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Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona

Plaça de Catalunya sits in the heart of Barcelona. As well as being a tourist attraction, it serves as an important transport hub. Public buses, trains and the metro stop here and it is also where the city’s hop-on, hop-off tourist buses begin their routes.

Surrounded by shops and peppered with monuments and sculptures, this grand square is where the Ciutat Vella (Old City) and the modern 19th-century district of L’Eixample converge.The large central space of Plaça de Catalunya is frequently used for festivals and celebrations.

The square also hosts live music during September’s Mercé Festival, which commemorates Barcelona’s patron saint. What could be lovelier than sitting on a grass verge or bench, surrounded by trees – shielding you from the noise from the traffic-heavy streets, amongst beautiful fountains and sculptures and watch as the energetic city life flows by?