Espanya: Plaça España Guide – Barcelona

Plaça España Guide – Barcelona

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Museum Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya near Plaça España

Plaça España is a lovely plaza just out of the centre of town, where many of the main roads in Barcelona, such as Gran Via and Paral.lel intersect. It is also home to Barcelona’s old bull-fighting ring which has now been converted into the Las Arenas de Barcelona commercial centre.

Map showing exact location of Plaça España station

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Villa Emilia Hotel

Ayre Gran Via Hotel Barcelona

Catalonia Roma Hotel

h20 Itaca Hotel

Expo Hotel Barcelona

InterContinental Barcelona Hotel

Evenia Rocafort Hotel

Vilamarí Hotel

BCN Montjuïc Hotel

Hotel Brick Barcelona

Acta Azul Hotel

Caledonian Hotel

Catalonia Hotel Barcelona

B Hotel Barcelona

Sant Angelo Hotel

Poble Espanyol
Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13

Parc de Joan Miró
Carrer d’Arago, 2

Caixa Forum
Avenida de Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 6-8

Plaça España

Barcelona Pavilion
Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Plaça de Carles Buigas, 1

Centro Comercial Arenas de Barcelona
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373 – 385

Hostafrancs Metro

Poble Sec Metro

Tarragona Metro

España Metro

España Metro

Rocafort Metro

BSM Ciutat del Teatre Car Park

PLAFER Abanto Car Park

Mercat Hostafrancs Car Park

Monterrey Car Park

NN Rocafort Car Park

Entenca Car Park

SABA BAMSA Valencia – Calabria Car Park

NN Tarragona Car Park

Gran Via Car Park

BSM Rius i Taulet Car Park

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One of the main reasons to visit Plaça España is the Palau Nacional Art de Catalunya, (MNAC), which is the Museum of Catalan art, stands regally up on the side of Montjuïc. It’s stunning and there is never a better time to see it than when it is lit up at night with the Magic Fountain in front.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic Fountain is a free music and light show that is not to be missed. a fantastic display of water, light and music brings Montjuïc alive at night. Hundreds of people go to enjoy the Magic Fountain performances and if you decide to go it will be one of the highlights of your visit to Barcelona. Please note that the Magic Fountain only has performances on certain evenings. We have provided the show times below.

Performance times for the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc:

Month Day Time
01 June – 30 September Wednesday – Sunday 21:30 – 22:30
01 October – 10 October Thursday – Saturday 21:00 – 22:00
11 October – 21 December Monday – Sunday Closed
22 December – 31 March Thursday – Saturday 20:00 – 21:00

Plaça España

If you walk between the two giant towers at Plaça España and continue past the Fira conference centre, then turn right just before the steps up to the Museum Nacional Art de Catalunya you will find the Caixa Forum which is a large, spacious art museum which always has a good and varied program and entrance is free.

Plaça España towers

Go on a little further and you will see the Mies Van de Rohe Pavilion which was architecturally far beyond it’s time when it was built in 1929. Keep on going and there is Poble Espanyol that, like the Pavilion was built in 1929 for the World Fair. Poble Espanyol is a strange village of houses built to represent the architectural styles of the different parts of Spain. There are restaurants, craft shops and a museum of modern art. During the night several bars and clubs make the area come alive.

Poble Espanyol entrance fee: €14.00

There is also a bar up on Montjuïc called Casa de Migdia, it has gorgeous views out to see and a chilled Café del Mar atmosphere. It’s probably best to take a taxi if you don’t want to have to walk quite a way up hill, ask for the Mirador del Migdia and it’s a 2 minute walk away.

If you would prefer to dine in
Plaça España
itself there are a number of restaurants outside of Las Arenas de Barcelona commercial centre. One other idea might be to go to the top floor of Las Arenas de Barcelona where you can enjoy a fantastic bird’s eye view Montjuïc. After this you could dine at any one of the many restaurants that are at the top floor of the Las Arenas. The restaurants are situated all the way around the circumference of the Las Arenas de Barcelona. You have quite a choice
of different cuisines to choose from. This could be a romantic way to close of the day.

Plaça España for business shows and events

Plaça España is also home to the Fira de Montjuïc conference centre which are large conference halls that are host to both business and non business conferences.

Hotels Near Plaça España

B Hotel Barcelona – 3 stars
Catalonia Hotel Barcelona – 4 stars
InterContinental Barcelona Hotel – 5 stars

Arriving at Plaça España from Barcelona airport

If you are arriving from Barcelona airport the following buses all have a stop a Plaça España.

