The Carrer dels Petons (in Catalan) or “Kisses Street” is located in the Born Quarter. It is a closed street, e.g. the street has an entrance but doens’t have an exit. In this street you can still see the orginal facades of the buildings and where people hang their sheets to dry on the balconies.
There are several versions of its history but the most credible and sustained one is the version that is given by the City Council: It explains the existence of a man named Joan Pontons
in the mid-eighteenth century, a man very dear to all the neighbors. His surname was changed from Pontons to Petons (kisses in Catalan), either by a philological evolution or by
irony or love(?) from the neighbors.
The other version and more romantic is this one: They say that years before, this street had an exit and it was used as a path that the prisoners took on their way to the gallow… where justice would do it’s last job. So this street means the last farewell from the loved ones and family and obviously was a spill of tears of last hugs and last kisses.
In the present, on Valentine’s day February 14th, many lovers or couples pass through this street either in honor of the prisoners or for a kiss as suggested by the name of the street. Its location in the old town attracts many tourists throughout the year. Have you already made a selfie in this street?