Las Arenas shopping center is located in Plaza España, one of the biggest squares in Spain. It’s not just a regular shopping center, it once was the emblematic bull ring (plaza de toros) Las Arenas, wich was one of the most important and beautiful bull rings in Spain.
The bull ring Las Arenas was opened the year 1900, on the june 29th and was the initiative of Josep Marsans and the work o the archictect August Font i Carreras.
It had a capacity of 14.893 people and the ring had 52 meters of diameter. Its proportions made it one of the most important bull rings in Spain. Its cost was over 1,500,000 pesetas (old Spanish currency). The last bull fight was celebrated on the 1977.
After being abandoned for more than 20 years, in 1999 the bull ring was bought by Sacresa. They refurbished the building into a shopping center with 2598 m2, 6 floors and 116 stores and restaurants. The architects decided to let the old facade wich is suspended by large red pillars.
You should pay atenttion to its dome built on the top, made by wood to eliminate extra weights. Many exhibitions and plays take place there. From the top floor, where is located the dome, you can see stunning views of the city and of the Montjuïc mountain. You can also enjoy a good meal in one of the many restaurants located on that floor.
You will also find a multiscreen cinema with 12 screens, Mango, Desigual, FNAC, Enrich, Mercadona, Lush, Tous, Pandora and many other shops.
Next to the shopping center you will find the Joan Miró Park, a place where you can rest from the shopping day and also where you can see La Dona i l’ocell, a sculpture done by Joan Miró.
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 373 – 385 (Metro L1 / L3 Plaça Espanya)
Schedule: Shops: Monday to Saturday from 10h to 22h / Restaurants and movie theater: Monday to Thursday from 10h to 1h – Friday to Saturday from 10h to 3h.
Price: Free entrance. The price of the exhibitions changes. There is a panoramic elevator that costs 1 € and it takes you to the top of the building (it’s NOT the only option to get to the top).
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