Passeig de Gràcia is a breathtaking boulevard located in Barcelona’s Eixample district; it is part of a 1 KM shopping line which stretches from Plaça Catalunya to Avinguda Diagonal and to the edge of Gràcia. The wide boulevards and buildings surrounding Passeig de Gràcia transports you back to a majestic time and adds to the feeling of opulence.
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The boulevard prides over 150 protected buildings, including some of the city’s greatest architecture. This in turn has led to the area central to Passeig de Gràcia becoming known as the ‘golden square mile’.
The avenue is stunning and its beauty is enhanced by its plane of trees and Art Nouveau street lamps, alongside decorated mosaic benches and pedestrian strips laid with flamboyant hexagonal paving stones.
During the 19th Century, this elegant, majestic boulevard was a showcase for Barcelona’s bourgeoisie and it also links the Plaça Catalunya with the district of Gràcia. The presence of the city’s finest modernist buildings makes Passeig de Gràcia an authentic open-air museum. It is also home to two of Gaudí’s most important creations here – La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.
For shopping, the avenue’s immense style and elegance means all the major fashion stores have set up shop here. From Zara, Loewe, Chanel, Mont Blanc, Adolfo Dominguez, Yves Saint Laurent, Escada and Hermès all have addresses here. It also includes Spanish stores such as Massimo Dutti. So if you’ve come to shop till you drop, then Passeig de Gràcia is the place to be!
The buildings along Passeig de Gràcia are beautifully designed and crafted, they include masterpieces like Casa Mila and Casa Batlo and the famous Gaudi houses.
Barcelona’s new artery, right in the centre of the newly built Eixample district, was the place wealthy bourgeois families chose to live. They constructed imposing buildings on both sides of the street that mesmerize those who walk past them. These jewels were created by architects of the calibre of Gaudí (La Pedrera and the Casa Batllo) and many more. On the pavement we can see the organic paving stones designed by Gaudí, and along the boulevard are the streetlamps by Pere Falqués, with their white-mosaic benches. The architectural jewels stand side by side with some of Barcelona’s most prestigious shops. This area is spectaculair to live in, with great apartments for rent with high ceilings!
How to Get there: Passeig de Gràcia is served by Passeig de Gràcia Metro station (yellow, purple and green lines).