t is been created to facilitate the best possible way to visit the main hoghtlights and buildings on this area withous missing anything, always following the way down and in the best confortable way.
If you follow this route you wil discover a Modernist Hospital, an awesome unfinished Christian Church and a,azing residential Houses of the great Catalan industrial bourgeoisie...
Is a very comprehensive tour, so you have to take into account that, even is all the way down is a long walk. We reccomend you to take a break once in a while, and maybe the best option if you are not used to walk is to split the tour in two: visiting the fisrt part till the Mercat de la Concepció during the morning, continuing the tour in the afternoon till Casa Calvet.
East Eixample Tour
Hospital de Sant Pau
Hospital de Sant Pau is the starting point of the tour. To visit this monument go to the street Avinguda Gaudi with Street Sant Antoni Maria Claret, where the Hospital is located.
This hospital was designed in 1902 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, and due to the huge extension and several buildings composing the project, was not opened to public until 1930.
The eighteen hospital pavilions are isolated from each other exteriorlly, but connected internally by a surprising underground gallery . Each one has a unique design and all of them have a great ornamental details, uniques works using all the decorative arts.
Domènech i Montaner built 12 of the 18 pavilions designed, the remaining ones were finished by his son, Pere Domènech i Roure in the Noucentista style.
After visiting the site , take the Avinguda Gaudí all the way down, towards the Sagrada Familia , visible as the background of the Avenida art the end of the street. It is a pedestrian street full of shops and terraces , so the ride is very nice and pleasant.
Sagrada Familia is the last of the works made by Antoni Gaudí , and is one of the legendary monuments of Barcelona, probably the most famous one.
It was his great masterpiece and obsession until his very death, he became so involved that heeven moved there, in order to live in the temple and finish the project.
The result is a spectacular church, of impossible dimensions and natural ways constantly reinvented , which arose from a brimming imagination and a neverending artistic creativity.
From th whe whole church , the part finished by Gaudí has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The original work of the architect consists of the Nativity facade (which you'll see from the Marina Street ), Rosario Chapel and the Crypt , where is actually buried the architect.
Visit our section of La Sagrada Familia for insight details of this temple.
Click here To Skip the line in Sagrada Familia Casa Macaya
To visit the Casa Macaya continue by Provenza Street, and follow the Street to the left until reach the Passeig de Sant Joan. Right in the cornerof these two Streets you will see the Macaya House .
The building of La Casa Macaya isa work of Josep Puig i Cadalfach . It is once again , a construction that shows the influence of Catalan Gothic towers flanking its white facade, and courtyard access to the rooms.
There is a detail sculpted in the facade of the sculptor Eusebi Arnau, in the capital of the left access door: a figure of a cyclist, who is none other than the same Puig i Cadalfach , who built simultaneously this house and the Amatller House , and who usually went from one to another using his bike .
Today is an art exhibition center , so you can visit the inside. Although most of the original furnishings of the rooms has been lost, you will see intact architectural structure.
Follow Provenza street to the left until Bruc street , and continue down the street, finding Calle Mallorca. There is located the Thomas House .
Mallorca street , between the streets and Pau Claris Bruc ( parallel to Passeig de Sant Joan and the Passeig de Gràcia ) right there there are in fact three modernist houses nearby.
The most remarkable one though is Thomas House. This house was commissioned by the Catalan industrial Josep Thomas, and built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Originally the building had the ground floor dedicated to lithography, and the first floor was the residence of the owner. Later on, in 1912 , the upper floors were added.
Do not miss the work wrought iron staircase in the lobby, is really impressive. Outside many decorations are reminding the main Gothic and Medieval inspiration of the artist, all decorative elements are floral and nature motives extraordinary similar to reality.
Palau Montaner is visible at the street Mallorca ,always on the left hand side, at number 278.
This palace was started to be built by the architect Domènech i Estapà , concluding the ground floor and two more floors on top of it. Finally , it was finished by Lluis Domenech i Montaner in 1896. Today it houses the Seat of Government of Barcelona.
Particularly notable is the decoration in glass mosaics panels , which represents the invention of printing, as this was originally a Pinting House . Inside there are sculptures of Eusebi Arnau and a dramatic skylight over the staircase.
Close by it stands The Palau Casades, work of Antoni Serra, is directly opposite to the Palau Montaner.
Make your way down the street Mallorca, now right up the street Girona, and stop at number 122 to admire the House Granell wich belonged to Mr. Jerome Granell .
Follow the same street, just a few meters more and in number 113 is located another beautiful House: Casa Lamadrid built by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, a very nice house with balconies in green tones.
In this case the architect was able to be adapted to the lack of space with a remarkable result . The balconies of the first floor are semicircular , giving a widing sensation to the whole house, also remarkable are the Gothic references all over the decorations.
Mercat de La Concepció
Down now to the street parallel to Mallorca, called Valencia Street and continuing to the right side there is the extraordinary Market called Mercat de la Concepció. It has a religious name because is occupying the place of a former convent dedicated to the Holy Conception .
This was the first market to be built in the Eixample ,in 1888 by Antoni Rovira i Trias . It's a huge iron structure with three naves and an amazing gable roof .
So you can take a look towards the life of the market and take a break; or even taste the products of the market, all of them typical Catalan and super high quality .
Once ready, leave the market by Valencia Street exit and continue along this road to the left side. Close by there is the Elizalde house , next to Roger Llúria street .
We recommend you to go inside, because it is one of the town houses that are enabled as Civic Center nawadays and is opened to public. They organize all kinds of courses , activities and interesting exhibits , and it has a very quiet inner courtyard where you can sit down and take a short break.
Torre de les Aigues
Torre de les Aigües means the Water Tower.To find it you hace to go tup the road where you are, Roger de Llúria , downhill towards the Sea, to the Consell de Cent Street.
Here you will find the Tower, wdesigned in 1867 by Josep Oriol Mestres . The original function was to provide running water to the houses standing on the closer block.
It is one of first buildings that were conducted in the Eixample . In addition to the original tower, there was an adjacent building, in which was installed a steam engine for raising water from the well to the reservoir of the tower.
Most surprising of all is that nowadays is a unique setting, an interior park in summer wich becomes an Artificial Beach, with a small swimming pool to cool off and refresh yourselg right in the middle of the city.
To finish the tour , continue by Roger Llúria street , down again until you come to Street named Casp. Once there go to number 48, where there is an spectacular Gaudí building named Casa Calvet.
This is the last stop of this route: Casa Calvet by Antoni Gaudí , nowadays housing a fancy restaurant on the ground floor, so you can finish this tour in the most extarordinary way: tasting local food in a Gaduí building.
Originally owned by Pere Calvet, who was a custom manufacturer of a Textile industry The columns flanking the front door of La Casa Calvet remember spools of thread , a clear allusion to the textile business of the owner.
The flat facade contrasts with the undulating forms of the balconies . Even small details such as the door's handle have something special: it is shaped like a Greek cross in wrought iron.
The architect even designed the furniture in the house, unfortunately today the main living room furniture is not preserved here, but inthe Casa-Museu Gaudí of the Parc Güell.
Eventually, look carefully the spectacular wrought iron door. Everything, even the smallest of details, have a strikingly original shape in Gaudí's building.