The neighbourhood of Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Barcelona, due to the large monument it houses which attracts hundreds of tourists every day. This district is part of the distinguished district of l’Eixample, and it represents one of the best designed urban plans by architect Ildefons Cerdà. The neighbourhood is full of restaurants, bars and cafes. It is well connected and it is a more popular and less exclusive neighbourhood, than the Dreta de Eixample. Therefore, it is more appropriate for families, with large houses, schools and numerous supermarkets and food stores. Despite the fact that it houses one of the most important monuments of Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia, it is not a neighbourhood too crowded by tourism, as is the district of Ciutat Vella, except for the streets directly surrounding the monument.
The history of the neighbourhood of La Sagrada Familia began in the mid-nineteenth century, when they started building structures, on what once was agricultural land. There are still some low buildings to discover, that were the first to have been constructed, and that are now surrounded by large buildings built according to the Eixample urban plan. The area is much cheaper than the neighboring Dreta de l'Eixample or l'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample, although lately Barcelona has suffered an increase in rental prices, caused mainly by the many tourists that visit Barcelona. La Sagrada Familia is basically a family neighbourhood, with many services, schools, day care centers and public transport. The neighbourhood is a fairly quiet area, ideal to spend a few days, a season or to live in as a family.
Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting and unmissable objects in the neighbourhood is the famous temple of La Sagrada Familia, one of the most important monuments of Barcelona, Spain and even Europe. This basilica was the masterpiece of the master of modernism Antonio Gaudí, and its construction began in 1882. At the moment it is not yet finished. The colossal architectural project has such structural and ornamental complexity, that the end date is still not entirely clear. Another interesting element of the La Sagrada Familia neighbourhood, is the Avinguda Gaudí, which connects the temple of La Sagrada Familia diagonally with the architectural complex of the Hospital de Sant Pau. In 1985, the Avinguda Gaudí underwent important redevelopments. A large pedestrian area was facilitated, which included not only a walkway for pedestrians, it also meant an increase of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. When the weather is good, many of the locals enjoy the terraces where both tourists and locals eat, dine or have a coffee. This is also the place to see several lampposts from 1909, which were designed by the architect Pere Falqués. The Plaza de Pablo Neruda is also a must-see. It holds several artistic paintings, that were made on mediaeval walls, including Balcones de Barcelona. Using the trompe l'oeil technique, it evokes the façade of a modernist building in the Barcelona neighbourhood.