Plaça de Catalunya

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Overview

In central Barcelona, Placa de Catalunya is a big square. It lies at the city center and where the old city and the 19th century built Eixample converge.  This meeting point demarcates the districts of Ciutat Vella and the Eixample. This lively square acts as a nerve center of the Catalan capital at the heart of Barcelona.

Prime Square serves as a link to Barcelona because almost all the roads start from here. Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla, Ronda de Sant Pere, and Carrer de Vergara are the crucial streets that meet here. This square is the famous hub to set out your journey via taxis, metros, and buses to get around the city.

The square lies at the northern end of the Rambla as the focal point of road crossings, bus stops, and metro stations. You can access Aerobus and a double-decker tourist bus for the airport. 

Beautiful statues, fountains, and Haute shops make it an inevitable pit stop in Barcelona's journey. Catalonia Square is one of the grandest squares that covers a surface area of 30,000 square meters. This central location is as large as St. Peter's Square in Rome.

You can relax at the benches and buy the stall feeds to attract pigeons around the fountain. It has witnessed renovation multiple times, and people swarm in this central area at shopping markets. You can pick the Barcelona Card from opposite the department store EI Cortes Ingles.

The impressive collection of statues line the perimeter of the square. These statues were installed for the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exposition.

 

History

King Alfonso XIII opened the plaza in 1927 in a 5 hectares area.  Francesc de Paula Nebot, Puig I Cadafalch, and Pere Falqués were the architects who planned this site opposite the walled city's gates. Llimona and Clarà were renowned artists who contributed sculptures.

Six sculptural groups represent the four Catalan capital cities, labor, and wisdom. In one section, you will see Josep Maria Subirachs' monument to the Catalan Government president, Francesc Macià.

In the 1929 international exhibition build-up, luxurious theatres, bars, and hotels were constructed around the plaza. Only the memory of names such as the Suís, the Colón, and the Maison Dorée survive today.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 01:45 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 01:45 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 01:45 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 01:45 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 01:45 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 01:45 pm
  • Sunday : 01:45 pm to 01:45 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Metro : Stop Plaça de Catalunya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1). The metro stop is at Plaça de Catalunya.
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tourist bus stop : "Plaça de Catalunya" is the closest stop for the square with a sightseeing bus.
  • Public bus : Plaça Catalunya: 41, 24, 55, 42, 66, 67, 68, V15, H16, Aerobús
  • Rodalies (Commuter Trains) : R1, R3, and R4
  • FGC (Ferrocariles) : L1 and L7
  • Aerobus : A1 and A2
  • Bus Turistic : All three routes start and end on the square.

Things to Do

Here is a round-up of some fun things you can do around Plaça de Catalunyà.

Barcelona’s University: A beautiful building houses the university with an emblem of the city on its top. You can meet students or discover student life in Barcelona.

Concert at the Catalan Music Palace: Music reigns in this beautiful place. You stand a chance to listen to a concert during the year. A free evening is a right time to be here. Music palace's façade and structure are a clear example of the modernist Catalan style.

Take a break at the Rector Olivera Gardens: These gardens will charm you with their beauty. You would like to stay here for long because tranquility and peace reign in here.

Stroll the tiny street of the Tallers: This pedestrian street is your chance to take in some shadow under the sun of Barcelona. At boutiques, you will get whatever you are searching for.

Have a drink at the Hard Rock Cafe: At Hard Rock café in plaza, you can rest a little and enjoy the market's view. Hard Rock Café is globally recognized for its high quality.

Shopping: Hotels, stores, shopping malls, banks, bars, and restaurants abound with the most vibrant shopping areas in Barcelona.  The Corte Inglés department store has a panoramic restaurant with lively views of the square. FNAC and Habitat are other large department stores, and Café Zurich is a meeting place in the city.

 

Other Places of Interest on Plaça de Catalunya

Tourist Information: You can approach Barcelona's main tourist information office under the plaza. After you get off at the Aerobus stop, go in front of the Portal de l’Àngel for entrance to the office.

Open Air Concerts:  On La Merce festival, open-air concerts are staged here.

Banks:  You can approach banks like La Caixa, BBVA, Caja Madrid, and Deutsche bank.

The Apple Store

FC Botiga- (Official Barça merchandise)

El Triangle shopping Centre:  A large fnac book and record store

Address

Plaça de Catalunya, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

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Vishal Sharma
Vishal Sharma
06/11/2020 22:38
Very nice place. Thousands of pigeon and nice environment. You can feed the pigeon and they come and sit on hand. You can spend a lot of here. Kids love this place due to birds and they can play with them. And birds are not harmfull. If you are in Barcelona must visit this place. A lot of good restaurants around here you can enjoy it and many small shopping center. Football club Barcelona merchandise shop also here. Its a perfect place. Must visit here. I love it
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world_traveler_cani_official
09/10/2020 18:10
Very nice and beautiful place is Plaza Catalunya
Faiza Hafiz
Faiza Hafiz
09/09/2020 04:37
Lovely place specially for kids playing more than in the evening with pigeons. Most beautiful place for feeling relax without worries and tensions.
Víctor Suñé
Víctor Suñé
09/17/2020 17:55
Well, nothing else than a square (but a must see in Barcelona)
Albert Drake
Albert Drake
09/16/2020 18:29
A nice place to be. Especially La Rambla and its restaurants.

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