L’Eixample in Barcelona is a symbol of modernism. In the 1850s the city grew and for the first time it did so in an orderly manner with an innovative urban approach. Also, this area is known to house many of the buildings with greater tourist interest of Barcelona like, for example, the Sagrada Familia or the Casa Batlló. If you are planning a city break, you should not miss it. Next we give you the keys to discover the Eixample of Barcelona.
With the growth and industrial activity, increasingly powerful, the expansion of barcelona was necessary as many European cities. The plan, very ingenious, defined a city of reticular organization in which the gardens and the wide streets were the main characteristic. In addition to the aesthetic part, the already known “Plan Cerdà” had (and has) a practical advantage: it is very difficult to get lost in its streets as they form a perfect grid.
What to see in l’Eixample?
In addition to the Passeig de Gràcia, this district is home to many of Barcelona’s most beautiful and famous streets, such as Rambla Catalunya, Avinguda Diagonal, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Passeig de Sant Joan. In them you can find nice restaurants, and the best shops, which makes it one of the busiest areas for locals and tourists. But in addition, the Eixample of Barcelona can boast of owning true works of modernist art. And is that touring this area you can visit much of the architectural treasure of the city. From the most famous creations of Gaudí like the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia or Casa Milà to the House of the Punxes of Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Also the building of the National Theater or the Auditorium of Barcelona.
So do not hesitate and visit l’Eixample in love, it is a must stop. It is central, offers all kinds of leisure and cultural activities. The best thing of all is that Hostal Fontanella is at the gates of L’Eixample.