Locals crave to live there and tourists queue to get into its most famous buildings, Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most desired places to be in Barcelona. Discover a bit more about this incredible avenue:
The first of the streets built where Passeig de Gràcia starts was called “Camino de Jesús” and was used to go from Barcelona to Gràcia, which was then a separate village. In 1827 the whole city was remodeled and the planning of the Eixample district converted this small road into a 42 meter wide Avenue and quickly became the desired residence location for Barcelona’s growing aristocracy. During the nineteenth century, land owners ordered some of the best architects of the moment to design their buildings, that’s why nowadays we can see various houses by Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluís Donènech i Montaner and Enric Saginer; transforming the avenue in one of the main spots for modernist architecture, even creating an area known as the “Block of Discord”, where you can find examples of all four architect’s buildings
One of the architects that has more buildings in the avenue is world-famous Antoni Gaudí, who built many of the houses of Barcelona’s aristocracy such as the Güell family.
In only a few hundred meters you’ll be able to admire and visit Casa Amatller, one of the most unknown of Gaudí’s buildings in the avenue; Casa Batlló, a house remodeled by the architect, who was inspired by a marine theme and the legend of St. George and the Dragon; and La Pedrera, probably the most spectacular of all of the three, with a magnificent rooftop you can visit and incredible modernist furniture also designed by Gaudí.
Passeig de Gràcia is well-known for being the prime location for luxury brands and big fashion companies. It’s also the most expensive street in Barcelona where you can set up a business. Along its streets you can find any brand you can imagine, from the Apple shop at the beginning of the avenue to Armani, Gucci and other haute couture makes. But if you want the Catalan brands you can go to others like Vinçon, a well-known interior design shop or go to get some typical Catalan slippers at Castañer, the most well-known maker of “espardenyes”.
In Passeig de Gràcia you’ll find restaurants for all budgets and taste buds. If you want a special treat you should head for Moments, a restaurant located in a hotel that even has a Michelin star, as does Lasarte, directed by Michelin star chef Martín Berasategui.
If you don’t want to spend as much you’ve got a wide selection of places where you can try the best tapas such as Txapela, a restaurant specialized in Basque tapas; or take a bite in a wonderful garden terrace in El Principal.
There are plenty and easy ways of getting to Passeig the Gràcia as it’s located in the center of the city.
Metro: L3, L5 Passeig de Gràcia
Bus: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
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