Metro: Passeig de Gracia, Diagonal
Essential: Sunset from the Pedrera’s roof terrace
Famous for: the Sagrada Familia
In three words: graceful, elegant, extensive
Barcelona’s most extensive, populated and largest area. A geometric grid which goes from the Gothic Quarter until Gracia. It lies on both sides of Passeig de Gracia. For ease, the Catalans divded the Eixample into the ‘Esquerra’ and ‘Dreta’ (meaning literally the left and right). This area is elegant, rich, residential, by day a lively business centre and by night mostly quiet and calm. The apartments Eixample Barcelona are traditionally dominated by the Catalan bourgeoisie with characteristic elegant buildings. In the Eixample, the right & left side, the only imperative is to walk looking up to take in the surprises of modernist architecture which are on every street & corner.
HISTORY: It name, Eixample, explains a large part of its origen. Born in the 19th century, consequence of industrial expansion and demographic boom which created a need for more residential areas beyond the medieval walls of the city which contain the gothic quarter and the Born. Eixample in Catalan literally means expansion. Ildefonso Cerdá was in charge of the design of the area, although the final result does not completely reflect the original plan. At the beginning of the 1900s the area became the Catalan modernist centre with its most important examples of architecture in an area known as the Golden Quarter (‘Quadrat d’or’).
ATMOSPHERE: The Eixample is certainly an elegant part of town. Its buildings are beautiful, there are luxury boutiques and exclusive restaurants. During the day the area is buzzing with activity; people, offices, shops. By night it is a calm place.
PLACES: With its large surface, Eixample comprises an impressive list of main sights. It all starts with Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, perhaps the most striking architectural feature of Barcelona. Mysterious for its own history, inconclusive and oriented to be endless. Suspended in the asymmetry of what is left to imagine. Impossible to talk about it: a Gaudi that more than ever needs to be breathed. In the Passeig de Gracia there are Battló and Mila houses (better known as La Pedrera): the first one, at No. 35, was designed with a zoomorphic idea of fantastic shapes. The facades mixed sandstone, ceramic, leaving sinuous edges, through colors and lines. La Pedrera owes its nickname to the rough stone facade. It is located at No. 92 of Paseig: its structural forms and interiors are a celebration of the curved line and clearly remind to the waves. This part of the Eixample is known as the Apple of Discord, because in the same block are concentrated, besides the Gaudi houses, other important works of Catalan modernism: the House Lleo Morera by Domenech i Montaner and Amatller House by Puig i Cadafalch. And also the Egyptian Museum and the Park Foundation Joan Miró and Antoni Tapies: a cultural center and museum in honor of the artist. In conclusion there is an incredible world to see, the only thing that can happen is that time won’t be enough!
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