HomeAway’s choice of holiday apartment in L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample are set in part of Barcelona that’s quiet and understated, but close to the main landmarks and attractions. This way you get all the fun, sights, indulgence and excitement of a tourist, but can return to an elegant, air-conditioned holiday home in L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample, and spend your down time like a Barcelona resident. The Passeig de Gràcia, with its many high-end boutiques, restaurants and cafes, is a few blocks away, and at a L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample apartment you’re also at the centre of modernist Barcelona, a UNESCO site.
-Local sights. l’Eixample sprang up in the late-19th Century and this is where much of Barcelona’s world-renowned art nouveau architecture can be seen. A nearby classic is La Pedrera, a typically eccentric creation by Antoni Gaudí that is open to visitors. There are a host of exquisite buildings to discover, but no trip to the city is complete without visiting Sagrada Familía, Gaudí’s iconic church.
-Shopping. If you’ve come to Barcelona for some upscale shopping then you’ll be in the perfect location. Passeig de Gràcia is a few blocks away and features boutiques and flagship stores representing the world’s best-known fashion and luxury brands. For something more affordable you could head down towards the Ciutat Vella where all the classic high-street names, as well as a range of independent shops are located.
-Beaches. In the summer Barcelona doubles as a beach destination thanks to its clean, sandy shorefront. The beaches at Barceloneta are closest, and have lifeguards, as well as a good choice of amenities. You could hire a bike at this spot if you’d like to see more of the waterfront – other beaches to discover include Playa del Bogatell, La Mar Bella, La Nova Mar Bella and Playa del Psaeo Marítimo, just on the other side of the Olympic Port.
-Attractions. It’s also well worth taking in the classic sights around Barcelona. You could walk Las Ramblas, the iconic tree-lined path down to the seafront, and down at Barceloneta there’s the high-profile Aquarium Barcelona, one of the city’s top family attractions. In Sants-Montjuïc you’ll see the magnificent buildings designed for the 1929 Exposition, and close by are museums devoted to Miró and Picasso.
-Food and drink. l’Eixample is an area with many of Barcelona’s most upmarket restaurants Cinc Centits on Aribau is considered by those who know to be one of the world’s top up-and-coming restaurants. If you’d like to try classic Catalan food then head for El Glop on Rambla de Catalunya – it’s a chain serving high quality regional cuisine at various locations in the city.
Visit a L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample holiday home in the summer and you’ll most likely get warm or hot weather. The season lasts from May to October, and brings highs in the mid-20s, rising to 28 or more in July and August. The city does get a little more rain than surrounding regions – September through to November is a period with high average rainfall, most of which is a consequence of heavy downpours and storms. Winter temperatures are mild, with daytime highs that get up to the teens, even in January. By British standards winters are also bright, with three times as much sun.
Barcelona is easy to reach from Britain – the international El Prat Airport (BCN) is just a few kilometres from the heart of the city. It’s a major hub, and there are numerous routes from airports throughout the UK to this destination. Once you land at El Prat you can take public transport to your holiday rental in L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample. There are private Aerobús transfers to nearby Plaça de Catalunya. You could also get the R2 commuter train to Barcelona Sants, and then it’s just a couple of L5 Metro stops to the nearby Hospital Clinic stop.