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Plaça de Catalunya

The historic central point of Barcelona.

TravelCurious Tip

Head to the Plaça de Catalunya at night to see the gorgeous streams of water from the fountains lit up.

The Plaça to be

Plaça de Catalunya is a huge and beautiful square in the heart of the Catalan capital, where the old town meets the modern city. It is the city centre of Barcelona and as such is surrounded by some of the busiest and most famous streets in the city, including La Rambla, Passeig de Gracià and Ronda de Sant Pere. 

The construction of Plaça de Catalunya was part of the Modernist artistic mission of the 1880s, which aimed to refashion Barcelona as a contemporary city while incorporating the traditions of the past. This vast public space is celebrated for its neo-classical and avant-garde sculpture and its beautiful fountains, in addition to some stunning mosaic work on the underground part of the square; it is also an important transport hub. For over a century it has remained a favourite spot for residents of Barcelona and tourists alike.

Café culture

Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s the square was a popular haunt of the artistic elite. There were many theatres built here throughout the years, none of which have survived, as well as many cafés and restaurants where writers and artists would meet during this excitingly creative time. Like the theatres, most of these cafés were lost in the Spanish Civil War; only Café Zurich survives, which remains well worth a visit for the more nostalgic tourist.

Today the plaza is surrounded by some great hotels and shopping malls, and with so many of Barcelona’s buzzing streets nearby you won’t have to look far for some great food and entertainment.

Nearby Attractions

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Casa Batlló
Yet another Gaudí treasure, Casa Batlló is a masterpiece of colour and light.
Gothic Quarter
Barcelona’s oldest and most atmospheric district.
Church of Santa Maria del Mar
Built in Catalonian Gothic style, this Basilica has been through a lot.
Picasso Museum
A wonderful collection traces Picasso’s creative genius from his roots in Barcelona.
La Boqueria
This thriving market is bursting with Catalan culture and fantastic food.
La Rambla
A bustling tree-line promenade through the heart of Barcelona.

Related Tours

A Full Day Private VIP Tour of Barcelona inc Transportation
Get the VIP treatment in Barcelona and explore the Catalan city in the luxury of your own private vehicle and guide, where comfort and convenience are guaranteed. 

  • Receive skip the line entrance tickets to all attractions visited during the tour.
  • Marvel at Gaudí’s creations – visit sites like Sagrada Família Cathedral – Barcelona’s most iconic and architectural gem, still undergoing construction. 
  • Get lost in the Heart of Barcelona – come across landmarks like the bustling Plaza Catalonia and Las Ramblas
  • Discover the inspiring artwork at the Picasso Museum
  • Soak in the sun at Barcelona’s breathtaking seafront and beaches
On this tour, you will see some of Gaudí’s awe-inspiring masterpieces, including Sagrada Família Cathedral and Parc Güell – which are unlike the work of any artist. Your journey will take you through the heart of Barcelona, where you will experience the liveliness of La Rambla and Plaza Catalonia  and the history of the Gothic Quarter. From there, you will immerse yourself in the brilliance of Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum and end the day at Barcelona’s stunning beachfront and Olympic Port

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
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