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!
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.