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Avinguda Diagonal

General Information

Avinguda Diagonal is the broadest and most important boulevard of Barcelona. It is about 10 km long and it cuts Barcelona in two, diagonally (that is the reason it is called “Avinguda Diagonal”). The boulevard starts on the west side of the city, in Corts and passes across the whole city. It ends in the eastern part of Barcelona, in the district named Sant Marti.

The avenue serves as an important transport artery of Barcelona and numerous tourists pass through it on their way to or from the city. Most of the metro lines and 6 tram lines have stations throughout the avenue, as well as the public buses that come from the airport (for additional information – Public Transportation in Barcelona).

What do you see on Avinguda Diagonal?

Avinguda Diagonal is very long and is both a transportation and a shopping center. Moreover, it is full of bars and restaurants (for additional information – Shopping in Barcelona and Bars and Restaurants in Barcelona). Besides these, along the boulevard you can admire several architecturally significant constructions (for additional information – Architecture in Barcelona), some examples:

  • Torre Agbar is a Modern structure, it can be considered to be one of the icons of Barcelona, you can see it from every place in the city. The aim of its architect was to give the impression of a geiser.
  • Palau Reial de Pedralbes is an old building that was redesigned by Gaudi in Modernista style at the beginning of the 20th century. In the past it served as the residence of the Royal Family.
  • Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Design Museum of Barcelona) (for additional information – Museums in Barcelona).
  • Casa Serra is a Modernista building designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

After you take a look at these attractive buildings and you arrive to the end of the street you will find yourself on the seashore with the famous public beaches of Barcelona.

Shopping on Avinguda Diagonal

Both sides of Avinguda Diagonal are full of shops. Therefore it is one of the most recommended shopping areas in Barcelona (for additional information – Shopping in Barcelona). Below you can find the most important shopping centers situated on the boulevard:

  • At the beginning of the avenue you can see is a large financial and commercial center, called Centro Comercial L’Illa Diagonal, with a huge sport shop of the Decathlon chain.
  • At the beginning of the boulevard, near the shopping center, you can find La Maquinista Mall, which is a less interesting and relatively old-fashioned mall.
  • On the east side of the street is situated the Glories Shopping Center, which is one of the most important and largest malls of Barcelona (a half open and partly covered shopping center that once served as a factory). Right by this mall there is a flea market, called Els Encants. Not far from them, in the direction of the sea, you can find another commercial center, namely the Diagonal Mar.

Tips and Recommendations for Visiting Avinguda Diagonal


  • Avinguda Diagonal is the northern border of the area that is considered to be the center of Barcelona, It is a less touristic area, of course you can see tourists along the avenue but not so many than in other parts of Barcelona. Most of the passers who are walking on the boulevard are local people. Exception is the eastern area which is close to the beach and to the hotels and is visited by more tourists than the other parts of the street. The avenue is recommend both for a tour, it is quite a beautiful and special area with a local and authentic atmosphere, and for shopping – there are located some of the most important shopping centers of the city (for additional information – Shopping in Barcelona).
  • Avinguda Diagonal is considered to be quite safe for families. It is recommended for them both to take a tour on the boulevard and to reserve accommodation there. The shopping areas are especially family-friendly. However, bare in mind that after 7:00 pm most of the activities are concentrated on the area of casinos (for additional information – Kids and Families on Avinguda Diagonal and Kids and Families in Barcelona).
  • Since Avinguda Diagonal is a wide street, moving with a wheelchair on it should not be a problem. Therefore, the street is fully accessible for people with disabilities. Accommodation near the boulevard is also very recommended for disabled tourists (for additional information – Accessible Hotels, Hotels near Avinguda Diagonal, Accessibility in Avinguda Diagonal and Accessibility in Barcelona).

Tips for Attractions near Avinguda Diagonal:

  • Avinguda Diagonal is not dedicated mainly for tourists but it is one of the most important business and shopping areas of Barcelona. That is the reason regular guided tours are not organized on the surrounding of the boulevard. However if you participate in a bicycle tour or in a segway tour, it is possible that you will arrive to the avenue. Regarding the attractions, you can find many casinos in the area of Avinguda Diagonal. Torre Agbar is also close to the boulevard. In the malls you can enjoy such attractions as movies, video games and many others (for additional information – Attractions and Tours near Avinguda Diagonal and Attractions and Tours in Barcelona).
  • If you visit this area during the evening it is highly recommended to try Gaudi’s Pedrera: The Origins – Night Show, which is located close by (for additional information – Visit Barcelona at Night).

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Useful Information

Getting there

L1 (red) – Glòries station.
L2 (purple) – Monumental station.
L3 (green) – Stations: Maria Cristina, Palau Reial. Zona Universitària and Diagonal.
L4 (orange) – Stations: Verdaguer and El Maresme | Fòrum.
L5 (blue) – Stations: Verdaguer and Diagonal.
L6 (light purple) and L7 (brown)- Gracia station.


Car Parks: SABA Joan Güell  /  NN Valencia  /  BSM Badajoz.

Opening Times

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