Gràcia – Quiet pleasures

Gràcia is a very eclectic, unique neighborhood of two-story houses, sunny plazas, and a bohemian atmosphere, partly due to its large population of students and artists.

The neighborhood extends northward of the Passeig de Gràcia and Diagonal, and its village-like ambience is due to the fact that it was once its own separate village outside the walls of Barcelona. You’ll find streets lined with workshops that date hundreds of years back, and instead of monuments you’ll find charming neighborhoods and intimate squares, living testaments to the ordinary people who live and lived here rather than stone statues of famous people.

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Camp Nou – Soccer fanatics (and others) need apply

The home of the Barcelona soccer team, Barca, is Camp Nou, the largest sports stadium in Europe, with a capacity of about 120,000. The popularity of the team can be attested to by the scarcity of tickets to see them, despite the size of the stadium. Most seats in Camp Nou are occupied by socis (or members) the wealthiest soccer club in the world.

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