Plaça d'Espanya

Plaça Espanya
It is one of the most famous squares of the city. Several streets converge in Plaça d' Espanya ( Spain Square ) , the Avinguda Paral·lel and Gran Via are the main ones.

It also accesses to the Avinguda Maria Cristina, the avenue leading to the mountain of Montjuïc , where you can visit numerous museums , gardens and the famous Olympic Ring, with stadiums and sports facilities built in 1992 to hold the Olympic Games. 

At the end of the street you will find the Magic Fountain, offering a magic show of light, music and color every weekend totaly for free. For further information see our section Barcelona for free

This avenue has a large space dedicted to Congresses and Exhibitions, both sides are occupied by the entity Fira de Barcelona ( Barcelona's Fair ) , organizing numerous exhibitions, conferences and trade shows all over the year.

The Square was built for the International Fair of Barcelona which took place in 1929 , following the project of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, in collaboration with Guillem Busquets and Antoni Darder .

It houses several significant buildings and constructions . In our section on Monuments of Plaça d' Espanya you have more detailed information about it. 


  • How to get there
  • Monuments in Plaça d'Espanya

Location:

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Public transport:

Metro: L1 and L3, stop Espanya
Buses: 9, 13, 27, 30, 38, 50, 53, 56, 57, 65, 91, 109, 157

Central Monument

Right in the center of the square you will see a stunning fountain and a large monument , designed by frequent collaborator of Gaudí , Josep Maria Jujol.

All ornamental elements of this particular monument have a specific meaning . Is a tribute to water, each sculpture is a reference to an ocean or one of the Seas flowing their water all over Spain . This sculptural decoration was made by Miquel Bay.

The three columns supporting the monument are representing, respectively, religion , arts and heroism.  On top of all you will see three victories , made in bronze by sculptor Tomas Llovet .

Venetian Towers

These monuments visible from the square are two twin towers, known as the Venetian Towers , built by Ramon Reventós in 1929 .

The towers are located in Avinguda Maria Cristina , which takes you to the sports and cultural area of ​​Montjuic , and they, in their own way , welcome us to the majestic mountain .

There are also the gateway to the huge exhibition center in Barcelona. This venue is managed by the Fira de Barcelona entity ,and consists of a spectacular set of buildings for pavilions and conference centers .

The fairgrounds organizes and manages numerous conferences , exhibitions , conventions and meetings, welcoming millions of visitors annually .

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc


Magic Fountain located between Montjuïc Hill and Spain Square offers a unique show of music, water, light and color every weekend. 

You definitely can not miss that performance if you come to Barcelona, ​​you will be very impressed. It's completely free and you can see it at night, at different times.

How to get there:

The best and quickest way to get there is taking the Metro.
The stop is Plaça d'Espanya (Spain Square). From there, there areelectronic staricases lead you directly to the Magic Fountain.

Schedule:

From October to May: Fridays and Saturdays at 19h, 19:30 h, 20h and 20:30
From May to September: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 21:30 h, 22h, 22h30, 23h and 23:30

For further information about free spectacles in the city see our section: Barcelona for free
 

Bullring Les Arenes

The Plaza Toros (Bullring)  is another emblematic building of the city , perfectly visible from the Square. It was built in 1900, and during more than a century has been the main scenary of bullfightings.

This extraordinary building has also been many other uses all along its history, holding: rallies , zarzuela and opera shows , boxing fights , and even military barracks during the Spanish Civil War.

It is currently been transformed into a Shopping Mall, although its original facade of red brick and beautiful ceramic decorations its still being entirely preserved. 

The bullring Les Arenes is also exceptional because is one of the few buildings of Barcelona having a Moorish Art style in its decoration and structure.

Finally, if you want to wander around, we recommend you to get close to the public park located behind the Bullring.

This is a huge and very nice park, named Parc de L' escorxador , where can be seen the original sculpture by Joan Miró called Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird).