Art Noveau at Passeig de Gràcia
Hotel Jazz accommodation in the centre of Barcelona is the ideal base for guests to explore the rest of the city.
1 Hotel Jazz
This tour takes you on an exciting journey up the Passeig de Gràcia. Approximately 1 hour and 30-45 minutes.
2 Plaza Catalunya
Plaza 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 Plaza Catalunya, including the Rambla, the Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, Ronda Universitat, Ronda Sant Pere, and Pelai street.
The Plaza 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 Plaza’s artistic showcase.
3 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.
4 Casa Lleó i Morera
Experts say that Casa Lleó i Morera is a family-size version of Palau de la Música. And if Palau is considered the epitome of modernista architecture due to its elaborate decorative elements, the artistic splendour of this house is also beyond dispute. Both landmarks were designed by the brilliant architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Built between 1902 and 1906, Casa Lleó i Morera is the perfect example of modernist housing in Barcelona. A must visit in your plans. More info at www.casalleomorera.com.
Guided visits: Mon-Sat, check online available times. Requires previous reservation.
How to get there: Passeig de Gràcia, 35. Metro PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA L2, L3 and L4.
Book now your stay at Hotel Jazz and get a 10% discount on the guided visit at Casa Lleó i Morera.
5 Casa Batlló
This work by Antoni Gaudí is essentially a full-blown remodeling of an older construction by Emili Sala Cortés. It was restored in 1970 and 1999, and in 1984, it was re-wired to feature electric exterior lighting. It was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005.
6 Casa Amatller
Probably the second-most important building on the Paseo de Gracia, and sitting adjacent to the Batlló and the Casa Lleó Morera, the Amatller was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and built between the years 1898 and 1900. Together, the three buildings form what is known today as the “Block of Discord.”
The building was a commission by the chocolate-maker Antoni Amatller, and was rendered to represent a sort of urban gothic palace, with a flat façade, a central patio, and a staircase leading to the main rooms.
7 La Pedrera
La Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (which means ‘quarry’ in Catalan), is the work of Antoni Gaudí. It was built between 1906 and 1910 upon the commission of Pere Milà i Camps and Roser Segimon i Artells. Gaudí counted on the close collaboration of his two assistants, Domènec Sugrañes and Josep Canaleta, as well as the builder Josep Bayó i Font, for the construction of this remarkable structure.
Casa Milà was declared a Historical-Artistic Monument of National Character in 1969, and a Unesco World Heritage site in 1984.