Barcelona city history dates back more than 4000 years ago, but it was during the Roman Empire that the city became an important port with a strategic location and prospered until what we can see in the present days. It is, nowadays, the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain.
Between the medieval buildings in Barrio Gótico, the well-known and eccentric Gaudí monuments and the most modern edifices spread around the city, Barcelona’s architecture is undeniably one of the most beautiful and looked up in the World. It is a vivacious city, full of color and with eye-catching red and yellow flags hanging from the balconies in every corner, and it is an accomplished focus of art, literature and fashion.
That is why, having an apartment in one of the most luxurious areas of the city has become an internationally recognized sign of prestige. From the green and full of history district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi to the geometrical and busy district of Eixample. It is in the famous Quadrat d’Or where buyers from all over the world search for the most prestigious real estate, the nearest possible to the notorious Passeig de Gràcia, where all of the most famous brands in the luxury fashion industry have a spot.
Passeig de Gràcia is a must stop in Barcelona. While walking through it, you will realize it is one of the most sophisticated streets in Europe, par with the wonderful Champs-Élysées in Paris or the renowned Via Montenapoleone in Milan. It’s wide sidewalks and beautiful construction makes you unsure if you want to look at the window displays or at the stunning details in almost every building’s architecture. You will stumble across great industry’s names such as Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Swarovski, Hermès and Ermenegildo Zegna, among many other famous boutiques. You will also be able to stop for a touristic moment at one of the most famous Gaudí’s work: Casa Batlló, with its fishtail roof.
Of course, this has led the city of Barcelona to be one of the hottest shopping destinations in Europe these days, but it’s not only big luxury fashion brands that you’ll find around these districts. There is no better way to rest your credit card from a shopping spree, than to stop for lunch, to take a bite or just to have a drink. For that, you will find top-tier restaurants, with excellent quality and all kinds of cuisine all over the city.
Walking around this metropolis might be tiring and you might end up not going into the best stores and finding the perfect pieces that you were looking for. It would be great to have something tailored for you and able to solve this issue, giving you some guidance and fresh ideas. Something as simple as a Barcelona City Shopping Guide, that you can click through while you are seated at a restaurant, relishing some tapas and a cocktail. The perfect mix between physical and digital to discover what’s going on and where to find the perfect gift for someone special or even to yourself.
By: Laura Doria