Passeig de Gracia
Passeig de Gracia is without a doubt Barcelona’s most glamorous avenue. In the district of Eixample it connects Ciudad Vell (the old centre) with the once independent town of Gracia.
Being used as a footpath since Roman times, it was constructed as a wide boulevard during Barcelona’s extension in the end of the 19th century.
Passeig de Gracia is a fine example of art nouveau architecture. Barcelona’s typical version of art nouveau is called modernisme or modernista.
This distinct style made architects like Antoni Gaudi, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch world famous. A great example for their buildings can be found virtually next door to each other on Passeig de Gracia.
The manzana de la discordia (block of discord) shows their different interpretations of modernista architecture with Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller, Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló, and Lluís Domènech i Montaner's Casa Lleó Morera.
The biggest tourist attraction on Passeig de Gracia is Casa Mila (nicknamed la Pedrera by the locals).
This modernista jewel by Antoni Gaudi impresses with its extraordinary interior and exterior design as well as with its great roof-top terrace. When it was built, Passeig de Gracia used to be Barcelona’s aristocrats elegant promenade. Today there is more of an equality of people you can meet.
However, the exclusivity of Passeig de Gracia is maintained by the type of its shops. From international brands like Chanel or Yves-Saint-Laurent to Spanish ones such as Purificación García, anything that will make a shopping heart beat faster is waiting for you in the boulevards windows.
How to get to Passeig de Gracia?
From la Rambla and Placa Catalunya just walk up on your right and you will already be there. Passeig de Gracia is best explored by foot. If you would like to go a bit further, we recommend the Barcelona Bus Turistic, which stops several times along Passeig de Gracia.