Just off La Rambla, the Plaça Reial is a magnificent old square in Barcelona’s old town district. The square is lined with bars and restaurants and you’ll find plenty of places to listen to music or go dancing.
Yet there’s much more to this square than just entertainment and nightlife. Amongst the palm trees you will find one of Gaudí´s first works. This is the beautiful fountain Tres Gràcias, and alongside it lighting up the square are his abstract streetlights adorned with the winged helmet of the Roman deity Mercury, with his two serpents curling around the post below.
Since 1977, when it was restructured by Francesc Daniel Molina i Casamajó, the square has been twinned with Plaça Garibaldi in Mexico City. The Música Mariachi festival, is now celebrated here every year.
Centre – Ciutat Vella
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