Barcelona is nice for sightseeing, not only because of the weather, but because it is an affordable city for walking through its streets. Those parallel and perpendicular streets where it is so easy to position yourself as to disorient yourself. We are talking about L’Eixample, a modernist district appreciated when visiting Barcelona, one of the main attractions of the city.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Barcelona needed to expand, like other European cities. Due to the growth of the economy’s population. This growth was planned, With a very studied urban planning: Eixample. This urban planning was designed by Ildefonso Cerda who draw the city on a grid crossed by Diagonal. It occupies an area of 7.46 square kilometers and its constructions formerly peripheral neighborhoods such as Gracia, Sarrià or Sants were integrated.
The neighborhood that are part from l’Eixample are:
- Dreta de l’Eixample (Right Side of L’Eixample)
- Antiga esquerra de l’Eixample (Old left side of l’Eixample)
- Nova esquerra de l’Eixample (New left side of l’Eixample)
- Sagrada Familia
- Sant Antoni
- El Fort Pienc
The whole neighborhood of Eixample is well connected with buses, subway stations and its streets are very pleasant to walk by. Bike lanes have also been suitable of its streets.
The main Street of Dreta del Eixample es Passeig de Gracia. One of the most appreciated streets in Barcelona by tourists. There are several modernist buildings from Gaudi and other local architects, good restaurants, tapas bars, cafes and best shops for shopping lovers.
If you want to enjoy spectacular and exclusive views of l’Eixample during your visit to Barcelona, do not hesitate to take a helicopter ride. It will not disappoint you!