Paseo de Gracia Boulevard - Best Area to Stay for Sightseeing and Shopping

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Paseo de Gracia boulevard (in Catalan Passeig de Gràcia) is considered to be Barcelona’s most expensive real estate. This neighborhood is also home to some of the best shopping in Barcelona and serves as an important business area. Great architecture abounds, and some of Barcelona’s most famous architects have contributed, like Antoni Gaudi (Casa Batllo and La Pedrera), Domenech i Montaner (Casa Lleo Morera), and Puig i Cadafalch (Casa Amatller).

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When you plan to spend many days in the town during your Barcelona vacation, or if you take just a weekend trip, you may want to book accommodation in the best areas to stay in Barcelona.

We recommend the Eixample district, and in particular the Passeig de Gracia neighborhood, as one of the best places to stay in town. You have many transportation options in the area, several famous attractions, restaurants, and of course, one of the best shopping districts.

You can never go wrong if you book your hotel in this area. You'll find not only hotels but also hostels, Bed and Breakfast, guest houses, and beautiful apartments. We offer deals for almost all accommodation types.

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Barcelona Tours in Paseo de Gracia

We offer some fantastic tours in Passeig de Gracia that really shouldn't be missed. When you go on a tour, you really will enhance your Barcelona sightseeing experience.

A great tour for Barcelona sightseeing in Passeig de Gracia is the Barcelona Walking Tour focusing on Modernism. You’ll learn about this artistic movement and what made it such a unique time in history. This tour will take you through the Palau de la Música Catalana, Casa Batlló and the Casa Amatller. It departs from the Barcelona tourism office located at Plaza Catalunya. The tour ends at the Catalan Modernism Museum, where you have free admission.

You should also consider the Gaudi bike tour. Not only will you see buildings in the Paseo de Gràcia neighborhood like Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, but also you will explore the Palau de la Musica, the Parc de la Ciutadella, and La Sagrada Familia among other attractions. This fact-filled tour takes 3 hours and is limited to 15 people. (It’s a leisurely ride, so you don’t have to be an expert biker to participate). If you love architecture, this is one of the most exciting Barcelona tours.

La Pedrera (Casa Mila), by Antoni Gaudi is one of the attractions in Paseo de Gracia

La Pedrera (Casa Mila), by Antoni Gaudi, is one of the attractions in this street

Modernist Buildings at Passeig de Gracia

Many people initially visit this neighborhood for Barcelona sightseeing to view the Block of Discord and Antoni Gaudi’s work in particular. However, once people see how amazing this area is, they tend to get drawn in, and they spend even more time exploring. Modernist architect Pere Falqués designed even the streetlamps with the benches in Paseo de Gràcia!

Expect to see designer stores and fancy hotels including the Hotel Mandarin Oriental. (If you are looking for a great place to eat, don’t miss the acclaimed restaurant Moments at the hotel!). If you are a fashion lover, you will find endless places to shop including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and many other brands. There are also ample trendy boutiques that get shoppers very excited.

Barcelona Shopping Area of Passeig de Gracia

Passeig de Gracia is one of the major shopping axes of Barcelona city, full of well renowned trendy shops. Though you will also find a lot of shops that are not located on Passeig de Gracia Boulevard, but in Rambla Catalunya and other transverse streets in the area of Eixample district. Click the link below to open the shopping map and check all the shops in the area.

Shopping Map of Paseo de Gracia (Passeig de Gràcia) and Eixample District

Paseo de Gracia - The Block of Discord, showing Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo

The Block of Discord, showing Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo

Exploring the Block of Discord

You will see amazing modernist architecture throughout Barcelona, but the most important works for Barcelona sightseeing are in the Block of Discord. It received that name due to the striking contrasts between the different styles on the same block.

Some of the buildings include Casa Batllo by Antoni Gaudi, Casa Lleò Morera, designed by Domènech i Montaner, and Casa Amatller, designed by Puig i Cadafalch. Casa Amatller was created for Antoni Amatller who was a chocolate baron. It has a distinct neo-Gothic style. Casa Lléo Morera is home to a few elegant stores, and you can tour these buildings on the Block of Discord. Casa Amatller was opened to the public in 2014.

Casa Batllo is quite memorable, and you should consider touring this gorgeous and striking building. You will quickly recognize the exterior of the building because it is decorated with a mosaic of colorful glass and ceramics. Incidentally, Gaudi’s work La Pedrera is also located at Passeig de Gracia. In fact, his signature style is all over the neighborhood.

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Paseo de Gracia - Plaza Catalunya is considered the heart of Barcelona

Plaza Catalunya is considered the heart of Barcelona

Why is Plaza Catalunya so Famous?

Plaza Catalunya is a large square that serves as a city center transport hub. In this busy area, the Old City (Ciutat Vella) meets the L’Eixample district. You will easily come across this location as it is where Passeig de Gracia almost meets La Rambla, which is on the opposite side of the square. You might also end up at Plaza Catalunya since it serves as a kind of hub for public transportation. One of the largest subway terminals is right below the square. The Renfe train also has a main station here, as well as the Catalan trains FGC.

Since nine different streets go into the square, there are always lots of different types of people walking around. You’ll also be impressed by all the stately buildings that are in this plaza. Plaza Catalunya is also known for the numbers of pigeons that congregate here. In this picturesque setting, you can relax or do some shopping.

You can also see some beautiful art right in Plaza Catalunya including Deessa (the Goddess) by Joseph Clara, which is a sculpture of a female made from white marble. Other interesting pieces of art include Pastor del Flaviol by Pablo Gargallo and sculptures by Joseph Llimona. You can also find the Monument a Francesc Macia, which honors the former president of the Catalan government.

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