Plaça dels Àngels

Museum / Outdoor Activity / Plaza
Plaça dels Àngels 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... Barcelona Spain 41.3832592 2.1675084
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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... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Universitat

  • Hours:

    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Plaça dels Àngels Review

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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...

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.

Lit up by blinding white light from the museum, the plaza’s mix of flat paving, steps, and stone benches creates the perfect arena for an international crowd of skateboarders who aren't shy about practicing their tricks while like-minded spectators cheer them on from their perches on the surrounding walls.

Across the way, that CCCB cultural center reflects the backsides and heelflips of the skaters from its massive glass façade, and inside hosts a constantly varied range of events, exhibits, film series, festivals, and more.

A slightly older bohemian crowd fills the numerous café terraces around the museum’s periphery, sipping claras (beer with lemonade) and enjoying yet another warm Barcelona evening in laid-back company.

Hard to believe this area of El Raval was considered undesirable before the MACBA moved in, as Plaça dels Àngels is now part of one of the city’s coolest districts.

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Tip from Jonah:

Barcelona is full of flat pavements and tons of interesting urban spaces like Plaça dels Àngels, so people come from all over the world to skateboard through the city. Grab your board and join this global community.

  • Crowd

    Skaters from around the world and local artistic types who enjoy the alternative vibe, 15 to 35.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Abstract and contemporary art inside the museum, skateboarders outside. People-watching.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Tapas and bar food available at the surrounding cafés.

  • Prices

    Museum entry €7.50. Tapas €4+. Beer €2.50+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime from April to November. Best in the early summer evenings after the sun has gone down and the heat subsides.

Plaça dels Àngels User Reviews

Average rating:
Holy Hiatus
Ernst B. Nov 5, 2012
Once you’ve made it through the narrow streets and a myriad of shops selling the craziest things, the Placa dels Ángels is a breath of fresh air. Frequented by an array of different people (though the dominating species are skaters and the like), the placa serves as a mid-stop, or a hiatus for busy shoppers moving from one end of the suburb to the next. Feel free to chill at a nearby café and check out the slick moves of the plethora of skateboarders who roam the steps in front of the Museum of Modern Art (MACBA).
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