Placa d'Espanya, Barcelona

Placa d'Espanya, Barcelona (must see)

Possibly one of the most important squares in Barcelona, the Placa d’Espanya is a must visit for tourists. The main building was completed in 1929 and was constructed especially for the occasion of the International Exhibition which was held at Barcelona’s Sants Montjuic district.

Placa d’Espanya is one of Barcelona’s largest squares and hence one can fathom the importance that it holds. The mastermind behind the designing of this impressive structure was the famous Josep Amargos. The square includes a fountain as well as some statues which were designed by Josep Maria Jugol and Miquel Bay respectively. Nicolau Maria Rubio i Tuduri was responsible for designing the rest of the buildings in this square.

The site at which Placa d’Espanya is located today was once used for the purpose of public hangings, complete with gallows. The Ciutadella fortress was also built here in 1715. This fortress was later demolished when the idea of Placa d’Espanya was conceived. The square was designed in 1915 for the Universal Exposition and reached its completion in 1929. The fact that it connects many prominent destinations and buildings in Barcelona gives the square great importance in the city today.

Why You Should Visit:
Transportation hub with shopping, dining, views, hotels, and lots of people. A great place to cool off and restore your energy while touring Barcelona.

Tip:
Nice over day and night – try both! As dusk approaches, the fountains might be switched off while illuminations begin, and this provides a totally different atmosphere.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm

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Placa d'Espanya on Map

Sight Name: Placa d'Espanya
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

Creating your own self-guided walk in Barcelona is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean is located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments. It has a plethora of museums, churches, markets, and shops, which make Barcelona a great place for walking around. Take this tour to visit main attractions of this magnificent city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
La Barceloneta Walking Tour

La Barceloneta Walking Tour

La Barceloneta neighborhood was originally formed during the 18th century by fishermen and their families. Today, La Barceloneta beach is one of the most active areas of the city, both during the day and night. It is an ideal place to go for a night out, be it to have dinner in a fancy restaurant or have a drink or party until the wee hours of the morning. This self-guided tour will help you discover the historic and modern highlights of La Barceloneta.

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

La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla is the street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. Seemingly endless, it is filled with cultural and historic landmarks, as well as shops and cafes. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said about La Rambla, "The only street in the world which I wish never ended." Take this tour to explore the most famous sites on La Rambla, Barcelona.

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

Shopping Walk

Set among the world's prime cultural destinations, Barcelona is en route to becoming one of Europe's top shopping spots as well. Fashionable designer stores are filling the streets of Barcelona with each new day, from well known international brands to local start ups. Barcelona is also an excellent gourmet destination, offering plenty of goodies to try on the spot or take home with you. Take this tour and explore the city's main shopping zones.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Barri Gotic Walking Tour

Barri Gotic Walking Tour

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona seems like a cut above the rest. It boasts a number of famous buildings, cathedrals and monuments. The area has many peaceful squares where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. Take this tour to travel back in time and discover all the secrets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 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

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