Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona
Placa Catalunya (meaning Catalunya Square) may well be the first part of Barcelona that you see properly. The buses from the airport stop at Placa Catalunya and it is pretty central. The Ramblas start from one corner. The Hard Rock Cafe is along one edge of it. The Huge El Corte Ingles (meaning the English Cut - as in a cut of cloth for a suit) department store is on another edge, and there are many hotels around it. Just inside the square is the Tourist Information Office too.
The Square itself is very pleasant, and has a very decorative floor, that you probably won't even realise is there anless you see it from above. There are also some very nice views off to the sides. The square is normally pretty busy and is a nice place to sit and eat a sandwich.
This place was once outside of the city walls, between what is now Eixample and Ciutat Vella (Old City). This is an enormous square, about 50000m2. It is surrounded by huge buildings where you can find the headquarters of banks and other large companies.
There are two great sculptures here: Josep Clarà's "La Divinidad" and Pablo Gargallo's "Pastor tocando el caramillo".
The tourist centre of Barcelona is formed by the Ramblas. The famous street that runs from the Plaça Catalunya to the statue of Columbus close to the waterfront. The Ramblas and especially the walkway in the middle, which is filled with market stalls and street artists, is always busy, from early morning till late at night.
Although the tourist guides often describe the Ramblas as a very long street with different sections, my experience was that it is not THAT long. I would say that a relaxed stroll from the statue of Columbus to the Plaça Catalunya will take you about 20-25 minutes. To one side of the Ramblas you will find the historic part of the city, the Barri Gòtic and the Plaça Reial. Halfway the other side of the Ramblas you will find La Boquería, the famous covered foodmarket.
Plaça Catalunya houses the Tourist Office (underground), El Corte Inglès (THE department store) as well as other stores. There is a rather cheap shuttle bus service between the airport and Plaça Catalunya.
The Passeig de Graçia, the shopping street, starts at the other side of Plaça Catalunya.
Here you can see a picture taken at Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia' Square) is located at a crossing with Passeig de Grácia and Las Ramblas and is the heart of Barcelona.Is always full of tourist and residents in Barcelona,like all squares in Spain is a meeting point.Is another nice place to take a break.Around you'll find some huge department stores,restaurants (including a Hard Rock Cafe) and many cafeterias.Also here there is a stop where you can take the Barcelona's touristic buses..
This square is centrally located right at the top of La Rambla so I imagine you'll pass by this square at some point during your stay, but make sure to see the fountains at night, they look even better.
This square is surrounded by beautiful fountains andis in the heart of Las Ramblas. here you will find an array or locals and tourists and LOTS of pigeons! They are less horriffied by the 'rats with wings' over there and street vendors sell bird feed and the birds flock onto your head and shoulders if you are not careful!
Nice place to sit and take in the sun and have a break in between sight seeing.
The best reference point in the city is this main square on the top end of Las Ramblas. There are a number of good cafes and shops as well as a bank and some good hotels. The fountain is lit up at night and makes for a romantic place to stroll.
It's the big square that links the historic center of the city with modernist Eixample. There is this huge El Corte Ingles on one side of the square.
The picture below is a view of Plaza Cataluna from my hotel window.
This big square is probably the most visited in BCN, as is in the middle of the most visited areas and you will pass by several times.
Here arrives / leaves the airport bus, here stop the sightseeing buses, here is El Corte Ingles...
Placa Catalunya is between the Eixample and the Ciutat Vella and it is easily accessable by the Barcelona subway.
It is an enormous square (about 162,500 square feet or 50,000 square meters) surrounded by big buildings that are headquarters of banks or other companies. . In the square there are two sculptures, one from Josep Clara, La Divinidad, and another one from Pablo Gargallo, Pastor tocando el caramillo. A peculiarity of the square is the great quantity of pigeons that fly or walk over it.
The Bar Zurich in Placa Catalunya is the most popular bar in town. It's always full of locals and tourists. The bar is located on one of the busiest corners in this central square.
Placa Caatalunya also anchors one end of the long pedestrian street known as La Rambla.
The Placa de Catalunya is the heart of Barcelona. The geographical middle of the city is marked by a big star on the square.
Here are some nice green areas with fountains and benches to relax. Buildings of the Banco Espanol de Credito, Telefonica and the store El Corte Ingles are located around the square.
Plaça Catalunya marks the beginning and end of La Rambla, the biggest tourist street in Barcelona. From here you can also easily go to the shopping streets and on the square you will find the biggest El Corte Ingles of the city.
Plaça Catalunya is a large square that marks the end of the Ciudad Vella and the beginning of the Eixample. It's an important hub: several metro lines meet here, the airport bus stops here, and sightseeing tourist buses leave from here too. If it's not enough it's where the most important Spanish department store is located: el Corte Inglés
This central square is not very special by itself, but this place often functions as a starting points for tourists:
La Rambla, Via Laetana and Passeig de Gracia all start from hereUnderneath this square, a bit out of sight, is the main tourist officeEstacio Catalunya is the city´s main metro hubHard Rock Cafe & El Corte Ingles are closeby
Likely to be the first thing you see of central Barcelona if you arrive by bus or train. Many shops and some open spaces too, it was very busy but pretty relaxed when we visited, but possibly not always!!
Looks good at night too