Catalunya is the name of the nation established towards the end of tenth century and presently made-up of more than seven million inhabitants. It has four provinces—Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida and Girona—and forty one districts and its capital is the city of Barcelona. The city’s privileged position, on the Eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula on the shore of the Mediterranean, has always benefited tourism and communications in the area. The square was finally inaugurated by Alfons XIII in 1927.
|The neighbors recommend|
|Restaurant ELS 4 GATS
Carrer de Montsió, 3
Phone 933 024 140
For those who love places with tradition I recommend this café-restaurant that opened its doors in 1897 in a locale in the Casa Martí of Josep Puig i Cadafalch. For many years this place attracted many of Modernist and Post-modernist artists and intellectual. Characters such as Pere Romeu, Santiago Russiñol, Rubén Dario or Picasso have passed through this emblematic bar.
|Places of interest
|At one end of the plaça is a monument dedicated to Francesc Macià, President of the Generalitat, who proclaimed the Catalan Republic in 1931. This monument is a work by Josep Maria Subirachs and symbolizes the projection of Catalonia into the future. Very close, in the pond that is in the plaça, we find the feminine statue the Deessa, a copy Richard Sala did of Josep Clarà’s original 1909 sculpture, which is in the vestibule of the Town Hall. This is the entrance to the old Barcelona. Its location gives you a wide range of possibilities. Perhaps the best is to “ramblear” (stroll down the ramblas) and see what you might find.
A note: Very close to the plaça, and just at the start of the Ramblas, is the emblematic Font de Canaletes, the fountain where the barcelonistas celebrate the Futbol Club Barcelona’s victories. Legend has it, that whoever drinks water from this fountain will return to Barcelona, that is if they can resist its taste…
OFICINA CENTRAL DE TURISME DE BARCELONA
CONVENT DEL ÀNGELS
Font de CANALETES
|BIBLIOTECA DE CATALUNYA
Carrer de l’Hospital, 56
Phone 932 702 300
With a membership card or a temporary pass, you can enter in this wonderful building, a masterpiece of the gothic art of the XV-XVIII century.