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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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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.
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!
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.
Plaça del Rei
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!!
Place to Relax
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.
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
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.
bars & clubs
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 ;-)
chill with a nice bottle of wine
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
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.
Bars and Restaurants Galore
Placa Reial was THE place to meet, eat and drink while we were staying in Barcelona. In five weeks I ate at Les Quinze Nits five times, and I also went to the bar Glacier numerous times. There are lots of cute little clubs on the surrounding side streets (we loved the one called Sugar) and the palm trees and fountain in the center of the courtyard are beautiful! If you need a central meeting place, I highly recommend Placa Reial.
Welcome to the center of learning to deal in an urban environment. I'm not speaking Karate, Judo, Kung Fu or switchblades. I'm here to teach you about the roar from within. Now I don't want you to take my tip as "This will always work", it's just the way I learned to deal with pick-pockets in the streets of NYC before the Repubs grabbed control and rid this city of any grime. Placa Rieal, just off of Las Ramblas is the scene to this lesson. In your head picture me in all spandex, purple, with Sexy inscribed across the hind quarters...actually erase that thought. Start over, I was wearing most likely Jeans and a green jacket, not sure of the pocket situation. I was forwarned of the petty crime that inhabits these plazas by a expat. As I strolled through a man came up to me asking if I would love to make a purchase of some hash. My mind was telling me YES as my THC receptors lit up but my reasoning side, not represented by a angel on my shoulder, thought it wasn't a good idea. "No thanks" I replied.
This was the ticket, the man now knew I was a tourist. He put his arm around me, buddy buddy style and each step I took as I tried walking away he would interject his leg in between mine. I was up to his scheme and prepped myself with awareness and a wallet nowhere on my person. His foot distraction helped him get his hand into my back pocket but there was nothing there for him. My dinero was elsewhere, I have a pocket in the toungue of my sneakers. So I said get the F outta here and he walked.
Next day same plaza, same pickpocketeers. As they approached me this time I just made a load roar, with my mouth not my hiney. They turned around instantly, they knew I knew what they were up too. This worked everytime I was approached.
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Plaça Reial is perhaps the most beautiful square I know. Not extremely big, but very picturesque and extremely relaxed. It can be found close to the Ramblas (halfway) on the Barri Gòtic side.
An ideal spot to relax a bit. Moreover, the square and the streets surrounding it are filled with nice restaurants. Among others Les Quinze Nits (on the square) and Los Caracoles (close by). Prepare to queue for both restaurants.
This is one of the most famous squares in Barcelona. In the middle is a fountain and the square is surrounded by palmtrees. You can find plenty of cafées and bars here, and it is also the place to find nightlife.
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