Plaza España is one of the most important squares in town, gateway to the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, one of the newest shopping centers in Barcelona and a major transport hub. It’s one of the biggest touristic places of the city, hosting many attractions and places of interest. Want to know what to see in Plaza España? Take a look!
Things to do in Plaza España
One of the highlights In Plaza España, The Magic Fountain is one of the greatest shows in town, a beautiful display of water, lights and music. The best part: the show is completely free.
Designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exhibition, it became a model for the International Style, which turned into the most popular architectural trend in the 20th century. It’s one of the biggest architectural landmarks in the world.
A former bullring left to oblivion, it was recovered and turned into a high-tech shopping mall on the inside, while retaining the original facade on the outside. Besides the large array of shops and restaurants, there is a state-of-the-art gym and spa, a cinema and the terrace on the last floor overlooking the square.
MNAC-Museu Nacional D’Art de Catalunya
Free entrance with the Barcelona Museum Pass. Located on the Montjüic hill, the MNAC building was originally built for the 1929 Exhibition as well, and today it displays a large amount of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance collections, definitely one of the best museums in Barcelona.
Poble Espanyol is an open air museum of Spanish architecture, reproducing famous buildings and streets from all over Spain, all packed in the same location. The museum is filled with typical Spanish handcrafts stores, souvenirs, and from time to time, concerts and exhibitions.
Art museum designed by famed architect Arata Isosaki, in a former textile factory and sponsored by a Barcelona based bank. Features exhibits ranging from classic paintings, to avant garde installations, and also hosts music concerts and alternative cinema.
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How to get to Plaza España
The Plaza España square is served by two Metro lines with direct access from the city center. L1 (red) is just 4 stations away from Plaza Cataluña and L3 (green) is just 3 stations away from Maremagnum.
Buses 13, 50, 91 and H12 take you directly to Plaza España. You can take bus #50 if you’re in Sagrada Familia for example and bus H12 is also a great option as it connects Plaza España with many other Barcelona landmarks such as Agbar Tower.
Photo Credit Poble Espanyol: bjaglin
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