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).
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.
One of Gaudi's masterpieces, there is not one straight edge on the exterior and the structure is one of Gaudi’s most eccentric and enticing architectural creations. Tours of the interior and the incredible roof structures are available. Great views of the tall buildings (especially La Sagrada Familia) from the roof. Hosts a large exposition of Gaudi works, covering ''Sagrada Familia'' and ''Casa Batlio'', not only ''La Pedrera'' itself. The exposition is a good place to start your exploration of Gaudi; it reveals many hidden details for the art novice.
So named because it was formerly a traveler's bar when the trains used to pass in front of it. This is a very convenient restaurant for three reasons: It's very close to''La Pedrera'' and the other monuments in ''Passeig de Gràcia'', it serves good and quite typical food in a place with history, and the prices are very moderate for the zone where is located. Some dishes are fried things, such as ''pescadito frito''. Large servings of seafood (mussles, snails); the main course with chicken looks promising.
A all you can eat buffet including hot dishes and cold and drink. It is part of a self-service restaurant chain with many outlets around the city. The bread isn't the greatest, although the vegetable quality is quite good, and the warm food isn't terrible either. Warm food includes whatever soup they have on display, some meat, and pizzas. The Maremagnum buffet has fruit juices for 1€, while the one on Plaza Catalunya has numerous desserts, such as an ice cream machine and flan.
Located in Passeig de Gràcia, this centric hotel on the shopping district is a symbol of excellent 5 star hospitality since 1918 which has been recently refurbished. It's rooftop terrace "La Dolce Vitae" offers views of Gaudi's masterpiece La Sagrada Familia and much of the city. They also offer modern, spacious, well-equipped apartments at three locations...excellent for families or groups of 3-4 adults staying more than an overnight, and economical for those who self-cater.
Run by a jazz musician, a local politician and an Australian, they have been around for 30 years taking care of guests. Good rooms, all the usual goodies, for couples, creative hearts and all those who want to get a feel of the creative edge of Barcelona in terms of Cuisine, Art, Music, Theatre, Dance. They love the city and have our own travel guide to show you around. The city is made up of cement buildings, what makes it tick are its people.
Working hospital which is at the same time an architectural masterpiece open for visitors. Although some buildings are being renovated and wards are being moved to a new building of Nou Hospital, it still does not affect the experience. One of "small hidden features" is a network of underground passages where small carriages can be seen, you can get there near WCs on a central square, between ''Banc de Sang'' and ''Quiròfans''.
Another Gaudi masterpiece along the same avenue as La Pedrera. Open to the public. No straight line or right angles appear anywhere in the house. Often overlooked for La Pedrera, (also by Gaudi), La Casa Batlló is equally as stunning with its unique architecture and infamous two ornamental pillars in the entrance to the terrace. Open for visitors from ground floor to the roof, and down by an old-time elevator.
Many local business people come to dine here during the week. The ever changing menu del dia (menu of the day) costs around €10 and will fill you up with delicious Catalan cuisine that is well prepared and equally well presented. The Crema Catalana, similar to a creme brulee, makes an excellent choice for dessert. Arriving for lunch before 14:00 could save you from waiting for a table.
All-you-can eat self-service restaurant with large windows facing the cathedral offering a great salad bar, daily soups, mediocre pastas and pizzas, dessert and coffee for a flat price. You can also do take-away for a few euros per box. Lactuca has other locations in Barcelona - Rambla Catalunya 8 and Ronda Sant Pere 17.
With a reputation for serving the freshest produce around, (there are even chickens wandering around the patio), Gaig focuses on classic Catalan cuisine, but in a modern, lighter sense. The decor is in a contemporary red and black design, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Was awarded a Michelin Star.
Connecting many of the major streets in the city, the Plaça is a central location and a hub of activity. It is a favourite meeting spot for locals and a transit hub for the tourist buses. There are many fountains, statues and gardens around the plaza, and a number of benches to just sit and take it all in.
