The city of Barcelona is distinguished by its vast roads, avenues, and wide streets. If we must make any examples, it has to be Gran Vía de las Cortes Catalanas, popularly known as Gran Vía.
A length of 13 kilometres characterises this enormous street that crosses through the city, connecting Hospitalet de Llobregat and San Adrián de Besós together. Gran Vía is not only one of the most symbolic streets in Barcelona, but it is also home to some of the most important commercial and business centres.
This street's foundation has its origins in the so-called Plan Cerdá, an ambitious renovation and grid widening project in 1860, which was the work of the engineer, Ildefonso Cerdá. Initially called the Letter N, number 11, as early as 1900 it adopted the name of Cortes, which in 1931 it was changed to Avenida de las Cortes Catalanas. After the Civil War, the new government renamed it Avenida de José Antonio Primo de Rivera and with the return of democracy acquiring its current name.