Barcelona famous street Las ramblas

Barcelona part5: City center

Barcelona Spain TRAVEL

Plaça de Catalunya

The Plaça de Catalunya is Barcelona’s busiest square, the center point of the whole city revolves around the Placa de Catalunya.  From here one can practically go anywhere, by means of taxis, the tourist bus, metro or by some of the most important public bus-routes in the city. Here is where some of the most prestigious shops can be visited, also some of the most modern ones.There is no room for doubt, the best place to stay in Barcelona is near Plaza Catalunya.

Barcelona city center

Barcelona city center

Barcelona Piazza Catalunia

Plaza Catalynua Barcelona Spain

Barcelona city center

Plaza Catalynua Barcelona Spain

Las Ramblas

La Rambla is a wide, tree-lined thoroughfare, about twenty blocks long, extending from the Placa de Catalunya down to the port of Barcelona. With only one narrow lane of traffic in each direction, the avenue is mostly a pedestrian walkway. “Las Ramblas” is made up of five individual ramblas(es)or streets. The Canaletes, Estudis, Sant Jospe, Caputxins and Santa Monica Ramblas, each are named after the relevant churches which are located along the streets.

Barcelona famous street Las ramblas

Nearby is the Placa Reial,  one of Barcelona‘s most famous, if not THE most famous square.  people from all walks of life gather in the many bars and pubs to chat, drink and generally relax. Many artists play their trade here and on Sunday mornings, a coin and stamp market springs up beneath the palm trees.

Placa Real (in Spanish) is a huge, beautifully designed square in the Barri Gòtic area. Designed by Francesc Daniel Molina I Casamajó, it was built in 1848 on the remains of the Santa Madrona Capuchin monastery.   It is also home to some of Antoni Gaudi’s earliest work. A set of lamps he designed for the Barcelona council which are by no means the focal point of this beautiful Spanish Plaza, but interesting all the same as it was the first work Gaudi was commissioned to do for the government of Barcelona. Each lamp has a plaque on the floor with his name on. As I said before, these lamps are not the most famous of Gaudi’s work and most people don’t even notice them, so make sure you get a picture of this little Barcelona secret!

Spain Barcelona Placa Reial Las Ramblas

In the centre of Placa Reial is a classically designed fountain where many people gather and take in the atmosphere. It’s known as the “Fountain of Three Graces“, which refers to the statue of the three women. The women are said to be the daughters of Zeus; Euphrsyne, Aglaea, and Thalia, representing beauty, charm, and joy which I think sums up this beautiful plaza quite well.

Spain Barcelona placa reial

The final stretch of the La Rambla is La Rambla de Santa Monica, which brings you to Barcelona’s port area. Here, towering over the boulevard, is the Columbus Monument, an 80 metre high memorial to the man who is officially credited with discovering the Americas. High overhead is a viewing platform and for only a couple of euros, visitors can ride the escalator up for splendid views over the city.

Barcelona city

Barcelona Spain

Barcelona Spain museum of modern art

Museum of modern art

Barcelona Spain park de la ciutadella

park de la ciutadella

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Barcelona Spain park de la ciutadellapark de la ciutadella

Barcelona street artist

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Spain Barcelona townPlaza Real

Spain Barcelona city center

Spain Barcelona city center mall

Torre Agbar (Agbar Tower).

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  • Ann September 13, 2012

    You take amazing pictures and capture the city so well. I lived here for a short time and you highlighted some of the most important parts! Parc Guell is also one of my absolute favorite spots – I hope you had a chance to stop by there!

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