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Placa Espanya, Barcelona

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All roads in Barcelona seemingly lead to Placa Espanya. Well, at least its major thoroughfares meet here. But the main draw remains the grand monuments that dot the square. Crane your neck at the 47 m (154 ft) Venetian Towers, wander the Arenas de Barcelona shopping center, inside a former Moorish Revival-style bullring, and, if the weather's right, kick back in Parc de Joan Miró, named after the renowned Catalán artist whose 22 m (72 ft) Woman and Bird statue sits on one of the park's corner. Ride an elevator to the top of the shopping center for views of the plaza. Before you head to Barcelona, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Barcelona trip builder, to make sure you see all that Barcelona has to offer, including Placa Espanya.
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  • You can not miss these experience when you are in Barcelona, these water dance along the streets during night, along the music and vivid colors are amazing  more »
  • Worth going along in the evening to watch the fountains reach amazing heights to music! It can get really crowded so get there a little earlier to get a good spot  more »
  • Spend a few happy hours in this replica of an authentic Spanish Village. Plenty to see and some very good eating experiences. Many opportunities can be taken for lovely photos of your memories.  more »
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  • Very huge square, one of the biggest in the city! one of the main transportation hub and featuring many attractions: from the Venetian towers, to the magic fountain (by evening) and the Arenas! (bullring). So busy, almost caotic but a must to see!
  • This is one of those surreal places in the world that escapes perfect description. It's a very busy plaza with ever changing expositions, events, and shopping. The National Palace looms over the plaza and the Magic Fountain light show brightens the entire sky when it's on. Highly recommended for everyone.
  • Look out for thiefs and traffic. the place is crowded and much big so is hard to keep an eye of everything around. Lots of transports and routes pass trough here. Cowded no matter how you look at it. Lots of conventions block the fountain street regularly.
  • Important landmark of Barcelona. Fountains have a lightshow on some nights. A must when spending a few days in town.
  • Great place. The Arenas are close by and it's easy yo reach it by bus or metro.