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Surprising facts about Barcelona's Eixample

Eixample is the name of the second numbered district in the city of Barcelona. Without a doubt it is the most populated area in the entire country with more than 260,000 inhabitants. This has given it an imprint of cosmopolitan life that's unique in the world, with 24-hour activities and lots of people enjoying their life to the fullest. Its international fame arouses the curiosity of visitors and tourists who are eager to enjoy one of mankind's urban wonders.

One aspect that must be brought to one's attention is the great concentration of attractions that are placed in this district. Here you will find Paseo de Gracia, the Plaza de Cataluña, Rambla and Avenida Diagonal. Around the statue of the Catalan architect, Antonio Gaudí, stands the square that bears his name, the Basilica of Sagrada Familia. The architectural features of his masterpiece attracts the attention of visitors who take delight in his collection of artworks that enhance the neighbourhood.


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Another surprising fact about this district is its carefully drawn-up plans of the roads and avenues. It consists of a regular grid, unmodifiable throughout its entirety and was conceived in terms of social equality, favouring mobility and transportation facilitating communication. Therefore, its avenues are wide and it is a real pleasure to walk in them. The vast number of trees in this region, despite the big traffic from the pedestrians, generate an aspect of peace that is a true beauty to appreciate.

On Bailén Street in the year 1882, the old temple of Augustus de Barcino was recreated. Although initially used as a jewelry workshop, it thereafter hosted very exciting events, such as the representation of "Doña Rosita la Soltera", by Federico García Lorca, with the performance of Margarita Xirgu, in the year 1935. All its history is concentrated in the building and is well worth watching.

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The standard of living in this district is ideal for those who always want something to do. Going shopping, going to the theatre, having a drink with friends or taking walks along the most beautiful avenues, are some of the activities one can do here.

If you are thinking of buying or renting a property in Eixample, it is advisable to contact the experts. Engel & Völkers has the largest team of professionals in the region and with ample capacity to offer advice. Therefore, if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to consult with this company as your questions will be answered by those who know the area best.

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