El passeig de Sant Joan

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El passeig de Sant Joan

Passeig de Sant Joan extends from the Arc del Triomf to Travessera de Gràcia and it is a favourite among Barcelona residents. Along its eleven blocks there are iconic buildings, monumental fountains, sculptures, flower beds, areas for dogs, bicycle lanes, playgrounds and bowling areas, all sheltered by the city’s unmistakable leafy plane trees.

A local promenade

Despite being a wide, elegant boulevard, Passeig de Sant Joan is also a bustling commercial thoroughfare. The Gràcia stretch is also known as Sant Joan de Dalt, and here residents of the Camp d’en Grassot neighbourhood can find everything they need, from a traditional haberdashery and a bar that boasts the best outdoor terrace and the finest vermouth to a craft tiger-nut milk parlour or an upscale interior design shop.

Boulevard of memories

Passeig de Sant Joan is steeped in the modern history of Barcelona. A walk along the upper stretch of the boulevard, beyond where it intersects with Avinguda Diagonal, brings you close to several unique buildings and monuments starting with the Monument to Jacint Verdaguer. Half a block ahead on the right, Palau Macaya, is a Modernista building by Puig i Cadafalch. Next to it is the Little Red Riding Hood Fountain, followed by the Hercules Fountain, the city’s oldest,which was relocated to the intersection with Còrsega. Further ahead is the monument to the musician Anselm Clavé, and finally, the marble sculpture of Friar Pedro Ponce at the very end.

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