Las Arenas – Bullring Turned Shopping Centre and Viewpoint

Tourists line the viewing platform of the Las Arenes bullring turned shopping mall in Barcelona

The Las Arenas de Barcelona bullring was inaugurated in 1900 and was the second of 3 bullfighting rings built in Barcelona. Designed by Catalan architect August Font i Carreras, the plaza had a capacity for nearly 15,000 spectators. During the 1970s, as bullfighting became less popular, the arena faced declining attendance and finally closed in …

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Plaça d’Espanya

Panoramic view of Spain square, The National Palace and Montjuic mountain from the Arenes bullring turned shopping centre Barcelona

Plaça d’Espanya was built for the 1929 International Exhibition and was originally flanked by purpose-built hotels designed to house people visiting the exhibition. Only one of the hotels remains and nowadays the square is basically a large roundabout with an impressive fountain in the middle and magnificent views of the Palau Nacional and Montjuïc. The …

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