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. For Placa Reial and beyond, use our Barcelona trip itinerary maker site to get the most from your Barcelona vacation.
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  • ...mit palm trees and fountains. Surrounded by great restaurants to the guests can invite. It should be for every taste here.
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  • This is a lovely square that we walked through once, and then went back to sit in a cafe for lunch. The food was fine, but really it was the sitting and watching and chatting that was the best. Two gr...  more »
  • This is a great place to go if you don't know what you want to eat. There are tons of restaurants in this plaza and it is a great place for kids to run around in. I went to a Flamenco show there that ...  more »

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