The “Eixample” is the result of Cerdà’s project, and it is the urban base that enabled Modernism to flourish.
The Eixample (in Catalan and officially “L’Eixample”) is the name given to the second district of the city of Barcelona, which occupies the central part of the city. Designed by Ildefons Cerdà , It spans an area of 7.46 km ².
It is the most populous district of Barcelona, and also of Spain in absolute terms (262,485 inhabitants) and the second in relative terms (35 586 inhabitants / km ²).
You can find some of the most famous streets and squares of Barcelona in The Eixample district: Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya, Plaça Catalunya, Avinguda Diagonal, Aragon Street, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Balmes Street, Ronda de Sant Antoni, Ronda de Sant Pere, Passeig de Sant Joan, Plaça de la Sagrada Familia, Plaça Gaudí, and its ends: Plaça de les Glories Catalanes and Plaça Francesc Macià.
“L’Eixample” (“The Widening” in Catalan) is the realization of Cerdà’s project. Its orthogonal grid covers the area around the old city of Barcelona, connecting it with neighboring towns and making the city that we know today.