Thursday, 29 May 2014

Barcelona: Plaça de Catalunya

Right in the heart of Barcelona is a square akin to London's Trafalgar Square. Both places are big squares or plazas, pedestrianised areas, has its fair share of pigeons and fountains inside. While London has Trafalgar Square, I could quite happily swap it for Barcelona's Plaza Catalunya.

Whether you call it Plaza Catalunya, Plaça de Catalunya or its original name of Catalan Plaça de Catalunya, it is one of the largest squares in Spain and represents the heart of the old city, and as such, it comes with close proximity to some of Barcelona's important roads such as Las Ramblas, Paseo de Graca and Portal del Angel allowing you have easy access to the plaza both above ground via Barcelona's network of buses and taxis. For easy access to Barcelona airport, it also serves as the start and end route for the two airport buses - Aerobus 1 for Terminal 1 and Aerobus 2 for Terminal 2, both reaching the airport in around 35minutes for less €6 each way. Below ground gives way to Catalunya metro station, the biggest connecting station on the metro network. 
At the time of writing, TripAdvisor rates the square of Barcelona as 67 of 316 attractions in Barcelona on the basis of 462 reviews - link hereWith the extensive transport connections, the plaza is a great spot for starting your day, using it as a local landmark or use it as the starting point of your stroll around the city. You can see several local amenities such as banks, bars and shopping areas close to the plaza. What is beautiful about this attraction is how it links the old and new Barcelona as Ciutat Vella (the Old City) meets the more recent area of L'Eixample of the 19th century allowing you to view modern shopping centres alongside the old traditional buildings of Barcelona. 
The distinct lack of benches in the inner circle gives way to a space used for local attractions and shows with performances being showcased from time to time. There is a little kiosk in the middle of the plaza where you can buy bird seed to feed the pigeons or sit on the wayside with the sun on your back and just watch the world go by. 

Address: Parc de Catalunya, Sabadell, Gothic Quarter, Raval & La Ribera, 08206, Barcelona, Spain - (Eixample)

N.B. My previous twitter name was @LDNgirl788 and I edited these photos when I was under this alias - this has since been changed to @londongirldiana

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