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Rick Steves Walk: Eixample, Barcelona
By Rick Steves
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From Plaça de Catalunya to La Pedrera (and Beyond)
THE WALK BEGINS
1 Passeig de Gràcia (Top End)
2 La Pedrera (a.k.a. Casa Mila)
Map: Eixample Walk
3 Rambla de Catalunya
4 Block of Discord
5 Carrer de València
6 La Concepció Market
7 Church of the Holy Conception
8 Passeig de Gràcia (Bottom End)
9 Plaça de Catalunya
Literally “The Expansion,” the Eixample is where Barcelona spread when it burst at the seams in the 19th century. City planners created a refreshingly open grid plan of broad, straight boulevards—the opposite of the claustrophobic Gothic lanes that had contained locals for centuries.
The creation of the Eixample coincided with a burst in architectural creativity as the great Modernista builders adorned Barcelona’s new boulevards with fanciful facades. It was a perfect storm of urban planning, unbridled architectural innovation, Industrial Age technology, ample wealth, and Catalan cultural pride.
At the core of this walk are two of the city’s Modernista musts—the Block of Discord and La Pedrera (Casa Milà). We’ll also wind through some untouristy residential areas that showcase the vibrant vibe of Barcelona today.
Length of This Walk: Allow one hour (more if you tour the sights).
Sightseeing Tip: If you want to see the interiors, advance purchase is essential for Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.
Getting There: This walk starts at the Diagonal Metro station.
La Pedrera (Casa Milà): €22 for timed-entry ticket—buy online, daily 9:00-20:30, Nov-Feb until 18:30.
Casa Batlló: €24.50 for timed-entry ticket—buy online, daily 9:00-21:00.
Casa Museu Amatller: €24 for one-hour English tour, €19 for 40-minute videoguide group tour, daily 10:30-18:30.
La Concepció Market: Open Mon and Sat 8:00-15:00, Tue-Fri until 20:00, closed Sun, Carrer de València 317.
Church of the Holy Conception: Free, daily 8:00-13:00 & 17:00-21:00, enter at Carrer de Roger de Llúria 70, through the cloister, if entrance on Carrer d’Aragó is locked.
Tours: Download my free Eixample Walk audio tour (available in 2019).
- On Sale
- Jul 30, 2019
- Page Count
- 24 pages
- Rick Steves