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Eixample

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The Eixample is the quarter designed during the middle of the 19th century by Ildefons Cerdà, expanding the medieval city of Barcelona into space left empty for defense outside the city walls. It's an enormous field of rectangular blocks in an continuously repeating layout, with the constant threat of getting lost (at least for those used to European cities). Eixample contains most of the modernist buildings, including La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Família. A very interesting example for planned urban development and subsequent re-planing and restructuring.

Get in[edit]

Map of Barcelona/Eixample

Eixample is in the middle of Barcelona so it's easily accessible by road, bus or metro. The  L3  metro, with stops at Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia and Diagonal, connects the district to Gràcia and Ciutat Vella.  L5  and  L2  both stop at the Sagrada Família and  L2  also stops at the University.  L1  and  L5  connect the district with Sants-Montjuïc.

Driving a car in Eixample is quite easy, though you may find difficulties to find a decent parking place in peak hours. Note that there are two zones for paid parking and prices varies depending on demand. (Green Zone, €1.08-2.42/h)

See[edit]

Sagrada Família
Interior of the Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Família[edit]

1 Sagrada Família (Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família), Carrer de Mallorca, 401 (Sardenya and Mallorca; Metro: L2 & L5 Sagrada Familia), +34 932 080 414, e-mail: . Open daily 9h-18h (Nov-Mar), 9h-19h (Oct, Mar), 9h-20h (Apr-Sep). Barcelona's most popular and famous attraction, the Sagrada Família is a testament to Antonio Gaudi's modernist style and unlike any other church in the world. The texture and detail on the façades are intricate and incorporate forms seen in nature as much of Gaudi's work does. The inside is huge — it's estimated that it can hold 13,000 people — with vaulted ceilings and columns designed to be reminiscent of trees. The church is still under construction, but the central nave, apse and crypt are open. Seeing the Sagrada Família at night with lights on is impressive — this is the time when you understand why people say that it is built of bones. €15 for adult, €19.50 if audioguide or tour included. €4.50 extra to visit the towers. Sagrada Família on Wikipedia Sagrada Família (Q48435) on Wikidata

An audioguide is recommended. You will get a much better appreciation of the Sagrada Família, but it does last for over 90 minutes.

A trip to the towers costs extra but provides a different perspective to the church. There are two façades to choose from: Façana del Naixement (Nativity façade) and Façana de la Passió (Passion façade).

The first one was constructed between 1894 and 1930, and reflects Gaudi's style to the most. The Nativity façade is lower and faces to the east of Barcelona, but you could visit two towers there and then climb down by the famous stairs.

The lift to the towers at the Passion façade goes up 85 m and offers you a panoramic view towards the centre of the city.Then you descend by foot, which takes 10-20 minutes.

The entries to the lifts are on the left of the doors of the respective façade (looking from inside). There are some lockers there where the visitors are asked to leave their oversized items. Children under 6, unaccompanied children under 16 and elderly people with reduced mobility cannot go up into the towers.

Tickets[edit]

  • Church: Walking around the outside of the church is free, but getting inside requires patience and money. If you walk up and buy a ticket, expect a lineup.
    Alternatively, it is possible to buy tickets online, so to avoid waiting in a queue. Once a ticket(s) is bought it needs to be presented to an attendant either printed or as a code at a smart phone (do not go to the ticket booth!). Someone has suggested to have a bank card used with the purchase ready "just in case", but that's not a requirement.
  • Towers: Tickets for the tower lifts must be purchased at the same time you buy your entry ticket because they have time slots. Make sure you know which lift you are going to take since there are two of them. When buying a ticket "offline", at a ticket booth, and you go later than 10h, expect to wait at least an hour (two hours is possible on busy days). You must choose your entrance time to the church to be before the time of a visit to the towers, but after you descend from the towers you are free to continue you visit to the church, the museum and other sights.

