Barri de L'Eixample
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- 98%Local Culture
- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Green Travelers
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- Barri de L'EixampleMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Sep 10, 2013
Really liked staying here (the Right Eixample)...the apartment I stayed in had great transportation links and it was residential. We didn't have to deal with loud noise at night or crazy people. Rather, we got a real taste of Barcelona living in a real neighborhood. Highly recommend.
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- Barri de L'EixampleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
The Eixample (Catalan for 'Extension') is a district of Barcelona between the old city (Ciutat Vella) and what were once surrounding small towns (Sants, Gràcia, Sant Andreu etc.), constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Eixample is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and square blocks with chamfered corners (namedilles in Catalan). This was a visionary, pioneering design by Ildefons Cerdà, who considered traffic and transport along with sunlight and ventilation in coming up with his characteristic octagonal blocks, where the streets broaden at every intersection making for greater visibility, better ventilation and (today) some short-stay parking space. The important needs of the inhabitants were incorporated into his plan, which called for markets, schools, hospitals every so many blocks. Today, most of the markets remain open in the spots they have been from the beginning
Some parts of Eixample are rather well-to-do neighbourhoods, especially around the central areas such as Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya and the Avinguda Gaudi/Sagrada Familia vicinity where Gayle and I visited or walked. However, there are also less fortunate areas exist of which these tourists did not have the opportunity to venture.