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Plaça d'Espanya

General Information

Plaça d’Espanya, alongside with Plaça de Catalunya, is one of the two main squares of Barcelona. It is one of the most famous and beautiful places of the city of Barcelona.

History of Plaça d’Espanya

Plaça d’Espanya holds a long history record, the square has always played an important role in Barcelona’s life. In the past it served as a place for political meetings and discussions. Today the site is famous for a modernista monument designed by Josep Maria Jujol who as a student of Antoni Gaudí worked under the guidance of the famous modernist architect on remarkable works as the Casa Batlló.

Landmarks near Plaça d'Espanya

There are some important landmarks right by Plaça d’Espanya, such as Parc de Joan Miró, the two famous Venetian columns, the Font Magica and the Arena Mall.

Arena Mall

The Arena Mall served originally as a bullfight stadium, but since this sport is not one of the main national sports of Catalan people, with the end of Franco’s regime, bullfights were banned and the stadium was rebuilt as a mall (for additional information – History of Barcelona).

Today it is a huge mall, it has six floors which are full of famous boutiques and restaurants where tourists can spend an enjoyable time. Moreover it holds some interesting concerts and flamenco shows (for additional information – Shopping in Barcelona).

Joan Miró Park

Parc de Joan Miró is famous for the unique Woman & Bird Sculpture.

Venetian Columns

The two Venetian Columns on Plaça d’Espanya were built for the international exposition that was organized in Barcelona. The columns reach a height of 47 meters and were built by red venetian bricks. A figure of a greek temple topped by a pyramid is laid up right on top of each column. These statues have an important role as a meeting point of different events, for example the famous Barcelona Marathon begins and ends here.

Font Magica (Magic Fountain)

The Font magica is another famous tourist attraction near Plaça d’Espanya.

Les Quatre Columnes (The Four Columns)

Les Quatre Columnes were considered to the be symbol of Catalan nationalism. Due to this they were brutally removed franco after the Spanish Civil War and the reintroduced After Franco’s death. Nowadays they are one of the main attractions of Barcelona and a symbol for the reblossom of the Catalan culture.

Tips and Recommendations for Visiting Plaça d'Espanya


  • Though on Plaça d’Espanya there are no real attractions and guided tours, the neighborhood surrounding it offers tourists interesting tours and activities (for additional information – Attractions and Tours near Plaça d’Espanya and Attractions and Tours in Barcelona).
  • There are no lockers in Plaça d’Espanya, so if one want to leave the baggage somewhere, it should do so in his hotel or in one of the lockers of the nearby Barcelona Sants train station (Estacio de Barcelona-Sants). (for additional information – Locker in Plaça d’Espanya).
  • Plaça d’Espanya and its surroundings is wheelchair friendly, so people with disabilities will not experience much of a problem while visiting this area. Nonetheless, the metro station is not accessible by wheelchair, so it is suggested to choose the bus over the metro (for additional information – Accessibility in Plaça d’Espanya and Accessibility in Barcelona).
  • Nightlife in the neighborhood of Plaça d’Espanya is quite abundant, it is home to many restaurants and coffee shops that are open during the nighttime. Furthermore, the Arena Mall and the area of Montjuic holds some attractive flamenco clubs.

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Tips for Transportation to Plaça d’Espanya:

  • Though there are some parking places near Plaça d’Espanya, it is not recommended to visit it by a car because parking is quite expensive there. The square is easily accessible by public transportation, it is highly accessible by metro and buses. (for additional information – Parking Near Plaça d’Espanya).
  • Plaça d’Espanya is close by to many car rental stations, and for this reason the site is recommended for those who would like to rent a car in Barcelona. (for additional information – Car Rental in Barcelona and Car Rental in Spain).
  • Since Plaça d’Espanya is close by to Sants, many tourists pass on their way to Barcelona Sants train station (Estacio de Barcelona-Sants). (for additional information – Plaça d’Espanya Train Station).
  • Nearby there is a station of the Hop-on Hop-off bus red line (for additional information – Hop-on Hop-off Bus Map).

Tips for Hotels near Plaça d’Espanya:

  • The bus that comes from the airport of Barcelona stops near Plaça d’Espanya and also the site is highly accessible by metro and buses. Due to this reason that makes the area popular for accommodation- it is extremely recommended to reserve a hotel in the area of Plaça d’Espanya in advanced, and the sooner the better (for additional information – Hotels near Plaça d’Espanya and Hotels in Barcelona).

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Getting there

L1 (red), L3 (green), L8 (pink) – Pl. Espanya station.


No. 13, 23, 37, 50, A1, A2, D20, e14, e15, e16, L70, L72, L86, L87, N2, N14, MON-BUS.

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