Further UNESCO World Heritage Listings[edit]

  • 2 Casa Batlló, Passeig de Gracia 43 (corner of Carrer de Arago; Metro: L2, L3 & L4 Passeig de Gracia), +34 932 16 03 06, e-mail: . 9AM-9PM (tickets until 8PM). Another Gaudi masterpiece along the same avenue as La Pedrera. Open to the public. No straight line or right angles appear anywhere in the house. Often overlooked for La Pedrera, (also by Gaudi), La Casa Batlló is equally as stunning with its unique architecture and infamous two ornamental pillars in the entrance to the terrace. Open for visitors from ground floor to the roof, and down by an old-time elevator. Adults €23.50 (online) and €28 (ticket office), students €18.50 and residents of Catalonia €15, which includes an audioguide; videoguide — €3 extra. Casa Batlló on Wikipedia Casa Batlló (Q461371) on Wikidata
  • 3 Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Passeig de Gràcia 92 (Metro: L3 & L5 Diagonal), +34 902 202 138, e-mail: . Mar-Oct 9am-8:30pm; Nov-Apr 9am-6:30pm. One of Gaudi's masterpieces, there is not one straight edge on the exterior and the structure is one of Gaudi’s most eccentric and enticing architectural creations. Tours of the interior and the incredible roof structures are available. Great views of the tall buildings (especially La Sagrada Familia) from the roof. Hosts a large exposition of Gaudi works, covering Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlio, not only La Pedrera itself. The exposition is a good place to start your exploration of Gaudi; it reveals many hidden details for the art novice. from €20.50. Casa Milà on Wikipedia Casa Milà (Q207870) on Wikidata

Other sights[edit]

Courtyard in Catalon studies
  • 4 Casa Amatller (Fundació Institut Amatller d'Art Hispànic), Passeig de Gràcia 41, +34 934 617 460. Mon-Sun 11: 00-19:00 only guided tours every 1/2h (in English at 11:00); no high heels allowed. Designed by Puig i Cadafalch, the building is a fine work of Modernism. Check the detailed photos and explanation of facade sculptures. It also has a shop that sells fine chocolate (the Amatller family made its money out of cocoa). Full tour €15, express tour €10. Casa Amatller on Wikipedia Casa Amatller (Q506814) on Wikidata
  • 6 Fundació Antoni Tàpies, C/d'Aragó, 255. Created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Fundació Antoni Tàpies on Wikipedia Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Q2447148) on Wikidata
  • 7 Hotel Majestic, +34 934 881 717. Passeig de Gràcia 68. Enjoy city views from the rooftop. Just enter the elevator right from the lobby, and head up to the top floor. Hotel Majestic (Barcelona) on Wikipedia Hotel Majestic (Q615575) on Wikidata
  • 8 Plaça de Catalunya, at the end of Passeig de Gràcia and the top of La Rambla (Metro: L1, L3, L6 & L7 Catalunya). Connecting many of the major streets in the city, the Plaça is a central location and a hub of activity. It is a favourite meeting spot for locals and a transit hub for the tourist buses. There are many fountains, statues and gardens around the plaza, and a number of benches to just sit and take it all in. Plaça de Catalunya on Wikipedia Plaça de Catalunya (Q822881) on Wikidata
  • 9 Universitat (University of Barcelona). The university has many interesting buildings, libraries and courtyards. University of Barcelona on Wikipedia University of Barcelona (Q219615) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

Casa Batlló by night on the Mançana de la discòrdia
  • Eixample is excellent area to walk around and take in Barcelona. It's buzzing with people going to restaurants, shops and bars, and there are many fine buildings to look at. Some of the streets have pedestrian areas down the middle for walking and patios, making for a pleasant stroll.
  • Admire the Mançana de la discòrdia ( Passeig de Gracia between Diagonal and Passeig de Gracia metro stations ) concentrating four unique buildings by the most important Catalan architects from early years of the 20th century in 100 lineal meters. Casa Lleó-Morera by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Casa Batlló from Antoni Gaudí, Casa Amatlló by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Casa Mulleras by Enric Sagnier, in close proximity. As the four architects styles were very different, the buildings clash with each other and the neighboring buildings.

