What to see on Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona? History and architecture

What to see on Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona? History and architecture

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The Paseo de Gracia (Passeig de Gracià) in Barcelona is an imposing and stately avenue that runs through the center of the city, where the incredible modernist buildings of Barcelona they turn this avenue into a true open-air museum.

The Paseo de Gracia is one of the most visited routes by tourists and where you can see modernist buildings of artists like Gaudi, with the stone and the Batlló House; Puig i Cadafalch, with the Amatller house, Y Domènech i Montaner, with the Lleó Morera House among other.

On the floor of the Paseo, we find the organic flooring designed by Gaudí, and along the entire route, the streetlights of Pere Falqués with white mosaic benches.

These gems of architectural and urban design They are currently intermingled with the most prestigious shops and businesses in Barcelona.

The benches that tourists find in this charming and distinguished avenue of Barcelona have been made with the characteristic Catalan modernist mosaic.

The technique, called Trencadis, consists of using ceramic fragments of different colors and sizes in order to cover the surface and has been widely used in Catalan modernism.

A very clear example of Trencadís can be seen in Park Güell.

The Paseo de Gracia It has become a place to enjoy every time we visit Barcelona. The Walk can be done walking in about half an hour.

Plaça Catalunya

The starting point of Passeig de Gracià is Plaça Catalunya, is the main square of Barcelona and the meeting point of its two largest shopping areas.

There are several notable buildings around the square that played an important role during the Civil War, such as the Telecommunications Tower and the Hotel Colon.

The fountain in the center of the square is full of life, being especially pleasant at night when its water spots light up.

Shopping trip

Passeig de Gracià is famous for being the heart of designer shopping in Barcelona, compared to the Champs Elysees in Paris.

The choice of the best brands is simply overwhelming: Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Channel, Tiffany’s, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Hermès, Zadig & Voltaire, Guess and more.

There are also many cafes and outdoor areas to enjoy when you need to relax and thanks to the architectural gems that line both sides of the street, you can combine cultural visits and shopping at the same time.

Images: Stock Photos, by imagIN.gr photography and Strokes on Paper at Shutterstock

Video: Paseo de Gracia. Barcelona Walking Tour ᴷ


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