Barcelona Plaza Catalunya

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Barcelona Plaça de Catalunya, main central square in Barcelona, the nerve center of the city.

Catalonia Square / Plaça de Catalunya

Catalonia Square is considered to be the absolute center of Barcelona.

Anyone visiting the city for a few days will pass through Catalonia Square on a few occasions, especially if visiting areas of the Old Town district, which is known as Ciutat Vella.

Catalonia Square. Barcelona city center (foto)

Catalonia Square is also one of the locals’ most clear places as a meeting point when they head to the Gothic Quarter, the Raval or the Born, three neighborhoods of Ciutat Vella.

Furthermore, Catalonia Square is considered the better-communicated place in the city by metro, trains, FGC and many bus lines.

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Fountain in Catalonia Square


Crowded by pigeons, you can feed the food sold in the various street kiosks in the square. Very fun if you have it with children.

A little guidance from Catalonia Square

You can consider this place a starting point for countless routes you can do on your trip to Barcelona.

When in Catalonia Square, you should have some essential buildings localized as they are commonly used as reference points that will guide you.

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El Corte Inglés


El Corte Inglés in Catalonia Square
The major department stores in Spain are perhaps one of the reference points most used in a famous way. Even the front door, which is the one that is oriented toward Passeig de Gracia, is frequently used as a meeting point.

El Corte Inglés is in the northeast corner of Catalonia Square.

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El Triangle and the Zurich Cafeteria

Triangle, Catalonia Square

The Zurich cafeteria in Catalonia Square is a landmark and meeting point widely used in Barcelona.

Located in the same building El Triangle, a small shopping center whose principal store is the FNAC (electronics, books, coffeshop, restaurants) .

The Triangle building is on the southwest corner of Catalonia Square, where Pelayo street and the Rambla begin.

The Apple Store in Catalonia Square

Apple Store, Catalonia Square
Not long ago, it has become sufficiently well known the Apple Store is located on the corner of Passeig de Gracia.

The Apple Store is between the famous Art Nouveau street (passeig de Gracias) and Rambla de Catalunya.

Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona


Hard Rock Café Barcelona, Catalonia Square

On the opposite side of the Apple store is the Hard Rock Cafe in Barcelona.

This rocker site is between Portal de l’Angel and the Rambla, and there you can eat the typical American burgers.

Routes from Catalonia Square

As already mentioned, the square is a vital meeting point in Barcelona. Once located the main commercial buildings, the main streets you can take from Plaça de Catalunya are:

Passeig de Gràcia

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It is one of Barcelona’s most important streets with Art Nouveau buildings.

Full of modernist buildings, Passeig de Gràcia has become a must for architecture lovers. The most photographed in the city – La Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera.

Catalonia Square

This street connects Catalonia Square with Gracia district, and you can take it between the Apple Store and the Corte Inglés.

La Rambla

It is the most touristic street in Barcelona, and to stroll through it, Catalonia Square is a starting point, southwestern part of the square.

Font de Canaletas, la Rambla, Catalonia Square
A must-see, in La Rambla, you will find the famous human sculptures, cartoonists, and some stands of handicraft merchants on weekends.

Halfway up Rambla Sant Josep, Teatre del Liceu, main market of Barcelona, known as La Boqueria Market.

The Boqueria Market

Can catch Passeig de Gràcia parallel street from the Northwest of Catalonia Square.

It is a street entirely forgotten in many guidebooks, where you’ll find cafes, commerce, a few Art Nouveau buildings, and a metro stop at its top.

The Coliseum Teather. Rambla de Catalunya
From Catalonia Square, it is an excellent choice if you’ve already visited the Passeig de Gràcia and want to go to Diagonal Avenue’s luxurious part or feel like walking a bit or having a stroll.

Shopping along Pelayo Street

Pelayo Street, Catalonia Square
Behind of Triangle building Plaza Universitat it’s located.

University Square (Plaça Universitat)

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Portal de l’Angel, is where the Gothic Quarter begins.

Besides being one of the most commercial in the city, this street leads to other streets of the Gothic Quarter where you should also walk.

Portal de l’Angel

Going to Urquinaona Square and Via Laietana
Urquinaona Square
Urquinaona Square is located behind the Corte Inglés. From Catalonia Square, the upper street (Ronda Sant Pere) and the below one (Fontanella) less than 5 min.

From Urquinaona square, you will see Via Laietana, which leads to the seaport. It is helpful to know if you want to locate the Born, another Old Town quarter, on its left side. When Via Laietana ends, Barceloneta neighborhood begins.

Straight Via Laietana on Ronda San Pedro St., you will get Barcelona Arc de Triomf. Walking from Catalonia Square approximately fifteen minutes.

Barcelona Arc de Triomf

Plaça de Catalunya is in the center of the square and looking south, so we have El Corte Inglés, and on our right will be the Zurich cafeteria in the Triangle building. So facing, we should see the Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, while behind us would be the Apple Store.

Barcelona’s Old Town (Ciutat Vella)

Santa Ana Church, Gothic Quarter of Barcelona
Once positioned, we locate La Rambla in the background on the right. This whole street has on its left side the Gothic Quarter and on its right side the Raval.

The Raval neighborhood

Transportation in Catalonia Square

In Plaza Catalunya, you have two subway lines bearing Catalunya, L1(red line) and L3 (green line). Besides, you have FGC lines, including the one you should use to go to the Tibidabo. There is also a RENFE railway station.

How to get to Catalonia Square

It will be straightforward to get to because it is the center of Barcelona. By metro lines L1 and L3, FGC (Generalitat de Catalunya railways) and many buses.

Getting to Catalonia Square from the Airport

You can take the Aerobus, which stops at the two airport terminals or the NitBus if you arrive at night.

Train from Airport and get off in Passeig the Gracias station, five minutes walk to Catalunya Square. Also, you get off at Sants Train Station and take the L3 metro line to Catalunya.

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