Living Barcelona as an authentic local is only possible if you come to the city with your eyes wide open and an infinite desire to discover its hidden secrets.
Today we are walking along Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most sublime streets in the whole city, full of details that make it unique. A showcase of Catalan modernism that has an incredible heritage from its golden age, surrounded by luxury and splendour.
In a few words, it is a street to feel it.
If you are still wondering why you should visit it, in this article we give you 5 reasons to walk along Passeig de Gràcia, falling in love with all the details hidden in its kilometre and a half length.
1. Its famous architectural heritage.
Passeig de Gràcia is full of wonderful buildings for our visual delight at every step we take. During the beginning of the 20th century, it became one of the most luxurious streets of the city, where the bourgeois elite lived during the Catalan modernism period. These buildings were designed by the great architects of the time, giving rise to important works of art whose heritage has survived to the present day.
Our favourite corner is La Manzana de la Discordia, which is located between Aragón and Consejo de Ciento streets, and includes a group of buildings created by the three most popular architects of that time. This is where buildings as charismatic as Casa Batlló (La Pedrera) by Gaudí, Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch or Casa Lleó Morera by Domènec i Montaner can be found.
2. Charming benches, lampposts and tiles.
The attrezzo of the street does not go unnoticed either, as the benches, street lamps and even the tiles give off a distinctive essence. Designed by renowned architects such as Pere Falqués i Urpí and Antonio Gaudí, the civil architecture of the street has a very characteristic style that is rarely found in other European capitals.
3. Art for all publics.
In such a unique street full of culture there is no lack of museums to visit. One of our fetish options is the Perfume Museum, which has exhibitions that reflect the evolution of perfumery and its packaging from a historical and sociological perspective. Further on, we can find the Egyptian Museum dedicated to this impressive millenary civilization, as well as the Palau Robert or the Fundació Suñol for those who love artistic exhibitions involving renowned artists.
4. Its shops and businesses are waiting for you.
Passeig de Gràcia is, undoubtedly, one of the most frequented streets in Barcelona by tourists and visitors. This explains why major fashion and accessories brands have been settling in the avenue for decades, whether they are classic luxury brands or major textile companies.
Furthermore, we can also find the headquarters of large corporations and businesses both on this street and in the surrounding area, due to the growing reputation in the business world that the street has gained in recent years.
5. Pubs, cafes and restaurants of all styles.
There is no lack of places to enjoy a break with a good coffee, wine or beer in hand (at the consumer's choice). If there is something that amazes us about Passeig de Gràcia, it is its wide range of culinary choices, always ready for any plan —from exquisite cafés where you can enjoy pleasant conversations to finest restaurants in the whole of Barcelona—. The golden brooch for a visit where using all five senses is a must.