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The Eixample

Getting Here and Around

The metro stops at Plaça de Catalunya and Provença nicely bracket this quintessential Barcelona neighborhood, while the Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia stops right in the center.

Barcelona's unnumbered Eixample (Expansion), the post-1860 grid, is a perfect place to get lost, but fear not: the Eixample is vertebrate. Carrer Balmes divides the Eixample's working-class Esquerra (left, looking uphill) from its bourgeois Dreta (right). Even the blocks are divided into davant (front) or darrera (behind) apartments. The sides of the streets are either mar (sea) or muntanya (mountain).

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