One of the great assets that every visitor can admire when visiting our beloved Passeig de Gràcia is its architecture. Along the Passeig there is a large number of buildings that for their originality, beauty and history are part of the cultural heritage of the city.
For this reason, we want to show you some of the most beautiful and important:
World Heritage Site
The Passeig de Gràcia has a virtually unique fact in the world: the same street houses two buildings cataloged by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity and which are also made by the same architect, Antoni Gaudí. We talk about Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera.
Casa Batlló is located at number 43 Paseo de Gracia and it reflects all the originality and creativity of Gaudí. Many of the architectural and ornamental forms of the building are inspired by his passion for nature. Without a doubt, the “trencadís” technique decorates part of the façade and the interior of the building and its placement was directed by Gaudí himself from the Passeig. As an example of the architect’s expertise, if you visit the interior courtyard, you will see how the blue colors that decorate its walls and the upper skylight cause the sensation of being in an underwater cave. Since 2005 it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Casa Milà is located at number 92 Passeig de Gràcia and was built between 1906 and 1910, the result of an order from Pere Milà, a wealthy businessman from Barcelona who dreamed of a house with innovative design and great detail. Like Casa Batlló, “la Pedrera” belongs to Gaudí’s naturalistic stage, which is reflected in its undulating forms, which broke with the classic architectural rigidity of the time. To the spectacular ornamentation that decorates the house, where the stone and the “trencadís” have a special role, we must add the religious symbolism provided by the architect, a fervent believer.
Monuments of national interest
Casa Amatller: located next to the Casa Batlló, it was built by Josep Puig i Cadafalch between 1898 and 1900. The idea of the architect was to create a building in Catalan Gothic style reminiscent of the Netherlands, a detail that can be seen in the Superior scaling of the facade. It was built as a residential building for Antoni Amatller, an industrialist of the time. Together with Casa Batlló and Casa Lleó Morera they form the popular Illa de la discòrdia (block of discord), due to the professional rivalry maintained by the three architects who built them, Gaudí, Domènech i Muntaner and Puig i Cadafalch himself.
Casa Lleó Morera: located at number 35 of Passeig de Gràcia and built by Lluís Domènech i Muntaner between 1902 and 1905, it’s considered one of the best works of modernist architecture. To decorate the interior and exterior of Casa Lleó Morera, the architect required more than 40 sculptors and master craftsmen who worked on it to give it an exceptional ornamental richness, highlighting the “sculptor of modernism” Eusebi Arnau, who worked on the sculptures of the facade, not visible today because of a later restoration.
Casa Fuster: Converted into the current Hotel Casa Fuster, the building is located at number 132 of Passeig de Gràcia and was built by Lluís Domènech i Muntaner between 1908 and 1911, becoming one of the last architectural works he carried out in the city . The new building has a modernist style with neo-Gothic elements and a floral decoration that is reflected in its more than 300 capitals, all of them different. The use of white and red marble, denotes a more austere and robust, if we compare it with the color and shapes of Gaudí’s works.
The Passeig de Gràcia Association attended between 12 and 16 February the Roadshow organized by Turisme de Barcelona to the United States.
The manager of the Association, Carlota Hurtado, was the representative who on behalf of the Association visited three of the main North American cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Throughout this visit, it was possible to show a great name of travel agents, tour operators and leading companies in the tourism sector, the complete offer that the Paseo de Gracia shopping center offers to all those who visit the city of Barcelona.
Keep in mind that one of the main tourist markets of the city and that is in continuous growth is the North American, a fact that affected the success of the visit.
During the stay, the Association attended a training workshop on the American tourism sector and different work sessions related to the sector such as: Sustainable tourism, customer satisfaction or management of the contacts obtained in the workshops, among others …
A roadshow for the United States where the commercial, hotel and restaurant offer of Passeig de Gràcia was very welcoming and promises a very good tourist future for the Passeig i la ciutat comtal.
