«Soc fan of Catalonia». With the slogan of the new tourism campaign in Catalonia we are going to dedicate some entries on the land in which I live and of which I declare myself an unconditional fan. During this tour, we will visit cities, beaches and mountains. All just a few hours from Barcelona. Because, that you spend the summer working does not mean that you have to stay hopelessly at home. Today we begin this tour by visiting one of the most traditional and picturesque festivals in Barcelona: the festa major of Barri de Gràcia.
The differential fact that highlights the Gràcia parties of the other neighborhoods is that the neighbors adorn the streets and each street participates in the contest. Although the party is believed to date back to 1817 and had a totally religious aspect, it was not until the end of the 19th century that, thanks to workers and citizens, it became more playful.
Not all streets are decorated and host parties and concerts, but still all the streets and squares of the center end up crowded until the party is over; This year at 2 AM. We opted to visit them in the middle of the afternoon, a good time to enjoy the original decorations without many crowds.
One of the main features in the decorations is recycling, almost all streets are made with recycled products and neighbors are the ones who spend time and money making the most spectacular creations and trying to win the contest.
The winning streets of this year have been: