Placa Catalunya (which simply translates as Catalonia Square in Catalan) is considered the geographical heart of Barcelona. It is situated at the top of the Old Town where it meets the newer 19th century district of L'Eixample and is also where the renowned La Rambla avenue begins on one side and the nearly-as-famous Passeig de Gracia starts on the other. The square itself has limited historical significance, but thanks to its central location, size (50,000 square metres) and name it has taken on a political significance for shows of Catalan identity, none more so than victories of the FC Barcelona football team. Visitors will enjoy the plants, statues and fountains, although pigeons, tramps and zonked-out backpackers limit any ambitions of the Placa being an idyllic space.
The ice rink is up and running! Good times!
reviewed by Debs from United States on Dec.18.2013
Great pillow fight here on Sunday! Unbelievable. Love the random stuff that happens in ths city!
reviewed by Jess from United States on Apr.05.2011
Not the most beautiful square in Barcelona but full of life. Unfortunately there are a lot of drug dealers here but it is not really dangerous
reviewed by Devon from United Kingdom on Aug.04.2010
After a Barca victory everyone comes here to get drunk and celebrate. It starts off well but inevitably ends with trashing the place and clashes with the police. I advise if you go to celebrate a win in a big game to go soon after the match and not stay til the end when things can get out of hand.
reviewed by Larry from United States on Dec.01.2009