Passeig de Gràcia

Barcelona is well known for Gaudí. But it has much more to offer. Modernisme is the most magic artistic period of the modern era. Walking along Passeig de Gràcia, one of the most stylish streets in Barcelona, you will have the chance to discover many secrets and many other masterpieces of Art, Architecture and Urbanism. From the most trendy bars of 100 years ago to the luxurious hotels in the city, you will enjoy and learn everything about the artistic movement that made Barcelona so popular.

Tour description

What to expect on this tour

A walking tour to see the splendid 19th century richness of the city will take you to many buildings, some outside, some inside. Find the history of the modern city. Will go thru main buildings, but also small shops, coffee shops and event hotels.

  • Entrance in La Pedrera

  • Views over the city from different terraces

  • Visit Casa Fuster

  • Casa Amatller cocolate showroom

  • Enjoy Casa Batlló

#ARCHITECTURE   #MODERNISM  #CREATIVITY

Meeting Point - Transportation
  • Starting from Plaça Catalunya the tour walks through the  main buildings

Rain policy
  • The tour is done outdoors and indoors

  • In case of heavy rain, it is recommended to find another indoor tour

Tour duration
  • Half day

Tour insights

6 things that locals do not know about Gaudí's pavement in Passeig de Gràcia

The pavement of the whole Passeig de Gràcia street is full of a singular symbology made by Antoni Guadí. Beyond the beautiful design of the tiles, there are still many curiosities that most locals of Barcelona are not aware: 1 . The architect planned this design not for the Passeig de Gracia but for la Pedrera. Years after his death, finally the city council decided to apply the design to the whole entire street as a tribute to Gaudí. 2. Currently, the original tile model is exposed in MoMa (New York). 3. Inspired by the nature, the shape follows the same structure as a bee panel. Every tail is gets a part of an image that gets complemented with the tails around it repeating similar shape: a starfish, a seashell spiral and seaweed. The purpose of these 3 elements is to keep having the movement of the sea and the feeling of the nature under our feet. 4. Since the original model was designed for a building (la Pedrera), the dimensions and the thickness of the pavement that were built originally had to be adjusted to the street. 5. Each tile weights 6kg. 6. This singular pavement is not only present in Barcelona, but also in other cities around Spain like Granada, Cáceres or Jaen.

Casa Batlló facade shines again!

After months of works, finally the Casa Batlló facade is visible again!
The restoration analysis started more than two years ago. Today is over and the workers are removing the scaffolding that was covering the most famous and photographed facade of Passeig de Gràcia.
More than 30 professionals have been working on this challengint project. The intervention was not that easy, as they had to restore 5 different materials: ceramic, glass, iron, wood and stone.
But they made it! And they did an amazing job!
Thank you for preserving the treasures of Barcelona. For more details, feel free to check the official website details:
https://www.casabatllo.es/en/restoration/

Some of the best Jazz concerts in a magic athmosphere

Casa Fuster is one of the most beautiful buildings that was built at the beginning of the 20th century by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Just few blocks away from la Pedrera or Casa Batlló, today this building is a luxury hotel that can be visited. In its extraordinary hall it is frequent to enjoy nice Jazz evenings concerts and upstairs, at the rooftop the views over the city are quite impressive as well (they are normally opened in summer time for anyone who wants to enjoy a cocktail with nice views of the city. As a curiosity, some scenes of the film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" from Woody Allen were filmed here. https://www.hotelcasafuster.com/en/history/

Most relevant Modernist houses all in the same street!

Did you know you can find the most exclusive and remarkable modernist houses in Barcelona just in the same block? it is called the "Block of discord" (illa de la discordia) and they were built by different architects who were rivals and were competing to see who was able to create the most beautiful building. Spending one morning visiting this incredible area of the city is an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, not all houses are open to the public, but certainly, the details and the views are spectacular. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illa_de_la_Disc%C3%B2rdia

La Pedrera, a house for modern times

La Pedrera (house of the Milà family) is a very well-known building in the centre of Barcelona. Its white stone façade is pretty famous around the world. However, in contrast with the white façade, the vestibules are a celebration of colors, and of course the light plays a prominent role. In the vestibules there are the main stairs, connection with the main floor (where the Milà family lived), and the service stairs and elevator to reach the other floors and apartments. The main gate, impressive combination of glass and iron, is characterized by the side entrances, for pedestrians, and the central one used for cars, as Casa Milà was one of the first houses in Barcelona in having a garage actually. Gaudí already at the beginning of the 20th century envisioned the need of having a private garage for cars when still carriages were the main transport. Everything was conceived as a fully equipped building ready for modern times.

The most beautiful day in Barcelona

Every 23rd of April is the national fest of Catalonia: Sant Jordi (Saint George) Barcelona, and every city of our region, is dressed up with red roses. Even la Casa Batlló was full of roses back in 2016 as in the picture below. Although it gets a bit crowded, this is the most special day of the year for locals. Definitely a day full of magic and very romantic. If you want to visit the city during this period of the year, you won't regret the special atmosphere you can feel all over the city.

Trencadís and the art of reuse

On the rooftop of Casa Milà you can find these ventilation ducts and chimneys, some of which are decorated with the famous "trencadís" technique (from the catalan word "trencar", which means "to break").
In other places like the Park Güell, Trencadís was used for the undulating bench, and was done mostly with the leftovers of glass and ceramics. Gaudí wanted to reuse the things that was left behind by other people. This might be considered as one of the first ecological art creation.

From this rooftop of Casa Milà you can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the Eixample.

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