At an apartment in Villa de Gràcia with HomeAway you can sample small-town Catalan life at the heart of Barcelona. This area is an enclave of intimate squares, artisan shops and traditional markets, but there’s also a trendy edge, seen at fashionable bars and one-off boutiques. Holiday homes in Villa de Gràcia would suit anyone who’d like to see a different side to Barcelona. Some rentals designed with the flair and individualism for which Gràcia is vaunted, ideal for younger visitors. Other Villa de Gràcia apartments are more traditional, with century-old quirks and architectural features on display, but combined with the ease of use of contemporary accommodation.
- Architecture. Forming one city-wide UNESCO World Heritage Site are Barcelona’s numerous Catalan Modernist buildings from the late-19th and early-20th Centuries. The best-known architect was Antoni Gaudí who created Gràcia’s sumptuous Park Güell, as well as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, and the unmissable Sagrada Família church, one of Barcelona’s instantly recognisable sights.
-Museums. Barcelona has a collection of world-class museums. If you’re here for art then the “ArTicket” will give you access to six of the city’s top museums, including the fantastic Joan Miró museum. Kids will love the Museum of Natural History, down in Barceloneta - the Barcelona Aquarium is also found here and houses more than 11,000 animals representing 450 different species.
-Entertainment. Whether you want high-brow culture or a vibrant club scene, Barcelona is great for evenings on the town. There are world-class live music venues like Apolo and Razzmatazz, which also doubles as a gigantic nightclub. The Gran Teatre del Liceu meanwhile is a suitably opulent setting for operas, while l’Auditori is a little more diverse, offering anything from classical to world music.
-Food and drink. Some of the best times to be had in Barcelona are over a meal, and there’s such a wide range of culinary experiences available. You could try something casual like a Basque-style Pintxos bar – where they serve imaginative open sandwiches held together by toothpicks, or you could head for Barceloneta to enjoy fresh seafood dishes like Paella.
-Other sights. Gràcia is a neighbourhood with its own character, resembling a Catalan village more than a city. There’s something interesting happening on every street and square. Barcelona’s other districts are also within reach – all visitors should see Montjuïc, explore the Ciutat Vella, walk Las Ramblas and pop into the Boqueria market.
Barcelona has Mediterranean weather, with relatively high humidity ensuring that plant life in the city stays green throughout the year. By UK standards summers are long, warm and dry – in July and August temperatures often hit the low-30s. July is the driest month of the year, with September and October the wettest thanks to isolated but dramatic downpours. Winters in the city are normally mild – if you get to a Villa de Gràcia holiday rental in December a light jacket or cardigan will suffice outdoors. It’s also remarkably bright at this time of year, with three times more winter sunshine in Barcelona than many locations in northern Europe.
If you’re heading to a Villa de Gràcia holiday home from Britain then the most convenient route is via Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN), which is a few kilometres southwest of the city. El Prat is Spain’s second airport, and is served by a host of airlines flying from the UK. Once you land, it’s simple to get to Gràcia from the airport with public transport. You can catch an R2 suburban train to Barcelona-Sants, and from there simply hop on the L5 Metro line to Diagonal or Verdaguer.