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Plaça de Catalunya Barcelona - Barcelona's central square E-mail

Plaça de Catalunya Barcelona

Open FULLSCREEN Plaza Cataluña - Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya Barcelona's downtown central square. Plaça de Catalunya is the Catalan language spelling. All street signs in Barcelona are in the Catalan language. In Spanish the square is pronounced exactly the same but spelled Plaza de Cataluña. Tourists often just call it Plaza Catalunya. 

Although it can be crowded and a bit noisy, many tourists choose to stay near or on Plaza Catalunya because of the central locations with easy access to metro, bus, train and taxi  connections which makes it practical for many Barcelona sights and attractions. Plaza Catalunya is located on the border of the old part of Barcelona's city, so it's within walking distance of many sights both in the medieval parts of Barcelona and the newer 19th modernist area.

Plaza Catalunya is also the first place many tourists arrive in Barcelona if they choose to take the Aerobus airport buses to and from Barcelona Airport. Plaza Catalunya is the center of public transport in Barcelona with many regional buses connections on or near Plaza Catalunya, as well as the train station Catalunya, where you can catch metro trainsregional trains and FGC trains.

For accommodation there are many nice hotels near Plaza Catalunya which you can find on the map further down this page and the area is very safe for tourists except for the ever present danger of pickpockets. The many facilities on Plaça de Catalunya include the main Barcelona Tourist Office in an underground office on the corner of Plaza Catalunya and a range of shops and department stores around the plaza. On Plaza Catalunya itself you can find the top department store El Corte Ingles where if you are lucky you can have breakfast or other meals at their top floor restaurant and enjoy a view of the the entire square. 

There is a smaller shopping centre El Triangle opposite El Corte Ingles Plaza Catalunya is also home to an Apple store and Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona. Plaza Catalunya is the place where two of Barcelona´s most famous shopping streets begin (or end) which are La Rambla walking street and the elegant designer shopping boulevard Passeig de Gracia

Plaza Catalunya was designed by architect Francesc de Paula Nebot. It was inaugurated on November 2nd 1927 by King Alphonso XIII. The plaza has a small temple with a central colonnade, several fountains and with an amazing 28 sculptures in stone and bronze by leading sculptors of the time. Perhaps the most striking is Catalan sculptor Josep M. Subirachs's striking monument to former President of Catalunya Francesco Macià which is the newest addition to the plaza and brought the number of sculptures to 29. Plaza Catalunya is the center of public transport in Barcelona with many metrobus and tour bus connections.

Metro to Plaza Catalunya Barcelona

You can get to Plaza Catalunya by metro. The metro station on Plaza Catalunya is called Catalunya and Metro stations Passeig de Gracia or Urquinanona are just one block away. Many bus lines and night bus lines have stops at Plaza Catalunya. There are two Barcelona hop-on-hop-off tour bus which both have stops on Pl Catalunya. The Aerobus airport buses are in front of Corte Ingles department store.

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