If you’re interested in exceptional architecture, fine cuisine or the best shopping experience in town, the modern and sophisticated area of Eixample is truly the place to be in Barcelona. This trendy neighbourhood offers something for all tastes and ages.
Eixample is one of the most sought-after areas to live in Barcelona due to its central location, which makes it popular both among local and foreign investors. The vibrant area is set in motion by some of the city’s coolest restaurants and bars and is embellished by many of Gaudí's masterpieces (like Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà and Casa Batlló).
Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona's most well-known and acclaimed shopping streets can be found in this area too. The Sant Antoni area, located in the corner of Eixample, is where the newer architecture of Eixample meets the older influences of the rest of the city in a perfect balance. This specific area is particularly popular among millennials and has turned into one of the most fashionable parts of Eixample.
The aesthetics of Eixample differentiate greatly from the rest of Barcelona
. When arriving in Eixample, small narrow streets give way to large boulevards and modernist architecture formed in a characteristically unique grid pattern. The relatively new area was built as a solution to deal with the expanding population in the late 19th and early 20th century. In fact, the name Eixample translates directly to extension.
Curiously enough the neighbourhood is located at the very heart of the city and its excellent metro and bus system serves a perfect extension cord to connect the uptown part of the city with the historic old town. Eixample is also known for its walking and cycling routes, making it an ideal place to live for those looking for an active lifestyle within the lively city centre. However, in case you want to get away from all the fuss and refresh your mind and body, the popular La Barceloneta beach is just a 20 minutes drive away.