Plaça d’Espanya, Barcelona
Plaça d’Espanya is one of Barcelona’s most important squares, built on the occasion of the 1929 International Exhibition.
Rick Steves: What do you do with a big bullfighting arena that’s been sitting empty for decades? Make a mall. The grand Neo-Moorish Modernista placa de toros functioned as an arena for bullfights from around 1900 to 1977, and then reopened in 2011 as a mall.
Try to imagine that this was once a bullfighting arena:
You can walk around the roof of the arena and see the panorama of the city:
Plaça d’Espanya’s Venetian Towers are 47 m tall
From the arena you can also gaze down at Parc Joan Miro, which includes the giant sculpture Woman and Bird ( an abstract sculpture).
And in the evening, the biggest attraction in this area are the Magic Fountains.