This time we have chosen Plaza de España as the setting for our walk, a unique place that is well worth a visit and that, in addition to being a perfect destination for a stroll, allows a large number of activities…
To talk about the history of Plaza España (Plaça d’Espanya) in Barcelona, we must go back to 1929, since this huge square was built in that year on the occasion of the International Exhibition.
Located at the foot of Montjuïc Mountain, its more than 34,000 square meters also make it one of the largest squares in Spain. Thus, the Plaza de España is not only one of the largest squares, but also one of the most significant of the city.
What to see in Plaza de España
- The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
The Magic Fountain is the main element of the set of waterfalls and ponds of the Maria Cristina axis, which runs from the National Palace to the Plaza de España on Montjuïc. It is a very popular fountain that stands out for its water, sound and light effects, which create a real spectacle.
Right in the center of the square is a huge monumental fountain of classical inspiration that represents a poetic allegory to Spain.
- “Campaniles” (bell towers) or also called Venetian Towers
One of the entrances to the square is flanked by two striking and spectacular towers, the work of Ramón Reventós, inspired by the bell tower of San Marcos in Venice.
- Las Arenas Shopping Center
Las Arenas is a leisure and cultural shopping center located in a remodeled building that dates back to 1900 and housed the old bullring of Las Arenas; the shopping center was inaugurated last 2011.
The building houses the Rock Museum with the Jordi Tardà collection. And in the interior, the building has a floating terrace with a flexible deck that forms a plaza with panoramic views. The first floor connects the complex to the España subway station.
Built on a former bullring in neo-Mudejar style, Las Arenas Shopping Center offers excellent views of the square and its surroundings from the upper terrace.
The possibilities are many and there is something for everyone. Regardless of your preferred option, as it is not the same to tell it as to see it, in Salir por Barcelona we have gone to Plaza de España camera in hand to bring it to your screen … and so has been our particular walk:
Located to the west of the Eixample, Sants-Montjuic is close to such recommended visits as Montjuic Mountain, Plaza España, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Miró Foundation and Poble Espanyol.
How to get there
Plaza de España has very good communications both by subway and bus.
Subway: L1, L3
Buses: 23, 27, 30, 46, 65, 79
RENFE: L5 and L6