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Santuari de Sant Josep de la Muntanya

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Restaurant Review: Burger Joints in Barcelona

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The Good Life in Barcelona

switchSwitch  is a small oasis to electronic music cult, located in the neighborhood of Gràcia, ideal for people looking for cool and alternative spaces.

A small space designed to savor a drink meanwhile while enjoying a carefully selected music from DJs and musical groups with an alternative point.

A beautifully decorated space with entrance a little dark, that goes into a spaced with generous lighting and eyes appreciates with a minimalist point, where the stools are boxes and the bar is glass.

Francisco Giner 24, map.


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Gràcia (III) – Vermut time

Not Only Eating

These days you can enjoy popular celebrations in Festes de Gràcia. Besides viewing the decorated streets, this is a good time to know some bars in the area if you want to taste a traditional vermut.

Bodega Quimet (Vic St.23): Just a few tables in a traditional place recovered from the past. Vermut at 1 euros and a varied sort of tapas (hig quality sausage from Extremadura)


Vermuteria del Tano (Joan Blanques St.,17 or Bruniquer St.30): There are always ready the ingredients for a vermut in a traditional and authentic setting.


Costa Brava (Alzina St.58): little bodega in a quiet place of the area. Any sophistication, but good tapas and vermut.

costa brava

Gata Mala (Rabassa St.37): to go early in the evening, you can get beer (caña) and a free tapa. At night you can taste a gin tonic.

gata mala

Bodega Marín (Milà i…

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Lively Gracia | Things to do in Barcelona

The Festa Major de Gràcia, the district’s colourful annual festival, takes place from 15th to 21st August

Read about it in this blog by Lifestyle Barcelona

Lively Gracia | Things to do in Barcelona.

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Festigabal: from 19th to 21st August

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Louisiana, le bon vivant

restaurante-envaliraVila de Grácia is one of Barcelona’s highlights. No doubts about that.

The trendy and booming yet at the same time typical, charming and quiet neighborhood worths by itself a trip to Barcelona.

In the middle of this traditional Catalan place you can find Plaza del Sol, a square filled with avid youngsters and a few terraces, good for tapas snacking. Today is time to tell you about a specific secret – the one of Envalira. And it is not about tapas at all.

The first time I went there I thought it was closed for good. It is right there, in one of the square corners, but as they only open their doors (and uncover the entrance) at 1.30 pm (lunch time) and 9 pm (dinner), my will was disarmed due to the lack of this useful information.

The second time, however, I passed by at a later time…

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Looking into the future

Celebrating a new millennium

A bit random, I know, but reaching 1,000 views is a kind of significant milestone since I started this site 3 months ago and I would like to thank all those who have helped me achieve it and for the kind comments I have received over the period.mydiagonal1000

And it’s a good opportunity to give a wee update: –  over the next weeks and months, I will be adding new posts on places to see, eat or shop around the Eixample and Gràcia, and on events going on Barcelona-wide, as well as re-blogging other items that I think will interest visitors. There will soon be a section on restaurants and hotels, getting around and plenty more that can be found by clicking on the different categories on the right.

All comments, suggestions and critiques are welcome and I look forward to interacting with explorers of Barcelona over the coming months to make MyDiagonal a comprehensive resource for those looking to experience the city off the beaten track.

So, Fins aviat! (See you soon) and watch this space.

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To go: Grácia in Barcelona

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Plaça Vila de Gràcia

The old and the new

Plaça Vila de Gràcia

Plaça Vila de Gràcia

As Gràcia was absorbed into the expanding ¨new¨ Barcelona of the latter 1800s, its old town square adopted a rather priapic clock tower, its most striking -pardon the pun- architectural feature, facing the town hall on its southern side.

Vila de Gràcia is very much a local square where residents of all ages and backgrounds sit out on sunny days to chat, play chess, kick footballs around or enjoy a drink at one of the several outdoor cafés. Its character has not changed much in recent years and it has a more tranquil and less bohemian feeling than other parts of the district, as it isn’t in the thick of the cosmopolitan shopping, artistic and gastronomic experience further up across Travessera de Gràcia. It is the ideal place to stop off and relax and let your kids run around while visiting this part of Gràcia.

Plaça Vila de Gràcia is only a ten minute walk from the Diagonal and the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, and therefor not far from some of the most notable modernista houses such as Casa Fuster,  Palau Robert, Palau Baró de Quadras and Casa Terrades, the House of Spikes

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