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The Placa de Catalunya is a very popular tourist attraction because of the amazing and unique architecture.  This is a large town square and is considered as the center of Barcelona.

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La Rambla

This collection of streets runs from Placa de Catalunya to the Barcelona harbor and the Columbus Monument. The main boulevard is a pedestrian walkway with sidewalk cafes, restaurants, street artists and historic buildings. There are 5 sections to the Rambles – Rambla de Canaletes named for the 19th century fountain of Canaletes, a drink from its water will keep you coming back to the city. The 2nd section Rambla dels Estudis includes the 18th century Reial Academia de Ciences I Arts with its distinctive clock. Rambla de Sant Josep has the Mercat de la Boqueria market place and the Placa de la Boqueria, a square paved with mosaics by Joan Miro. Rambla dels Caputxins has the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the entrance to the 19th century Placa Reial, a square with street lamps designed by Gaudi. Palau Guell, another work by Gaudi is in the same section of the Ramblas. In the final section Rambla de Santa Monica is a museum housed within the former Santa Monica convent and the 1888 Columbus Monument. You can continue walking on to Rambla de Mar, a wooden a walkway leading to a large shopping complex.

Gothic Quarter

The Old Town or Cathedral Quarter consists of historic buildings and streets, some of which date back 2000 years. Along the way you will see the Cathedral, visit the Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat; Ajuntament; Temple Roma d'August; the remains of the city walls; Portal del Bisbe with two round towers on either side once part of the Roman walls; the 12th century Palace Episcopal or Bishop's Palace; the Gothic 15th century Palau de la Generalitat; Placa de Sant Felip Neri; Palau de Lloctinent with its exquisite staircase and the Esglesia Santa Maria del Pi. Also the Placa del Rei is a beautiful square surrounded by Gothic buildings including the former 16th century Royal Palace. The route starts at the Placa Catalunya and ends at the Liceu underground station.

Montjuic

Take in Barcelona's mountain where the places of interest include the Magic Fountain; Poble Espanyol; Fundacio Miro; the National Art Museum; the Olympic Stadium; Montjuic Castle; Torres de la Exposicion with its 47 meter high towers; the Spanish Village an outdoor museum with traditional architecture and the Botanical Gardens. The route starts at the Placa Espanya and ends at the Paral Lel underground station.

Passeig de Gracia

This route is lined with masterpieces in Modernism by renowned architects such as Gaudi and Domenech i Muntaner. Along the route you'll see the Casa de les Punxes, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and Casa Ametller. The route is along a luxury shopping street but the attractions are the buildings. Start this route at the Verdaguer or Diagonal underground station and continue on to Placa Catalunya where you can begin seeing Las Ramblas.

Tourist Bus Routes

Take the Hop-on-Hop-off bus which makes two circular routes, the Red Line and Blue Line which start at Placa de Catalunya and the Green Line which runs from April to October and starts at Macba-Cccb. Included in the 44 stops are the Gothic Quarter, the sites of Gaudi's works and Sagrada Familia, depending on which route you take. The bus routes take 40 (Green) to 120 (Red and Blue) minutes and leave every 5-25 minutes.

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