University Square
Plaça Universitat

The University Square (Plaça Universitat in Catalan) is a square located in the center of Barcelona. It received its name because in the north side of the square is located the historic building from the University of Barcelona. Plaça Universitat belongs to the district of l'Eixample, being at the end of this, on the far from which begins the Raval district belonging to Ciutat Vella, Barcelona’s Old Town.

Fachada principal de la Universidad de Barcelona en plaza Universitat

A little bit of guidance from University Square

If the visitor is located in the center of the square, looking northwards, will have in front of him an XIX century building belonging to the University of Barcelona. You can get into the building and visit it. Inside you'll find beautiful gardens. On the left side of this building, go up the Aribau street, which delves into the Eixample district and just a little higher up the Diagonal Avenue.

Vista desde la plaza Universidad

On the right side of the university the street where the cars come down is Balmes street. It is a very important street in Barcelona, that connects the top of the city with the old town (Ciutat Vella). If you walk through this street to the north, you will reach the John F. Kennedy Square, where you will find the Tramvia Blau (Blue Tram) that takes you to the station of the cable railway that takes you to the Tibidabo Amusement Park. Although if you go walking, it would be a fairly long walk.

The big street passing right by the University Square, is the Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes (simply called Gran Vía). Walking to the west side will lead you to Plaça d’Espanya (Spain Square), whereas if you walk towards the east side, you will pass first by Plaça Tetuan and beyond up to Plaça de les Glories Catalanes where the Agbar Tower is.

Plaza Universidad

If instead you are looking north, you give swing and leave the university behind you, you will see three wide streets. The one furthest to the left is Ronda Universitat and takes you directly to Catalonia Square (Plaça de Catalunya) up to Rambla Catalunya. Touching Ronda Universitat, you will see Pelayo street, which also leads to Plaça de Catalunya but at the beginning of La Rambla. This street is very commercial and you should go through it if you have not done already. The third street you will see, is on the right side and is named Ronda Sant Antoni. This street is also quite commercial and if you walk through it, you'll be walking around the edges of the Raval neighborhood.

How to get to University Square

Plaça Universitat is ten minutes walking from Plaça Catalunya. In the square, you will find almost all buses running down the Gran Vía, in addition there is a metro station named Universitat, corresponding to metro lines L1 and L2.

Anyway, being in the area of Plaça Catalunya, it is easy that walking a little, you get the Plaça Universitat.

Related Links

Wikipedia Español English
Universitat de Barcelona Español English
Jardines de la Universidad Español English
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