Placa del Sol
Placa del Sol is one of the loveliest plazas in Barcelona. It is the favourite hangout for the locals of Barcelona’s district of Gracia.
Square-shaped Placa del Sol was constructed around 1840 when Gracia was still an independent town in the vicinity of Barcelona. It is lined by leafy trees and small bars and cafes.
Among the plazas of Gracia, Placa del Sol probably is the busiest, but it is far from being hectic in any sense. The marble floor of the plaza heats up in the sun during the day.
Thus even late at night it works like a heating and you will find the young locals sitting all over Placa del Sol, with a cold beer listening to guitar music. There is a magical atmosphere which will soak you in at this lively but relaxed square.
There is a Libanese restaurant on the plaza, offering great fresh food. And for those on a budget, the Argentinian pizza and empanada place might be the top pick. Just get a slice of pizza on your hand and chill with the locals in the middle of the plaza.
During the day Placa del Sol is rather quiet and usually it is no problem to get a table for lunch. In the evening it is getting busy with the locals coming for a snack or a beer.
Like the whole district of Gracia, Placa del Sol is less known by tourists, so if you would like to get close to the real life of people in Barcelona, this probably is the place to go to.
During the main holidays in August you will see some shops and bars closed for vacation, so in the middle of summer Placa del Sol is quieter than any other time of the year.
However, this does not count for the week-long festival of Festa de Gracia! During the third week of August there is live music, drink and food stalls all over the district and Placa del Sol in particular for Barcelona’s and Catalonia’s biggest street festival.
How to get to Placa del Sol?
By metro take the green line L4 to Fontana. Walk down Carrer d’Asturies for 100 metres and turn right into Travessia de Sant Antoni. The 4th street on your left after 300 metres is Carrer del Planeta. Follow it for 100 metres and you have reached Placa del Sol.