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Barcelona Area Guide: Plaça España

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Museu Nacional d' Art de Catalunya near Plaça España.
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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Location map showing España station in Barcelona, Spain

Villa Emilia Hotel
Ayre Gran Via Hotel Barcelona
Catalonia Roma Hotel
H10 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.

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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
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
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.

Accommodation 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.

MetroMetro:España (Green Line, L3)
MetroMetro: 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, H12, H16

Car parking

Luggage Storage

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