La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample

Whether or not you go out somewhere else, you'll be happy to return home to La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample.

Separated from many of Barcelona’s well-known sights and attractions by large roads and parks, Eixample’s “New Left” keeps to itself, quietly mixing office buildings and residential side streets. After nightfall, most of the locals head home or to a gathering spot elsewhere in l’Eixample. Visitors who take the time to venture to the New Left often stumble upon unexpectedly delightful sights, like the colorful Parc de Joan Miró.

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On the Map

La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample is within Eixample and bordered by Sant Antoni, El Raval, L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample, Dreta de l'Eixample, Ciutat Vella, and Sants-Montjuïc

El Prat Airport: 20 minutes by car without traffic or 40 minutes by public transit
Sants Station: 5 minute walk
Plaça Catalunya: 20 minutes by public transit
Sagrada Família: 20 minutes by public transit

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A Residential Neighborhood with a Big-Town Atmosphere

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As the newest addition to the l'Eixample area, La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample came into existence as an extension of l'Eixample.

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The sprawling and vast nature of its design lends the neighborhood its big-town feel.

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Despite the expansiveness of streets like Avinguda Roma, La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample's quiet parks maintain the neighborhood's inviting demeanor.

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Its wide streets leave room for surprises, too.

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You'll find sculptures designed by Joan Miró among its green spaces.

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Many of the neighborhood's buildings were erected in the 1960s to accomodate Barcelona's ever-increasing population.

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Their no-frills aesthetic contrasts with much of the city's more fanciful architecture.

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Simple markets and cafes line their ground floors.

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[We're near] Plaza Cataluña, Paseo de Gracia, El Gotico, and El Raval...There are shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, and everything you could possibly need just on the doorstep."

Dining In l'Eixample's Newest Addition

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La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample's openness allows for plenty of small businesses and intimate cafes to cater to their neighborhood's laid-back clientele.

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In the morning in La Nova Esquerra, it's cafe con leche and croissants.

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At night, it's end-of-the-evening snacks with friends.

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The neighborhood lacks pretention, and it's easy to find a dining experience you'll love in La Nova Esquerra.

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Subway lines and buses connect you to the beach and the airport in 30 minutes [from La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample]."

A Day on the Streets of La Nova Esquerra

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La Nova Esquerra might seem demure by La Rambla's standards, but this neighborhood's sidewalks host a bevy of colorful locals during daylight hours.

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La Nova Esquerra is a down-home neighborhood for all ages.

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Sometimes, generations share space in the middle of the park.

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Sometimes, they even share their moves.

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Parks and Recreation In La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample

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La Nova Esquerra de l'Eixample's park spaces equal the expanses of its boulevards.

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Parc de Joan Miró features works by the artist that inspired the space's name.

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People, pets, and exercisers circle its plazas and walkways.

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La Nova Esquerra converted Barcelona's old Plaza de Toros into a shopping destination and outdoor gymnasium.

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It boasts its own elevated running track alongside shops and stores.

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Going up.

La Nova Esquerra: Contour and Shape

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Although the neighborhood's demeanor is humble, La Nova Esquerra's facades still feature elegant details in line with Barcelona's noteworthy architecture.

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Universitat de Barcelona's medical college's columns bid students adios after class.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Lindsay Murphy

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Lindsay Murphy is a freelance photographer from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work mainly focuses on architecture, children, weddings, food and wine. As a new Barcelona resident, photographing Barcelona for Airbnb was the perfect way for her to quickly establish an intimate relationship with the city. She is currently photographing her way around Spain.

James Rajotte

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I am a photographer in Madrid, Spain specializing in portraiture and reportage. I am originally from central Pennsylvania where I am continuing to work on a long-term project about the area called Frenchville. This project and my editorial and commercial work can be seen on my website.