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Eixample
Barcelona

Eixample

This upscale part of Barcelona charms with grand buildings, modernist architecture, fine dining, and trendy bars and luxury shops.

“L’Eixample” means “The Extension.” The district was developed to connect the original city of Barcelona with the surrounding towns of Sarrià and Gràcia. It’s a huge barrio (neighborhood) with many different faces, but if you spend a few days here you’ll soon be able to recognize them all.

Start at the transportation hub of Plaça de Catalunya and stroll north to discover the neighborhood at your own pace. Because L’Eixample is so central, it’s easy to get here by metro and FGC train. It’s even easier to find your way around because the district’s wide streets were laid out in a geometrical grid pattern during the late 19th century. The Avinguda Diagonal, one of Barcelona’s major avenues, slices right through it.

L’Eixample was constructed during the height of Catalan modernism and talented artists, most famously Antoni Gaudí, gave this neighborhood its distinct art nouveau style. Sign up for a modernism walking tour, which will also introduce you to the master designs of Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

The iconic curving building of Casa Milà was nicknamed “La Pedrera,” which translates to the Stone Quarry, when it was built at the start of the 20th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Take a tour to admire its ornate interior, period furniture and highly unusual rooftop.

Also don’t miss the stunning façade of the Casa Batlló, another one of Gaudí’s creations. It sits on Passeig de Gràcia, the neighborhood’s central shopping street with a focus on designer fashion. While here, have dinner at one of the five restaurants within El Nacional, an art deco dining venue created in a covered car park.

To the east, in the Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample, (the Old Left Side) there’s an area nicknamed the “Gaixample.” Come here to hang out in the bars and clubs to experience the city’s LGBTQI scene. Another area within this “Old Corner” is Sant Antoni, an up-and-coming neighborhood with trendy cafés, boutique fashion shops and a popular weekday market.

If you are new to Barcelona, it’s a good idea to base yourself in L’Eixample and walk to La Sagrada Família, La Rambla, Park Guëll and many of Barcelona’s other world-famous attractions.


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Ayre Hotel Caspe
Ayre Hotel Caspe
4 out of 5
Carrer de Casp 103-109, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in Eixample, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Toros Monumental, L'Auditori and Arc de Triomf. Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Zoo are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (960 reviews)
Excellent hotel in quiet location
"My fifth stay at this hotel which has maintained high standards throughout. Rooms of good size and amenities,good standard of housekeeping,amiable staff,excellent cuisine(room service particularly good) .Located in quiet area 20-30 minutes walk from Placa Catalunya/Ramblas areas;some might prefer ..."

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Ayre Hotel Caspe
H10 Casa Mimosa
H10 Casa Mimosa
4.5 out of 5
c. pau claris 179, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £116 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casa Mila, Passeig de Gracia, and Rambla de Catalunya. Casa Batllo and Hospital Clinic are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (514 reviews)
"Everything was good, no complaints. Great food, helpful staff. Location is perfect."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

H10 Casa Mimosa
Hotel Condes de Barcelona
Hotel Condes de Barcelona
4 out of 5
Passeig de Gracia, 73-75, Barcelona
The price is £99 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Eixample, this hotel is steps away from Rambla de Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Placa de Catalunya are also within 15 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (405 reviews)
"location"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

Hotel Condes de Barcelona
Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia
Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia
4.5 out of 5
Plaza Cataluña, 10, Barcelona
The price is £145 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Placa de Catalunya and La Rambla. Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (342 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel, great location, friendly staff. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Iberostar Selection Paseo de Gracia
Hotel Royal Passeig de Gracia
Hotel Royal Passeig de Gracia
4 out of 5
Passeig De Gracia, 84, Barcelona
The price is £85 per night from 18 Jul to 18 Jul
Located in Eixample, this hotel is steps away from Casa Mila and Passeig de Gracia. Casa Batllo and Rambla de Catalunya are also within 10 minutes. Diagonal ...
4.3/5Excellent! (953 reviews)
"The family room was a perfect choice for traveling with our kids, very spacious and comfortable. The receptionists were very quick and helpful, the only thing to improve is the food: we ordered a meal in the room and it was horrible!"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2020

Hotel Royal Passeig de Gracia
Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona
Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona
4 out of 5
Bergara 8, Barcelona
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £97 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in Downtown Barcelona, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Placa de Catalunya, La Rambla, and Passeig de Gracia. University of Barcelona ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
Amazing staff and lovely stay :)
"The staff at Hotel Pulitzer is really, really wonderful! The description of the room from Hotels.com was a bit misleading, and they helped me right away. They were amazing, and a pleasure to talk to. The hotel was very nice and I hope to be back. Especially once the rooftop will be open. Thanks again ..."

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

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