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Barcelona Area Guide: Plaça Espanya

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Museu Nacional d' Art de Catalunya near Plaça Espanya.
Museum Nacional d' Art de Catalunya near Plaça Espanya
Plaça Espanya 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.

One of the main reasons to visit Plaça Espanya 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:

Schedule: 2016
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

07 January - 18 February: Closed
19 February - 31 March, Friday and Saturday: 19:00 - 20:30
01 April - 28 May, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 21:00 - 22:30
01 June - 23 September, Thursday Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 21:30 - 23:00

23, 24 and 25 September, La Mercè

29 September - 30 September, Thursday and Friday : 21:30 - 23:00
01 October - 31 October, Friday and Saturday: 21:00 - 22:30
01 November - 06 January, Friday and Saturday: 19:00 - 20:30

Plaça Espanya
Plaça Espanya
If you walk between the two giant towers at Placa Espanya 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.

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. Entrance is  €13.00  and there are restaurants, craft shops and a museum of modern art. During the night several bars and clubs make the area come alive.

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 Espanya 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 Montjuic. 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.

Placa Espanya for business shows and events

Placa Espanya 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.

Accommodation Hotels Near Plaça Espanya

B Hotel Barcelona - 3 stars
Catalonia Hotel Barcelona - 4 stars
Fira Palace Hotel - 4 stars

Arriving at Plaça Espanya from Barcelona airport

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

Aerobus express bus service
TMB bus No. 46 Airport bus
N16 and N17 night buses from Barcelona airport

How to get to Plaça Espanya

Plaça Espanya 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 Estacio 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 Espanya as well as the pink FGC line 8.

MetroMetro: Espanya (Green Line, L3)
MetroMetro: Espanya (Red Line, L1)
FGC: Espanya (Pink Line, L8)

Car Park Car parking at Plaça Espanya

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