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Enric Granados

Running parallel to Passeig de Gràcia and down from the Diagonal to the old University, this is one of the most relaxed, leafy streets of the Eixample,  largely pedestrianised with a huge variety of pavement cafés and restaurants, interesting shops and, if you´re using a bike, a pleasant and safe ride between the Diagonal and the Gran Vía with a dedicated cycle lane in both directions, free from the fumes and noise of busy traffic.

Enric Granados

Enric Granados

Motor-free squares and gardens with children’s play areas at both top and bottom of the street and plenty of stopping opportunities along the way make Enric Granados the ideal way – especially for families – to walk or cycle between the town centre and the Diagonal.

Sightseeing

  • Casa Sayrach (Diagonal 423, Corner of Enric Granados) – a must see! One of the last modernist houses to be built, its elegant stone-carved façade and richly decorated entrance lobby will charm you. It houses the classy La Dama restaurant. While you´re there, the adjoining house at Enric Granados 153 is worth having a look, especially for its lobby.

this block of the street is fully pedestrianised with benches, street cafés and a children’s play area

  • Enric Granados 106 (between París and Còrsega) – this building sports some intricate stonework on its façade with a riotous overhanging stained-glass galeria.
  • Enric Granados 119 (corner of Còrsega) – awarded the 1907 diploma of honour for urban buildings, this wide-fronted xanfrá edifice has impressive columns and beautifully-crafted oriel windows and galeria.
  • Enric Granados 32, 34 (betweenValencia and Mallorca) – these two adjoining houses display the attractive features of decorated façades and Catalan ironwork balconies typical of the less flamboyant bourgeois buildings of the Eixample.
  • Enric Granados 26, 24, 22  (betweenValencia and corner of Mallorca). In their own way, each of these houses represent the diverse creativity of Barcelonese architectural design, with exuberant stone-carved entrance doorways, balconies, oriel windows façades crowned with designs inspired by the modernista movement.

at the next block down you will find a small park with children’s play areas and benches.

Across the street (Aragó) you will reach the bottom section of Enric Granados with a pedestrianised area popular with local dogwalkers, with more benches and fenced-off children’s play areas, pavement cafés and a variety of restaurants.

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Gràcia sightseeing

Parc Güell

Best known of Gràcia’s attractions is Parc Güell, designed by Gaudí and housing within its grounds a museum – his former home and built in his unique style – dedicated to his life and works and with furniture of his own design. The whole park is a fairytale landscape with caves and grottos, stone colonnades, terraces and benches in bright mosaics and sweeping lines, including the fantastical roofs of the entrance buildings at its lower part and figures of monstrous reptiles. From the upper part of the park you can enjoy views over Barcelona down to the port and the sea beyond.

Parc de la Creueta del Coll

Address: Passeig Mare de Déu del Coll, 77

Located not far from the upper part of Parc Güell, this public park, converted from a former quarry, has a public bathing pool and is popular with Gràcia residents as a place to relax, with picnic and play areas. Pride of place is occupied by the fountain-sculpture In Praise of Water by the internationally renowned Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida.

Casa Vicens

Address: Carolines 24 – An Oriental extravaganza and one of Gaudí’s first works as an architect, this building’s  façade decorated with ceramic tiles and cast iron balcony railings are a feast of colour and form.

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