Passeig de Gracia is one of the main avenues in Barcelona and the most famous ones in Spain, due to its importance for tourism, shopping, business and a great showcase of outstanding works of modernist architecture declared Patrimony of Humanity. The avenue is located in the central part of the city, the Eixample district, and divides this into two parts, left and right Eixampes. It connects the Diagonal avenue with Cataluña Square, the central point of Barcelona. Popularity may be similar to the Champs Elysees of Paris, due to its picturesque and elegant image.
Passeig de Gràcia was from the beginning designed to be Barcelona's Grand Avenue. Its origins can be traced back to Roman times when it was a path that linked to Via Augusta. In the beginning of the twentieth century it was consolidated as the main bourgeois residential street, creative contribution of the modernist architects, Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Enric Sagnier, and so on, Which dignified buildings existing and new homes built rather unique ways, such as the Casa Mila (Built between 1906 and 1910 by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet for the Mila family. It is one of the most imaginative art pieces of the history of architecture, this work is more a sculpture than a building), Casa Batlló (Built in 1875 by Antoni Gaudí for Mr. José Batlló Casanovas, it is considered as the masterpiece of the façade decoration), Casa Amatller, Casa Lleó Morera etc, some of them has been recognized by UNESCO as "World Heritage". In 1906 the architect Pere Falqués i Urpí, designed the famous trencadís banches distributed throughout the ride.
Nowadays, the art, entertainment and the most exclusive shops live together in perfect harmony here. Besides being one of the best places to see Catalan Modernist architecture, this avenue is one of the major streets for shopping in Barcelona. Passeig de Gracia meets the big brands, so is the street of Barcelona that houses a large number of exclusive shops of different items. All national and international fashion houses have their boutique here. Among prestigious designers you will find Adolfo Dominguez, Loewe, Chanel, Yves-Saint-Laurent, Hermès, Laurel, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna, Max Mara, Escada and Armand Bassi, so as the Spanish ones such Purificación García, Camper, Mango, Zara etc. Passeig de Gracia is also rich with food and leisure establishments, plenty of stylish bars and restaurants, fast foods, ice-cream parlors are located here. There are also several souvenir shops and the most important bookstores in the city, Casa Del Llibre.
Due to its very privileged and centric location, the transport offer is truly wide, plenty of municipal buses, underground lines (Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 5) will provide your transfer to all corners of Barcelona, the walking distance to Las Ramblas is just over ten minutes, Sagrada Familia is at 20 minutes walking away from here as well.