This charming 19th century square is just off the Ramblas and Carrer Ferran. It was the site of a Capuchin convent that was ... More
This charming 19th century square is just off the Ramblas and Carrer Ferran. It was the site of a Capuchin convent that was demolished in 1835 when Barcelona underwent a period of urban renewal. Architect Francesc Daniel Molina was put in charge of filling the vacant space. Plaça Reial has undergone a number of renovations since then. The street lamps in the shape of trees were designed by Antoni Gaudí. The Las Tres Gracias fountain in the center dates from the end of the 19th century. Now Plaça Reial is a meeting point for young people on their way to and from the nearby clubs and bars.
We spent five days in and around the area of Las Ramblas, mainly on the Pla�a Reial because our hotel was there. During the day we would get on the tube station that is right outside the square, and visit La Segrada Familia or other famous design structures by Gaudi. We would then return, and go for a meal, usually along Las Ramblas, which is probably one of the most busiest places in Barcelona, and then head back to Pla�a Reial for a quick night cap at a Bar called Glacier, cheap drinks and cheap food, and a drinking age of 17, what a great square. The entertainment from the buskers was also extremely good, and the market that comes every sunday is packed with fun and exciting things to look at.
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