Modern Barcelona´s district Eixample for which it is worldwide famous, is divided into two parts, right and left. This is the true, modern central area in Barcelona and from here you can get easily everywhere in the city on foot or in public transport. In addition to the amazing cultural sites in this area, there are also a number of stores such as municipal markets, supermarkets, designer shops and boutiques, souvenirs, as well as a number of outstanding Barcelona restaurants and tapas bars.
Eixample means the extension of the city outside the medieval old town. The Passeig de Gracia divides Eixample into two. The Eixample Dreta is part of the east of the Paseo. When they built this district, in the early twentieth century, all the rich families of the city wanted to get out of the medieval quarter to have a house worthy of its power and social status in the new fashion district. Art Nouveau, locally called Modernisme, found its home in the Eixample, which became a living museum of art and architecture. The most famous architects of the time (Puig, Gaudí, Muntaner) were hired for the planning of this new area.
La Sagrada Familia, the masterpiece of Antonio Gaudí is undoubtedly one of the major claims of the city for tourists. It is still unfinished due to its grandiosity. The temple is one of the best examples of the imagination of the great architect, with many symbolic elements. Currently, the construction process is managed by other artists and the date when it will be finished is still undefined.
Another modernist landmark is Hospital de Sant Pau. Its architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner was another of the great names of Modernism in Barcelona. These two most important monuments are communicated by Gaudí Avenue, a pleasant promenade which is filled with all kinds of shops, restaurants, pubs and some bars where to take the first drink of the night.
The Fundacio Antoni Tapies is another sightseeing located in Eixample dret, whose conquering Islamic-inspired building hosts important temporary modern art works by this Catalonian artist.
The Agbar Tower is one of the tourist interest points in this area. This multicolor crystal construction houses the administration of Barcelona´s water company Agbar Group. The tower is 144 meters high and has 38 floors.
Eixample Dret District is one of the most active commercial and residential areas in Barcelona. Of all the streets is important to highlight Passeig de Gracia, Passeig de San Joan, Gaudí Avenue, etc where the most visited monuments are located and the walk is worth it.
It is well connected to the city centre by the net of public buses and different underground lines.
Some apartments in this area