Discover luxury and boutique hotels in L’Eixample

Instantly recognisable (and handily navigable) thanks to its signature grid-like layout, L’Eixample in Barcelona swaps the Old City’s snaking cobblestones for wide 19th-century avenues. The district carries cultural clout to match its ancient neighbours: take in Gaudí’s hallucinogenic greatest hits – you’ll find La Sagrada Família, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló here – stock up on designer glad rags on the Passeig de Gràcia, then flaunt your new finery as you sample a sumptuous fine dining scene. After dark, there are endless options to keep the cava flowing: flit between decadent cocktail lounges, hip student hangouts and Gaixample, the barrio’s glittering gay club scene.

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When to go

Locals leave August – when the city can get a little sweaty and attractions often close – to the tourists. Aim to avoid public holidays: they trigger an exodus that means things tend to be shut.

Getting there

  • Planes

    European flights and international connections touch down at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, along with domestic flights from Madrid, Palma, Valencia, Málaga and more. From there, take your pick from a 25-minute taxi ride or the regular Aerobús into town – the Gran Via-Urgell and Plaça Universitat stops are both in L’Eixample.
  • Automobiles

    A sun-warmed stroll is the best way to see L’Eixample, and most other areas of the city are within walking distance too. Plus, hunting down a parking space is likely to be a headache. The district has a host of Metro stops and taxis are easy to track down, so skipping the car rental is a no-brainer.