Eixample Area


Eixample, which translates as "extension" in recognition of its status as the newer part of the city, is a large area north of Placa Catalunya spreading left and right of Passeig de Gracia. The area benefits greatly from its ingenious urban planning at the hands of Catalan engineer Cerdes in the 1850's. Cerdes had a fondness for straight lines and the whole area is set out in a grid.

The extension of the city into the Eixample district coincided with the development of modernisme. The Eixample is famous for being home to the majority of Barcelona's art nouveau masterpieces. Passeig de Gracia is the heart of Eixample and the line that cuts the area into two from "Eixample left" and "Eixample right". Here you will find La Pedrera and Casa Batllo, two of Gaudi's characteristically dreamlike buildings.

The Eixample is characterised by many small bars, restaurants and cafes with street seating that intersperse the countless shops and boutiques. It is a more family oriented area and is generally considered to be the safest barrio in Barcelona, although the busy thoroughfares still attract pickpockets wherever there are an abundance of tourists. The area is a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the center of town, and enjoy the street cafe culture that europe is famous for.

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