L'Eixample, is a district of Barcelona which is divided into 6 neighborhoods. With a population in 2013 more than 260,000 inhabitants, is the most populous district in the city.

View of Eixample. A district of Barcelona.

One of the main features of this district is the distribution of its buildings, which tracks the urban plan devised by engineer Ildefons Cerdà.

Usually in l'Eixample daytime life becomes. At night, it's easy to walk the streets and feel the silence that contrasts with daytime activity. It may also be interesting to see how this daytime activity is disrupted by the closure of many shops, at noon. This is because many of the shops and businesses that exist in the district, belong to small businesses and close for lunch.

Strolling through l'Eixample is a good way to see how the locals live day by day as it is one of the residential areas with the highest population density of the city. The district is safe, so that visitors can be wander through the streets and focus all their attention on exploring what all that the area offers like bars, cafes, restaurants, local shops, etc.

The Eixample district has an area called Gaixample, where many shops and entertainment venues are managed and visited by gays and lesbians. This area is above the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, between the streets Urgell and Balmes.

Transportation in l'Eixample

The Eixample district is well connected by both bus and metro, FGC, even RENFE / ADIF trains. You can go almost anywhere on public transport without problems. It is also relatively easy to find taxis in any of its streets.

Points of interest in l'Eixample

Visitors will find a district with many places to go.

The Sagrada Familia

It is, without doubt, the most visited place in Barcelona.

Art Nouveau Site of Sant Pau

The largest art nouveau site in Europe, near the Sagrada Familia. A must-see for Barcelona visitors.

Passeig de Gracia

One of the most important shopping streets in Spain, where they have located the major brands of jewelry and fashion. It is also a prominent showcase of modernist buildings. Between the streets Consell de Cent and Aragó finds what is known as the Block of Discord, which has 3 reference modernist buildings: Casa Batlló (Antoni Gaudí), Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch) and the Casa Lleó Morera (Domènech i Montaner). Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Gaudí), is also located on this iconic street of Barcelona.

Catalonia Square (Plaça Catalunya)

The epicenter of the city. It will be your starting point for many routes.

Spain Square (Plaça d'Espanya)

It is in Spain Square where the Gran Vía converges with the Parallel avenue and one of the main routes to go up to Montjuic Park, Reina María Cristina avenue.

Joan Miró Park

It is a park located near Spain Square (Plaça d’Espanya) and formerly, it housed the slaughterhouse. Hence, many locals refer to this place as the Parc de l'Escorxador. (Slaughterhouse Park).

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Sants Station (Sants Estació) and the Industrial Spain Park (Parc de la Espanya Industrial)

Sants Station is the main train station in Barcelona and the visitor should know that they have public toilets. The park next to it has a small lake and grassy areas for relaxing or sunbathing. It has a slide, dragon-shaped, which kids love.

University Square (Plaça Universitat)

In this square are located the University of Arts and Math. It is in the city center, five minutes from Catalonia Square, walking.


The Eixample district has a very large number of museums, including the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Perfume, the Palau Robert, the Museum of Catalan Modernism, the Rock Museum or the Museum of Music, among others.


The area with the entertainment and commerce oriented to homosexuals.

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The Monumental Bullring

After that in 2010, the Catalan Parliament banned bullfighting, the bullring has become home to musical events and circuses. There, you will also find the Bullfighting Museum of Barcelona.

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