On a major street. The metro station "Poble Sec" is right across from the hotel. If you prefer to walk you can reach "La Rambla" and all the major atrractions in downtown Barcelona in just 15 minutes. The rooms are spacious, the furniture is almost like new, and the staff are quite friendly.
Part of local chain of hostels that operates five hostels in Barcelona. Offers full equipped kitchen, common room with DVD, books, cable TV, guitar and couches, computers with 24 hours free internet access, free lockers and storage room, laundry facilities, towels rentals and public phone.
Enric Granados 83. Set in a 19th-century hospital, it has been converted into a Nouveau Art Decó styled hotel. Its structure of oxidised iron is reminiscent of New York's Soho loft, and it stands in contrast with the stone and glass façade and the elegant, minimalist zen styled interiors.
Named one of the '80 Hottest New Restaurants in the World' by Condé Nast Traveller shortly after opening in 2004, Cinc Sentits surpasses expectations. One of the few restaurants in Barcelona to offer a wine pairing, it features contemporary Catalan cuisine in a modern, warm interior.
A hostel located near the top of Diagonal. It is very safe and good fun, offering a restaurant, bar, TV area, ping-pong tables, kitchen, free internet, and sheets and breakfast included in the price. Be sure to book online; there are often good deals on the hostel's website.
The beautiful building breaths the atmosphere of the late 19th century, which also is reflected in the inside. You'll find it relaxed and well preserved. Free access to the fridge, microwave and all the ingredients to prepare yourself a varied Mediterranean-style breakfast.
Located in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood, at 10 min from Ramblas and Plaza de Universitat you will find this Spanish leather bags and accessories shop. Bolsos Turo is a shop for affordable and fashionable leather handbags, suitcases, travel bags, leather belts and more.
It's located in the Sant Marti district, but close to the eastern border of the Eixample. Twins, 4/6/8 person dorms - en-suite bathrooms, fitness club and swimming pool, breakfast included, security lockers, wifi throughout the building, common room with cheap bar.
Located in a typical modernistic building. The gallery in the facade of the apartment is a chill-out area that looks out over Casanova street. Double and single rooms, air conditioner and heating, balcony in the rooms, coffee & tea facilities, microwave and fridge.
Opened in 2006. Doubles, twins and family rooms, quads, and 6/8/10 person dorms - all with en-suite bathrooms except the 10 person dorms. Kitchen facilities, common room with bar, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. A very busy hostel lots of high school groups.
Built in 1870 as a palace for the Serra-Chopitea family, the building was converted into a hotel in 1935. Today it still stores countless pieces and works of art from the 19th century, making it at once a distinguished, elegant and unique hotel. Free Wi-Fi.
El Palauet Living Barcelona boutique hotel, with 8 suits and a spa is located on the most exclusive boulevard, on a five-story palatial mansion built in 1906, being an extraordinary example of Modernisme (the sumptuous Catalan version of Art Nouveau).
The local market in the heart of the Eixample sells fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood. This is a great flower market too, the florists are open all week. The market is over than 120 years old, but has been thoroughly modernized since.
Designed by Puig i Cadafalch, the building is a fine work of Modernism. Check the detailed photos and explanation of facade sculptures. It also has a shop that sells fine chocolate (the Amatller family made its money out of cocoa).
Situtated in a rather nondescript building one block away from Passeig de Gracia, the Renaissance offers contemporary style typical for the chain - except for guest bathrooms, who seem to have evaded renovation.
The restaurant offers pleasant modern spanish cuisine in a cool setup (wine boxes decorate the walls, the entrance is the local bar). The dessert choices are plenty and the mille-feuille is recommendable.
Very central, and originally a palace, the public spaces of the hotel live up to that history. The rooms are large, but otherwise relatively modest. About €80 per night for a double room with bath.
1 km from La Rambla. Renovated in 2007 and now boasts super-slick rooms with glass and marble bathrooms, flat panel TVs, free Wi-Fi. Problems with 3rd-party bookings reported, so book directly.
C/ Deu i Mata, 69-99. A recently built hotel designed by the world-renown architect Rafael Moneo. Located at the Avenida Diagonal/Numancia axies, Barcelona's commercial and financial centre.
