The Eixample is the quarter designed during the middle of the 19th century by Ildefons Cerdà, expanding the medieval city of Barcelona into space left empty for defense outside the city walls. It's an enormous field of rectangular blocks in an continuously repeating layout, with the constant threat of getting lost (at least for those used to European cities). Eixample contains most of the modernist buildings, including La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and La Sagrada Família. A very interesting example for planned urban development and subsequent re-planing and restructuring.

Get in

Eixample is in the middle of Barcelona so it's easily accessible by road, bus or metro. The L3 metro, with stops at Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia and Diagonal, connects the district to Gràcia and Ciutat Vella. L5 and L2 both stop at the Sagrada Família and L2 also stops at the University. L1 and L5 connect the district with Sants-Montjuïc.

Driving a car in Eixample is quite easy, though you may find difficulties to find a decent parking place in peak hours. Note that there are two zones for paid parking and prices varies depending on demand. (Green Zone, €1.08-2.42/h)


Sagrada Família
Interior of the Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Família

  Sagrada Família (Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família), Carrer de Mallorca, 401 (Sardenya and Mallorca; Metro: L2 & L5 Sagrada Familia),  +34 932 080 414, e-mail: . Open daily 9h-18h (Nov-Mar), 9h-19h (Oct, Mar), 9h-20h (Apr-Sep). Barcelona's most popular and famous attraction, the Sagrada Família is a testament to Antonio Gaudi's modernist style and unlike any other church in the world. The texture and detail on the façades are intricate and incorporate forms seen in nature as much of Gaudi's work does. The inside is huge — it's estimated that it can hold 13,000 people — with vaulted ceilings and columns designed to be reminiscent of trees. The church is still under construction, but the central nave, apse and crypt are open. Seeing the Sagrada Família at night with lights on is impressive — this is the time when you understand why people say that it is built of bones. €15 for adult, €19.50 if audioguide or tour included. €4.50 extra to visit the towers.

An audioguide is recommended. You will get a much better appreciation of the Sagrada Família, but it does last for over 90 minutes.

A trip to the towers costs extra but provides a different perspective to the church. There are two façades to choose from: Façana del Naixement (Nativity façade) and Façana de la Passió (Passion façade).

The first one was constructed between 1894 and 1930, and reflects Gaudi's style to the most. The Nativity façade is lower and faces to the east of Barcelona, but you could visit two towers there and then climb down by the famous stairs.

The lift to the towers at the Passion façade goes up 85 m and offers you a panoramic view towards the centre of the city. You can then descend down by a lift.

The entries to the lifts are on the left of the doors of the respective façade (looking from inside). There are some lockers there where the the visitors are asked to leave their oversized items. Children under 6, unaccompanied children under 16 and elderly people with reduced mobility cannot go up into the towers.


Further UNESCO World Heritage Listings

Other sights

Courtyard in Catalon studies


Casa Batlló by night on the Mançana de la discòrdia


Most of the luxury international brands can be found at Passeig de Gracia.


This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Up to €10
Mid-range €10 - €25
Splurge €25 and up





A typical avenue in Eixample

Eixample is the nightlife area of Barcelona. The famous zone Gayxample, around C/Balmes and C/Diputació has many gay bars and funky boutiques.


L'Eixample is the place where most of the city's mid-range and top-end hotels are located. This quarter is very well connected with the rest of the city, although if you go by car it's impossible to park in the street.




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