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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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  • This square is literally born to new life thanks to the work and the redesign following the 92 Olympics. shame that now risks being suffocated by restaurants that besiege literally. A nice walk under the arcades anyway deserves. .. If the tables of restaurants I would allow.
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  • Plaza bonita, cute cafés, but if we compare with other European squares, it's nothing special. You can't compare a Piazza San Marco (Venice) or praça do Comércio (Lisbon)
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  • Nothing special, just a square with the quite expensive coffee. Still very cosy one if you are for fine dining. 
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  • Great for eating during the day and for partying all night long. Prices are a little bit higher than other places but not bad.
  • Just thinking about this plaza makes me happy again. So many bars and restaurants at this plaza, street artists will perform some (impressive) acts, and the atmosphere is just amazing. Even if you don't want to eat, or to drink, it's recommended to just visit the plaza, as it looks gorgeous. However, just get a drink, and enjoy the view (I would recommend restaurant Arcano, which its review can be found on its page).
  • Yeah it's touristy, but its great to sit out with a few beers and sangria to watch the world go by in a beautiful setting.
  • Such a beautiful square but sadly jam packed with tourists. If you sit by one of the bars and restaurants make sure you keep your belongings safe!
  • very beautifyul squase in the Gothic neighborhood. Watch out for pickpockets at night