|GRATIS IN BARCELONA!… Plaça Catalunya|
The Plaça de Catalunya with more than 30.000 square meters is the third largest square in Spain and is the core that connects the old city with the expansion,
the Eixample Quarter, which was constructed when the city walls were demolished.
In Roman times, this place was nothing more than an esplanade, situated just in front of one of the main gates: the
Portal de l’Angel.
From this esplanade the different paths that connected Barcelona with other populations started, obliging all people
and merchandise to pass through. It soon became like an open air market, similar to
When the walls were demolished the construction of the Eixample Quarter
began according to the guidelines of “Cerdà’s urban plan”. This design did not include any square at this point, because Cerdà plan thought of the
Gothic Quarter as “the periphery”.
Another plan however, the Rovira plan, did provide for a large square in this area. This plan finally triumphed.
Coinciding with the World Exhibition, held in Barcelona in the year 1888, the city hall further
developed the square. They had to expropriate and demolish several buildings and homes that were occupying this space at that time. With the World Exhibition of 1929,
also held in Barcelona, the square reached its final and current form, it was inaugurated in that year.
Currently this place has not lost any of his strength and character, is still frequented by thousands of tourists and many
Barcelonese daily. Its excellent communications (metro, train, rail and buses) and central position makes this the chosen place
for citizen protests, celebrations of all kinds and concerts.
Tip: Enter to “Corte Inglés” and go to the restaurant on the top floor where you will have an excellent view of this epic square!
Free entrance: Everyday
Location: Plaça Catalunya – Barcelona (view map)
Metro: line 1 and 3 (Plaça Catalunya)
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