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.
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:
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.