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Catalunya Square, Barcelona
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Plaça de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city centre and the place where the old city (see Barri Gòtic and Raval, in Ciutat Vella) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet.Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet at Plaça Catalunya: Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla or Portal de l'Àngel, in addition to Ronda de Sant Pere, Carrer de Vergara or Carrer de Pelai. The plaza occupies an area of about 50,000 square metres. It is especially known for its fountains and statues, its proximity to some of Barcelona's most popular attractions, and for the flocks of pigeons that gather in the centre.HistoryAfter the medieval city walls were demolished in the 19th century, ambitious designs for the city's public spaces were conceived under the guidance of notable urban planners. Plaça Catalunya was conceived as part of pla Rovira in 1859, but no official permission from the government was given until the 1888 Universal Exposition. It was urbanised for the first time in 1902 and was further modified in 1929, on the occasion of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, which also included the construction of a metro station. Architect Francisco Nebot designed the changes made in 1929.
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  • Love this place to just sit and people watch. At night it really comes alive with atmosphere, especially if the fountains come on. Loads of places to eat nearby 
  • Excellent hotel,efficient,friendly& helpful staff.Food good with availability of snacks in the afternoon most welcome.Lovely bedroom with every facility. 
  • Visit the beautiful place, nice people great fun. Good food-you go and see:)
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  • Tons of good places to eat all around. This place acts pretty much like a hub for tourists as all the tour buses start from here. All of Gaudi's stuff is close by within walking distance as well.
  • Beautiful landmark at the end of La Rambla. Incredible, must see, fountain and sometimes the stage for Outdoor performances. The Link to the Airport (A1 / A2 - check your terminal). Great spot to use as a reference around town.
  • Amazing view, a lot of shops, always full of artists and people and they were also used to play chess near the fountain, during the summer. Probably this summer they're Finns do it again. It needs to be seen.
  • Cool plaza in the middle of the city. It is where you can see most of the hustle and bustle. There are a lot of birds and activity going on.
  • Great central meeting point in Barcelona. Easily accessible via the tube network and perfect place to start exploring from. Nice to sit and watch the world rush by...