Plaça Reial, Barcelona

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    Have a beer

    by PierreZA Written Sep 13, 2008

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    This square can easily be found from the Ramblas (take C/Colom). The square has many bars and restaurants and has a lively atmosphere at night. Seems to be very popular with tourists.
    The building lining the square are very impressive and makes it worth visiting during daytime as well as nighttime.
    The lamp-posts were designed by Gaudi, and added to the square during the mid 1800’s.

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    Plaza del Rey

    by mallyak Written Sep 10, 2008

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    The Plaza del Rey is the most noble part of the old Barcelona. At the end, there is the exterior part of Palau Reial Major (Royal Mayor Palace) in which you will find the Salón del Tinell.
    At the right hand you have the Capilla Palatina, or Capilla de Sant Àgata (Capilla de Santa Agueda) and at the left the palace of Lloctinent which stored the Archive of the Crown of Aragon (actually located in Almogàvers).

    At the right hand at the corner with the street Veguer you find Casa Clariana-Padellàs, which is the home of the Historic Museum of the city of Barcelona

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    Plaça Reial

    by MM212 Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    Plaça Reial is a very lively square in Old Barcelona off la Rambla. Its surrounding arcades are lined with popular cafés which maintain a buzz around the clock. With its palm trees and traditional Mediterranean architecture, this square reminded me the most of other cities around the Mediterranean. The odd-looking lampposts in the centre of the square were designed by Gaudí.

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    Plaza Reial

    by MalenaN Written May 12, 2008

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    Just off La Rambla is the lovely and lively square Plaza Reial. Around the square are neoclassical buildings from the 1850s and there are many bars and outdoor restaurants/cafés. There are tall palm trees in the square and there is a fountain, which many people are sitting around. Near the fountain there are lampposts designed by Gaudí. They are his first known works. And of course there are a lot of pigeons in the square.

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    cool square`

    by seasonedveteran Written Mar 13, 2008

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    I didnt even know about this place. its a vague memory after a pub crawl and sangria power hour. BUT I do remember passing through this square on the way to the Irish bar. or was it the spanish bar? lol or was it the bar that lit the bar countertop on fire?? or maybe the dance club.

    its coming back now:
    We walked through the cobblestone charming Gothic quarters, then passed through the square through the canopy alleys, then through the PIER boardwalk, where the night ended at the danceclub. Cool night!

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    Square

    by tim07 Updated Jan 23, 2008

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    This beautiful square in Barri Gotic is full of planted palm trees which are encirled by 19th century buildings. The square also contains Gaudi designed lampposts & a fountain. Around the square are arcades that contain bars & cafes.

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    Plaça del Rei

    by DPando Written Dec 28, 2007

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    This is one of the most important places of our politicians in Mid age (catalonians) because Catalunya and Castilla were different kingdoms .. its located at hand of Via Laietana and Jaume I yellow lane station, 2min walking from Sant Jaume square!!

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    Place to Relax

    by rcsparty Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    Placa Reial is our favorite place in Barcelona. We always seem to end up in an outdoor cafe enjoying Sangria or San Miguel. It is a very relaxing place with plenty of people watching opportunities. It was built in the 1850's and contains old fashion taverns and cafe's with outdoor seating, along with plenty of street performers....who are well worth the entertainment for a small sum. The lamp posts are Gaudi's first public works.

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    Street Performers

    by rcsparty Written Jul 8, 2007

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    Street performers are everywhere in Barcelona and some are quite entertaining. Unlike some other cities, I actually found the performers enjoyable and not annoying. A few coins was a small price to pay for the music and entertainment while enjoying a drink.

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    Street Performers

    by rcsparty Written Jul 8, 2007

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    Street performers are everywhere in Barcelona and some are quite entertaining. Unlike some other cities, I actually found the performers enjoyable and not annoying. A few coins was a small price to pay for the music and entertainment while enjoying a drink.

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    Placa Reial

    by sue_stone Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    One of the loveliest looking and most 'Spanish like' squares (well, my vision of what a 'Spanish like' square is anyway!) in Barcelona is Placa Reial. It is located just off La Rambla, on the left as you head in the direction of the port. It is connected to La Rambla by a short road, Carrer Colom, which leads you through a tall arch into the square.

    The square was laid out in 1848 on the site of a former monastery. It is enclosed by classical style buildings, with arcaded shops, bars and restaurants. In the centre there is the Three Graces fountain, and on either side of this you can see two interesting lampposts which were some of Gaudi's earliest work.

    This palm-filled square makes a great place to relax with a drink or a meal, and is a meeting place for locals and tourists. Be warned though, it has also been known to be a haunt for pick pockets and drug dealers. On Sundays the square is the busy scene of a coin and stamp market.

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    Royal Square - Plaza Real

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    The Royal Square is a closed square as the famous ones in Madrid or Salamanca. It's placed just off the left side of the Rambla, coming from Catalonia's Square. It's one of the spaces with most tradition and interest in the city. This square occupies the site of a monastery of the Capuchin order. It was laid out in 1848 by the architect Francisco Daniel Molina and it has been remodelled on several occasions. It's now a popular meeting-point, in one of its open air terraces cafés situated under the building galleries. The 'Three Graces' fountain is in the middle of the square, with two lanterns designed by the young Antonio Gaudí. The buildings have bustes depicting famous navigators and explorer. The square have beautiful street lamps with the city's coat of arms and some slim palm trees too.

    La Plaza Real es una plaza porticada cerrada como las famosas de Madrid o Salamanca. Se encuentra saliendo a la izquierda de La Rambla viniendo desde la Plaza de Cataluña. Es uno de los lugares con más tradición e interés de la ciudad. La plaza ocupa el lugar de un monasteria de la orden de los Capuchinos. Fue diseñada en 1848 por el arquitecto Francisco Daniel Molina y se ha remodelado en varias ocasiones. En la actualidad es un punto de encuentro muy popular, en cualquiera de sus terrazas al aire libre situadas bajo los porches de los edificios. La fuente de "Las Tres Gracias" está en medio de la plaza, con dos lámparas diseñadas por un joven Gaudí. Los edificios tienen bustos de famosos navegantes y exploradores. La plaza tiene bonitas farolas con el escudo de la ciudad y también delgadas palmeras.

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    bars & clubs

    by chancay Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    Plaza Reial is a very central place close to the Rambla with lots of restaurants, bars and clubs around. There are as well quite noble restaurants as just normal bars and music clubs. I have been to four clubs around, the Barcelona Pipa club, the music club 13, the club cafe royale and the discotheque Jamboree. All were quite cool places worth to spend an evening ;-)

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    chill with a nice bottle of wine

    by stevehallam Written Apr 4, 2005
    the square looking from las Ramblas

    We stayed very near this square and so spent many hours drinking in it.
    Late one night a guy turned up with a piano on a hand cart. He set up near the fountain and soon there was a good crowd gathered singing along to all types of music

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    Plaça Reial

    by IIGUANA Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Some of us @ Pla��a Reial

    This square, in the Barri Gotic, has also some designs by Gaudi, but the square itself transports you to early times, since the buildings that surround it are quite old, but very well mantained. There are some good restaurants around it, but they can get very crowded.
    It is nice just to sit in the fountain, look at the palm trees and eat an ice cream, watching the people go by.

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