Plaça de Catalunya – More Than Just a Metro Stop!

For many visitors Plaça de Catalunya is the first place they see when they arrive in Barcelona. If you take the Aerobus from the airport, the chances are you will get off here on the way to your hotel.  Plaça de Catalunya is also the intersection between Las Ramblas, Portal de l’Àngel, Ronda de Sant Pere and Passeig de Gracia and links the Barri Gotic with the Eixample district.

Pidgeons and tourists in Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona

Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona

One way or another, you are bound to cross the plaza numerous times during your stay in Barcelona. It’s all too easy to hurry past without even noticing the impressive collection of statues which line the perimeter, most of which were installed for the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exposition. Here are my photos of about half of them:

Statues and fountains at Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square)

Statues and fountains at Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square)

 

The Barcelona statue - Frederic Marès Catalonia Plaza, Barcelona Spain

Barcelona – Frederic Marès 1928

 

The Goddess - statue by Josep Clarà in Plaza de Cataluña Barcelona Spain

The Goddess – Josep Clarà 1928

 

The Pomona statue, Plañça de Catalunya, Barcelona

Pomona by Enric Monjo 1928

 

Wisdom by Miquel Olsé 1928, Plça de Catalunya Barcelona

Wisdom by Miquel Olsé 1928

 

Navigation - Statue by Eusebi Arnau, Plaça de Catalunya

Navigation – Eusebi Arnau 1928

 

Montserrat - Statue by Eusebi Arnau 1928, Barcelona

Montserrat – Eusebi Arnau 1928

 

Youth - Statue by Josep Clarà set between flowers and a fountain

Youth – Josep Clarà 1928

 

Francesc Macià Monument - Josep Maria Subirachs 1991, Barcelona Spain

Francesc Macià Monument – Josep Maria Subirachs 1991

 

The Spirit of The People - Sculpture by Otero 1928 Plaza Cataluña

The Spirit of The People – Jaume Otero 1928

Plaça de Catalunya – Barcelona’s Transport Hub

Metro Lines: Red line (L1) Yellow line (L3)
Rodalies (Commuter Trains): R1, R3 and R4
FGC (Ferrocariles): L1 and L7
Bus: Approximately 30 regular bus lines have stops on the Plaza
Aerobus: A1 and A2
Bus Turistic: All 3 routes start and end here
Cars: There’s also an underground car park (Access at the top of Las Ramblas in front of the Hard Rock Cafe)

Other Places of Interest on Plaça de Catalunya

Tourist Information – Barcelona’s main tourist information office is situated under the Plaza. The entrance is more or less opposite the Portal de l’Àngel, right next to the Aerobus stop.
The Apple Store
FC Botiga (Official Barça merchandise)
Banks – There are several Banks here including La Caixa, BBVA, Caja Madrid and Deutsche bank
El Corte Ingles (Spain’s Largest department store chain has a large store here.)
Café Zurich (This is a popular meeting point for both locals and tourists.)
The Hard Rock Café Barcelona
El Triangle shopping centre- Including a large fnac book and record store
Open Air Concerts – During the annual Mercé festival there are open air concerts staged here.

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