There is a very interesting tourist attraction in the city of Barcelona: the Plaza Cataluña, which is an important point where the old part of the city (Barri Gòtic) meets the new town (Eixample).
In addition, Plaça Catalunya is a place from which several of Barcelona's main arteries emanate, which is why it is a compulsory stop for both tourists and the city's residents when heading to different destinations in the city.
Around the beautiful Plaza Cataluña there are numerous shops, shopping centres, banks, hotels, bars and restaurants, which is why it is an ideal place for entertainment, leisure with friends, as well as a perfect place for exhibitions, concerts and other interesting activities.
One of the most interesting aspects of Plaza Cataluña is that it is always lively, no matter what time of day it is, so it usually seems quite busy. From the terrace where the cafeteria of the El Corte Inglés shopping centre is located, you have a good overview of the square.
There are also a number of monuments and sculptures to see here, including important works by Catalan masters such as Eusebi Arnau, Josep Subirachs and Josep Clarà. You can also sit down for a while on the grass or on one of the benches in the square to take in the main sights.
On one side of the square is Passeig de Gràcia, where you can admire the beauty of the contemporary architecture of the Eixample district, where Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, two great works by Antoni Gaudí, are located.
The large central square, Plaça de Catalunya, often hosts festivals and other events. On Catalonia Day, which takes place every year on 11 September, there are free concerts. The square also hosts live music concerts during the La Mercé festival, which takes place in September in honour of Barcelona's patron saint.
If you want to go shopping or just watch the hustle and bustle of people in this square, considered the heart of Barcelona, you have two options: take the Metro Catalunya, lines 1 and 3. You can also get there by Aerobus A1 and Aerobus A2. Another option is to take bus lines 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 28, 41, 42, 55, 58, 59, 62, 66, 67, 68 and 141.
Near Plaza Cataluña you can find some interesting places for a day out with friends, family or your partner. The Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre is only 453 metres away, the Palace of Catalan Music 463 metres, the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum 503 metres, the Barcelona Modernism Museum 586 metres or the Barcelona Cathedral 602 metres.