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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  • August 20, 2017
    ...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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  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 19, 2017
    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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  • Stop here for a drink or a meal while you ramble the rambla. Plenty of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. In the evening expect it to be lively with street performers and street vendors, but its part of the atmosphere.
  • Large open plaza with a lot of restaurants and cafes. A good place to people-watch just off La Rambla.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to people watch in Barcelona. All walks of life there. Nice place to get a beer and chill for a few hours.

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