It can be considered the Plaça d'Espanya, as the main point of origin to visit the Montjuic Parc. Not the only one, but the most used because of its location, as it is at the confluence of the Avinguda Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Avinguda Paral.lel, Tarragona Street and Creu Coberta. The Plaça d'Espanya, is one of the best connected areas of Barcelona and one of the largest squares in Spain.
A little guidance
Assuming that the visitor is at the center of the square, facing the mountain of Montjuic, has in front of him the two Venetian towers characteristics of the Spain Square, facing the entrance to the Reina Maria Cristina avenue. This avenue has large halls on both sides, widely used in conventions, conferences and international fairs.
Once past the Reina María Cristina avenue (following a straight line), you can see some stairs and a fountain. It is the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, which periodically offers performances of water, light and music. If we keep looking straight, it can spot in a privileged position, the Palau Nacional (National Palace), home since 1934 of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) (the National Art Museum of Catalonia).
If the visitor is rotated 45 degrees to his left, he will see a wide avenue. It is the avinguda Paral.lel. It drives to the port. This avenue is known for its nightclubs and dance halls.
Turning a little to the left, takes the Gran Vía avenue (Avinguda Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes), if you walk this avenue straight, that will lead you to University Square (Plaça Universitat) in about half an hour walking, and to the Glories Square (Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes) in about half an hour.
But if the visitor rotates 180 degrees, that is, he turns around, he will see in front of him, a shopping center called Las Arenas, an old bullring. And straight, as if looking at Tibidabo (the mountain that is at the north of Barcelona), the Tarragona Street, that leads to the Sants Station (Estació de Sants) and beyond through the Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas, reach the Francesc Macia Square (Plaça Francesc Macià) and Diagonal Avenue (Avinguda Diagonal).
The visitor, while turning 45 more degrees, also to his left, will face the Creu Coberta Street, that enters the district of Sants, a working class and very commercial neighborhood.
And finally, turning 45 degrees, ie, on the right if you were in the starting position looking at Montjuic, has again Gran Via Avenue, but this time the segment that leads to Cerdà Square (Plaça Cerdà) and beyond to L'Hospitalet.
What to see in Plaça d'Espanya
It's a starting point to climb the mountain of Montjuic, either walking, particularly car or public transport. In the same square, there are two Venetian towers which are the gateway to the mountain.
The Sants neighborhood, may be interesting on a weekday, as it is full of life. There are trade and many people walking the streets.
But focusing the spotlight on the square, is the old bullring "Las Arenas" converted into a shopping center. The visitor will want to know that there are downstairs toilets, and restaurants at the top.
Downstairs, in addition to being a quiet place to have a coffee or a drink, there is also a supermarket, which means there is water and food for energy to recharge at a very affordable price.
This mall features on the outside of an elevator that goes up to a viewpoint. The elevator is paid and has a very interesting attraction. However, it is important to know that through the escalators inside the mall, you can go up to the same viewpoint that takes the elevator, but for free, without paying for it.
On the right side of Tarragona street (Carrer Tarragona), behind the mall, is the Joan Miró Park (popularly known as Parc de l'Escorxador). One of the green spaces of Barcelona's Eixample district, formerly a major slaughterhouses in the city.
Down to the park, there is a small artificial pond with sculpture Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird) by Joan Miró, an artist who died a few months after his inauguration and could not attend. This work is made using a technique called Trencadís, widely used in the Catalan modernism, which can be seen very clearly in the Parc Güell by Antoni Gaudí.
How to get to the Spain Square
The Spain Square is well connected by FGC and has two subway lines and several bus lines. The Bus Turistic (tourist bus) also stops at the square.
From Sants station, you can go perfectly walking, taking a walk through the Tarragona street about 15 minutes long. Sants Station offers numerous lines of RENFE / ADIF and line 3 and 5 of subway (Metro) and also many bus lines.
If the visitor is in the Catalonia Square (Plaça Catalunya), he can also go to Spain Square walking, but this time the way through Gran Via Avenue, will be about 30 minutes approximately.
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