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 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 La Mercé festival there are open-air concerts staged here.


08002 Barcelona, Spain

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