Palm Tree Square (Plaza Real)

This Neoclassical square, adorned with thousands of palm trees and stylish lampposts designed by Gaudi, does not go unnoticed.

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Palm Tree Square (Plaza Real)

The most Royal of squares.

Palm Tree Square is actually called Plaza Real (Royal Plaza), and is one of the most magical areas of Barcelona. Go down La Rambla and halfway down the avenue, you will find an alleyway which will lead you away from the crowds and into Palm Tree Square. Plaza Real is also known as the gateway to the Gothic Quarter. Built in the mid-19th century, this Neoclassical Square has not changed over time, apart from the addition of numerous palm trees, which give it its name, and the Gaudi contributions. Can you spot the lampposts designed by the Barcelona architect? It isn’t too difficult, as they are in the middle of the square and their unique shape makes them stand out from the rest. This lampposts surround a central fountain, which, along with the rest of the square’s décor, make for a perfectly cool and tranquil area in which to relax. At the edges of the square in the arcades, there are several terraces, where you can sit and observe the painters, jugglers and musicians who animate the square. Even when night falls, this area stays calm, despite being just a few steps from the hustle and bustle of La Rambla.

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