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Do you know the history behind Barcelona’s Plaza de España?

By | 21 August, 2018 | 0 comments

Without doubt, one of the most symbolic places in all of Barcelona has to be Plaza de España. If you’re heading to Barcelona any time soon, whether as part of a business trip or on a sightseeing holiday, we recommend you visit this one of the city’s busiest corners.

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The origins of Barcelona’s Plaza de España: understanding its history

One of the biggest squares in the whole country, it was built for the 1929 world exhibition. Since then, it has gone on to become a symbol of Barcelona to everyone who visits.

Its construction was planned as part of the Eixample project, with architects Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Guillem Busquets responsible for carrying out the design and building work, although it was Antoni Darder in 1926 who finally completed the square.

What to see at Plaza de España in Barcelona

The square stands at something of a crossroads, connecting you to several streets from where you can access lots of Barcelona’s top attractions. Calle Tarragona, Gran Vía de las Cortes Catalanas, Calle Creu Coberta, Avenida del Paralelo, and Avenida Reina María Cristina, from which you can head into the Montjuïc area.

One of the most popular attractions is Torres Venecianas o Campaniles, which were inspired by the San Marcos Towers in the Italian city of Venice, at the top of Avenida Reina María Cristina.

The central fountain is another of Plaza de España’s most famous features, created by Josep María Jujol, it represents the significance of Spain’s rivers and maritime heritage.

From the square, you can also easily access some of the other most-visited fountains in Barcelona. Between Plaza de España and the Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña, you’ll find the magical fountain of Montjuïc, where you can witness some spectacular tricks of light and water.

At HCC Hotels, we encourage everyone to visit as many of Barcelona’s most special places as they can possibly squeeze in, helping make your trip to the city a truly unforgettable experience.

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