Eixample district : Michelin's recommendations
The construction of this area coincided with one of the most prosperous periods for Barcelona society (1860). The economic and industrial development brought about the massive expansion of the bourgeoisie. Their main preoccupation was to turn Barcelona into a city This social rise was backed by the modernism, an artistic genre and visual symbol of l'Eixample. In 1863, Víctor Balaguer, a well know writer, historian and political man, was officially responsible for choosing the names of new streets. As a true patriot himself, he interpreted the patriotic feel of the Renaixença period perfectly, and drew on famous names and facts of Catalonian history. The main streets were named after Catalan governmental institutes of the middle ages, whilst other streets were christened with names of leading lights of the kingdom of Aragon, with all the important historical figures immortalized. The great wealth of modernist architecture is seen in the city's houses which are decorated most extraordinarily (new materials, iron, glass, ceramics giving the monumental façades an original touch), as well as in its little boutiques, pharmacies, bakers and other establishments. The «Modernist Promenade» (Ruta del Modernismo) is so interesting and well worth doing. This walk, which starts at Güell palace and finishes at Güel parkl, allows you, with the help of an information point and ground markings to pinpoint Barcelona's most characteristic modernist buildings.
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