Plaça d'Espanya
Plaça d'Espanya
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The area
Neighborhood: Sants-Montjuíc
How to get there
  • Espanya • 1 min walk
  • Hostafrancs • 6 min walk
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The reasons for the popularity of the square of Spain among tourists are banal. Bus 17 from the airport stops here and this is where it is logical to change to the metro. This is all the more convenient because the Plaza de España station is an interchange line 1 and 3. in Addition, the square serves as a transfer point for more than 20 buses, including the night number 0 (Catalonia is original in this also),1, 2, 14, 15, 16. However, it is worth staying here for a while. The center of the square is occupied by a monumental fountain designed by arcitect Josep Maria Jujol. It is executed in the form of a temple with three niches with sculptural groups symbolizing the rivers that flow into the three seas surrounding the Iberian Peninsula, the Ebro, the Guadalquivir and the Tagus. This is the second largest square in Spain after the square of the same name in Madrid. In addition, it is larger than the square of Catalonia. We can say that the unionists won a symbolic victory over the independents. Everyone knows that Spain is a bullfight. And here is just a round red brick building that looks like a stadium or a Roman amphitheater. But! This is, indeed, the old Bullring of Las Arenas, which became a shopping center after the abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia in 2012. A symbolic and not accidental act in the context of the movement towards independence. Two towers, the work of Ramon Reventos, are located on the opposite side. These pencil towers are almost clones of the campanilla in Piazza San Marco in Venice. They were built for the 1929 world's Expo..Behind them, you can see the fountains of Montjuic and the domes Of the national Museum of art of Catalonia, which are inactive late at night. From a distance, at dusk, it looks like the temples of Cambodia's Angkor. If I had had a couple of glasses of cava on the plane, I would have seen this bizarre combination of the Roman amphitheatre, the forked Campanile of San Marco, and the temples of Angkor and said, " Where am I?"
Written November 28, 2020
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,825 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
During my time in Barcelona, I found Plaza de Espana to be the major hub of activity in a city bustling with activity day and night. During my time in Barcelona, I learned that this square was originally built in 1929 as part of the International Exposition.

Today, the plaza is a hub of activity that includes a bullring that has been converted to a shopping & entertainment center, a fountain, a massive avenue as well as the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The plaza is also relatively close to the Olympic Complex.

This is not a place to slow down! This is a place where visitors will be a part of the crowds of tourists, local visitors and business people walking and driving around the plaza.
Written April 9, 2020
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Enjoytravelz
France141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
One of the most beautiful squares I've seen and a landmark in Barcelona. In order to truly appreciate the beauty of that place, I recommend visiting it early in the morning, you'll only encounter a few joggers as opposed to a mass of tourists. We visited it at dawn and could admire the Montjuic castle.
Written August 10, 2021
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Gaurav S
Glasgow, UK360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
What a show... U can't miss this for anything.. 31st December show of fireworks at the place is something extraordinary. We really liked the music, fountain show and then themed fireworks, with social message of sea life... Plastic problem.
Written January 6, 2020
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Arvind Kumar Yerram
Hyderabad, India1,426 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Undoubtedly this is one of the (if not most) busiest squares of Barcelona. Twin towers on either side of the road with a huge monument in the round about and the magical water fountain are the highlights of this area. Can get crowded during the fountain shows.
Written January 6, 2020
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James S
Toronto, Canada1,783 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Placa de Espanya is a major transit hub in Barcelona. Several major streets intersect here and there are numerous bus routes that head to various parts of the city. Underneath the ground there is a Metro station that serves three separate subway lines. There is also a regional railway station that has trains departing on a regular basis to Montserrat and elsewhere throughout the day.

The Plaza is a lot more than this and to be honest one would never know about the busy transit infrastructure underground by just looking at the place. At the very centre of the plaza is the Font monumental a la Placa D’Espanya. This is a massive fountain was constructed in 1929 for an international exposition by Josep Maria Jujol a collaborator of Gaudi.

Surrounding the circular plaza are several large and photogenic buildings including the Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, the Institut Municipal d’Educacio de Barcelona, and the Venetian Towers or Torres Venecianes. These twin pillars, built in the 1920s are the entrance to Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina which is lined by the Smart City Expo World Congress - Fira de Barcelona and terminates in the famous Magic Fountains at the foot of the Montjuïc National Palace.

On the other side of the Plaza is the Arenas de Barcelona. This was originally built as a bull fighting arena and is now a major shopping centre. The top floor has a restaurant with impressive views of the city. There are also movie theatres if for some reason you’ve run out of things to do and see in Barcelona.

As I said this is a major transport hub to help one get where they’re going, but it’s also worth it to take the stairs up and have a look around.
Written October 4, 2022
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PaulB27August
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK6,715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
Bullfighting isn't for everyone, however, it is a part of Spanish history and culture.
This development which overlooks the impressive Placa de Espana, Montjuic and plenty of other important sites due to the wonderful 360° view.
There are numerous shops, restaurants and leisure facilities here, including the world famous Human Bodies exhibition.
I will return and try one of the many eateries. Keep an eye out for forthcoming reviews
Written June 19, 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Placa de Espana is Barcelona's biggest square. It's set just beneath the Monjuic hill and Museum of Catalonian art (MNAC) on a huge roundabout. Driving around it is pretty hectic and stressful with several traffic lights around it.
The middle of the square is adorned by a nice monumental fountain representing the Guadalquivir, Ebro and Tagus rivers as the biggest on the Iberian Peninsula.
The huge circular edifice, now the Arenas shopping mall, used to be Barcelona's first bullring, until it was moved to another location and then finally banned. Great views of the square and MNAC from the mall's top floor.
The twin Venetian towers are replicas of Venezia San Marco's bell tower. They were put here in 1929 for the World expo marking the entrance to fair grounds, Palace museum, and today for the highly popular magic fountain.
Written September 11, 2022
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JennyTull
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Top notch show, managed to get in without paying which was neat. Only down side it’s a bit of a bun fight to get a good view. Quite honestly they should think twice about letting anyone in if they are going to put someone on their shoulders. If I had paid I’d be mighty peeved to have had my view obstructed. Mainly by young un’s who probably also got in free and didn’t care anyway. I’ll pay for a seat next year.
Written January 1, 2023
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Place d'Espagnya is surrounded by iconic buildings like the two Venetian towers, the old Arenas bullring, and the Fira de Barcelona. In the middle of the square there is a monumental fountain called the Font dels Tres Mars which symbolizes the three seas surrounding the Iberian peninsula.
A must to see!
Written July 6, 2023
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