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Plaça de Catalunya

Pass through Barcelona’s main plaza while heading between shopping districts and notice how the old city meets the new.

Plaça de Catalunya is the hub and heart of Barcelona’s city centre. Major shopping and sightseeing districts lie around this grand square, which combines the Ciutat Vella (Old City) and the modern 19th-century district of L’Eixample. The square was built in 1927 under the command of King Alfonso XII, right on the site of the old city walls.

You’ll cross Plaça de Catalunya frequently as you pass between Barcelona’s districts and sights. Admire sculptures and monuments that decorate the square, including works by Josep Clarà, Josep Subirachs and Eusebi Arnau, all famed Catalonian artists. Alternatively, watch the square’s activity from the benches on its shady grass verges.

Lovers of shopping will come to know the square well, as its borders are home to some of the city’s biggest department stores and designer boutique streets. From the plaza, La Rambla runs to the city harbour. This tree-lined promenade is a constant hive of crowds and movement. Browse boutiques, high-fashion brand stores, historic buildings and the Boqueria Market nearby.

On the opposing side, the Passeig de Gràcia showcases some of the city’s premium contemporary architecture in the L’Eixample neighbourhood. The famed Antoni Gaudí’s has marked the neighbourhood with the pretty Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, which sit close to upmarket stores, bars and restaurants. Nearby, the Portal de l’Àngel and Rambla de Catalunya districts offer more shopping opportunities.

Being a large central space, Plaça de Catalunya is frequently used for city festivities. The National Day of Catalonia on September 11 is celebrated here with a free concert. Visitors at this time can also enjoy live music performances held for September’s Mercé Festival, which commemorates Barcelona’s patron saint.

Find Plaça de Catalunya sits in the centre of Barcelona. Getting there is easy due to its use as a crucial transport hub for the city. Public buses, trains and the metro stop here, as well as a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus service. Shuttle’s from the airport also arrive and leave from the square.


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    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casa Calvet, Teatre Museu El Rei de la Magia and Tivoli Theatre. Espai Volart and Jardines de la Torre de les Aigues are also within 5 minutes. Urquinaona Station is only a 2-minute walk and Passeig de Gracia Station is 6 minutes.

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      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Gothic Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Teatre Principal, Centre d'Art Santa Monica and Palau Guell. Barcelona Wax Museum and Gran Teatre del Liceu are also within 5 minutes. Drassanes Station is only a 2-minute walk and Liceu Station is 4 minutes.

      Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa - Adults Only AU$128
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        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Eixample, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Barcelona, Casa Batllo, and Passeig de Gracia. Rambla de Catalunya and Hospital Clinic are also within 10 minutes. Universitat Station is 6 minutes by foot and Urgell Station is 10 minutes.

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        Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 647, Barcelona, Barcelona
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tivoli Theatre, Passeig de Gracia, and Placa de Catalunya. Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 10 minutes. Tetuan Station and Girona Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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            Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Placa de Catalunya and La Rambla. Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 10 minutes. Plaça de Catalunya Station is only a 2-minute walk and Passeig de Gracia Station is 3 minutes.

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            Rambla Catalunya 7-9, Barcelona, Barcelona
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Eixample, this luxury hotel is steps away from Teatre Coliseum, Placa de Catalunya and Rambla de Catalunya. Passeig de Gracia and El Corte Ingles are also within 5 minutes. Plaça de Catalunya Station is only a 2-minute walk and Passeig de Gracia Station is 3 minutes.

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              C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Wilson Boutique Hotel

                Avinguda Diagonal 568, Barcelona, Barcelona
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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