Nightlife Area / Square
Party Earth Review Much of the life in the trendy residential district of Gràcia revolves around the many squares nestled among the area’s narrow streets. The most famous of these charming squares is Plaça de Sol, located in the heart of the district and surrounded on all sides by bars and restaurants. At its liveliest on warm spring and ... more
Plaça del Sol
Outdoor Activity / Square
Party Earth Review A bullring turned shopping center, a “magic” fountain, a famed museum, and beautiful parks can all be found around Plaça d’Espanya, easily one of the liveliest squares in Barcelona. The several major thoroughfares that connect here mean there’s a constant buzz of traffic around the square itself, which is anchored by a ... more
Plaça d'Espanya, 1
Landmark / Plaza
Reviewed by sam s.
"My Take: Gracia was originally a separate city from Barcelona. Plaça de la Vila de Gracia, which was originally named Plaça Rius i Taulet, was built w ..." more
Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia
Party Earth Review Inaugurated in 1995, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is a vast white temple to modern art designed by American architect Richard Meier, but it’s the space around the building, including the Plaça dels Àngels, which has become a daily hangout for hordes of young people ... more
Plaça dels Àngels
Nightlife Area / Square
Party Earth Review Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Las Ramblas is Plaça Reial, a charming square that captures the essence of daily life in Barcelona. An elegant fountain forms the centerpiece of this vibrant spot, where it’s easy to see all the activity, watch the cosmopolitan mix of people come and go, or catch some impromptu ... more
Party Earth Review Calmer and more sophisticated than the likes of Plaça Reial or Port Olimpic, Passeig del Born is the central square of the Born district and yet another hub of Barcelona nightlife – but this one boasts the highest concentration of bars in the city. Once the site of medieval jousting tournaments, the rectangular area is ... more
Passeig del Born
Landmark / Plaza
Reviewed by Ernst B.
"Placa de Sant Felip Neri is possibly one of area Gothic’s best kept secrets – a romantic square with a tragic and chilling history. Both tourists and ..." more
Plaça Sant Felip Neri
Outdoor Activity / Plaza
Party Earth Review First-time visitors looking for the perfect place to begin their explorations of Barcelona will do well at Plaça Catalunya, an enormous and centrally located square. The historic Barri Gòtic, the bustling and gritty El Raval, and the sprawling expanse of L’Eixample all meet here, as do more than ... more
Plaça Catalunya, 1
There certainly are a handful of parks around the city, but Barcelona isn’t particularly known for its abundance of green space. That’s where the Barcelona plazas come in, serving as social centers in neighborhoods all over the city.
The plazas serve a number of purposes in the city. First, they make for a perfect meet-up spot. Second, they’re usually surrounded by places to eat, drink, or shop, so they’re great launching grounds for whatever lies ahead. And third, they provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
One of the most famous plazas in Barcelona is Plaça Reial in Barri Gòtic. Here, passersby can witness the essence of Barcelona life as a mix of people come and go, or laze away under the palm trees and old-fashioned street lights. The square serves as a great meet-up spot as it’s surrounded by clubs, restaurants, cafés, and hotels.
Other popular plazas are Plaça de Sol, Plaça dels Àngels, and Passeig del Born, where casual locals chill out, shop, or eat during the day, and where revelers get together to hang out before a long night of partying.
Whichever plaza or area you decide to hang out in, there will always be something to do, whether it’s eating, drinking, shopping, or simply doing nothing and watching the world pass on by.