On February 8, the Passeig de Gràcia Association presented its Marketing Plan 2018 to all associates, collaborators and other establishments of Passeig de Gràcia.
The event took place at the Almanac Barcelona Hotel, which had a large number of representatives from all sectors of Passeig de Gràcia and public / private organizations dedicated to tourism.
A summary was made of all the actions carried out in 2017, with special emphasis on international events and the synergies obtained from them: assistance to international fairs, workshops in different cities and the contact of more than 400 travel agents for the promotion of Passeig de Gràcia as a benchmark for the city of Barcelona.
Likewise, emphasis was placed on one of the bets of the previous year, the improvement of digital communication through different channels on social networks and on the new website of Passeig de Gràcia. The good results obtained have helped to spread the Passeig de Gràcia and the associates, reaching a greater number of potential customers.
The event ended with the presentation of the new campaigns promoted by Passeig de Gràcia for 2018, such as the “Passeig de Gourmets” next March or a new edition of the successful “The Shopping Night Barcelona”.
The good reception of them, makes us feel satisfied and hopeful that 2018 will be a year of great success for the Passeig and all the associates.
From 8 to 18 March enjoy Passeig de Gourmets, the first gastronomic festival of Passeig de Gràcia. Over ten days, some of the most prominent restaurants on the avenue and adjacent streets, will offer different proposals designed for all tastes.
The festival revolves around four activities:
- the Route of dishes: 12 varied dishes that can be paired with a glass of beer, wine or champagne for € 7;
- the Tasting menus: different proposals that will range between 40 and 50 €, with beer, wine or champagne included;
- the Cooking with four hands: unrepeatable gastronomic evenings thanks to the couples of starred chefs who will unite their talent and experience for just one night;
- The Showcookings: all free of charge, from the hand of some of Barcelona’s best-known chefs and influencers.
All activities, dishes, schedules and prices can be viewed through the festival website www.passeigdegourmets.com.
The Catalan capital is the city with the most Michelin stars in Spain.
Only in Passeig de Gràcia and its surroundings are 6 of these prestigious distinctions: Lasarte, in the Monument Hotel with three; Moments, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, holds two; while Roca Moo, at the Hotel Omm, has one.
This convergence makes the Paseo an international gastronomic destination of first level and Barcelona in the second European city with the highest concentration of stars in a few meters, after Paris.
In the first edition of Passeig de Gourmets 20 restaurants participate: Alma Hotel (Alma Garden Restaurant), Bocagrande, Cafè de la Pedrera, Casa Fuster Hotel (Galaxó), Hotel Claris (La Terraza del Claris), Diagonal Farga, La Vinoteca Torres , Majestic Hotel & Spa (Restaurant of the Majestic), Hotel Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (Moments, Blanc and Banker’s Bar), Monument Hotel (Restaurant Lasarte and Restaurant Oria), Mordisco, Hotel Omm (Roca Moo and Roca Bar), El Principal de l’Eixample, Solomillo, Hotel The One Barcelona (Somni Restaurant & Coctelería) and Tragaluz.
As highlighted by Luis Sans, president of the Associació Passeig de Gràcia, promoter of this pioneering initiative, “the objective is to publicize the level and variety of the gastronomic offer of the tour to all citizens, as well as to those who visit the city during these days. ”
The sponsors and collaborators
Passeig de Gourmets has the support and sponsorship of major brands in the sector that are committed to the gastronomic talent of Passeig de Gràcia.
- Estrella Damm is the official beer of the festival given its close relationship with national and international gastronomic proposals. Its main objective is to activate the hospitality industry and give visibility to days such as Passeig de Gourmets.
- For its part, the Torres Family is the one who brings the wines that will harmonize the festival, offering a unique proposal adapted to each of the participating restaurants. The wines of the Torres Family combine, since 1870, tradition and new trends.
- The Gramona cavas put the finishing touch to Passeig de Gourmets. The winery of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, internationally recognized by major critics of the sector, will harmonize all the gastronomic proposals of the festival.
