Plaça de Catalunya is a huge square (about 50,000 square metres) in the center of Barcelona. It is from the beginning of the 20th century, but modified for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. Today, Plaça de Catalunya is a major hub for public transportation. There is a metro station below the square, several busses stop here, and two of Barcelona's most famous streets, La Rambla and the Passeig de Gràcia, start at Plaça de Catalunya.
The square is also known for its many fountains and statues, one of them is the Francesc Macià Monument honoring the former President of Catalonia. And the Plaça de Catalunya is surrounded by some impressive buildings like Banco Español de Crédito and the department store, El Corte Inglés.
You will see the Monument to Macià in Plaça de Catalunya. Francesc Macià i Llussa was the President of Catalonia from 1932 until his death in 1933. In 1931 after the elections that caused the exile of Alfonso XIII of Spain and gave the local majority to his party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, Macià proclaimed the Free Catalan Republic in Barcelona, but was forced afterwards to settle for partial autonomy within the new Spanish Republic.
The guidebooks describe the Plaça de Catalunya as the central point of the city. Now whether that is a geographic centre or just a way of describing it as a focal point I'm not sure but it certainly has many redeeming features for visitors. The aerobus to/from the airport stops here. The tourist hop on-hop off buses are located here with ticket offices and helpful advice; Las Ramblas, the famous shopping precinct and street has it's hub here. There is a huge, and I mean enormous, department store* where you could buy anything legal here and, when I was there between Christmas and New Year, they had a massive half price sale on. At night the square at Christmas-time is ablaze with sparkling lights and the water fountains are tastefully illuminated. In the very middle of the open area is a huge canopy enclosing an ice rink - enjoyed mainly by children but their parents seemed to be having some fun as well.
In all the Plaça de Catalunya is a vibrant, lively location with a festive feel to it. It costs nothing to look around and soak up the atmosphere. Indeed a pleasant place to spend an evening.
*For a meal with a view you can visit the self service cafeteria on the top floor (7th) of the large department store. If you can grab a window seat you'll have a fantastic view over the Plaça and beyond.
Plaça Catalunya is the central square for most visitors in Barcelona although Plaza de les Glories Catalanes is the real geographical spot. For me it was the main transport hub also because there are 2 metro lines that pass from here (Line 1, Line 3) and also most of the buses passing by day and night. You can also catch the RENFE train to the airport, the tourist buses and so many others.
It is always full of people as it is a popular meeting point and there are several shops and big department stores around (Fnac, Corto Ingles, Habitat etc). Las Ramblas, Passeig de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya start from here and it’s worth walking on all of them.
There are several fountains, sculptures, statues and some nice flowers in the square.
Placa Catalunya is a large square located in the center of Barcelona. If you are coming from the airport, this is going to be your last stop for Aerobus. There are two fountains, a pond and a sculpture in the square. This part of the city is always busy and this is a good spot to rest, watch people and feed the pigeons.
Intermixed with hundreds of people, the sculptures and fountains in the Placa are still worth a visit. There are benches to enjoy the people watching, but don't expect to get a shot without lots of people in it. Also, beware of pidgeons. The Francesc Macia Monument stands out the most, with its reverse stairway look.
This is the main plaza that ends at the west side of Rambles Ave, which becomes known as Passig de GArcia past the plaza. It is a congregation of vehicles, people, bikes, taxis and tour buses. Even though it has a large plaza and garden in the middle, getting to it is fighting through a maze.
It was 9am when we boarded a near empty Bus at Placa de Catalunya which is a large plaza surrounded by some very nice buildings and lots of Statue's. It is located between the old city and the 19th century Eixample district. The famous Rambla (a wide promenade in the old city) and the Passeig de Gracia start at the Placa de Catalunya.
The Placa de Catalunya also is where the public transportation begins from. Below the square is the main subway junction, above is where tourist buses depart from, and it is also where the Aerobus departs from.
