Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya

The central square of Barcelona, today it proudly bears the name of the entire region, Catalonia. Its considerable size matches its importance as the city center. However, it was not very long ago that this square assumed such a high status. Until the middle of the 18th century this place wasn’t even with the city territory, the construction began only after the medieval walls were demolished. The site development was chaotic, so there is no predominant style whatsoever: here you can admire some examples of Art Nouveau, some buildings of the middle of the 20th century as well as some representatives of the modern architecture. As for the types of buildings, these are banks’ head-quarters, two major shopping malls (El Corte Ingles and Fnac El Triangle), restaurants, cafes, an office of the Catalan Tourist Board and a Canadian Consulate.

Being a frontier between the Gothic Quarter and the Eixample district, the square is Barcelona’s major transport hub. Three nearby metro stations let you travel along the six metro lines, while all of the central bus lines have stops at the square. Here you can take a bus to the cities of Girona and Figueres, to Montserrat mountain and to the airport.

Nine streets start from Plaça de Catalunya, including two most famous ones, La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia . It’s always crowded here, some people are rushing to the business part of the city, some are going shopping to Portal de l’Angel street. During winter months sometimes there is a roofed market. The square features several avant-garde statues, a monument to Francesc Macia (a President of Catalonia), and numerous fountains, including those with potable water.

Address: Plaça de Catalunya
How to reach: metro Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia, Urquinaona
Coordinates: 41.387121, 2.170073