Buy[edit]

Most of the luxury international brands can be found at Passeig de Gracia.

  • 1 Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, C/ Consell De Cent 314, +34 932 155 288. A Spanish fashion designer, no link with the Italian brand Prada
  • 3 Bolsos Turo (Pilar Guardia), Carrer de Manso, 76 (Metro L2 Sant Antoni or L3 Poble Sec (Cornering Ronda Sant Pau)), +34 933 29 60 61. Located in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood, at 10 min from Ramblas and Plaza de Universitat you will find this Spanish leather bags and accessories shop. Bolsos Turo is a shop for affordable and fashionable leather handbags, suitcases, travel bags, leather belts and more.
  • 4 Cacao Sampaka, C/. Consell de Cent, 292, +34 932 72 08 33. M-Sa 09:00-20:30. Xocoa or The Chocolate Factory is a must for chocolate lovers. They sell special products like peppermint white chocolate or blackberry dark chocolate.
  • 5 La Concepcio, C/ Aragó, 313-317 (Metro Girona, Passeig de Gracia), +34 675 69 36 16, e-mail: . food section Mo 08:00-15:00, Tu-F 08:00-20:00, Sa 08:00-15:00. The local market in the heart of the Eixample sells fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. This is a great flower market too, the florists are open all week. The market is over than 120 years old, but has been thoroughly modernized since.
  • 6 Desigual, Passeig de Gràcia, 47, +34 932 15 08 84. Different stylish clothes for men, women and children.
  • 8 Nike Store, Calle Laforja, 8, +34 934 87 54 24. The Nike shop sells all kinds of football and running shoes. Every Thursday evening they organise a "Run Barcelona" with free participation.
  • La Pedrera (Casa Mila). At the exit from museum part (same floor as The Pedrera Apartment), La Pedrera hosts a small toys store. Mid-XX century-style metal toys (including musical boxes and whirligigs); fascinating books with pop-up pages (especially check Alice in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, €30 each). Check also several books How to Speak to Children About Art from several galleries (Tate Gallery, Metropolitan Museum). To get to the shop, you need to buy a standard ticket to La Pedrera.
  • 9 Probike, C/ Viladomat, 310, +34 934 19 78 89. M-Sa 10:00-20:30. The bike shop has a wide selection of quality bikes and some interesting offers.
  • 10 Vinçon, Passeig de Gracia 96 (M. Diagonal), +34 93 215-6050. Mon-Sat 10AM-8:30PM. This is a place modern design lovers simply must visit. Offers everything from little household objects to furniture in a sleek and contemporary design--and much beyond interior decoration.
  • 11 El Corte Ingles, Avinguda Diagonal, 471-473 (Trams T1, T2, T3 - Francesc Macià). A medium-sized store is to be found at the eastern end of the tram lines in Les Corts, handy if you are after some clothes or other merchandise you may need. Unlike most stores in the chain, in an actually nice and modern building - look for the entrance on the back side of the complex when approaching from Plaça de Francesc Macià (the roundabout)

Eat[edit]

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Up to €10
Mid-range €10 - €25
Splurge €25 and up

Budget[edit]

