L'Eixample ( "the extension" in Catalan ) is probably one of the most beautiful district of Barcelona especially for those who are interested in and like modernistic architecture. To mention just a few the most famous buildings situated in this area lets start with the widely known Antoni Gaudi and his brilliant Casa Mila also known as La Perdera which means "the quarry", or Casa Batllo. Probably, it is a good idea not to forget about the last but not the least of Barcelona modern symbols - La Sagrada Familia, one of the most popular topic of many Barcelona city tours offered to travelers.
But lets get back for a second to the very special feature of L'Eixample which sets it apart among other districts of Barcelona. Lets speak about really interesting city plan which was designed by Ildefons Cerda in the beginning of the 20th century. L'Eixample is build with grid pattern where long streets are crossed by avenues, each block has the form of octagonal thanks to the chamfered corners. Such planning meant good ventilation of the streets, more sunlight as well as seemed to be wider that usual.
Apart from the planning L'Eixample is famous for its stunningly beautiful architecture. The owners of the land in this area where all very wealthy and being limited by the city plan were not able to build the house bigger then the neighbor's. So, the final solution was logical – they started to pay attention to the outlook of the houses, their architecture and external decorations in order to make them unique. This is the reason why in one district there are situated so many really incredible, genial works of the most famous architects of that time, including Antoni Gaudi, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia and many others.
Hunderds of various Barcelona city tours are offered these days, however if you would like to spend your time in a beautiful surroundings in a well-planned and one of the most beautiful districts of Barcelona you should definitely choose the tour focused on L'Eixample!