Plaça d'Espanya

Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona: Address, Plaça d'Espanya Reviews: 4.5/5

Plaça d'Espanya
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
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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, Russia19,955 contributions
Second largest square in Spain.
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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PaulB27August
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK6,226 contributions
Excellent modern development alongside historical sites
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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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,779 contributions
Barcelona’s Iconic Square
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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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,053 contributions
A nice plaza but lots of traffic
Feb 2020
Not really a destination but somewhere you are bound to pass by going elsewhere. Not a lot to say other than the two pillars leading into the statue in the middle of the roundabout are quite impressive and dominate the area long with the shopping centre nearby. A good area to see at night. Don't go out of your way to go here but theres plenty nearby that you will probably go and see anyway.
Written March 27, 2020
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands5,597 contributions
Impressive square in the heart of Barcelona
Feb 2020
Impressive square in the heart of Barcelona. A true landmark. Also, the Aerobus stops at here to and from the airport.
Written February 12, 2020
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,532 contributions
Attractive
Nov 2019
This is a very attractive plaza or roundabout in the city of Barcelona. With the statue in the middle and the arena and towers nearby making this an interesting place not only for sightseeing but also for shopping.
Written February 11, 2020
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Cristian H
Barcelona, Spain44 contributions
2019-2020 Fireworks
Jan 2020
I went many times in Placa d'Espanya since I live here however was my first New Years Eve fireworks witness here. There are 2 shows : one starting at 21.30 and one at midnight. Both shows are worth watching if you are closer not far away as I was. I've seen many people coming in early since 20,00 with warm clothes, blankets and bags of food to catch a place next to the fountains (its there were the magic happens). The show at 21.30 is sort of a warm up for the big show at midnight. This year, the show was a mix of water, fire and fireworks, really impressive (not as in size but more as an artistic display). There was a huge crowd, so after the main show at midnight was over, you had to be patient if you wanna leave. There was Police everywhere, however they were very polite. There were people in the crowd selling small bags of 12 grapes for you to mark the tradition and even six-packs of beer/ juice/ champagne. The amazing thing was that in the morning, I passed the Plaza again and I could see lots of "sanitation engineers" power washing the plaza in the morning so you couldn't even tell that at midnight there were broken gasses/champagne left over from the celebration (big thumbs up for the administration)
Written January 13, 2020
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D_W_10017
New York City, NY1,448 contributions
Pass by on the Way to the National Museum of Art
Dec 2019
This is a must see in Barcelona, but once you are there you do not need to spend much time here as the heavy traffic takes away from the beauty of the place. It is a good stopping point on the way to or coming from the National Museum of Art.
Written January 7, 2020
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Gaurav S
Glasgow, UK341 contributions
New year firework
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, India1,324 contributions
One of the busiest squares of Barcelona
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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