Plaça Reial is a public space in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona (SpainCatalonia) that includes the architectural ensemble of the same name, listed as a cultural asset of local interest.

Nowadays, it is a meeting point for a very heterogeneous audience, because it is a place to sit and have drinks outdoors on the terraces under the arcades that surround it. At night, it is also quite common to find people there, since in it is surrounded with bars and places to dance and listen to music. In addition, on Sunday mornings, it is the scene of the coin and stamp collectors’ market.

The Festa Major de Barcelona is one of the places chosen to hold the typical dances and one of the stages of the BAM Parallel Music Festival.

It is a square with a neoclassical porticoed rectangular plan, like a version of the traditional Spanish plaza mayor, connected by streets and passages that lead to the Rambla, Carrer de Ferran and Carrer dels Escudellers, built on the site of the seized convent of the Capuchins. The style of the facades of the buildings is Elizabethan; the balconies alternate with the pilasters on the porticoed ground floor. In the entablature, there is a slightly set back attic, where the cornice is a balustrade. This order in the facades is only broken by the Passage de Bacardí, the first covered passage in Barcelona and the open passage of Madoz.

The Square’s lamp posts were designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

GPS coordinates: 41.380°N 2.175°E

Nearest Barcelona Metro: Liceu (on L3)

Barcelona full guide

TOP architectural objects

Barcelona museums

Barcelona monuments

Barcelona parks

Barcelona beaches

Barcelona restaurants

Barcelona shopping

Barcelona theaters and entertainment

Barcelona FC and sport infrastructure

Barcelona city card

Barcelona transport

Barcelona administrative division

Barcelona climate

See also Catalan travel guide

See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also France travel guide

See also Spain travel guide

Read more: Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch ...