Plaça Catalunya, the epicenter of Barcelona

Fuente, jardines y esculturas de Plaça Catalunya

If there is a famous square in Barcelona, ​​this is definitely Plaça Catalunya. It is located in the heart of the city, it is a strategic point linking the old town to the Eixample. So if you are looking for a place with movement, you’re in the right place! Here you will find a thousand ways to enjoy your day in Barcelona.

If you wonder why it is so crowded, we will say that, for many centuries, the space now occupied by Plaça Catalunya was merely an outdoor esplanade outside the ancient walls, in front of one of the doors to access the city. From here came the roads to all nearby towns and, therefore, which better place than this to set all kinds of markets?

When the new urban layout that should have Barcelona was designed, there were many differences about the role of this place in the new city, from making it a key point to relegate it to a secondary position.

But just take a look at any photo to see which was the option that eventually won. Today Plaça Catalunya is the heart of Barcelona: it is where begins and ends most bus lines in the city, many train lines converge and two metro lines stop here: red and green.

 

Plaza Catalunya is not the heart of the city only for its location in the transport network: here you find shops, banks, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers and also it is the point where the Passeig de Gràcia starts.

Throughout the year, there are different activities to still get more out of this spac: for example, during the Christmas holidays it is a tradition to install an ice rink. During other celebrations such as the famous festival of Sant Jordi, there usually are stalls selling books and roses and even often, the square becomes a television studio from which broadcast the event.

It is also common that this square is the place of temporary exhibitions, concerts and celebrations that are part of festivals such as La Mercè, patron of the city. Moreover, often it is the preferred location to conduct demonstrations with great concurrence of public.

Undoubtedly, Plaça Catalunya is a living space and has an important role in the daily life of Barcelona. You will not find better place than this to output a day of shopping in the most exclusive shops, a cultural tour through the history of the city or even to have a good time in the different tapas bars in the area. You will not find a more lively place throughout the city!

 

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Photo credit: fidelramos / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

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