  • 1 El Buffet Verd, Carrer de Roger de Llúria, 134, +34 934 57 06 84. This inexpensive vegetarian restaurant has a great choice of soups or salads, entrees and deserts.
  • 2 Fres Co, Ronda Universitat, 29. A all you can eat buffet including hot dishes and cold and drink. It is part of a self-service restaurant chain with many outlets around the city. The bread isn't the greatest, although the vegetable quality is quite good, and the warm food isn't terrible either. Warm food includes whatever soup they have on display, some meat, and pizzas. The Maremagnum buffet has fruit juices for 1€, while the one on Plaza Catalunya has numerous desserts, such as an ice cream machine and flan. €10.
  • 3 Lactuca, C/Provenza 427 (right next to Sagrada Familia). All-you-can eat self-service restaurant with large windows facing the cathedral offering a great salad bar, daily soups, mediocre pastas and pizzas, dessert and coffee for a flat price. You can also do take-away for a few euros per box. Lactuca has other locations in Barcelona - Rambla Catalunya 8 and Ronda Sant Pere 17. Weekday lunch €8.95, dinner or weekend lunch €10.70.
  • 4 Madrid-Barcelona, C/Aragó 282 (50m from Passeig de Gràcia), +34 93 215 70 27, e-mail: . So named because it was formerly a traveler's bar when the trains used to pass in front of it. This is a very convenient restaurant for three reasons: It's very close toLa Pedrera and the other monuments in Passeig de Gràcia, it serves good and quite typical food in a place with history, and the prices are very moderate for the zone where is located. Some dishes are fried things, such as pescadito frito. Large servings of seafood (mussles, snails); the main course with chicken looks promising. Mains generally €9-18, no menu del dia.
  • 5 Qu Qu (Quasi Queviures), Passeig de Gracia 24, +34 93 317 4512. 08:30-01:30. A tapas bar with available deli-style take-away. Individual items are inexpensive. €3-9.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 6 La Flauta, Calle D´Aribau, 23, +34 934 88 17 97. Many local business people come to dine here during the week. The ever changing menu del dia (menu of the day) costs around €10 and will fill you up with delicious Catalan cuisine that is well prepared and equally well presented. The Crema Catalana, similar to a creme brulee, makes an excellent choice for dessert. Arriving for lunch before 14:00 could save you from waiting for a table.
  • 7 Braseria El Glop, Carrer de Casp, 21, +34 93 318 75 75. Catalan meals. Allow about €20 per person, although you could get out of there for half of that if you let the price dictate your choice of dishes.
  • 9 El nou de granados, Carrer d'Enric Granados, 9, +34 934 53 11 20, e-mail: . 12:30-0:30. Mediterranean cuisine excels to mix in lots of international flavours. One can choose between the Catalan 3 dish dinner or various tapas. The restaurant has modern minimal decors.
  • Origen 99.9%, C/Enric Granados 9, e-mail: . 12:30PM-1AM Mon-Sun. Eco-friendly chain of Catalonian-cuisine restaurants; organic only in some of products. Good choice of specialty liquors. main courses: fish €5.5-6; meat: 5.85.
  • 10 Le P'ty Mon, Passage de Luís Pellicer, 13, +34 934 10 90 02. The restaurant, formerly known as Ty Bihan, serves good Breton crêpes made with artisanal dough. less €20.

Splurge[edit]

  • 12 Alba Granados, Carrer d'Enrique Granados, 34, +34 93 454 61 16, e-mail: . The restaurant offers pleasant modern spanish cuisine in a cool setup (wine boxes decorate the walls, the entrance is the local bar). The dessert choices are plenty and the mille-feuille is recommendable.
  • 13 Cinc Sentits, Carrer d'Aribau, 58, +34 93 323 9490, e-mail: . 13:30-15:00, 20:30-22:00. Named one of the '80 Hottest New Restaurants in the World' by Condé Nast Traveller shortly after opening in 2004, Cinc Sentits surpasses expectations. One of the few restaurants in Barcelona to offer a wine pairing, it features contemporary Catalan cuisine in a modern, warm interior.
  • 14 Restaurant Gaig, Carrer de Còrsega, 200, +34 93 429 10 17, e-mail: . With a reputation for serving the freshest produce around, (there are even chickens wandering around the patio), Gaig focuses on classic Catalan cuisine, but in a modern, lighter sense. The decor is in a contemporary red and black design, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Was awarded a Michelin Star.
  • 15 Moo, Carrer del Rosselló, 267 (Metro Diagonal), +34 934 45 40 00. Renowned Catalan chef Joan Roca serves up tasty treats such as sea bass with lemongrass or a delicious suckling pig.
  • 16 Tickets Bar, Avinguda del Paraŀlel, 164, +34 932 92 42 53, e-mail: . Avinguda Paral·lel, 164. Tickets is tapas as democracy, world-class cooking for travellers and Barcelona families who never made it on the winding road to Roses and now never will. Run by Ferran Adriá and his brother Albert.

