Paseig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia is the most luxurious road of Barcelona –and maybe of the entire Spain!- and an unmissable tourist destination.
Formerly known as Camí de Jesús, literally Jesus Road, Passeig de Gràcia was just a rural street that connected the historic city centre to the old Gràcia –once a separate town-. This was still the case at the time of the urbanization in 1824. The new avenue became the favourite place for aristocrats who started to have their palaces built right there to display their wealthy lives. Giving start to a kind of vanity race : they used to commission to modernist/Art Noveau architects the construction of their own properties. This is the reason why you can still admire majestic and surprising buildings exactly on the left side of Paseig de Gràcia.
Walking through Passeig de Gràcia
Below a list of the most fascinating buildings. Let’s find out more details!
- № 27 – Casa Malagrida
- № 35 – Casa Lleo Morera
- № 41 – Casa Amatller
Also known as Palau Malagrida, it is a splendid modernist building dating back to 1908 and built by the architect Joaquím Codina. It was constructed to be a residence for different families. Its façade is characterized by wrought iron balustrades, flower reliefs and a loft-shaped cupola.
The next three buildings are part of a city block known as “Manzana de la Discordia” that is “Block of discord”. Noted for having buildings by four of Barcelona’s most famous modernist architects, the four different styles make the block stands out and clashing with the neighbouring buildings.
Realized between 1902 and 1906, it is the work of Lluis Domenèch i Montaner and won the prize at the first artistic buildings contest established by the city of Barcelona. During the Spanish civil war the building was considerably damaged and it was necessary to work hard in order to refurbish it. Unfortunately the statues decorating the windows have gone lost. It is still a private residence so it is not possible to visit Casa Morera.
Designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the building was originally constructed as a residence for the chocolatier Antoni Amatller between 1898 and 1900. It is a mixture of Catalan gothic and Flamingo. Declared historic-artistic monument, nowadays you can just visit the vestibule in the palace. Don’t miss the sculpture compositions on the main façade, there is also a rat with a camera!
- № 43 – Casa Battló
It is considered one of the most original of Gaudí’s works : extremely innovative but functional first of all. Everything in the house is arranged around an open space, the patio or courtyard, in order to make it bright and airy. Characterized by a sandstone façade, its roof is covered with dazzling tiles giving the idea of the skin of an ancient reptile or a colourful dragon.
- № 92 – Casa Milá
Built between 1905 and 1920, it is also known as “La Pedrera”, the quarry. In fact, due the wavy shape, it is supposed to look like a rock consumed by atmospheric agents like the waves of the ocean. The 33 balconies of the five floors represent the vegetable world.
The windows suggest caves and the terrace is actually an extraordinary chimney exhibition.
How to get there
You can get to Passeig de Gràcia by underground : whether you take the L2, the violet line, the L3, the green line, or the L4, the yellow line, you can get off at Passeig de Gàcia station. Otherwise you can take both L1, the red line, or L3 and get off at Catalunya station.
The pavements in Passeig de Gràcia are made with hexagonal tiles designed by Antoni Gaudí, making them known as “Gaudí’s mosaics”. The pavements looks like beehives or turtles shells. The bas-relieves remind sea shells, seaweeds and starfishes.