Updated: Jul 7, 2020
Barcelona, one of the most modern, cosmopolitan and charming cities in Spain, is home to some of Europe's most spectacular architecture, monuments, heritage, and age-old traditions. From iconic bustling boulevards and streets lined with shops to quiet, unexplored alleyways, you'll never tire from exploring the Catalan capital. Read on to start discovering our selection of some of the most beautiful streets or calles in Spanish and carrers in Catalan.
Barcelona's answer to the Champs Elysées, this is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and beautiful streets to explore. Stretching from Plaça Catalunya up to the Gràcia neighborhood, this wide avenue is home to Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera. Fairytale architecture aside, the street further stands out with its array of designer stores, grand apartments and old school cafes.
Carrer Petritxol is located in the heart of the legendary Gothic Quarter. It's famous for the numerous art galleries and many granjas, the special cafes in Barcelona serving delicious hot chocolate and fresh churros.
During the age of the Roman Empire, this was the main street of Barcelona city and is now one of the most photographed medieval streets you'll pass by. It is home to a neo-Gothic bridge, also known as the Bishop's Bridge, which stretches above the street to link the Casa dels Canonges and the Palau de la Generalitat. It is one of the most historic and beautiful streets of Barcelona that you can enjoy on your visit to the capital.
If you're craving a relaxing and leisurely stroll, Carrer d’Enric Granados, starting from just behind the ancient Universitat de Barcelona building, is the one for you! Interspersed with cozy cafés, trendy bistros, and numerous art galleries, this street is perfect to take in some of the greenery Plaça del Doctor Letamendi offers, before walking deeper into the Eixample neighborhood.
Back in the day, this street was one of the city's main hubs for social and economic activity where people came for trade, work, sports and festivals. Today, this charming old boulevard is the city’s bohemian artists’ quarter and home to a thriving nightlife, a number of quaint cafés, trendy bars and independent boutiques which attract both tourists and locals.
Each district, neighborhood and sidewalk in Barcelona has its own personality and reflects its own form of Spanish vibes. So, if you are planning a trip to Barcelona, make sure you spend some time absorbing the unique atmosphere these streets provide!