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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 citywalls. It's an enormous field of rectangular blocks in an continuously repeating layout, with the constant thread 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.
Sagrada Família Designed by renowned architect Antonio Gaudi, this remarkable landmark remains Barcelona's most famous unfinished church, having been started in 1882. It is one of Gaudi's most impressive works and can be described as warped Gothic. The rippling contours of the stone facade make it look as though Sagrada Familia is melting in the sun, while the towers are topped with brightly-colored mosaics which look like bowls of fruit. Definitely worth a visit.
Sagrada Família spires
L'Illa de la discòrdia:
Casa Batllo, Passeig de Gracia 43 (corner of Correr de Provenca), . 9:00 - 20:00. Another Gaudi masterpiece along the same avenue as La Pedrera. Open to the public. Not one straight line nor right angles appear anywhere in the house.
Casa Amatller. Passeig de Gràcia 41. By Josep Puig i Cadafalch
Casa Lleó-Morera. Passeig de Gràcia 35. By Lluís Domènech i Montaner
Hospital de Sant Pau
La Pedrera, Passeig de Gracia 92, Also known as Casa Mila. Another 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.
Madrid-Barcelona, C/Aragó 282 (50m from Passeig de Gràcia), ☎ +34 93 215 70 27. 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 toLa 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.Mains generally €7-14, no menu del dia.
Lactuca, C/Provenza 427 (right next to Sagrada Familia), . All-you-can eat self-service restaurant 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.Weekday lunch €8.50, dinner or weekend lunch €10.30.
La Periñaca, C/ Diputació 131, ☎ +34 93-4513685. Local joint serving up basic but tasty Spanish grub in low-key surroundings. The daily menus have a choice of options and include a starter, a main, a dessert, bread and half a bottle of wine.Lunch/dinner €8/9.
Qu Qu, Passeig de Gracia 24, ☎ 93 317 4512, . 8:30 am - 1:30 am. Full name is Quasi Queviures. Good tapas bar with available deli-style take-out/take-away. Individual items are inexpensive, but you don't get much for your money.€ 3-9.
This guide uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Up to €10
€10 - €25
€25 and up
El Ùltimo Agave - Authentic Mexican restaurant. Aragó 193
El Glop dela Rambla, Rambla de Catalunya, 65, . Excellent Catalan meals at a price within most budgets. 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. See chain review in the Eat section of Barcelona.
Gaya Cosmopolitan Lounge Restaurant C/Compte Borrell, 122 just above Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, . Original decor. Excellent food at a very reasonable price. Fridays and Saturdays they have chillout sessions with live DJ.
ba-ba-reeba, Passeig de Gràcia, 28 (Between Gran Via and Diputació), ☎ 93 302 21 29, . Cosy and comfortable restaurant & tapas bar along the main avenue.€ 10-25.
Cocoon Lounge Restaurant - C/Londres, 87/. Always packed, the Cocoon offers superbly inventive courses that impress in an ambient decor. Also a great place to have a drink. Awesome ambience, soft music, perfect for a cocktail or a smoothie.
Drolma at Hotel Majestic is one of the best places to eat, but is very expensive.
Moo- C/Rosselló 265. Renowed Catalan chef Joan Roca serves up tasty treats such as sea bass with lemongrass or a delicious suckling pig.
Eixample is the nightlife area of Barcelona. The famous zone Gayxample, around C/Balmes and C/Diputació has many gay bars and funky boutiques.
Arena Choose from three floors of dancing and don't stop dancing until the lights come on.
Smooth, Carrer Enrique Granados 73, . Upscale lounge style winebar located in central Eixample, offering a refreshing alternative to the usual wooden tables and dingy atmosphere. The focus is definitely on wine with a full and interesting range both from Spain and abroad, but also a light modern menu of small plates help you through the second bottle as you sit listening to laid back lounge tunes. Four table terrace on the traffic restricted street closes at midnight, but the bar is open to 1:30am (2:30am on Sat). Innovative in its day, the decor is getting slightly shabby but the central concept remains sound. Service can be the first to go if busy so grab a sandwich before if you're going on a Friday!
Sweet Cafe, Carrer Casanova 75, . The trendiest bar of the Gaixample, the gay area, its red decor and lights and electropop music makes it unmissable. Mostly gay, but everybody is welcome. On Thursdays, pop sessions with guest DJs. (Tuesday-Saturday 10:30PM-3AM). Monthly Bollywood parties on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
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.
Hostels and Hostales
Hostal Residencia Australia, Ronda Universitat 11, 4º1ª, ☎ +34 93 317 41 77 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Absolute ciy center, 100 m away from the ramblas, small cosy and chilled out. 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, good price, really ideal 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 buldings , what makes it tick are it´s people. This hostal does a lot of ticking .From €22 euros pp. .
Urbany Hostel Barcelona, Av Meridiana 97, ☎ +34 93 2458414 (email@example.com), . It's located in the Sant Marti district, but close to the eastern border of the Eixample. Brand new Hostel, opened since July 2008. Twins, 4/6/8 person dorms - en-suite bathroms, fitness club and swimming pool, breakfast included, security lockers, wifi throughout the building, common room with cheap bar.From €12.
