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The Eixample area
Everyday life in Eixample
Living in Eixample is synonymous with enjoying one of the most iconic and stately areas of Barcelona on a daily basis, with wide avenues dotted with some of the city’s gems of modernism, such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Casa Amatller and Casa Alesan. Due to its central location, the inhabitants of Eixample have everything close by: shops, restaurants, schools, institutes, theatres, parks, beaches, museums and first-class medical centres.
The Eixample district
The Eixample district is one of the most populated in Europe with more than 36,000 inhabitants. It is the result of the ingenuity of architect Idefonso Cerdà, who designed the plan in his name, allowing its inhabitants to enjoy all the comforts and services without having to give up walking along wide avenues.
The streets of Eixample
The streets of Eixample are characterised by being wide, straight and well-lit, forming a grid that makes it easy to find your way around at all times. Thanks to this condition, Eixample currently holds the title of the safest neighbourhood in Barcelona.
Nature in Eixample
Joan Miró Park
The Eixample is a densely populated district and does not have large green areas, the Joan Miró Park is located there. This park occupies the space of the old slaughterhouse of the city, which is equivalent to a total of 4 blocks of the Eixample. Inside the park there is an important sculpture called Dona i Ocell, work of the ceramist and sculptor Joan Miró. The park contains different entrances in which, the visitor is surprised with each one of them since each entrance gives access to very different areas within the park, including the pine forest area, in which the neighbors of the area meet every day or the children’s areas enabled for children to play and have fun.
Other attractions in the Eixample
Despite not being so well known by the general public, the gardens of the University of Barcelona are another of the most unique places in the city. Surrounding the cloister of the renowned educational center, they have a botanical wealth that leaves no one indifferent: almost 250 species distributed in just over 10,000 square meters.
Another well-known park in the Eixample is the North Station Park. It is a large park that is organized around a blue ceramic sculpture next to a small mountain of grass. This park reflects a unique example of art known as art land, which emerged in the late 1960s in the United States and Europe and which sought to transfer the artistic work to natural spaces.
Activities and sports to do in the Eixample district
One of the best known sports facilities in the Eixample is the Club Metropolitan Las Arenas which has a swimming pool with panoramic views of the city of Barcelona, especially Montjuic. In addition, this club has two running lanes surrounding the Las Arenas shopping center.
Another well-known place in the Eixample to practice sports is the Sant Jordi swimming pool. It is an Olympic pool that contains a total of 10 lanes.
Finally, for those who love paddle tennis, the Centro Deportivo Municipal Joan Miró, has indoor paddle tennis courts. In addition, the sports center offers more than 200 directed activities to do in its facilities.
Areas for strolling
Along the same lines, boulevards such as Rambla Catalunya, Passeig Sant Joan or Avinguda Gaudí are the meeting point for many locals and foreigners who come here to stroll in peace and quiet, without the crowds of other highly touristic avenues such as Las Ramblas.
Cuisine in Eixample
Delicious restaurants in Eixample
Scattered around the streets of Eixample are some of the best and most awarded restaurants in Barcelona, with culinary delights to suit all tastes. This is the case of Lasarte restaurant, which has three Michelin stars, or Oria (both run by chef Martín Berasategui). The Roca Moo restaurant by the Roca brothers, located in the Sir Victor Hotel, or the surprising Moments, located in the Hotel Mandarin. You can also find more affordable but equally sophisticated options from all kinds of world cuisines, such as the gourmet restaurant Casa Alfonso, the restaurant Can Pineda, Cierzo or the elegant Principal de l’Eixample, among others.
Bars in Eixample
There is also no shortage of bars and cocktail bars in the area, such as Hall 0 or Les Gens Que J’Aime, which has some of the best cocktails in the city.
Culture in Eixample
Architectural gems in Eixample
Living in Eixample is synonymous with experiencing, day after day, a whole museum right in the streets. The area is home to some of the world’s most prized architectural gems, such as La Pedrera and La Sagrada Família, both by Antoni Gaudí. On a smaller scale, but equally admirable, are the fantastic Casa Batlló (also by Gaudí), the Casa Amatller, the Palau Macaya and the lesser-known but magnificent Casa Alesan, located on Barcelona’s Passeig de Sant Joan.
The area around the Eixample district is also home to a number of museums of great interest, such as the Picasso Museum, the Antoni Tàpies Foundation and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), among others. This neighbourhood also stands out for its wide range of cultural leisure activities, thanks to the numerous concert halls, cinemas and theatres. Not forgetting one of the city’s major facilities for families: the emblematic Barcelona Zoo.
Transport and connections in Eixample.
Public transport in Eixample.
Living in Eixample is always convenient: the neighbourhood has excellent public transport links with metro, city and intercity bus services, trains and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, making it easy and quick to get to any part of Barcelona and the surrounding area. One of the major mobility projects that will mark the future of the neighbourhood is the construction of the new tram line that will connect Passeig de Gràcia with Plaça de les Glòries along Avinguda Diagonal, turning this area into a new boulevard for the citizens.
In recent years, this neighbourhood has become one of the areas with the most kilometres of bicycle lanes in Barcelona, promoting environmentally friendly travel. In addition, the central position of Eixample with respect to Barcelona means that even on foot, most of the city’s points of interest can be reached in a short time. Likewise, the neighbourhood is perfectly connected, both by private and public transport, to Barcelona Airport (just 30 minutes away by car) or to the high-speed train station.
Who lives in Eixample?
In recent years, Eixample has become the preferred choice for many entrepreneurs and professionals in the tech industry. Both nationals and foreigners are looking for a central location in the city that is also very well connected to Barcelona’s technology district of Poblenou. Due to its proximity to Gracia and El Born, two of Barcelona’s most multicultural areas, the neighbourhood also generates interest among university students and young couples interested in recreation.
Family-friendly places to visit in Eixample
Some of the places to visit with the family in the Eixample are the Sagrada Familia, Paseo de Gracia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, Joan Miró park and the Estación del Norte park.
Real estate market in Eixample
Price per m2 in Eixample
Eixample is one of the neighbourhoods, along with Sarrià and Les Corts, with the highest per capita income in the city. At present, the price per square metre is 5,108 €/m2, and can exceed 7,000 €/m2 in the most premium areas of the neighbourhood.
Real estate market
Among the real estate on offer in the area, there are spacious homes that open onto the outside, as well as large, open-plan flats in buildings with a distinctive modernist architecture. This is an area with great potential that concentrates most of the current and future renovation projects. Spectacular royal estates are being recovered and refurbished to become luxury homes. The Casa Bures, the outstanding Casa Alesan (a modernist masterpiece dating from 1904) or those located in the streets Ausiás March 41, c. Girona 2 and Av. Diagonal 331, are some examples of these refurbishments.
In this sense, Eixample is a neighbourhood that arouses interest among investors who see how the properties in the area are an attractive opportunity, offering good profitability and little risk. The fact is that the properties in Eixample stand out for their high rental demand from middle-class families and international students.
Poblenou, the perfect place to find a job in Eixample.
Eixample is a residential neighbourhood. However, its proximity to the city’s technology district, Poblenou (where there are currently more than 10,000 companies, employing 90,000 people), has made this area the preferred place to live for many professionals, both nationals and foreigners. Thus, there are many job opportunities in the area, especially in sectors such as ICT, biotech, pharmaceuticals, insurance and the tourism industry, among others.
Eixample is one of the safest areas of Barcelona. It is a residential neighbourhood where you can walk both day and night without any problem. The light throughout the streets makes it a safer place for pedestrians.
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