Barcelona

Plaza de Cataluna

The heart of Barcelona is found at Plaza de Cataluna, a central square located just north of the Gothic Quarter. The plaza was opened in 1927 by King Alfonso XIII, and it’s here that the old town of Ciutat Vella and the new town of Eixample cross paths and the area is steeped in rich history.

What’s Here

Nine of the cities most important streets lead off the 5,000 square foot Plaza including Passeig de Gracia (a luxury shopping street) and La Rambla (a popular tourist destination). You’ll also find a handful of local cafes, monumental buildings and a handful of historical statues and fountains. It’s a great place to start any explorations in the city!

History

The area where the plaza sits today was once rural, and it wasn’t until 1858, when the cities defensive walls were demolished, that talks of a plaza began. The government launched a public competition to design a new district, and after much dispute, it was settled that the plaza would be built and construction took place between 1925 and 1927.