At one of Barcelona’s most sought-after addresses, there’s an exciting range of apartments in Dreta de l’Eixample found on the HomeAway site. This is the bustling centre of Barcelona, divided by the prestigious Passeig de Gràcia, with its many boutiques, upmarket eateries and captivating modernist architecture. Holiday homes in Dreta de l’Eixample have a location that fits with any plan – the essential sights, museums, shops and neighbourhoods are either a short walk or ride on the Metro. In the meantime, a Dreta de l’Eixample apartment will be the calm and refined sanctuary you need, with tasteful decoration and 21st Century appliances, while many provide splendid city views.
-Modernism. Dreta de l’Eixample is at the heart of Barcelona, which is like an open-air museum of Catalan modernist architecture. Close by is the Sagrada Familia, the eccentric basilica designed by turn of the century architect Antoni Gaudí, and unlike any other religious building in the world. Part of the same UNESCO site is La Pedrera, an eye-catching, sinuous building, with great views from its roof.
-Beaches. Stretching up from Barceloneta are kilometres of golden sandy coastline, home to well-maintained city beaches like La Mar Bella, Playa del Bogatell and Sant Sebastià. Thanks to their location the facilities are impeccable, with large teams of lifeguards, as well as shops and restaurants close at hand. You could also make the short trip outside Barcelona to visit beach resorts – down at Sitges, or up to Mataro.
-Shopping. In L’Eixample you’ll have easy access to all of Barcelona’s best shops and malls. On Avenida Diagonal is L’illa, a shopping centre offering fashion brands like Diesel, Zara and Lacoste. Bulevard Rosa is another mall in the area, with 100 stores devoted to anything from fashion to food. Head to Cuitat Vella and you’ll discover a host of independent shops, international brands and the famous La Boqueria Market.
-Attractions. There’s plenty to see and do – you could head for classic sights like Las Ramblas or Plaça Catalunya, or hop on the aerial tramway that connects Montjuïc with Barceloneta. There’s also a diversity of museums, like the cotemporary art centres in Raval or the Museum of Catalan History in Barceloneta. Also in Barceloneta is the Aquarium, one of the largest in Europe.
-Nightlife. Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe to go out in, and at l’Eixample you’ll be right in the middle of the action. There are clubs, bars of all descriptions, as well as countless restaurants. When it comes to cuisine most regions of the world are represented, and you could try traditional or modern Catalan food, or simply head for one of the many tapas bars.
Barcelona gets a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and long, warm summers that are tempered a little by sea breezes. Summers are also dry, particularly at the height of the season. Daytime temperatures reach the mid-20s by the end of May, normally peaking at around 28 degrees in August. The heat remains through September, but is much less intense by October, when autumn and the wettest annual weather arrives. If you’re at a Dreta de l’Eixample holiday rental in winter then you can expect moderate conditions – frosts are very unusual, and temperatures usually get up to 13 or 14 degrees in December and January.
You can fly to this city from Britain via Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN), which sits to the southwest of Dreta de l’Eixample. The airport is served by a wide variety of airlines, with an especially big choice of low-cost routes from the UK. Once you arrive, it should be no trouble to reach your Dreta de l’Eixample holiday home. If you’re using public transport then you catch the R2 suburban train line straight to Passeig de Gràcia station, which is located right in the middle of the l’Eixample district.