Barcelona’s squares

In Barcelona’s many squares you’ll come across large open spaces, designed for the enjoyment of the city’s residents, and you’ll see a great variety of monuments from many periods and of many styles, plus monumental fountains, gardens and historical buildings amongst so many other features.

Squares that you can’t miss

If you want to get to know the real Barcelona, as well as walking through the streets we would recommend that you take the time to do the same with Barcelona’s many historic squares that join up the streets and that will help to orientate the visitor who arrives in the city for the first time. Many of the squares are therefore well-known to tourists, with the most famous examples being the Plaça de Catalunya and the Plaça de Sant Jaume. Many other squares, however, are less well-known by tourists even by the end of their visit to Barcelona, and this is in spite of their great charm and historical significance. This is definitely the case with the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, as well as the Plaça del Rey, which undoubtedly have to be two of the most beautiful and charming squares in Barcelona, and it’s a shame that tourists often miss out on the experience of seeing them.

There are so many squares in Barcelona, some of which are so small and well-hidden, that you’ll really have to search for and perhaps ask for directions, and some that you can’t help but stumble across because of their size and central location – you’re bound to cross them on more than one occasion. This goes to confirm a feature of Barcelona that we’ve mentioned many times and that its residents will vouch for – it’s certainly a city of contrasts.


Because of the large amount of notable squares in Barcelona it’s very difficult for us to tell you about some of them but leave the rest out, and for this reason we’ve given you a list of a few of the most outstanding – a list which we hope to build upon in the future.

Plaça Catalunya
The Plaça de Catalunya (in English Catalonia Square) is right in the heart of the city of Barcelona, and could be seen as the equivalent of the ‘0...

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Plaça Sant Jaume
In the well-known ‘Plaça de Sant Jaume’, in English Saint James's Square and in Spanish Plaza San Jaime, you will find, opposite each other, the...

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The name of the Plaça del Pi has its origin in a pine tree that was planted in the square in 1568, and which stood there until it was damaged during...

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Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
One of our personal favourite haunts is the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, as its one of those little corners of the city that has such a special charm...

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Plaça Sant Josep Oriol
The Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol is named after the priest Josep Oriol, who was born in Barcelona in 1650 and who was the beneficiary of the adjoining...

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