Find out in this video how the most emblematic places of the “Barcelona with kids” guide, illustrated by Albert Arrayás, come to life and explore the city with Casualplay! Today, we plan an amazing trip by going through some of the most important streets in Barcelona, and travel from Paseo de Gracia to La Pedrera. Have you already prepared your pushchair? Join us in this wonderful trip!
Today, Paseo de Gracia is famous for its de luxe stores with sought after brands. But it was – and remains - the quintessential landscape of Catalan Modernisme. On the pavements you can see a red tile shaped like a flower - the symbol of modernista architectural walk that you can follow up the avenue. At the bottom of Paseo de Gracia (between calle Aragó and calle Consell de Cent) is the “Manzana de la discordia” or “apple of discord”: a set of five buildings created by five different architects of Catalan Modernisme. A little further up is La Pedrera, which was Gaudí’s last civil work. Barcelona’s Milà family commissioned Gaudí to build their new home, the Casa Milà, which over time has become popularly known as La Pedrera, because it is made mostly of stone (“The Quarry”). Although it is now a highly acclaimed tourist building, in its early days it was mocked for its groundbreaking modern forms.
With kids: We suggest a walk along Paseo de Gracia as far as La Pedrera: a wide street, decorated with some very comfortable modernist benches, in the shade of the large trees. One of the most characteristic features of La Pedrera is hidden on the roof: the chimneys, which looked like the heads of petrified warriors, protected by helmets. Kids can let their imaginations run wild and play there.
Tips: Remember that many tourists visit and they are usually queues. There are free exhibitions, but there is a charge for visiting the roof. If you get peckish halfway there, we recommend you head towards the Pasaje de la Concepción and eat at one of the delicious restaurants you can find there.
With Casualplay you can enjoy everything the city has to offer with your kids!