Just as there are cities that are known all over the world, there are also neighbourhoods that have great fame. Eixample neighbourhood in Barcelona is a perfect example of that kind of areas.
Its geometric distribution and the wide and sunny streets are totally opposite to the dark and twisted streets of the Old-Town area. So, walking through this charming neighbourhood is a great activity to do while spending winter in Barcelona.
Additionally, Eixample was the zone were wealthy elite of the society of Barcelona lived. This way, they hired the most modern architects of the moment to design their houses. That is why we find in Eixample some of the most beautiful modernistic works of Barcelona.
Some data about Eixample neighbourhood
Eixample neighbourhood is the name given to the area of Barcelona that occupies the central part of the city. In fact, it is a large area of 7.46 square kilometres that was designed by Ildefonso Cerdá.
Eixample neighbourhood is the most populated district not only of Barcelona but also of all Spain. It has more than 250.000 inhabitants.
In the Eixample neighbourhood we find some of the most famous streets and squares in Barcelona, such as Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya, Plaça de Catalunya, Diagonal Avenue, Aragon street, Gran Via, Balmes Street, Ronda de Sant Antoni, Passeig de Sant Joan, Plaça de la Sagrada Familia, Plaza Gaudi, and so on.
So, do not hesitate to discover this amazing area of Barcelona. You can rent a studio next to Sagrada Familia and stroll around the charming streets of Eixample neighbourhood.
Enjoying Eixample neighbourhood
In the Eixample neighbourhood we find a wide variety of beautiful modernistic buildings. Therefore, walking through this incomparable area of Barcelona is one of the pleasures we can enjoy when we visit the Catalan capital.
This way, we recommend walking quietly, without a specific destination, let yourself be carried away and discover the businesses and buildings of the Eixample. Don’t worry, due to its perfect grid structure, it is almost impossible to get lost!
Sagrada Familia: the jewel of Eixample neighbourhood
This temple is probably one of the most famous buildings not only in Barcelona, but also in the world. This huge basilica designed by Antonio Gaudí is still under construction and it’s expected to be finished in 2026: the centenary of Gaudi’s death.
The twisted shapes and elements related to nature such as creepers, fruits, butterflies, turtles, chameleons, etc make of Sagrada Familia one of the biggest representations of modernism in the whole world.
Sagrada Familia has two facades (Nativity and Passion) which represent important moments of Jesus Christ’s life. The interior of the temple is greatly spacious and the colourful light that come into through the stained-glass windows creates a magical environment.
Shopping in Eixample neighbourhood
In this district you will find a great variety of supermarkets and grocery stores so that you can cook anything at your apartment.
Furthermore, in case you like shopping in classy and expensive clothe stores you will find one of the trendiest streets of the world: Passeig de Gràcia. Many top brands have their huge stores located in this avenue. These stores together with some impressive modernistic constructions such as Casa Batlló or Casa Milà provide this neighbourhood a unique cosmopolitan environment.