Passeig de Gracia
Here are five amazing things to do around Passeig de Gracia
1.) Go on a Gaudi Walking Tour
This guided walking tour will take you to the core of Gaudi’s Barcelona. You will discover his most emblematic and most famous pieces of art. You will also discover interesting aspects about the city, learning about Chupa Chups lollipops and about many other stories and anecdotes.
2.) See Barcelonian students’ everyday life
(University of Barcelona) The University is quite striking and the emblem of the city reigns over its top. If you want to discover what it is like to be a student in Barcelona, or if you want to meet some students, this is obviously the best place to go.
3.) Admire the giant Placa de Catalunya
The massive Plaza de Cataluña is one of the main landmarks in Barcelona. Even if it is not an actual monument, it is very emblematic of the Barcelonan pride, embodied in the architecture and in the shape of the plaza. And if you’re lucky you may see a celebration of a FC Barcelona victory! That’s the square where Catalans go to party after a good match!
4.) Rest in the Rector Olivera Gardens
These gardens are so beautiful that you are likely to stay there once you have entered, caught by their charm. They are part of the hidden Barcelonan gardens tourists do not know about, and they’re definitely worth a visit.
5.) Visit both the interior and facade of the Casa Batllo
The interior of the house is open to visitors, but there is an entrance fee. Nevertheless, it is worth the price as it is quite unique. Indeed, the rooms are in themselves pieces of art. They are undoubtedly a precursor of the contemporary decorative art, which makes them quite impressive. If you visit Barcelona in summer, you may want to buy a ticket for the jazz concerts that they offer in the terrace with the most spectacular views!
Facts about the Passeig de Gracia
Barcelona used to be much smaller than it is nowadays. During that time, you had plenty of little towns surrounding the city. “Gracia” nowadays a very beautiful neighborhood in the city, was one of them and was linked to Barcelona thanks to the Passeig de Gracia, which was the longest avenue going from that village to the big city.
Nowadays, it is completely integrated to Barcelona as the city has expanded and absorbed the villages around. Nevertheless, it remains one of the main transportation routes in Barcelona. Moreover, it is always very animated and quite crowded as four very famous buildings have been built along the Passeig de Gracia: the Casa Batllo and the Pedrera of Gaudi, the casa Lléo Morera and the Casa Amatller. Three of them are built on the “island of discord”.
Passeig de Gracia
The Passeig de Gracia is one of the main avenues in Barcelona so it’s quite a lively street. It also symbolizes the city’s extension trough, the centuries and the link between the old city and the former suburbs. It is, therefore, a great reminder of Barcelona’s influence and its spirit of integration.
- Try not to go there on a weekend as it would be quite crowded.
- If you do not know what to do in Barcelona, this would be a good place to begin your sightseeing.
- A cool thing to do is to go with the metro to Gracia (Fontana metro stop), visit the neigbourhood and then start walking by Passeig de Gracia. It’s a 20 minutes walk but downhill, you’ll love it!
1.) Casa Mila/Pedrera:
Gaudi also designed and built this house, which has become one of his most famous creations. The façade is quite original and creative, pure Gaudi-style. It really is something to see before leaving Barcelona! Moreover, it is just on the Passeig de Gracia.
2.) Catalan Music’s Palace:
This music palace is a wonderful place to listen to music and it offers plenty of concerts during the year. If you happen to love music and you have a free evening in Barcelona, do not hesitate to visit this place.
3.) The Sagrada Familia (It’s quite far from Passeig de Gracia):
This cathedral is likely to be the first building that comes to mind when you think of Barcelona. Indeed, it is probably the most original cathedral in the entire world! With the decorations and towers, Gaudi has done a remarkable work. Unfortunately, he was not able to finish it as he passed away during its construction.
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
Why it’s worth visiting
- It is one of the main avenues of Barcelona and you can therefore head yourself to almost anywhere in Barcelona from here.
- It links very famous buildings and monuments of the city such as the Casa Batllo and the Pedrera.
- It’s the best place to go shopping. You’ll find everything you need. From expensive brands to cheap ones. All in the same avenue!