one of the favorite hangout places for the locals of Barcelona's district of Gracia.
Dating from around 1840 when Gracia was an independent town in the vicinity of Barcelona, it is lined by leafy trees and cozy bars and cafes. Plaça del Sol is probably the busiest square in this area, while not hectic at all. During the day, the marble floor heats up by the sun and works like heating at nights.
Because of this, youngsters from Barcelona enjoy sitting all over Plaça del Sol, drinking the cold beer while listening to guitar music. The magical atmosphere will soak you in at this lively but relaxed square. It's usually very quiet during the day, making it easy to find a place to sit in local restaurants.
Whole amazing district of Gracia is less known by tourists sou if you're aiming to get close to the real life of people in Barcelona, you shouldn't miss Plaça del Sol!
Even though it's very quiet during Summer months, especially August, this does not count for the two-week-long festival – Festa de Gracia! During the festival, there is live music, drink and food stalls all over the district and Plaça del Sol in particular for Barcelona’s and Catalonia’s biggest street festival. Catalans are very relaxed and warm-hearted people and their culture is so colorful!
During Festa de Gracia district Gracia becomes this magic land where you can find all different sorts of foods, drinks, and music! Music is all around! Every street has its own stage and every night, somebody is performing! Also, there's a competition between streets in transforming its appearance and only by wandering around you can enjoy the creativity of amazing people of Barcelona! You will be surprised many times! Of course, the festival ends in style with the enormous, colorful parade circled with amazing music!
How to get to Placa del Sol?
District Gracia is not that central in Barcelona but it is very easy to reach! By metro, take the green line L4 to Fontana. Walk down Carrer d'Asturies for 100 meters and turn right into Travessia de Sant Antoni. The 4th street on your left after 300 meters is Carrer del Planeta. Follow it for 100 meters and you have reached Plaça del Sol. Then just embrace the magic of the place and enjoy it as Catalans do.