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.
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 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.
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.
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