My friend and I are traveling to Lisbon and to Barcelona in October. In Barcelona we would prefer to rent an apartment and as far as I can tell we'd prefer Eixample. Can you give me any resources or advice?
Spain's second city is a cultural jewel. From the winding, medieval streets of the Barri G?tic to the sleek and sometimes surreal structures of the Eixample, Barcelona is a patchwork of old and new, classic and modern. Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, the city is home to some of the world's greatest artists and architects, and it wears their work like a badge. Picasso, Mir?, Dal?, and Gaud? have all left their indelible mark on Barcelona.
The Eixample is the perfect address from which to explore the city. Above the Pla?a de Catalunya, the Passeig de Gr?cia leads into the Eixample ("Enlargement" -- it's pronounced e-shaum-play), an elegant late 19th-century addition to the city. Most gay bars, restaurants, and additional accommodations are clustered in the Eixample Derecho, west of Passeig de Gr?cia in the southwestern corner of the Eixample.
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