Plaza Espanya which is also known as Plaza de España in Spanish is one of the most important squares in Barcelona. Josep Maria Puig i Cadafalch was commissioned to design the plaza, it was built for the 1929 International Exhibition, which was held at the foot of Montjuïc, in the Sants-Montjuïc district. It is a lively plaza and it is located just out of the centre of town, where many of the main roads in Barcelona are, such as Gran Via, Parallel, Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, Carrer Tarragona and Carrer de la Creu Coberta intersect.
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Sightseeing near Plaza Espanya Barcelona
The main draw to Plaza Espanya is the Palau Nacional which is the Museum of Catalan art, stands regally up on the side of Montjuïc. It’s stunning and there is never a better time to see it than when it is lit up at night with the Magic Fountain of Montjuic in front. The Magic Fountain is a free music and light show based around the fountains and takes place from. It also houses one of Catalonia’s finest museums, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) which as designed by Josep Amargós.
It is also home to Barcelona’s old bull-fighting ring built in 1900 in the Moorish Revival style, which has now been converted into a shopping and leisure complex. It can be said to be nothing but a shell of what it used to be, although still quite a beautiful one. At the entrance to the Avinguda Maria Cristina, are two tall towers which stand guard over the exhibition site and are replicas of Saint Mark’s campanile in Venice. It also houses the Barcelona Olympic Stadium (Estadi Olimpic) which is a 20 minute walk from Plaza Espanya.
There are plenty of amazing restaurants to tingle your tastebuds near Plaza Espanya. In particular, all of the top restaurants are located in The Arenas de Barcelona, which is a former bullring turned commercial complex near the Plaza Espanya. A breathtaking restaurant is El Xalet, it is located in an idyllic setting on the top of the Montjuïc hill, El Xalet is a grande restaurant that offers the best views over Barcelona from its dining rooms and wonderful panoramic terraces. There is Abrassame, which is a fantastic restaurant located at the top of Las Arenas de Barcelona shopping centre. The wonderful terrace offers spectacular views over the city and they offer an amazing selection of seafoods. Another restaurant on the rooftop of Las Arenas is Watatsumi, where the renowned chef Ángel Camacho presents, either in the warm interior, at the sushi bar or outside in terrace with wonderful views, exceptional signature Japanese cuisine with very personal creations.
Where to live in Plaza Espanya Barcelona
In terms of location, Plaza Espanya gives you excellent access to many of the city’s main attractions, being so close to La Rambla means that everything is within walking distance. Not to mention it is not an area flooded with tourists so you will get the authentic Barcelona experience living in this area! In terms of accommodation in Barcelona, for your stay there are numerous, remarkable apartments available to rent for family holidays, visiting with a group of friends or even rooms for couples. There are endless advantages of living in this area, from the beautiful landmarks to the amazing restaurants; it’s the perfect holiday destination. You can view and rent apartments near Plaza Espanya or if you want something smaller, rent rooms near Plaza Espanya for amazing prices.
History of Plaza Espanya Barcelona
The square was built on a site that had been previously used for public hangings, until the creation of the now demolished Ciutadella fortress in 1715, where the gallows were moved. It was designed in 1915 and built in 1929 so that it could be ready to host the 1929 Universal Exposition. The square has been in public use since then.