- In addition, the airline Vueling and the Julià coach group collaborate in Passeig de Gourmets, supporting participating establishments and promoting quality gastronomic tourism.
An event that will became Paseo de Gracia and the city of Barcelona a world gastronomy reference.
Every day is a good day to surprise your partner and make her fall in love a little more.
And with the arrival of Valentine’s Day, the Hotel & Spa Claris has created different proposals to enjoy eternal love. La Terraza del Claris offers a special menu for Valentine’s Day with a tasting of dishes based on unique ingredients that will make a sensory experience for diners.
Whether it’s a midday meal or a dinner, Terraza del Claris offers the pleasure of eating with one of the best views of Barcelona.
If you want to enjoy a day of lovers in style, the hotel invites you to experience it with 2 more proposals:
You can complete the culinary experience with accommodation the night of the lovers in one of its luxurious rooms decorated with works of art collection.
The Stay & Love pack gives you a bottle of champagne, strawberries with chocolate and a romantic bath of salts and rose petals among many other details during your stay.
And if you want to enjoy the whole, relax for Valentine’s Day at the Mayan Secret Spa, the first author Spa in Barcelona. An authentic trip of pleasure and relaxation to the Riviera Maya with the only Temazcal Sauna in Barcelona and holistic massages set in the Mayan culture.
All this, wrapped with pieces of art unique to the Mayan period, dated between 900-600 BC
Live a Valentine as never before, live a Valentine at Hotel & Spa Claris.
On Thursday, February 1st, l’Associació del Passeig de Gràcia celebrated its first networking day of the year in order to continue promoting synergies among its associates.
For this occasion, the stage was the room Don Jaime of La Vinoteca Torres,, a private space where the more than 30 associates who gathered enjoyed great moments to strengthen professional ties and join opinions within the sector.
During the evening, the associates were able to taste a selection of special wines from the winery and taste some of the tapas of the gastronomic menu of La Vinoteca Torres.
Oenology and gastronomy: perfect combination
The Vinoteca Torres is located in Paseo de Gracia 78 where people can enjoy the best wines of the legendary Catalan winery. The customers will find more than 50 references of their wines served in the glass.
The alliance with Mercès, allows to turn a wine tasting into a perfect lunch or dinner thanks to its careful menu of dishes created to combine perfectly with the wines and to have an excellent experience.
The Association would like to thank all the associates that gathered for the day and especially Carlota Roset and Mariona Gaspà from La Vinoteca Torres for their special kindness, attention and hospitality.
A special day that will continue shortly …
With the arrival of February, spring is approaching and that is synonymous with a better time and our precious and loved sun.
So that this year you can wear an incredible skin of the face, Spaciomm Hotel Omm has designed a perfect program for you.
If the face is the mirror of the soul … make your soul more beautiful than ever!
The friends of Spaciomm have prepared a “Step by Step menu” from Monday to Friday consisting of:
- A steam bath and hydromassage pool lasting about 30 minutes.
- Next, a medical-aesthetic facial treatment with carboxiterapia that produces an immediate lifting effect and a deep exfoliation. This treatment will renew your skin, regenerating the skin surface and bring freshness and luminosity to your skin, as well as fighting the signs of aging.
- Finally, nothing better than 10 minutes of relaxation with relaxing music and chromotherapy.
This promotion is valid during the month of February and you’ll get it for only € 51!
An oasis of peace in the center of Barcelona
The Spaciomm is designed by the interior designers Sandra Tarruella and Isabel López and its modern and elegant lines convey a great sense of comfort where the only important thing is your well-being.
In addition to the Step by Step treatment, you will find a large number of treatments for all tastes such as four-hand massages, Ayurvedic therapies and relaxation techniques such as shiatsu.
If you prefer, you can give away any of the treatments with a gift card … as for example Valentine’s Day!
