Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most beautiful—and expensive—avenues that runs through the center of Barcelona. The thoroughfare links the Placa Catalunya in the Eixample district to the eponymous Gracia neighborhood, and is home to a number of fantastic modernista and art nouveau buildings, including some stunners by Antoni Gaudí.
The Passeig de Gràcia is essentially a large open-air museum featuring a number of incredible buildings all on one avenue. Admire the works of many notable modernist architects while shopping along the Champs-Élysées of Barcelona at high-end boutiques such as Prada and Gucci.
Many walking and driving tours of Barcelona’s highlights take a closer look at the city’s famous architecture, including La Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, and along Passeig de Gràcia. Some tours include skip-the-line admission to La Sagrada Familia or a behind-closed-doors look at Gaudí’s La Pedrera. Hop-on hop-off bus tours stop nearby.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Passeig de Gràcia is a must for architecture and design lovers as well as shopaholics.
- Book a skip-the-line ticket to avoid notoriously long lines at La Sagrada Familia.
- Take a guided tour of Passeig de Gràcia to fully understand the avenue’s architecture.
- Passeig de Gràcia is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Take the L1, L2, L3, L4, or L5 metro line to the Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal station. Buses 7, 22, and 24 also run to this area. Alternatively, take a short walk from the Gothic Quarter to Catalunya Plaza (Plaça de Catalunya), where the avenue begins. La Sagrada Familia is about a 20-minute walk northeast of Passeig de Gràcia. When to Get There
Barcelona experiences its high season in July and August. The shoulder seasons—generally in May, June, September, and October—are best for pleasant weather and thinner crowds. Winter is also a good time to visit for crisp, sunny days and almost no tourists.
An Architect’s Dream Street
The Passeig de Gràcia is home to some of the most beautiful architectural marvels in Barcelona, if not all of Spain. Notable buildings include the Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch; the Casa Lleó Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner; and Casa Mila (aka La Pedrera) and Casa Batllo by famous Barcelonian Antoni Gaudí, who also created the lovely design of the avenue’s pavement.