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Discover Plaça d’Espanya

Written by Miguel

Whether you’re staying in Barcelona for a while or just paying the capital of Catalonia a quick visit, make sure you find some time to discover the wonders of Plaça d’Espanya. Located at the foot of the Montjuïc hill, in the Sants-Montjuïc district, it is one of the most important points in the city and it offers a lot for you to see.

Just slightly off the center of Barcelona, Plaça d’Espanya is the place where many of the city’s main roads converge – Gran Via, Avinguda del Paral-lel, Carrer de la Creu Coberta, Carrer de Tarragona and Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina all meet in this beautiful plaza, just like the locals and tourists who fill it with life every day of the week.

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Attractions

Photo by Jorge Franganillo via Visual Hunt / CC BY

Photo by Jorge Franganillo via Visual Hunt / CC BY

Culture – One of the most popular destinations next to Plaça d’Espanya is the National Museum of Catalan Art, which is beautiful from the outside and rich with art on the inside. With permanent free entrance,

With permanent free entrance, CaixaForum is another fantastic museum that will be sure to broaden your horizons and stimulate your imagination. 

Architecture – Barcelona is world-famous for its architecture and the attractions surrounding Plaça d’Espanya don’t disappoint in that department. One great example of this is the Van Der Rohe Pavillion. Built in 1929, it is one of the city’s most important modernist structures.

Also constructed in that year, Poble Espanyol is a fascinating open-air museum made up of unique houses that represent diverse architectural styles from all around Spain. It includes all types of establishments for culture and leisure, such as shops, museums, bars, restaurants and clubs.

Related article: Pay a visit to Barcelona’s Poble Espanyol

Photo by MiquelGP54 via Visualhunt

Photo by MiquelGP54 via Visualhunt

Last on this list but first in the eyes of many admirers is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. A favorite of tourists from all around the globe, this iconic illuminated fountain was first inaugurated in 1929. Badly damaged during the Spanish Civil War, it was restored in the 1950’s and saw vast improvements in the 1980’s, when its already incredible beauty was enhanced by the addition of a musical element. Make sure you plan your visit in a way that allows you to see this true symbol of Barcelona in all its glory!

Shopping and commerce – Formerly a bull-fighting ring, Las Arenas de Barcelona is now one of the city’s most famous shopping complexes. There you will find plenty of shops, cinemasrestaurants and a rooftop that offers an incredible 360 view of the city.

Also located by Plaça d’Espanya is Fira de Barcelona. Internationally famous, this trade fair organizes many yearly trade shows, congresses and exhibitions, promoting industry showcases and serving as an essential meeting point for professionals in a plethora of business areas.

How to get there

Photo by betta design via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC

Photo by betta design via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC

As we mentioned before, the Plaza d’Espanya is served by most of Barcelona’s main roads, so it’s quite easy to get there by car. If you choose to use the city’s practical metro system, all you have to do is take either the green line (L3) or the red line (L1) and exit at the Espanya station.

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About the author

Miguel

Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Barcelona with him.

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