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Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia - Paseo de Gracia

Barcelona's famous shopping street

Passeig de Gracia is without doubt Barcelona's most famous and elegant shopping street where most of the top international fashion brands are located. This is where the flagship stores of many global fashion designer brands are located in Barcelona. Paseo de Gracia is also the most expensive street in Barcelona, and perhaps even in Spain, in terms of real estate.

The street name is 'Passeig de Gracia' in Catalan and 'Paseo de Gracia' in Spanish. The name means 'passage to Gracia' or in other words, the road to Gracia. Gracia was a separate village from Barcelona and located a little way to the west of the old walled city of Barcelona.

In those times Passeig de Gracia was a path through fields to connect Barcelona and Gracia, but when Barcelona became overcrowded in the 19th century, the city tore down the medieval Barcelona city walls and expanded into what is now the Eixample district of Barcelona. Over time the city of Barcelona engulfed the village Gracia and in 1897 Gracia was formally annexed by the city which now surrounds the old village. 

Before the 'Passeig de Gracia' name the path was called  'Camí de Jesús' - meaning 'Jesus' path' - because there was a convent called 'Jesus' on what is now the junction of streets Passeig de Gracia and Arago.


When the new Eixample - 'Extension' -  area of Barcelona was constructed to expand the old medieval city,  the Passeig de Gracia became the most expensive, fashionable and famous street in the new area of Barcelona Eixample. All the top architects of the modernist era have built famous structures on this street including Gaudi, Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and Sagnier.

Today the Passeig de Gracia is reputed to be Spain's most expensive street for real estate and is home several of Barcelona's most famous buildings, famous hotels and many top brand names in designer fashion.

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The Passeig de Gracia starts at Barcelona's iconic Plaza Catalunya central square and ends at Gracia village. It is a lovely stroll at any time of year and Passeig de Gracia is not a long street so it won't talk to long to enjoy famous boulevard but it can be expensive you visit too many of the high end fashion stores.

If you want a break during strolling then take a seat one one of the 32 lovely modernist trencadis benches, which also serve as the base of the Passeig de Gracia street lamps. The benches were designed by modernist architecht Pere Falqués i Urpí in 1906.

Highlights of this famous boulevard are the modernist houses Casa Batllo and La Pedrera by Antonic Gaudi and the  Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. There are several top restaurants on Passeig de Gracia in the five star hotels that lined the boulevard including Casa Fuster, Hotel Omm with Michelin starred Restaurant Moo, Hotel Oriental Mandarin with Michelin restaurant Moments.

The Passeig de Gracia is fabulous for shopping any day, but Christmas shopping is a treat. Christmas in Barcelona and on Passeig de Gracia opens with the Barcelona Shopping Night event every year at the start of December.

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Pictures Passeig de Gracia
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About Eixample area of Barcelona
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La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
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Hotels on Passeig de Gracia
Hotel Casa Fuster
Hotel Mandarin
Hotel Majestic

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 October 2017 17:55