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Plaça de Catalunya Barcelona
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.
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Although Plaça de Catalunya can be crowded and a bit noisy, many tourists choose to stay in hotels or apartments near or on Plaza Catalunya because of the central location which gives easy access to metro, bus, train and taxi connections making it practical for many Barcelona sights and attractions.
Plaza Catalunya is located on the border of the old part of Barcelona's city called Ciutat Vella and the newer 19th modernist part of Barcelona called Eixample, so it is walking distance of many sights in both areas.
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 trains, regional trains and FGC trains.
For accommodation there are many popular hotels near Plaza Catalunya and the Plaza Catalunya area is very safe for tourists, except for the ever present danger of pickpockets.
There are many facilities on Plaça de Catalunya including stops for the 2 different Barcelona Hop-on-hop-off tourist bus tours. You can also visit the main Barcelona Tourist Office which is located underground on the corner of Plaza Catalunya and the street Portal de l'Àngel. Look for the big red column marking the entrance to the Tourist office.
There are many design shops and department stores around the Plaza Catalunya and you are a few steps away from Barcelona's most fashionable shopping street called Passeig de Gracia which ends on Plaza Catalunya and the pedestrian shopping street Portal de l'Àngel.
On Plaza Catalunya itself you can find the top department store El Corte Ingles where if you are lucky you can find a table near the window in their top floor restaurant to enjoy a view of the entire square. In the basement of Corte Ingles basement there is a supermarket open until 10pm at night.
There is a small shopping mall called 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 Plaza Catalunya bringing number of sculptures to 29. Plaza Catalunya is the center of public transport in Barcelona with many metro, bus 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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