Cachitos Diagonal is a tapas restaurant on a cool, avant-garde stile. Bright and spacious, with large blackboards and ivy climbing on the walls, creates a warm, chic and stylish atmosphere.
This is a place modern design lovers simply must visit. Offers everything from little household objects to furniture in a sleek and contemporary design--and much beyond interior decoration.
In the heart of modernist Barcelona. Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and la Pedrera are a five-minute walk away while las Ramblas, Plaza Cataluña and the Gothic Quarter are all at your doorstep.
Apartment rental company with many apartments in and around the Eixample area, including holiday apartments that can be rented by the day. Head office based on Gran Via in Eixample.
Mediterranean cuisine excels to mix in lots of international flavours. One can choose between the Catalan 3 dish dinner or various tapas. The restaurant has modern minimal decors.
A modern urban hotel by prestigious architect Alfredo Arribas. On the 8th floor you can find the endless-pool with views over Plaza Espanya and Montjuic hill. Free Wi-Fi.
'''Xocoa''' or '''The Chocolate Factory''' is a must for chocolate lovers. They sell special products like peppermint white chocolate or blackberry dark chocolate.
Catalan meals. Allow about €20 per person, although you could get out of there for half of that if you let the price dictate your choice of dishes.
The Nike shop sells all kinds of football and running shoes. Every Thursday evening they organise a "Run Barcelona" with free participation.
The Alexandra's rooms are somewhat sombre, with minimal decor kept in grayish hues. The lobby and restaurant are very impressive, however.
A nice modern shopping mall located on Avinguda Diagonal, Barcelona's main transport artery. Contains many mid-range to high end brands.
Free access to the fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, cups, plates and everything you will need for a self-service breakfast buffet.
Passeig de Gràcia 68. Enjoy city views from the rooftop. Just enter the elevator right from the lobby, and head up to the top floor.
Located in the center of Barcelona, 2 blocks away from the über chic Passeig de Gràcia, and 10 minutes by foot to Plaza Catalunya.
A chain of inexpensive noodle restaurants inspired by a Japanese chain Udon Ya, serving tasty Japanese cuisine. No reservations.
C/d'Aragó, 255. Created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art.
In Passeig de Gràcia district, featuring elegant rooms with adaptable lighting. Award-winning ''haute cuisine'' restaurant.
Eco-friendly chain of Catalonian-cuisine restaurants; organic only in some of products. Good choice of specialty liquors.
Renowned Catalan chef Joan Roca serves up tasty treats such as sea bass with lemongrass or a delicious suckling pig.
A design hotel build in 2006. Offers 54 modern and spacious rooms and a rooftop deck with pool. Free Wi-Fi.
Recently renovated. 2 km to Barcelona City Centre and only 1 km from Sants Rail Station.
This inexpensive vegetarian restaurant has a great choice of soups or salads, entrees and deserts.
The restaurant, formerly known as Ty Bihan, serves good Breton crêpes made with artisanal dough.
Avda. Roma, 2-4. Next to Sants Central Station. Restaurant on the 23rd floor, spa, gym. €100.
The usual NH fare packed into a nice corner building a minute away from the Arc de Triomf.
C/ Aribau 201. A 3* hotel located at the business and shopping hub of Avinguda Diagonal.
A modern boutique hotel, built in 2006. The hotel is also home to the popular Zinc bar.
A tapas bar with available deli-style take-away. Individual items are inexpensive.
The bike shop has a wide selection of quality bikes and some interesting offers.
425 wifi-equipped rooms, near Sants Central Station and Fira (Expo). €58-180.
Trying to make the most out of a very small building in the Gran Via.
Common room, free Wi-Fi, rooms with air-conditioning, heating and TV.
New modern design hotel, free WiFi. Skype: reservations987barcelona
About €100 per night for a double room with bath and breakfast.
Nice cosy cafe to sit and lounge over a cup of proper coffee.
There are six shops in Barcelona, this is their outlet.
Different stylish clothes for men, women and children.
The bike shop sells high end bikes.