Festes de Gràcia

 Tuesday 15th to Monday 21st August 2017

One of the highlights of summer in Barcelona are without doubt the Festes de Gràcia in the Vila de Gràcia, which in 2016 are celebrated between Monday 15th and Sunday 21st August.

The week-long festival draws massive crowds and one of the main attractions are the beautifully decorated streets of Gràcia old town, which compete with each other in the prestigious best-dressed street competition.

There is also always plenty to do and see with children, family and cultural events taking place throughout the day and concerts and performances going on until the early hours of the morning.

You can consult the Full Programme on the Official Festa Major de Gràcia website.

Festa Major de Gràcia 2016

Although we're often away in August, we generally get to visit the Festes de Gràcia at least once and 2016 was no exception. We came down from Sant Andreu de Llavaneres on Friday 19th August and had a walk round the Vila on the Saturday morning. I managed to take quite a few photos and have divided them up in the following four street decoration themes.

  • Under the Sea - This was the winning theme by Carrer de la Fraternitat and was absolutely out of this world. You can see an example below.
  • Pirates - The Pirate Street also had a nautical theme and was quite spooky at times.
  • Working Women - It looked a bit angry at the entrance but once inside the decorations were great and show the importance of working women throughout the history of Barcelona.
  • Two Love Themes - One street was all heatrs and the other looked like it had been decorated with giant sex toys. Seriously!

Did you visit Gràcia this year? Or any other year, for that matter. Please feel free to write about your experience and upload a few photos.

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