Plaza de Catalunya

Plaza de Catalunya, Barcelona: Address, Plaza de Catalunya Reviews: 4/5

Plaza de Catalunya
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Neighbourhood: Eixample
Passing through the glorious Plaça Catalunya, you enter the newer city district of Eixample, literally translated as “extension,” which immediately becomes recognisable by its more spacious streets and elegant atmosphere. The main artery of this sizable district, Passeig de Gracia, is lined with high-end international designer stores. Not to be outdone, the glitz and glamour of this zone is perhaps best exemplified by the comfortable and lavish five-star hotels that flank the divine and modernistic buildings from some of the world’s most recognised architects such as Gaudi and Montaner.
How to get there
  • Catalunya • 1 min walk
  • Urquinaona • 5 min walk
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Bevker
Austin, TX21 contributions
Bird crazy!
Dec. 2021 • Couples
This was neat to see but watch for pick pockets. Lots of people. You can buy seeds to feed the pigeons but be warned they will surround you by the hundreds.
Written 1 December 2021
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Karl W
County Mayo, Ireland66 contributions
All roads lead to rome ... I mean Plaça Catalunia
Nov. 2021 • Friends
Where " the world comes together " this place is full of joy, fun, shopping malls, food. Water fountains are massive and colourful, great to look at when it's night time and it's fun to feed the pideons there.
Written 21 November 2021
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Shahar L
Herzliya, Israel238 contributions
The heart of the city!
Nov. 2021
The real center of the city! go from here to the Rambles- to make your way to the see, go to shopping in one of the dozens of stores around, go to eat- since the best restuarants are only a few meters away- that's the place to stay when in Barcelona!
Written 14 November 2021
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LondonFamily88
London, UK821 contributions
Cental square.. crowded and not essential visiting
Jul. 2021 • Family
Next to the Plaça de Catalunya train stop so a natural exit when getting the train into Barceloña.

Good for a short photo stop. Avoided staying too long due to pigeons, buses and reviews of pickpockets.
Written 22 July 2021
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,171 contributions
Placa de Catalunia
May 2021 • Couples
Big placa connected to Passeig de Gracia and La Rambla. One of the most famous districts in the city. So many tourists. Lot of shopping and restaurants
Written 29 June 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,284 contributions
The presence of pigeons doesn`t make the square look like San Marco.
Jan. 2020
Three metro lines and one railway line intersect at Plaza Catalunya, so It may be the first attraction in Barcelona that a tourist sees. At the same time, there is nothing attractive about it. 50 thousand m2 is occupied randomly by fountains, lawns, sculptures and a road around the perimeter. The square is surrounded by ugly and pompous buildings of the Franco dictatorship. Fascism cannot create anything aesthetically beautiful by its nature. True dominant square neoclassical building owned by the Credit Bank of Spain built earlier in 1921. It's hard to believe, but this house called Pich i Pon was built by the architect Josep Puig y Cadafalque, the one who created Casa de les Punxes and Casa Amatller. The only thing that can hold up on this surprisingly squalid for Barcelona square is pigeons. There are many of them, but their presence does not make the square look like San Marco. Even remotely.
Written 2 December 2020
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada872 contributions
Crowded Plaza
Dec. 2019
Crowded plaza, where you will get a lot of things from restaurants, souvenir shops. Get a chance to take a break, take some photos. Close to all tourist spots.
Written 9 September 2020
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Faisal
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,177 contributions
Shop and Rest in the placa
Sep. 2019
This is the main spot in Barcelona, you never complete your journey without visiting this area and take the time to feed pigeons.
Written 30 August 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,994 contributions
Free Birds-Eye View from Top Floor of El Corte de Ingles
Jan. 2020
For a free, birds-eye view over this plaza, we went to go to the 9th floor of the big shopping centre, El Corte de Ingles. It’s on the corner, with large lettering that you can’t miss. Head to La Rotonda on the top level where there is a café and food hall. You can just have a coffee and still sit to enjoy the view but we had a light lunch and a glass of cava. The view across the city and plaza is outstanding.

The plaza was opened in 1927 by King Alfonso XIII and is certainly an expansive area (30,000 square metres). From up high, we could see the pattern of the central paving, the landscaping design and the fountains.

Back on ground level, we didn't spend long at the plaza. You only need to have a quick stroll through and maybe have a look at a few sculptures by famous Catalan artists. I particularly liked the following:
i) The Monument to Francesc Macià is the biggest and most striking sculpture, which is not surprising because he was the first President of Catalunya so you'd expect something suitably grand in his honour. The main feature of the monument is a towering abstract structure that overshadows the bust of Macià himself, so much so that it took me a while to notice he was there at all. I thought this was surprising but perhaps that’s the point and perhaps the monument is more about the achievement of a Catalan Republic, rather than about a single individual?
ii) La Deesa (Josep Clara) is a beautiful white marble woman, in a pose that makes you think of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’. However La Deesa looks more reflective and peaceful. It doesn't look like thinking is such hard work for this woman as it is for Rodin’s male Thinker.
iii) ‘Barcelona’ (Frederic Mares) - is a large black equestrian sculpture but you have to walk around both sides to see the whole thing. On one side, you have Hermes, god of commerce, holding the reins of a horse and a cog/gear. On the other side, a naked woman holds a ship above her head. You can’t help but notice that she is hanging onto the ship with both hands but is making no effort at all to hang onto the horse. She is sitting far too casually not to simply slide right off if the horse shifted its feet or moved. You have to hope that the Hermes has a tight hold on the reins. The gear, ship and Hermes together represent the city’s commerce, industry and navigation.

From here, it was only a couple of minutes to the start of the Passeig de Gracias in Eixample and we walked there next to browse at the luxury-brand shops and Gaudi’s Casa Battlo and Casa Mila (Le Pedrera).

* It is worth noting that if you catch the Aerobus to/from the airport, it stops at the plaza.
Written 23 August 2020
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tony12cu
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia3,359 contributions
A photo op, and to look at people
Sep. 2019
A place where people meet, play and frolick.

Some are there just to show off all kinds of skills, including baskers and wannabes.

Bring an umbrella to avoid being pooped on, as the place is full of pigeons.
Written 4 August 2020
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