Plaça Espanya is one of the most important junctions in Barcelona. The streets Gran Via, Parallel and Tarragona all meet at this enormous roundabout. The area is very well connected to the rest of Barcelona via buses and is only 10 minutes walking from Sants Train Station. Lines 1 and 3 of the metro system run underneath the square and there are threee lines of the FGC.
The square was built for the Barcelona International Exposition in 1929. It is the combined work of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the architect behind some of Barcelona’s famous modernist buildings such as “Casa Amatller”, and Guillem Busquets.
Two Venetian towers mark the beginning of Maria Christina Avenue which ends at Montjuic Mountain, one of Barcelona’s largest green areas. In this avenue you will findthe Catalan National Art Museum, La Fira Exhibition Centre and the Magic Fountain, where at night you can see spectacular light and music shows.
Another of the attractions of Plaça Espanya is the shopping centre, Las Arenas. The disused neomudejar style bullring was converted into a shopping centre complete with shops, restaurants and a panoramic walkway overlooking Barcelona and the square. Other areas of interest in the area include Parc Jaon Miró, presided over by an enormous sculpture of the famous Catalan artist; Caixa Forum, where free exhibitions and cultural activities are organised, the Mies van der Rohe Pavillion and Pueblo Espanyol with building representing the different architectural styles in Spain.
In the streets around Plaça Espanya there are numerous shops, restaurants and tapas bars. The area of Poble Sec is an interesting place for a night out.
This area of Barcelona is perfect for those coming to Barcelona for business, to participate in trade fairs, congresses and conferences since the area is handily located next to the Barcelona’s La Fira Exhibition Centre.