Eixample, which translates as “extension” in recognition of its status as the newer part of the city, is is the most central neighborhood of the city. The street Passeig de Gracia is the heart of Eixample and the line that cuts the area into two from “Eixample left” and “Eixample right”. It is easy to orientate yourself as all streets are organised into a grid layout, with each block boasting an inner courtyard.
Eixample is the cradle of the Catalonian modernism, and within it’s spacious streets there are numerous Art Nouveau masterpieces Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. The best shopping can be found around this area, with all the designer shops, such as Gucci, Dolce& Gabana and Prada located on Passeig de Gracia. There is also a thriving cafe culture and a selection of some of the best tapas and wine bars in the whole city. It´s a great barrio to wander around and take in the modernist architecture and people- watch from one of the terrace cafes.
A safe and residential neighbourhood right in the centre of the city, for those who want to mix with affluent locals and like a taste of luxury.