Barcelona: Scenes from Eixample

I’ve been back from Spain for a month and a half, but I’m still thinking about the cities, the sea, the food and the people! Many of you have already seen my postcards from Girona, snapshots of Madrid, posts about Barcelona’s “Block of Discord”, Catalonian wine country and more. For Travel Photo Thursday, I want to share some photos of Eixample Barcelona, the center of the city’s“raux i seny” design culture and most of its Moderniste architecture.

Let’s take a walk in Eixample Barcelona!

"Eixample Barcelona: Passeig de Gracia"

Passeig de Gracia

motorbikes and cars in Barcelona

Getting Around in Barcelona

"Catalan Independence Flag"

Catalan Independence Flag on Building

"Eixample architecture"

Eixample Architecture

"Booksellers along Passeig de Gracia"

Booksellers along Passeig de Gracia

"Newsstand in Eixample"

Newsstand

"Eixample Tile Design"

Tile Design

"Eixample Roundabout and Monument"

Roundabout and Monument

"Eixample architecture"

Eixample Architecture

"Street in Eixample Barcelona"

“Street in Eixample District”

"Fountain on Gran Via and Passeig de Gracia"

Fountain on Gran Via and Passeig de Gràcia

54 thoughts on “Barcelona: Scenes from Eixample

  1. Leigh

    I think I must have done almost exactly the same walk as many of your photos look very familiar. I love the detail in the balconies and the tile work is lovely. I think I’d learn to drive a motorcycle if I lived in one of Europe’s big cities. At least you might be able to find parking.

  2. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com

    I just commented on Jan’s post how funny it was that my latest blog is also about architecture, and how I would like to visit Gaudi’s city to see his works! And now, yours is also about Barcelona 🙂 Though yours is not about Gaudi, I like the architecture shown too. I think I am homesick for Spain, even though I haven’t been there yet!

  3. Jennifer

    I’ve flown in to, out of, and through Barcelona several times but never actually had a chance to visit the city. It truly looks like a beautiful city I really need to explore one of these days!

  4. Maria

    I loved all the red/white bike rental stations in Barca. So easy to pick up a bike and drop it off at any of the other sites in the city. Also really dug their recycling program. Forward thinking people!

  5. Mary @ The World Is A Book

    Beautiful walk and pictures, Cathy! Another post that makes me miss Spain and disappointed we didn’t make it to Barcelona last time. I love the architecture and the tile work on that building. We saw many of those booksellers in Madrid too and made me wish I knew Spanish.

  6. Turkey's For Life

    I love it when you go somewhere and then you can’t get it out of your head (for the right reasons) when you return home. We moved to Turkey because of that but we also feel like that about Vilnius in Lithuania. Years since we were there and we still talk about it. Great set of photos. 🙂
    Julia

    1. Cathy Post author

      It’s so great that you were able to make the move to the place you love! I don’t know about Vilnius — must look into that place.

  7. Renee King

    Just looking at these pics make me feel so culturally deprived. They are so magnificent and bold and I miss all of the wonderful architecture of the old world. I am so grateful to be going back to Europe next week so that I can just soak all of it in again. Beautiful job, Cathy!

  8. Vera Marie Badertscher

    Barcelona to me looks like Paris– before it goes all weird with the Gaudi architecture.

    And you’ve done my favorite thing to get acquainted–take a walk through the city. Since I haven’t been to Barcelona, I appreciate your bringing it to me.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Some of the architecture definitely reminds me of Paris! Walk, walk, walk — my favorite mode of transportation in cities like Barcelona!

  9. Angela

    Lovely photos Cathy, they bring up memories from when I went to Barcelona. I liked the city and regret I didn’t spend more time there, so many things I would like to see. Next time!

  10. Nancie

    Wonderful walk, Cathy. I could look at Spanish architecture all day. I’m looking forward to getting back to Spain, and Barcelona. I was there when I was about 20, so long overdue for a another visit.!

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