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Plaça de Catalunya

General Information

Plaça de Catalunya is one of the two main squares of Barcelona (The other one is Plaça d’Espanya). It is a beautiful, huge site with a very long history. The place also has a national significance for Catalan people.

Plaça de Catalunya connects Ciutat Vella and Eixample, the old city and the extension built in the 19th century. This area is very touristic, and most of the tourists that visit Barcelona will pass here. It is recommended to read some information about the area prior the visit.

History of Plaça de Catalunya

Until the 19th century, when Barcelona began to extend to north and Eixample was built, Plaça de Catalunya did not have a very important role in the life of the Catalan city. In the last two hundred years, different important political meetings and speeches were organized in this square (for additional information – History of Barcelona).

What do you see in Plaça de Catalunya?

If you would like to see interesting and unique statues, you must visit Plaça de Catalunya. You can find there many famous sculptures, such as:

  • La Deessa (The Goddess) by Josep Clara.
  • El Pastor (The Shepherd) by Pablo Gargallo.
  • Monument dedicated to Francesc Macia by Josep Maria Subirachs.
  • El Forjador (The Peacemaker) by Josep Llimona.
  • Una figura femenina (A Feminine Figure) by Enrique Casanovas.

There is also a beautiful fountain which is only open during summer time.

Since Plaça de Catalunya is a must-attraction and it connects the old and new parts of Barcelona, most of the tourists will visit the place one way or the other. Some tours which travel outside the city leave from this point. Moreover, Plaça de Catalunya is an important tourist information point and a tourist center too.

Tips and Recommendations for Visiting Plaça de Catalunya


  • Close to Plaça de Catalunya there is a locker room where you can leave your luggage. It can be very useful when you arrive to Barcelona without reserving a hotel room in advance or when you have to check-out earlier than you leave the city. The address of the room is carrer Estruc nr 36 (for additional information – Locker in Plaça de Catalunya).
  • The beautiful fountain in the center of Plaça de Catalunya is open only during the summer time.
  • In the area of Plaça de Catalunya there are a lot of restaurants and coffee shops where tourists can spend a nice time. Furthermore, you can combine your trip to the square with a shopping spree in the famous El Corte Ingles commercial center, or in the fashion boutiques situated on Passeig de Gracia (for additional information – Bars and restaurants in Barcelona and Shopping in Barcelona).
  • Plaça de Catalunya is accessible for people with disabilities. Public transportation is also wheelchair-friendly in the area. Although most of the metro stations in Barcelona are not accessible by wheelchairs, the metro station near Plaça de Catalunya has an exit with a lift (for additional information – Accessibility in Plaça de Catalunya and Accessibility in Barcelona)
  • Due to the information point and the numerous activities organized in Plaça de Catalunya, it is one of the main touristic places in Barcelona, Mark it on your map!  Moreover, families and large groups can use it as a meeting point.

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Useful Information

Getting there

L1 (red), L3 (green), L6 (light purple), L7 (brown) – Catalunya station.


No. 24, 41, 42, 55, 59, 66, 67, 68, H16, N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N9, N11, N12, N15, V13, V15.

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