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Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial (9)

In an opening on the Rambles you will find the Plaça Reial, a popular place with all kinds of people looking for somewhere to sit and have a drink or something to eat under the shady archways which characterise it. It is a meeting point for students, artists, intellectuals and tourists, giving it a warm, multicultural feel at any time of the day or night, every day of the week.

During the daytime there are a large number of bars and restaurants open where you can sample local dishes, and there are also a large number of traditional shops such as the King’s Herbalist, one of the oldest in Barcelona, dating back to 1823. In 1860 it was appointed by Isabel II as a Supplier to the Royal Household.

At night there is also plenty of atmosphere with a large selection of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and shows in the square itself, and also in the small side streets which run off it.

This square was built between 1848 and 1860 by city architect Francesc Daniel Molina on land previously occupied by the capuchin convent and the buildings’ façades are in the classical style. The square is adorned with royal palm trees and in the centre there is a large fountain, crowned by the Three Graces, and the curious street lamps designed by the young Antoni Gaudí.

It is interesting to visit the square on a Sunday morning when the stamp and coin market is being held, attracting professional collectors, amateurs and curious visitors from all over Catalonia. 

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