Arenas de Barcelona, Barcelona

Arenas de Barcelona, Barcelona (must see)

Previously a bullring in Barcelona, the Arenas de Barcelona is now a commercial complex located close to the Placa d’Espanya. The former bullring was built somewhere during 1889-1900. The designer responsible for this project was the Spanish architect by the name of August Font i Carreras. One of the most prominent features of this arena is the horseshoe-shaped entrance which has been adorned with beautiful tiles. The arena itself has been constructed in the Moorish style, which was typical for Carreras.

The huge arena has the capacity to accommodate over 16000 spectators. Its total diameter is around 171 feet (52 meters). Conventionally a bullring, this arena has also played host to many other events such as concerts. One such memorable concert was held in 1966 when the Beatles performed live.

One surprising fact is that this area was built for the purpose of being used as a bullring, but bullfighting never caught the attention of people in the city as much as it was expected to, and the last bullfight took place in 1977, after which the arena remained unused for years. Plans were then made to turn this into a recreational and shopping complex, as seen today.

Why You Should Visit:
Exclusive shops, a leisure area with 12 multiplex cinemas, a cultural auditorium, a sports and thermal center of the prestigious Metropolitan chain and several restaurants that offer panoramic views. Even the external structure has been maintained in its splendor and is a particular architecture to admire.

Tip:
To go directly to the top, it is possible to take the panoramic elevator for €1, which can be recovered by taking lunch or anything else at the restaurants on the top deck.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Arenas de Barcelona
Sight Location: Barcelona, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Montjuic Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

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La Barceloneta Walking Tour

La Barceloneta Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Ciutat Vella Nightlife

Ciutat Vella Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona, located just southwest of the city center and overlooking the harbor. Besides the great view, it also offers visitors many interesting and significant museums such as the Poble Espanyol, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport, and others. Here, you will learn many interesting facts about the history and culture of Catalonia, Barcelona and Spain in general. Don't miss the opportunity to tour the great museums Montjuïc has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

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