|Chicken breasts at the market||$7.99|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$19.93|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 457.63|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$9.49|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$1.72|
|Pack of cigarettes||$6.31|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$1 090.17|
Eixample is a district of Barcelona and it’s the ideal example of a planned neighborhood of a big city like Barcelona. Eixample literally means “expansion” and it was created to expand the old Barcelona city. Majority of architecture in this area is influenced by Modernista style. If you are a lover of architecture, visiting Eixample is a must for you. The district is near the Barcelona city and you can easily get cheap flights to Eixample.
However, note that there is no separate airport for this beautifully developed neighborhood and thus, your destination point should be Barcelona airport. If you search for cheap flights to Eixample, ticket booking sites will show you the flights for Barcelona. Although the district doesn't have a dedicated airport, you don’t have to worry about accommodation. There are plenty of hotels in Eixample for all types of tourists. You will certainly find a hotel that suits your preferences.
Ildefons Cerda, the visionary architect designed the city and his thoughtful planning helps us realize how a modern city should be organized. From markets to schools, you will find everything here. Cerda considered several things like sunlight, ventilation and traffic while designing Eixample.
If people praise Eixample for Cerda’s brilliant planning, they also get mesmerized by the genius of another architect named Antoni Gaudí. Most of the architectural marvels of Eixample were built by Antoni Gaudí. Experts consider Gaudí as the father of the Spanish Art Nouveau movement. The two buildings every tourist must visit are Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Casa Batlló has already got a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and it’s hard to describe the beauty of this building in words. It’s the perfect example of Modernista architecture. The building is covered by shining ceramic tiles. Casa Milà features wavy walls which remind you of the honeycombs. The chimneys of the building look strange and beautiful at the same time.
You should also visit another very famous building, Sagrada Família, and end the tour by going to the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. It’s another UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are twenty pavilions in the hospital and the entire hospital is well decorated with Gothic, Byzantine and Moorish elements.