Pronouncing the name of this district may not be easy for many foreigners, but getting lost in the streets of L’Eixample doesn’t usually present a problem. This modern area of Barcelona was designed by the engineer Cerdà in the middle of the 19th century. The old town created in the Middle Ages could no longer accommodate all its inhabitants, so the center needed an extension (which is what its name Eixample means in Catalan).
Its geometric distribution and the wide and sunny streets are a pleasant contrast to the sensation of shadow and mazes that we perceive in the oldest zones of the city. The wealthy elite of the society of Barcelona wanted to mark its own style in this new area and hired the most modern architects of the moment to design their houses.
For this reason, Eixample Dreta (the part of the Eixample located on the right side of the Passeig de Gràcia, the one on the left side is known as Eixample Esquerra) boasts the largest collection of modernist architecture in Barcelona. When walking through its streets take a look at the portals and courtyards and look at the lamps in the streets and balconies – you will see many modernist details that create the special atmosphere of this area
The residential district
Staying in Eixample Dreta is an option with many advantages. Its location is at the top of the list, as this area is very well located for people who are visiting Barcelona for just some days. No matter if you want to be close to Born or you rather rent an studio next to Sagrada Familia, the classical environment of Eixample Dreta will definitely meet your needs.
You will reach many places by walking distance such as the central Plaça Catalunya, the Sagrada Familia and the Passeig de Gràcia, the most prestigious boulevard of shops. It’s also a very quiet area at night, since traffic circulates in only one direction and in this neighborhood there are no plazas, where people meet in the evenings and nights. If you are looking for the lively nightlife of the city, certainly this area will not be the most appropriate for your stay.
The neighbors of Eixample Dreta
This district has continued to maintain its reputation as one of Barcelona’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Most of the people who live in this area are middle-upper-class Catalans who enjoy a good standard of living in spacious homes, close to high-end bars and restaurants. Many families with young children are also seen.
Shopping in Eixample Dreta
In this district you will find a great variety of supermarkets and grocery stores so that you can cook anything at your apartment. For some special treats, you should visit the Murillo grocery store, a great delicatessen shop.
In case you want to shop in very classy and expensive clothe stores you just need to walk around 10 minutes and you’ll find yourself at one of Spain’s trendiest streets, Passeig de Gràcia. Many top brands have their huge stores located in this avenue. Make sure you have enough time and energy to wander around for hours.
Moving around Eixample Dreta
Dreta de l’Eixample is well connected thanks to public transport: by bus and metro that can take you to the center or the beach. The yellow metro line takes you directly to the beach of Barceloneta and the purple one to Sagrada Familia or Plaça Universitat. The distribution of the streets is very simple, so walking around isn’t a problem.
This district is also especially recommended for those who choose to arrive by the airport of Girona, as the bus that connects Barcelona with this airport leaves and arrives to Estació del Nord, right next to the Arc de Triomf.
As you see, Eixample Dreta is a very comfortable area for your stay in Barcelona. Close to the city center and the beach but far enough so that all the crowd and the maze won’t disturb your relaxing holidays.