The Mandarin Oriental wants to share these days a unique visual spectacle in Barcelona: the flowering of its mimosa garden. This “secret garden” located inside the hotel is designed by the famous interior designer Patricia Urquiola and the landscape designer Bet Figueras.
To celebrate, from 1 to 11 February, the Mandarin Oriental invites you to taste a Yzaguirre vermouth and a courtesy “tapa” to enjoy the exquisite visual explosion of nature through the mimosas that populate the space. This “vermouth” will be served every day from 12 to 15 hours.
And if you wish, they invite you to extend your stay in the garden with a picnic created especially for the occasion.
The picnic, personally designed by Carme Ruscalleda (the most awarded chef in the world with 7 Michelin stars), consists of a mimosa soup, a hot-dog, a cookie and a Mimosa cocktail. There are unique moments in life that you have to live them and this is one of them.
A gastronomic hotel
The passion for gastronomy is one of the hallmarks of Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. In addition to the Mimosa Garden, the hotel offers guests and visitors two gastronomic options “made in Carme Ruscalleda”.
The Blanc restaurant, run by executive sous chef Alberto Castiñeiras, offers 2 menus that focus on the revision of classic dishes with the personal touch of the Maresme chef.
Moments restaurant has two Michelin stars and is co-managed by Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam.The passion for flavor and learning are the keys of this unique tandem that we see embodied in the seasonal menu: Ecosystems, where we can “taste” the different ecosystems present on earth.
Is there anything more beautiful than love returned?
In Swarovski they know it perfectly and that is why to celebrate Valentine’s Day they have created a collection designed especially for the occasion.
Pendants made with the famous Swarovski brilliants, as well as earrings and other accessories, have been designed to shine with their own light on any skin.
These jewels are a sign of love, romanticism and elegance that, thanks to their timeless design, can be worn day and night combining perfectly with the “outfit” chosen for each occasion.
The “knot” symbol of union and eternal commitment has been the element chosen by Swarosvki to give loved ones a message of love for life.
A Brilliant Passeig de Gràcia
The Swarovski boutique is located on Passeig de Gracia 46 and in it you will find all kinds of jewelry and glass items with sophisticated and surprising designs designed for the modern and elegant woman.
The Austrian brand has taken the development of glass to the highest levels of technical perfection, since 1895.
This Valentine’s Day gives love.
This Valentine’s Day, gives Swarovski.
Wednesdays at night, the Vinoteca Torres will become a “Jazz Session” with the premiere of Nights of Wine and Roses.
The next four Wednesdays, from January 24 to February 14, will be a cycle of jazz, wine and gastronomy with live music and an enologic and culinary wedding designed especially for each of the sessions.
These four “musical nights” will begin at 7:30 pm at La Vinoteca Torres, located on Paseo de Gracia 78 and for 90 minutes, different artists will form duos with the guitarist Kike Angulo, to taste jazz classics with a good I saw it in a relaxed atmosphere.
Kike Angulo is one of the most important guitarists of today and with an ample musical repertoire. The influences received by jazz masters like Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Parker have made Kike Angulo a guitarist with an unmistakable seal.
The sessions that make up the Nights of wine and roses will be:
- January 24: Kike Angulo (guitar) & Toni Ayala (tenor sax)
- January 31: Kike Angulo (guitar) & Ai Wallis (trumpet and voice)
- February 7: Kike Angulo (guitar) & Pere Loewe (double bass)
- February 14: Kike Angulo (guitar) & Marián Barahona (voice)
The last session will coincide with Valentine’s Day, February 14, a perfect day to enjoy with your romantic romantic partner.
Wines and “platillos”
La Vinoteca Torres offers the widest selection of Bodega Torres, with more than 100 labels. These wines are accompanied by an excellent gastronomic proposal made with the best raw material and that is made by Mercès, along with the Peruvian chef Carlos Londres.
The whole menu of La Vinoteca Torres is designed to be perfectly combined with each one of the wines that you taste the diner and get an excellent result.
A perfect plan to enjoy with friends and / or a couple of moments of relaxation during the week.