Rick Steves Walk: Eixample, Barcelona


By Rick Steves

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Rick Steves Walks eBooks are straightforward, self-guided walking tours through some of Europe’s most popular destinations, designed for easy reference on your mobile device or eReader.

In Rick Steves Walk: Eixample, Barcelona, Rick shares his candid advice on how to get the most out of a walk through the Eixample’s “Golden Quarter”-including where to start, how much time you need, and what’s worth stopping for-all for less than the cost of a cappuccino. With Rick’s knowledgeable, humorous writing in hand, you’ll also learn some interesting historical facts about the things you encounter along the way.

Packed with indispensable tips and recommendations from America’s expert on Europe, Rick Steves Walk: Eixample, Barcelona is a tour guide in your pocket-and on your smartphone.


Eixample Walk

From Plaça de Catalunya to La Pedrera (and Beyond)




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

Rick Steves

About the Author

Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually.  He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves’ Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at http://www.ricksteves.com and on Facebook.

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