Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona
Plaça de Catalunya/Plaza de Cataluña is located between the old city and the 19th century suburb Eixample, and meeting point of several important streets: Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla, Portal de l'Àngel, Ronda de Sant Pere, Carrer de Vergara or Carrer de Pelai. Several fountains and statues can be found here, as well as flocks of pigeons.
The church of Santa Anna is a hidden treasure tucked away right in the city centre, surrounded by the Plaça Catalunya and the main shopping streets.
The church was founded in 1141 by the Knights of Order of the Holy Sepulcher also known as the Templars and built between the XII and XIII centuries. Its architecture marks the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic styles. The cloister dates from the XV century when the monastery of Santa Eulalia became part of the church building.
Cloister was built in the XV century. The arches in the inner cloisters are in the Catalan Gothic style whereas those in the upper cloisters are less elongated. Some details reveal a Renaissance influence.
As a matter of fact during Napoleon’s invasion it was closed by the French, and it seems that it was used by the Catalan resistance against the invaders.
Monday to Saturday: 11am-7pm.
August, Monday to Saturday, 11am-2pm.
Near the church of Santa Anna you will see the Parochial House known as the House of Order of Saint Sepulcher. Although that building is not opened for the public access you can observe its architecture outside.
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.
Plaza de Catalunya is a large square that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city Barri Gòtic and the 19th century-built Eixample meet.
The logical finish of the parkway Las Ramblas is the square of Catalunia. It is filled by people almost as well as the parkway. There are two huge fountains a little on an eminence in an environment of white marble sculptures. A little below there is one more fountain with a figure of the graceful woman. Some sculptural groups of a black stone are installed on pedestals. There are a lot of pigeons who are fed with enthusiasm with local residents and tourists at the square.
You can watch my 2 min 37 sec Video Barcelona Catalonia Square out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
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 very heart of the Barcelona, where the old city and the new meet, and for most people will be the main transport hub for all their travelling. In this large square (which is actually round) you’ll find statues, sculptures, fountains and grass verges, plenty of spots to sit in the sunshine and people-watch.
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.