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The Eixample - the heart of Barcelona

The Eixample district forms very heart of Barcelona as a city. Designed in the 19th century by the architect Ildefons Cerdß to join Barcelona's outlying districts to the old town, it is made up of a highly distinctive grid pattern of streets and is situated to the north-west of Plaša Catalunya.

Look at any map of the city and the will see its characteristic grid of streets dominates the cities layout. The Eixample is famous for its rich architectural heritage, nearly all of the buildings are in the moderniste (art nouveau) style that Barcelona is famous for. Often these are built along wide, resplendent tree-lined avenues.

The Eixample extends both to the left and right of Plaša Catalunya. The district is divided into two distinct zones ľ the Eixample esquerra (left Eixample) and the Eixample dreta (right Eixample), and also includes the Sant Antoni area, the Sagrada Familia area and Arc de Triomf.

A building in Barcelona
A typical Eixample building
Casa Batllˇ by GaudÝ in Barcelona
The Casa Batllˇ by GaudÝ

The Eixample is a residential neighbourhood. So if you fancy a stay in a quieter and more family orientated part of town with easy access to any part of Barcelona, then an Eixample apartment is definitely the place for you to make your Barcelona apartment rental. To find out more about staying in this quintessentially Barcelones area of the city also see our page on traditional Barcelona art nouveau apartments.

Pedrera (Casa Mila) by GaudÝ in Barcelona
La Pedrera by GaudÝ
Rooftop of Casa Batllˇ by GaudÝ in Barcelona
Rooftop - Casa Batllˇ

If you are interested in renting an apartment in the Eixample, we offer apartments throughout the district. To see these and book one online, see our Eixample apartments section.

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