Drink[edit]

A typical avenue in Eixample

Eixample is the nightlife area of Barcelona. The famous zone Gayxample, around C/Balmes and C/Diputació has many gay bars and funky boutiques.

  • Arena Choose from three floors of dancing and don't stop dancing until the lights come on.

Sleep[edit]

L'Eixample is the place where most of the city's mid-range and top-end hotels are located. This quarter is very well connected with the rest of the city, although if you go by car it's impossible to park in the street.

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Centric Point Hostel, Passeig de Gracia 33, +34 93 231 2045, e-mail: . Opened in 2006. Doubles, twins and family rooms, quads, and 6/8/10 person dorms - all with en-suite bathrooms except the 10 person dorms. Kitchen facilities, common room with bar, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. A very busy hostel lots of high school groups. From €14 for a dorm bed.
  • 2 [dead link] Hostal Central, Ronda Universitat No 11 (Just off the Plaça de Catalunya). Clean, friendly and good value. En-suite double rooms for around €60.
  • 3 St Christopher's Barcelona, Carrer de Bergara, 3 (Located at the top of La Rambla, 50 meters from Plaça Catalunya. The hostel is three minutes walk from the metro and airport bus.), +34 936 674 588, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. Part of the St Christopher's Inns chain, this new hostel has private and dormitory style rooms and a Belushi's bar downstairs. From €12.50 per night which includes a continental breakfast, WiFI and fully laundered beds.
  • Hostal Residencia Australia, Ronda de la Universitat 11, +34 93 317 41 77, e-mail: . Run by a jazz musician, a local politician and an Australian, they have been around for 30 years taking care of guests. Good rooms, all the usual goodies, for couples, creative hearts and all those who want to get a feel of the creative edge of Barcelona in terms of Cuisine, Art, Music, Theatre, Dance. They love the city and have our own travel guide to show you around. The city is made up of cement buildings, what makes it tick are its people. From €22.
  • Hostel Barcelona Sant Jordi Alberg. Part of local chain of hostels that operates five hostels in Barcelona. Offers full equipped kitchen, common room with DVD, books, cable TV, guitar and couches, computers with 24 hours free internet access, free lockers and storage room, laundry facilities, towels rentals and public phone. From €23.
  • Jardinets Guest House, Carrer Gran de Gracia, +34 644 200 680, e-mail: . The beautiful building breaths the atmosphere of the late 19th century, which also is reflected in the inside. You'll find it relaxed and well preserved. Free access to the fridge, microwave and all the ingredients to prepare yourself a varied Mediterranean-style breakfast. From €50/double room / breakfast and WiFi included.
  • Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel. A hostel located near the top of Diagonal. It is very safe and good fun, offering a restaurant, bar, TV area, ping-pong tables, kitchen, free internet, and sheets and breakfast included in the price. Be sure to book online; there are often good deals on the hostel's website.
  • Urbany Hostel Barcelona, Av Meridiana 97, +34 93 2458414, e-mail: . It's located in the Sant Marti district, but close to the eastern border of the Eixample. Twins, 4/6/8 person dorms - en-suite bathrooms, fitness club and swimming pool, breakfast included, security lockers, wifi throughout the building, common room with cheap bar. From €12 up to €35 per person.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 4 Hotel Soho Barcelona, Gran Via, 545, +34 93 552 96 10. A design hotel build in 2006. Offers 54 modern and spacious rooms and a rooftop deck with pool. Free Wi-Fi.
  • 5 B-Hotel, Gran Via, 389, +34 93 552 95 00. A modern urban hotel by prestigious architect Alfredo Arribas. On the 8th floor you can find the endless-pool with views over Plaza Espanya and Montjuic hill. Free Wi-Fi. €90.
  • 6 Hotel Granvia, Granvia 642, +34 93 318 19 00. Built in 1870 as a palace for the Serra-Chopitea family, the building was converted into a hotel in 1935. Today it still stores countless pieces and works of art from the 19th century, making it at once a distinguished, elegant and unique hotel. Free Wi-Fi.
  • 8 987 Barcelona Hotel, c/Mallorca 288 (Just a few minutes walking distance from Pedreda, Passeig de Gracia), +34 93 476 33 94. New modern design hotel, free WiFi. Skype: reservations987barcelona from €152.
  • 9 Hotel del Comte, Diputació, 142-148 (50m from L1 Urgell, Autobus), +34 93 323 12 58, e-mail: . 1 km from La Rambla. Renovated in 2007 and now boasts super-slick rooms with glass and marble bathrooms, flat panel TVs, free Wi-Fi. Problems with 3rd-party bookings reported, so book directly. From €80.
  • 12 Granados 83, +34 902 244 246. Enric Granados 83. Set in a 19th-century hospital, it has been converted into a Nouveau Art Decó styled hotel. Its structure of oxidised iron is reminiscent of New York's Soho loft, and it stands in contrast with the stone and glass façade and the elegant, minimalist zen styled interiors.
  • 13 Hotel Gran Via, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 642, +34 933 181 900. Very central, and originally a palace, the public spaces of the hotel live up to that history. The rooms are large, but otherwise relatively modest. About €80 per night for a double room with bath.
  • 14 NH Master, Carrer de València 105-107.
  • 15 NH Calderón, Rambla de Catalunya 26.
  • Apartment Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 558, +34 934813577, e-mail: . Check-in: 15h, check-out: 11h. Apartment rental company with many apartments in and around the Eixample area, including holiday apartments that can be rented by the day. Head office based on Gran Via in Eixample.
  • Hotel Best Aranea (Hotel Aranea), C/ Consell de Cent 444 08013, +34 932477474. Nice hotel near the Sagrada Familia cathedral.