This is the beginning of the Hop On / Off Bus route, and ticket’s can be bought from the booth.
As we were early, the Fountains in the Park weren’t working, don’t worry, they are later in the day and are quite pretty. The Park is empty in the morning, so it's a good time for photo opportunities, but in the afternoon, it is full of people.
Catalonia square connects new and old town, is a hub of public transportation, very convenient place for taking metro, buses, shopping. It connects such famous streets as Rambla, Passeig de Gracia.
The square was fully completed in 1927. It is a wide place with monumental buildings like Central Bank or the building where supermarket El Corte Ingles is located. At the square you could also find tourism information centre.
It is hard to count how much times we needed to cross this square to go to Railway station, to Rambla, for shopping, so on :)
Barcelona’s heart. It’s from Plaça Catalunya that the main city arteries flow. It’s one of the most important transportation spots. Uncountable bus stops, several subway lines, starting and ending of touristic bus lines and Aerobus. From Catalunya you can easily reach the Ramblas, Passeig Gràcia, Universitat and then Espanya, Bairri Gotic… The square is also full of life.
The Placa Catalunya seemed to be the heart of Barcelona. There seemed to be an energy surrounding the square. There were several demonstrations while we where there. Our hotel was just of the square which made it easy when arriving by metro from the airport. This view is from the restaurant at the top of El Corte Englis.
Catalunya Square is known as the "heart of Barcelona". It links four major avenues: la Ramblas, Passeig de Gracia, la Rambla de Catalunya and Portal de l'Angel. What a dramatic sight!
We had purchased bus tickets for a tour of the city and after reading the map provided, realized that many shops and restaurants were located here. As soon as its wide plaza appeared, we got off the bus and promptly walked to the Hard Rock cafe for lunch. We were famished!
The square was filled with sightseers, families out for an early afternoon stroll and hundreds of pigeons. Construction of this hub was complete between 1925-27; its purpose was to connect the Old Town with Eixample.
To re-board the bus, the line often extended for quite a length. You might want to walk a bit further to catch a bus at another stop as we did. The map lists all the bus stops along the way, so its quite easy to do so.
Placa de Catalunya -
A busy square in between Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla where you can change over tour buses or take a walk by the fountains. The Placa de Cataluyna is an area that, as a tourist, you are likely to at least pass through when you visit Barcelona. Between the two most appealing neighborhoods for tourist visits , and a major metro stop, it is also the place to catch the convenient Bus Turistic. On the south end of the square, underground, is the official office of tourism, where you can get maps, ask questions, and book accomodations and tours. At the tourist office you can buy tickets to the walking tours, and they meet just outside the office
The Plaça Catalunya is one of the central destinations for all tourists and residents of the city alike. It is a massive square and renovations on it were just completed in 2008. Just across from the northern edge of Les Rambles, it is most noticeable for its massive pigeon colony – you’ll see lots of people who don’t appear to be afraid of bird flu and enjoy feeding the pigeons from their hands. It is also a major transit point, as this is where you can catch a bus to the airport, subways, FGC (Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat) trains or Rodalies (Catalan for Cercanias) trains. This isn’t the main station for all of Barcelona (that would be Sants), but is a major hub if you are looking to get around Catalunya and the suburbs of the city. The Plaça itself is ringed by a number of monuments in and of themselves – huge office and commercial buildings that come from the city’s expansion days of the 19th century. However, there are also lots of modern structures, like the FNAC and Corte Inglés stores, which sadly do not help maintain the general character of the Eixample. The stone work of the Plaça itself is quite interesting with its black and grey tiling, and there are a number of statues and gardens all around for you to enjoy.
The Catalonia Square is perhaps the busiest and most important area in the city. It connects different parts of the city by trams, buses and metro, has a number of shops and is also the beginning point of a walk down the Ramblas. The place is full of fountains, sculptures and there is also a memorial to Francesc Macià, erstwhile president of the regional government of Catalunya.