Best streets to get lost in Barcelona
A walk not just along the big and illuminated avenues, also through all those little streets that seems to drive anywhere but they end up leading us to the most magical and recondite corners.
If you’ve never been into any of those streets, you don’t really know the authentic Barcelona.
1. La Rambla
Typical? Boring? If in 1,2km can gather mimes, cartoonists, peddlers, dancers, terraces, press, flowers and bird kiosk, prostitutes, pickpockets, and receive 240.000 visitors in a workable day to 310.000 on the weekend and all this during low season… We aren’t able to say La Rambla is a typical or a boring place.
2. Carrer del Bisbe
If you have trouble letting go your imagination and move to another era, take a walk through the Gothic Quarter, where you will find treasures like Bisbe Street. Where you’ll find the Historical City Archive and also the famous Pont del Bisbe (Bishop Bridge), linking Palau de la Generalitat and the House of Canons. One of the best streets form Barcelona, for sure.
3. Avinduga Diagonal
Currently known as La Diagonal, this avenue has had, throughout history, more names than the present King’s nephew. It is one of the main thoroughfares of the city and one of the most important shopping areas. Offices, hotels and shopping centers are concentrated along the 11kms that form this avenue, the longest street in Barcelona.
4. Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia was originally a wagon road built to link the city center with the old village of Gràcia, nowadays is a magnet for great boutiques and architectural art of Gaudí lovers, it is also considered as one of the most beautiful avenues in the Mediterranean.
5. Carrer Argenteria
Fashion, art and cuisine come together in the magical Born neighborhood, where Argenteria street and Santa Maria del Mar Church are both famous for its warmth and its contrasts.
6. Passeig de Sant Joan
If that’s too much walk for you, now it’s time for a pause and relax in Passeig de Sant Joan. You can lie on the grass, read a book or just enjoy the fantastic promenade between the Arc de Triomf and Parc de la Ciutadella.
7. Via Laietana
Modernist buildings, Art Nouveau and Art Deco blend perfectly along this great and majestic street that was built in the early 1900s to join the Eixample district with the Litoral.
8. Carrer Blai
If you like to eat and drink, this is your street! Located in the Poble Sec neighborhood, Blai has become one of the most famous streets in the city. In addition to its good atmosphere, this pedestrian street is the ideal place to take some cañas or a good glass of wine, but specially, to eat tapas and pinchos to be full up.
9. Carrer Tallers
Gone are the workshops of iron and wood that gave name to this mythical medieval street. Located in the Raval district, currently this street has record shops, second-hand clothes and if you have time you can also find tattoo and piercing studios and maybe you can have one!
10. Carrer Avinyó
Anything can happen in Avinyó Street. Here is where everything is mixed, the old with the modern, retro with cool, tourist with local, art and party … A street where everything and nothing makes sense. You can just ask to the great Picasso, who was inspired by a brothel located in this same street to create his work “Las señoritas d’Avinyó”.
11. Carrer Verdi
One of the most emblematic districts of Barcelona is undoubtedly Gràcia, and that’s where we can find the mythical Verdi Street. Known for its bars, shops and restaurants but, specially, for his theatre, which retains the name of the same Verdi street since 1935.
12.Rambla del Poblenou
With industrial origin and born under the name Passeig del Triomf, we all know this street as Rambla del Poblenou, the one who has become the soul of the colorful neighborhood of Poblenou. In addition to find old school shops and bars, we can also contemplate beautiful and modernist buildings.