Splurge[edit]

  • 16 Hotel Omm, Rosselló 265, +34 93 445 40 00, fax: +34 93 445 40 04, e-mail: . In Passeig de Gràcia district, featuring elegant rooms with adaptable lighting. Award-winning haute cuisine restaurant.
  • 17 Hotel Majestic, Passeig de Gràcia 68, +34 934881717, e-mail: . Located in Passeig de Gràcia, this centric hotel on the shopping district is a symbol of excellent 5 star hospitality since 1918 which has been recently refurbished. It's rooftop terrace "La Dolce Vitae" offers views of Gaudi's masterpiece La Sagrada Familia and much of the city. They also offer modern, spacious, well-equipped apartments at three locations...excellent for families or groups of 3-4 adults staying more than an overnight, and economical for those who self-cater. Rooms 250€ and up.
  • 18 Renaissance Barcelona, Carrer de Pau Claris 122. Situtated in a rather nondescript building one block away from Passeig de Gracia, the Renaissance offers contemporary style typical for the chain - except for guest bathrooms, who seem to have evaded renovation.
  • 19 Alexandra Barcelona A DoubleTree by Hilton, Calle Mallorca 251. The Alexandra's rooms are somewhat sombre, with minimal decor kept in grayish hues. The lobby and restaurant are very impressive, however.
  • 20 Hotel Indigo Barcelona - Plaza Catalunya, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 629. Trying to make the most out of a very small building in the Gran Via.
  • 21 NH Podium, Calle Bailén 4-6. The usual NH fare packed into a nice corner building a minute away from the Arc de Triomf.

Go next[edit]

This district travel guide to Eixample is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.