Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gràcia

One of the main streets of Barcelona, this street is the most important artery of the Eixample district. The street was named after a village called Gracia connected to Barcelona via a road where later this modern avenue appeared. The trees along the street were planted in the 1820s and the development works started already in 1859, before the official approval of Ildefons Cerda i Sunyer's plan to expand Barcelona's territory.

After the medieval city wall was demolished the bourgeois controlling the city gladly moved to the newly built district to erect there their mansions and apartment houses. Construction works were in full swing during the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, thus coinciding with the splendor of the Catalan Modernisme in architecture – that is why the street is often referred to as a 'showcase of the Modernisme'. The most important sights of Barcelona such as Casa Mila, Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller and Casa Lleo i Morera are located in this street.

The price of a square meter in the district of Passeig de Gracia is one of the highest in the city. No wonder that the most luxurious hotels and most fashionable boutiques are most densely packed here, as it is true to restaurants and cafes always crowded with tourists. Everyone can find here what he or she prefers, whether it is a trendy store or some architectural masterpieces. Even the tiles of the pavement here were produced after a sketch by Antoni Gaudi, while the street lamps are standing in the avenue since 1906 – tall, wrought-iron lamps with mosaic benches.

Address: Passeig de Gràcia
How to reach: metro Catalunya, Diagonal, Passeig de Gràcia
Coordinates: 41.394297, 2.162294