Discover the hidden secrets of the Eixample
Here is a route to discover the best kept-secrets of the Eixample district: secluded little streets, peacefull gardens, courtyards, silent, shady cloisters, tiny orchards and empty spaces from which we can see the sky and the light that illuminated everyday life on the other side of the street. From the lobby of our 5 star hotel in Passeig de Gràcia and starting at the Palau Robert, on the other side of the street. Ready to join us?
The gardens of Palau Robert are the first stop. Secluded, peaceful, well-tended, they are a breath of fresh air in the heart of the dense city. And the perfect place to read a book, have fun playing with the children, or simply sit and watch the parakeets in the palm trees. Furthermore, on the inside of the building you will find art and photograph exhibitions definitely worth the visit.
Leaving the Palau Robert and going down Rambla Catalunya or Passeig de Gràcia, we reach the Passatge de la Concepció, a charming private passage where you can admire the architecture of the typical Eixample house and enjoy eating at Mordisco (in the photo), Tragaluz or El Japonés, three of our favourite restaurants. A couple of streets below, we stumble upon another passage, el Passatge Mercader, which breaks the uniformity of central Eixample area with a row of English-style houses, fronted by gardens, lots of cats, two plans and… an orange tree!
Next, the route takes us to discover one of the most iconic architectures of Barcelona, but from a completely new perspective. We’re talking about the terrace of the Casa Batlló, which can be seen from the inside of the Servei Estació store (Calle Aragón, 270). Gaudí did not decorate this rear wall as lavishly as the façade on Passeig de Gràcia, but still created a lovely mosaic and balconies with wrought-iron grilles.
The fourth stop of this walk takes us to the courtyard of Casa Elizalde, accessible from the main door of this house built in 1885 by Emili Sala, which still conserves its ancient air. The gardens of Rector Oliveras and the Church of La Concepción, a Gothic construction, are also just a few minutes away.
Last but not least, this route leads us to the Passatge Méndez de Vigo. With noble houses, almost aristocratic, it is one of the few passages that still remind us of the original residential concept of the Eixample district. And finally, it ends in the Torre de les Aigües, which has an interior courtyard shaded by magnolias with a brick water tower built in 1867. Now, this tower provides water for a small pool, and in summer this courtyard becomes a city beach, surrounded by balconies where clothes are hanging out to dry.
Oh, and for those of you who still remain curious about the hidden magic spots of the Eixample, right on the opposite of the street you will find the Passatge Permanyer, a private street that is, for many, a symbol of the lifestyle that did not finally flourish in the district