Passatge de Méndez Vigo | Barcelona Bus Turístic

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Passatge de Méndez Vigo

The street that bridges the 19th and 21st centuries

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This street, which cuts through a block in the Eixample, is home to English-style Neoclassical houses, with two storeys and a garden. There is also a three-storey house, which is home to the Italian Cultural Institute, whose reproduction of an Italian piazza contains one of the city’s oldest and most peculiar trees: a rose pepper tree.

Why visit Passatge de Méndez Vigo?

Passatge de Méndez Vigo was built in 1868 inside the block formed by Carrer del Consell de Cent, Carrer d’Aragó, Carrer de Pau Claris and Carrer de Roger de Llúria and runs perpendicular to Passatge de Permanyer. Even though it has not preserved all its original constructions it is a good example of an English-style street of two-storey detached houses with large gardens.

Now, in addition to its cobblestones, the railings of the entrances to the street and some of the houses that have survived the ravages of time, this street is now home to the Italian Cultural Institute, which is located in a three-storey house built in 1889 by the Amat family that is classified by Barcelona City Council as Architectural Heritage. The institute has a garden that reproduces a typical Italian piazza, with a paved central part, tables and chairs and a garden area.

 

How do you get to Passatge de Méndez Vigo?

Passatge de Méndez Vigo is in the Eixample, very close to Passatge de Permanyer. You can easily get there from the Casa Batlló – Fundació Antoni Tàpies stop on the Red Route and Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic by following Carrer d’Aragó. The entrance to the passage is between Carrer de Pau Claris and Carrer de Roger de Llúria.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? This street is very close to another very similar one, Passatge de Permanyer, which has also preserved its British front gardens and houses.
  • Local’s tip: To see the immense rose pepper tree and enjoy the garden of the Italian Cultural Institute consult its opening hours.
  • A must: To take a breather while you are exploring the Eixample district.