Plaza Catalunya (Plaça de Catalunya), the oval shaped central square of Barcelona, is just outside this apartment building. The plaza’s impressive buildings loom over what was once a rural area outside the city walls of Barcelona, now located between the old city and the Eixample district. Bustling with life, the plaza is a popular hangout for locals and tourists who can be seen admiring the fountains and multiple sculptures, or listening to live music. Stroll across the plaza to El Corte Ingles, a large, famous department store and head up to the ninth floor to score some excellent views of the square! Las Ramblas, the city’s pedestrian-only promenade, and Passeig de Gracia, where the best modernist architecture can be viewed, both begin in Plaça de Catalunya. The square is a hub of public transportation with a main subway junction where three metro lines and a city railway line meet. The tourist buses and an airport express bus can be caught here as well.
Nearby Attractions: Barcelona is a mecca of art, architecture, ports, beaches, and restaurants. Ca l’Isidre (reservations required!), offers fresh and traditional Catalan cooking. For a meal of tapas, visit Cal Pep, located near Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona’s Gothic church. The Bus Turistic (Hop-on/Hop-off tour) offers two lines that stop at over 44 sites within the city. The works of Gaudi, including Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Casa Batlló, are not to be missed. Seek out the loop of Carrer dels Escudellers, named for the early potters, and which has an assortment of restaurants, shops and a flea market on Saturdays.
Passeig de Gracia: Walking Distance
Las Ramblas: Walking Distance
Catalunya (metro): Walking Distance
Plaza Catalunya: Walking Distance