The Eixample district, meaning "expansion" in Catalan, was the first expansion of Barcelona built between the 19th and 20th centuries, as a means to connect the original "old town" of Barcelona (Ciutat Vella) with the surrounding small towns, which gradually became the new neighborhoods of the city. The Eixample was designed in a strict grid pattern, to facilitate traffic and airflow, which makes navigation very easy in this part of Barcelona.
The district was divided into several neighborhoods. To the east (or right) of Carrer de Balmes, we find La Dreta de L'Eixample (literally, the right side of Eixample) and Sagrada Família. To the west (or left) of Carrer de Balmes, we have L'Esquerra de l'Eixample (literally, the left side of Eixample) and Sant Antoni.
La Dreta de l'Eixample (or Eixample Dreta) is well known for its safe, residential atmosphere and many cultural attractions including several of Gaudí's houses such as La Pedrera (also known as Casa Milà) and Casa Batlló. This neighborhood is also famous for its luxurious shops on Passeig de Gràcia, one of the major avenues in Barcelona, where shoppers can indulge in many worldwide brands. It also has a wide range of restaurants, bakeries and local shops with regular bus services. It’s broad, sunny streets offer a terrific contrast to the narrow, shady paths through the Gothic quarter.
As an exclusive neighbourhood, the right-hand side of Eixample is home to the middle-upper class of Barcelona. It’s certainly a good standard of living amongst all the upmarket bars and restaurants. It is also home to many families with young children.
Eixample Dreta is very well connected to the rest of the city. It’s rich in culture and history. The apartments in this area are quite spacious, often with lovely long corridors.
Metro: There are many different metro connections in this area. There’s easy travel to all the different monuments and the beach. Eixample is within walking distance to La Plaza Catalunya, La Sagrada Familia and Passeig de Gracía.
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