5 minutes walking to the hotel
Discover Barcelona by foot...
Plaça Catalunya is one of Barcelona’s biggest and most central plazas. Its surface spans almost 5 hectares, and it constitutes the default meeting spot in the old city (Ciutat Vella) and the Eixample. All major roads lead to Plaça Catalunya, including the Rambla, the Passeig de Gràcia, the Rambla de Catalunya, Ronda Universitat, Ronda Sant Pere and Pelai street.
The Plaça also stands out for its numerous sculptures, designed by prominent artists, and spread around the perimeter of the space. Among those on display are pieces by Diosa, Josep Clarà, Pablo Gargallo, Josep Llimona, and Enrique Casanova. Josep Maria Subirachs’ monument to Francesc Macià, of 1991, is the most recent addition to the Plaça’s artistic showcase.
- Direction: Plaça Catalunya
Among the most emblematic parts of Barcelona, the Rambla begins at Plaza Catalunya and ends at the old port (Port Vell). It is split up into different sub-sections, called Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Sant Josep, Rambla dels Caputxins, and finally, the Rambla de Santa Mònica.
The lane is lined with newsstands, plant and flower shops, street performers, cafés, restaurants, and businesses.
- Direction: Les Rambles
Mercat de la Boquería
The Boquería is Spain’s number one market, and the ultimate go-to place for foods of unbeatable quality: fresh and cured fish and seafood, meat, poultry, game, eggs, fruits and vegetables, herbs and supplements, legumes and grains, fresh bread, kitchen supplies, restaurants, frozen foods, regional specialties, prepared foods, cold cuts, etc.
It started out as a temporary market that would pass through the Rambla, the ideal venue for enjoying fine foods since the 17th Century!
- Direction: Les Rambles, 91
Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia is Barcelona’s main boulevard, and one of the world’s most famous public avenues, due to its rich cultural heritage, unbeatable shopping sites, business destinations, and architectural masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
It is also home to Barcelona’s most luxurious shopping destinations, hosting stores of international renown such as Armani, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Gucci, Hermés, Loewe, Louis Vuiton, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and Tous.
- Direction: Passeig de Gràcia
Portal de l'Àngel
This grand avenue was built in Medieval times, and designed specially for the carriages that connected the Gothic neighborhood with other areas of the city. Today, it is one of the city’s busiest shopping areas for apparel, shoes, and accessories, and is home to large shops and department stores including Zara, Mango, El Corte Inglés, Massimo Dutti, and Bershka.
- Direction: Portal de l'Àngel