Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial, or, Royal Plaza, is among the most ornate in all of the city. It is located in the old city, or Ciutat Vella, in Barri Gòtic, close to the famous Les Rambles promenade. Its size alone makes it deserving of its name, as well as features like a large central fountain, as well as lampposts designed by Gaudí himself. Numerous bars and restaurants border the plaza. Despite its opulence, the plaza has had a reputation as a den of iniquity for decades, frequented by hustlers of all kinds. The 19th century plaza replaced the Capuchin convent of Santa Madron, which, during the reign of Queen Isabella II, was among the properties that the Spanish state reclaimed and then sold off to make up for budget shortfalls. This is discussed in the first episode of the Catalunya Barcelona series. As well, here is a discussion of the plaça led by Ramón Alberch.