Centric Point Hostel, Passeig de Gracia 33, ☎ +34 93 231 2045 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Opened in 2006. Doubles, twins and family roooms, quads, and 6/8/10 person dorms - all with en-suite bathrooms except the 10 person dorms. Kitchen facilities, common room with bar, free Internet, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. Two steps from Plaça Catalunya and Les Ramblas.From €14 for a dorm bed.
Bohemia Barcelona, Calle Rossellon 195, +34 620 682 682, . Bohemia Barcelona is a newly renovated hostel located in a modernist building in the Eixample. Located in a former Pension, this 300m2 hostel has been renovated in a special way blending modern comforts with old-school features. High ceilings and large panoramic paintings are blended with the modern comforts of en-suite rooms, modern shower units and colourful interiors to comfortably accommodate all visitors to Barcelona in a friendly open environment. Clean, friendly and good value, just next to Rambla Catalunya and Passeig de Gracia. The hostel's huge terrace is a great place to relax when you've had too much of the Barcelona pace of life and you just want to chill out. There's an outhouse with relaxing sofas and retro furniture, a reading library, deck chairs & hammocks, picnic tables and depending on the season, BBQ facilities… Run by an Irish-Catalan company, it offers en-suite double rooms for around 60 euros per night, private twins/doubles from 50 euros and 4-bed dorm bed rooms from 17.50 euros pppn.
Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel. 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 web site.
Hostal Barcelona City Centre. A hostal three streets away from Catalunya square. Rooms come with bathroom, tv, satellite and are air-conditioned.
Guesthouse Barcelona City Urquinaona. An affordable and charming guesthouse.
Hostal Centric Barcelona, Calle Casanova 13, ☎ +34 93 426 75 73 (email@example.com, fax: +34 93 425 03 47), . Located in the center of Barcelona, just minutes from the Ramblas and the main tourist attractions, all of Barcelona is practically on your doorstep. Common room, free Wi-Fi internet, rooms with air-conditioning, heating and T.V.From €23.
987 Barcelona Hotel, c/Mallorca 288, Tel:(+34) 93 476 33 94,call us free skype: reservations987barcelona, [http//www.987barcelonahotel.com] New modern design hotel, free Wi-fiJust a few minutes walking distance from Pedreda, Passeig de Gracia and main touristic sites.
Hotel del Comte, Diputació, 142-148 (50m from L1 Urgell, Autobus), ☎ +34-902393930, . 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.From €80.
Abba Sants Hotel , C/ Numancia , 32, Tel: (+34) 93 600 31 00, . This hotel is strategically located in the city centre, in a quiet area next to a green area. The hotel is easily accessed from El Prat airport, and only 5 minutes from the Barcelona Fairgrounds and the Palacio de Congresos of Montjuïc.
Best Western Premier Hotel Regina Bergara 2-4. Located next to Plaza Cataluña. About €100 per night for a double room with bath and breakfast.
Expo Hotel Barcelona, +34 93 600 30 00, . 425 wifi-equipped rooms, near Sants Central Station and Fira (Expo). €58-180.
Granados 83, Enric Granados 83, Barcelona 08008, +34 902 244 246 . 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 old loft, and it stands in contrast with the stone and glass façade and the elegant, minimalist zen styled interiors.
HCC Covadonga, Avda Diagnal 596, tel. (+34 93) 2095511 . Recently renovated. 2 km to Barcelona City Centre and only 1 km from Sants Rail Station.
Hotel Condado, C/ Aribau 201, ES-8021, Tel (+34) 932002311, . A 3* hotel located at the business and shopping hub of Barcelona's Avinguda Diagonal.
Hotel Gran Via, Gran Via Corts Catalanes 642, Tel. (+34) 933 181 900. 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.
Hotel Gran Torre Catalunya, Avda. Roma, 2-4, Tel (34) 93 600 69 99. Next to Sants Central Station. Restaurant on the 23rd floor, spa, gym. €100.
Hotel Silken Concordia, Avenida Paralelo 115. This is a very nice hotel that is located on a major street in Barcelona. 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. The price is worth it: 90 Euros per night for a double.
Hotel Omm, +34 93 445 40 00, . Located in Barcelona's fashionable Passeig de Gràcia district, featuring elegant rooms with adaptable lighting. Award-winning haute cuisine restaurant. Rates from EUR 290 - EUR 500 per night.
Hotel Princesa Sofia Gran Hotel, (+34) 93 508 10 00. Located in the heart of the financial and commercial centre of Barcelona. Steeped in established tradition and a dedication to service. Quality, elegance and with an added touch of class. Private Health Spa and Haute Cuisine restaurant. Rates from 160€ - 700€ per night.
Market Apts, C/ Comte Borrell, 41- 08015, Tel (+34) 664 127 664 // (+34) 620 682 682, firstname.lastname@example.org, . Located in the Sant Antoni area of L'Eixample, on the edge of the old town, a short walk to the Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya and the sea. Apartments range from 1-bedroom to 7-bedroom. Apts with terraces for families, couples, groups of friends. Roughly 30 euros per person.
Apartments BCN, C/ Independencia,350 - 08026, Tel (+34) 93 456 16 19 // (+34) 652 599 480, email@example.com, . Apartments BCN has a wide range of apartments in the Eixample area, especially close to the Sagrada Familia. You can choose from a studio apartment with lofts up to 8 people.
Barcelona Apartments, Av Drassanes - 08001, Tel (+34) 933 017 678 firstname.lastname@example.org, .