Aerobus express bus service
TMB bus No. 46 Airport bus
N18 and N17 night buses from Barcelona airport

How to get to Plaça España

Plaça España is well connected to the centre of Barcelona by metro. The centre of town is a 10 minute ride away, or you could walk there is 30-40 minutes. Sants Estació is also a 15 minute walk away. Barcelona Sants is one of Barcelona’s main train stations and has direct trains to the airport and to places like Sitges on the coast.

Both the red line and green line metro have a metro station at Plaça España as well as the pink FGC line 8.

Metro:España (Green Line, L3)
Metro: España (Red Line, L1)
FGC: España (Pink Line, L8)

Hop on hop off sightseeing tourist bus stop

Nearest stop for Plaça España is “Plaça España” with the “hop on hop off” sightseeing bus

Public bus

Plaça Espanya: 13, 23, 30, 37, 46, 50, 65, 79, 91, 109, h22, h26

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About Spain

Author: ABC of Spain

Spain in numbers: General information
Area: 505.944 sq. km
Population of Spain: about 48 million people (recorded 47.100.396 people in 2019)
Official language of Spain: Castilian Spanish 0016, “castellano”), Basque, Galician, and Catalan (Cat. català has the status of an official regional language.

Capital of Spain: Madrid
Government of Spain: Constitutional Monarchy
Head of State in Spain: According to the Spanish Constitution of 1978, the head of state in Spain is the King of Spain. The current head of state in Spain is King Felipe VI.
Prime Minister: Pedro Sanchez

About Spain

Spain is one of the most colorful and interesting countries in Europe, which has a rich history and attracts tens of millions of tourists every year. Legend has it that its name comes from the Phoenician word “shpan” , or “span” , which means “rabbit” in translation. The fact is that when the Phoenicians first came to the Spanish coast, they were struck by the number of these animals, which literally teemed with all the bushes.

There are less funny versions of the origin of the word “Spain”. In particular, the following is popular: the Greeks called these lands western , which was written in their language as “Hesperia” . And from here it is not far to “Hispania” .

Of course, each such version deserves attention. But most visitors to the country do not ask such questions. It is important for them that this Pyrenean state has a warm climate, many attractions and a very hospitable and friendly population. So, every trip here can turn into a real holiday.

The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Spain. This state, which occupies almost the entire Iberian Peninsula, is today member of the European Union . In terms of size, it ranks fourth in Europe . The capital is the city of Madrid.

Country is washed by the Mediterranean Sea in the east and by the Atlantic Ocean in the west. By land, it borders with Gibraltar, Portugal, Andorra, France and Morocco. The climate of the Spanish Kingdom is considered to be one of the warmest in Western Europe . The population of the state is about 48 million people. According to currently available data, about 10.7% of the country’s residents are immigrants. The official language of the kingdom is Spanish.

As for the state structure, the constitutional monarchy is recognized as the form of government. King Philip IV is the head of state. Unlike the monarchs of a number of other European countries, the Spanish king takes a very active part in the life of the kingdom.

The territory of the country is divided into 17 autonomies , each of which has its own government and parliament.

Statistics show that 90,003 69.2% of the inhabitants of the kingdom are Catholics. A few years ago same-sex marriages were legal here.

The largest cities in Spain are its capital Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Seville, Malaga.

Since the country is a member of the EU, the role of its official currency since 2002 has been played by euro , which replaced the Spanish peseta.

The number of sunny days in the year in the kingdom is usually at least 280. Many regions of the country can be called very dry. It is not surprising that the only desert in Europe is located here: this is Tabernas Desert , which is located on the territory of Andalusia.

The coastline of Spain stretches for almost 5 thousand kilometers , and the number of beaches in the country is about two hundred. There is no doubt: all those tens of millions of tourists who come to the kingdom every year will definitely find a place under the hot Spanish sun.

Spain: all the fun

Of course, dry statistics cannot give any idea of ​​what Spain really is. Bright and festive, amazing and unpredictable, original and capricious, this country is unlike any other.

It is no coincidence that many of those who have been here once come here again and again. Firstly, in one trip you cannot see even a tenth of what any Spanish city can boast of. And secondly, most of the guests of the kingdom simply fall in love with its nature, cuisine, sights and people. Having been here once, you definitely want to return and spend a few more days on blessed Spanish soil.

The country opens up to every tourist from an unexpected side. And each of its guests will definitely find something to their liking. If you want to go to the beach, you are welcome: there are dozens and hundreds of beaches on the Mediterranean coast, and a significant part of them are crowned with a blue flag of European quality. If you want to shop, there are numerous shopping centers, entire shopping streets, boutiques and souvenir shops at your service, which abound in any Spanish resort. If you want to enjoy cultural leisure – a direct road to museums, theaters, and just to the city streets, many of which are real architectural monuments of past eras. And the patio, that is, the courtyards of Cordoba, has even been recognized as a UNESCO cultural heritage site!

