Plaça Catalunya is Barcelona’s busiest square. It is considered the center of the city since Barcelona’s most important streets La Rambla, Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya and Avenida de les Corts Catalanes meet over here.
Placa Catalunya also borders the inner city districts Barri Gòtic, Raval and Eixample. Its centre is marked by a large fountain surrounded by statues.
The first version of Placa Catalunya has been constructed until 1902 by the modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
For the 1929 world exhibition, some changes have been designed by Francisco Nebot and the first metro station opened.
Since then Placa Catalunya together with Placa Espanya is Barcelona’s most important local transport hub. Three metro lines and the regional trains meet in the underground station.
Although Placa Catalunya has not got any considerable relevance for sightseeing, you are very likely to pass here more than once during your stay.
The airport express buses and the Barcelona Bus Turistic use the square as a point of departure.
Among the locals, Placa Catalunya is the site for gatherings with relevance to Catalonia and the Catalan culture. This makes the square highly relevant for the supporters of FC Barcelona.
After important matches Barca fans flock to Placa Catalunya in thousands to celebrate their victory.
How to get to Placa Catalunya?
Use metro line 1 or 3 or one of the regional trains to Placa Catalunya. From the airport take the blue airport express bus outside the terminal.