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Placa Reial, Barcelona

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One of the most attractive and popular squares in Barcelona, Placa Reial dazzles with its architecture by day and entertains with its restaurants and nightclubs by night. Francesc Daniel Molina i Casamajó designed the plaza in the 19th century, and famed local architect Antoni Gaudí later created the lanterns that decorate it. All you really need to do is pull up a seat at a cafe, watch passersby, and soak up the atmosphere. Add Placa Reial to your Barcelona travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Barcelona trip itinerary maker.
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  • A lovely place to stroll, eat and drink off the Rambas day or night. Bars are cool and plenty of variety for eating, although some are overpriced, so shop around.  more »
  • We spent a pleasant afternoon drinking cavas (champagne) at one of the many outdoor cafes on the Placa. Tons of people milling about, some street performers and musicians (a tightrope act was very int...  more »
  • Just off La Rambla there's a small, but wonderful square (it can easily be missed, so be careful not to...). The buildings' look 'help' you step back in time and imagine the parties and festivals whic...  more »
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  • A great place to eat and people watch. Went in the off season so it wasn't too bad but it is definitely a tourist area and could be very busy in summer!! Food was good to average and prices were a bit high.
  • Beautiful square off the busy ramblas. Beware it gets very busy and does have a tourist vibe
  • When you walk through, take a moment to discover the ancient lamp posts designed by Antoni Gaudi. They are the original lamps from 1888
  • Great setting. Will be amazing in summer. Drank 4 beers outside after football and watched the world go by. 😀
  • Plaça Reial (in Spanish: Plaza Real, meaning "Royal Plaza") is a square in the Barri Gòtic of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It lies next to La Rambla and constitutes a well-known touristic attraction, especially at night. On the plaza are a large number of restaurants and some of the city's most famous nightclubs including Sidecar, Jamboree or Karma. It is also known for its many outdoor venues and is a popular meeting place during the summer and the annual La Mercè festival in September, when open-air concerts take place, and during other celebrations such as New Year's Eve, often being very crowded.