Spaniards themselves deserve a separate discussion. There are few places where people know how to enjoy life so much and turn ordinary weekdays into a holiday. Maybe that’s why the Spaniards are far from the glory of the most hardworking peoples of the world – but they do not aspire to it.

Perhaps, if the people of Spain knew our popular proverb, they would certainly change it in their own way: “Never do today what you can leave for tomorrow.” True, Spanish “mañana” (tomorrow) often turns into several days and even several weeks. But this does not bother anyone, because in the hot local climate, no one wants to rush anywhere.

Such slowness at first surprises the guests of the country. But having lived here longer, one can find undoubted charm in such a way of life. Indeed, the Spaniards, as a rule, have little to worry about, despite their undoubted southern temperament. They are happy with every day they live and are grateful to life for any gift, even if it is such a trifle as a good dinner or a pleasant conversation with friends.

Perhaps it is the Spanish serenity that is one of the reasons why The kingdom has been one of the first places for many years in terms of life expectancy of the population . On average, women live here up to 85 years , and men – up to 82.4 years . This is incomparable with Russian indicators – 75 years for women and 63 years for men. Is it any wonder that small quiet Spanish resort towns have long been chosen by European old men and women who buy housing here and stay to live out their days under the warm sun of the kingdom.

The Spaniards at one time conquered vast territories – but at the same time this country did not take an official part in any of the major modern wars. But its civil war claimed the lives of more than half a million people.

Some Spanish laws may seem surprising. For example, it is allowed to grow cannabis here if it is done for personal use . In the country, 90,003 same-sex marriages are legal.

The Kingdom is the only country in Europe where “there are many wild monkeys in the forests” : only here macaques live in natural conditions. In no other European state, primates managed to survive.

Speaking of Spain, of course, one cannot fail to mention bullfighting and bull racing . It is believed that the age of bullfighting is about a thousand years. True, bullfights are not held today in all Spanish cities. Nevertheless, this action invariably attracts the attention of both the inhabitants of the country and its guests, as it is unique in its entertainment and intensity of passions. It is also worth mentioning the bull races, which are traditionally held on in July on St. Fermin’s Day . It is believed that at least a million people visit them every year.

Of course, the art of flamenco deserves special mention, the basis of which, according to scientists, was laid by the gypsies. By the way, about half a million representatives of this nomadic tribe still live in the country today. Many of those who come to the kingdom consider it their duty to visit one of the flamenco performances, where the long-term experience of the performers results in sparkling improvisations, a dance that is born right before the eyes of the audience and cannot leave anyone indifferent.

What about Spanish cuisine? The name of each dish sounds like a song here, and the taste of even the simplest products prepared according to local recipes can be truly unforgettable! It is not surprising that this particular country is the undoubted leader in Europe in terms of the number of catering establishments. According to statistics, there are more than 270 thousand of them here, and each of them pleases visitors with its own specialties, most of which will be national.

It is believed that the Spaniards are great gourmets and always want to eat well. They know how and love to cook, so many Spanish restaurants and chefs have been awarded the prestigious Michelin gastronomic quality stars. Spanish dishes such as paella, jamon, gazpacho, tapas are popular all over the world.

Spain is known not only as the country of flamenco and bullfighting, but also as the country of oranges . Bright orange fruits are grown in many regions of the country, but most orange groves in Valencia . The country is one of the European leaders in the cultivation and export of oranges. The fruits of the orange tree are for the Spaniards a symbol of happiness and love. No wonder since ancient times there has been a custom here to decorate the bride’s hairstyle with orange flowers.

Between Spain and Russia there have long been stable ties. The Spaniards have not forgotten the help that our country provided to the kingdom and its inhabitants during the years of the civil war. The attitude towards Russian tourists here is traditionally friendly. And considering how affordable trips to Spanish resorts have become in recent years, it is not surprising that hundreds of thousands of our compatriots go here to relax every year. Many of them return to this Pyrenean country again and again, and there are many who decide to buy a house or apartment here and spend more time near the warm Spanish sea. It is worth noting that real estate in the kingdom today is very affordable, and thousands of Russians have already acquired a second home in one of the Spanish cities.

Have you been to Spain yet? Then you can be envied, because you have yet to travel to this amazing country, in which many interesting discoveries will certainly await everyone!

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