8 things to do and see in La Eixampla area.
Updated: 13 Nov 2021
by: Barcelona Travel Hacks
La Eixample, or extension, is a neighbourhood characterised by its grid street layout and was built from 1850 to 1900 to expand housing in Barcelona. La Eixampla surrounds the medieval centre of Barcelona comprising the neighbourhoods of Raval, gotico and El Born. La Eixampla is divided into two halves, left and right divided by the main street of passeig de Gracia from Plaza Catalunya.
La Eixampla is best described as a safe residential area with high class shopping areas and vibrant cafe culture. It is here that you will find some of the best, and most expensive, restaurants in town. The buildings in La Eixampla are of an art nouveau design with beautiful facades and balconies. It is also home to plent of Catalan Modernism masterpieces like Recinte modernista Sant Pau, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera.
Transport wise the blue and red metro lines pass through la Eixampla horizontally while the green line runs under passeig de Gracia and the FGC lines run under Rambla de Catalunya.