One of the most emblematic places of Barcelona is Plaza España, a must-see for every tourist. The traffic is focus on this square because of its location. There you can find the shopping center Las Arenas, the magic fountains and many more…
History of Plaza España
The square, called Plaça Espanya in Catalan, was built for the International Exposition of Barcelona in 1929. Designed by Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer (creator of the grid form of L’Eixample) its construction started in 1915 by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Guillem Busquets, finished by Antoni Darder.
The square is 34.000m2 and is the second largest square of Spain behind the Plaza España of Madrid. It is even bigger than Plaza Catalunya.
Location in Barcelona
The plaza concentrates a crowd of commuters and traffic due to its location. It is located among the crosses of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (one of the main avenues of the city), Avinguda Paral·lel, Carrer Tarragona, Carrer de la Creu Coberta and Avinguda Maria Cristina. These are importat streets of the city because they lead to the city center or to the outside of Barcelona.
You can arrive to the square by:
- Metro: Lines L1 (red), L3 (green).
- Tramways: L8 (Molí nou, Ciutat cooperativa), S4 (Olesa de Montserrat), S8(Martorell Enllaç) and S33 (Can Ros), R6/R60 (Igualada), R5/R50 (Manresa Baixador)
- Bus: Lines H12, V7, 23, 27, 46 (to the airport!), 65, 150
What to see in Plaza España?
Las torres venecianas (Venetian towers). These towers are inspired by the San Marcos Basilica in Venice. They measure 47 meters and they preside over the entrance to the stairs that lead to the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia).
Shopping Center Las Arenas. This modern mall was one of the most famous bull rings throughout Spain. Nowadays you can go up to the top floor and have a fantastic view of Plaza España.
Magic fountain of Montjuïc. One of the most beautiful shows of the city. It does a display of water acrobatics, music and lights. The show is usually done around 9 in the afternoon during the weekends.
Fira de Montjuïc. This is one of the largest area for exhibitions and fairs across Europe. It holds very important events, such as Mobile World Congress.
Caixa Forum. Art museum designed by Arata Isozaki, holds exhibitions of all kinds of art, contemporary, modern, ancient, photography etc. The General Admission is 4€.