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Passeig de Gracia - Barcelona's famous shopping street
Passeig de Gracia - Paseo de Gracia - is Barcelona's most famous shopping street. It is the most expensive street in Barcelona and in Spain and Barcelona's most elegant and fashionable shopping street with all the top designer brands
The street name is "Passeig de Gracia" in Catalan and "Paseo de Gracia" in Spanish. The name literally means "passage to Gracia" or in other words the road to Gracia.
Originally the name of Passeig de Gracia was "Camí de Jesús" meaning "Jesus' path" named so because there was a convent called Jesus on what is now the junction of Passeig de Gracia and Arago.
Later it changed name to the current "Passeig de Gracia." Gracia was a separate village from Barcelona and located a little way to the west from the old walled city of Barcelona. In those times Passeig de Gracia passed through fields to connect Barcelona and Gracia, but when Barcelona became too crowded in the 19th century, the city tore down the medieval walls and expanded into what is now the Eixample district of Barcelona.
Over time the city engulfed Gracia village and in 1897 Gracia was formally annexed by Barcelona.
The Passeig de Gracia then became the most expensive, fashionable and famous street in the new area of Barcelona called the "extension" - Eixample. All the top architects of the modernist era have built famous structures on this street including Gaudi, Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and Sagnier.
Today the Passeig de Gracia is reputed to be Spain's most expensive street for real estate and is home to of the city's most famous buildings, most famous hotels and many top brand names in designer fashion.
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The Passeig de Gracia starts at Plaza Catalunya and ends at Gracia and is a lovely stroll at any time of year. It is not a long street and and so don't miss a stroll down this famous boulevard. If you want a break take a seat one one of the 32 lovely modernist trencadis benches which also are the base of street lamps which were designed by modernist architecht Pere Falqués i Urpí in 1906.
Highlights of this famous boulevard are the Gaudi modernist creations "Casa Batllo" and "La Pedrera" and also open to the public don't miss modernist Casa Amatller. There are several top restaurants on Passeig de Gracia in hotels Casa Fuster, Hotel Omm with Michelin starred Restaurant Moo, Hotel Oriental Mandarin with Michelin restaurant Moments. The Passeig de Gracia is fabulous for shopping any day, but Christmas shopping is a treat. Christmas in Barcelona and on Passeig de Gracia opens with the Barcelona Shopping Night event every year at the start of December
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Designer shops on Passeig de Gracia
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La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
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Hotel Casa Fuster
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