The Plaça d'Espanya, also known as Plaza de España, is one of the most important squares of Barcelona. It was built on the occasion of the International Exhibition of 1929. It is one of the biggest squares in the city and there are several interesting attractions around:
At one side of the square are two 47 meter tall towers that lead the way to the MNAC, the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. The towers also mark the entrance of the exhibition district, known as Fira de Barcelona. Initially the towers were open to the public, but unfortunately now they're closed.
Fira de Barcelona
The Fira is one of the most important trade fair institutions of Europe. It was constructed in 1932 and still used nowadays. Every year in February, the Mobile World Congress is held here.
Park of Joan Miró
The Park of Joan Miró was previously known as Parc de l'Escorxador (Park of Abattoir) and is now named after a famous Catalan painter, Joan Miró. The original name of the park was derived from the fact that there was an abattoir next to park.
Las Arenas, From Arena to Shopping Mall
This was originally a bullring built in 1900 in the Moorish Revical style, as you can see on the above photo. In 2003 they started to renovate the arena and turn it into a shopping mall. They finished the construction in 2011. On top of the Arenas you have a fantastic view over the Plaza Espanya, the Venetian towers and the hill of Montjuïc.