Plaça d’Espanya is a major hub that connects the Sants, Sant Antoni and Poble-sec districts to Montjuïc Mountain, home to Olympic facilities, large parks and museums.
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From the Plaça d’Espanya stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic you can stroll along Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina to Montjuïc Mountain, where there are numerous museums, parks and gardens and the Olympic Ring of Barcelona ’92. You can also visit the District of Sant Antoni to see Barcelona’s largest market and enjoy the shops and leisure establishments that have made the zone into one of the liveliest in the city, or take your time exploring the Poble-sec District, which is full of bars and theatres.
The points of interest around the square, designed by Puig i Cadafalch for the 1929 Universal Exposition to link the city to Montjuïc Mountain, include Les Arenes shopping centre, built within the original structure of a neo-Mudejar bullring that has a lookout point on the top floor to observe the square and its surrounding area. Behind the shopping centre, on Carrer de Llança, you will find a good example of popular Modernisme on the facade of Casa Fajol. The roof of the building is in the form of a colourful butterfly in the trencadís broken-tile mosaic style.