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Shopping Centre Las Arenas

The Shopping Centre was Built in a Former Bull Ring

With the opening of the shopping center "Las Arenas" Barcelona has gained a new attraction. Spread over six floors there are 115 shops, a fitness center, a 12-screen cinema, an event hall and several bars and restaurants within the beautifully restored facade of a former bullring.



Included Services of the Private Sightseeing Tour

  • 2.5- or 4-hour Private Sightseeing Tour with English-speaking driver or city guide.
  • Pick up flexibly from your hotel or from another meeting point within Barcelona (for pick ups outside of Barcelona, ​​please contact us). If you would like to be picked up from the airport or cruise terminal, our Arrival Sightseeing Tour makes sense.
  • The departure time is flexible according to your wishes.
  • We are happy to plan the route according to your wishes.
  • During the booked tour you can get off to take a closer look at sights, enjoy the view or stretch your legs.
  • Costs for driven kilometres or surcharges included. Admission fees for attractions are not included.

Services of the Arrival Sightseeing Tour

  • 3- or 4-hour private tour through the city with an English-speaking driver or city guide.
  • You will be picked up directly in the arrival hall of the airport or the cruise ship terminal.
  • Our driver or tour guide will be waiting for you 30 minutes after the scheduled arrival time. You have enough time to get your luggage without being in a rush.
  • You can recognize the driver by a sign with your name. For more discretion, a pseudonym can also be used.
  • At the end of the tour, the driver will take you to your destination (in the city of Barcelona) and, on request, to destinations outside of Barcelona, ​​and will assist you with checking in at the hotel.
  • On the way we are happy to accommodate your wishes.
  • You can get off at any time during the tour to see attractions (admission fees to attractions are not included).
  • On request the Arrival Sightseeing Tour is also available in Spanish or German.
  • No further costs or fees: all kilometres driven, taxes and surcharges are included in the price.
  • The fixed price applies regardless of the number of people in your group (in the taxi up to 4, Van up to 6, minibus up to 18, Midibus up to 31 and coach up to 54 people).
  • The trunk of the taxi or van or the holds of the minibus or coach are available for your luggage.
  • The Arrival Sightseeing Tour is exclusively for your group.

The Tapas Break or Breakfast

On request, we can offer you a tapas break or breakfast during the Arrival Sightseeing Tour or the Private Sightseeing Tour. These take around 45-60 minutes. You can stretch your legs and get to know some Spanish way of life. Strenghtened from the break we will continue with the second part of the city tour afterwards.
Vegetarian options are possible.

The tapas break includes various tapas and a drink.

Breakfast is served with tortilla, Catalan sausage variation, cheese, bread with tomato, jam or vegetarian version without sausage but with croissant, orange juice and coffee.

Please note that the tapas break and breakfast are part of the booked time. The breakfast break is limited to 30 people due to lack of space. The break is possible starting at 8:00.

View and Location of Las Arenas

The view from the roof top is especially nice: You have a 360 ° -view over the city and the Montjuïc. You will find countless restaurants up there, from which you can eat comfortably while looking over the rooftops of Barcelona. Today, Las Arenas is mostly a shopping and leisure palace whose extraordinary architecture makes it very worth seeing.

Las Arenas is located directly on Plaça Espanya, where Avinguda del Paral·lel, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, c / Tarragona and c / Sants meet. From Las Arenas you can also get to two metro lines and several trains of the Catalan Railway.

Sights in the Surroundings

From here you can set off for the nearby Montjuïc. The local mountain of Barcelona offers many attractions: Font Màcica, National Museum of Art of Catalunya (MNAC), Pavillon Mies van der Rohe, Miró Museum and the Castell de Montjuïc.

On the northern side you will find the Parc de Joan Miró.

History of Las Arenas Building

The converted Las Arenas was inaugurated in March 2011. The building was designed by the British architect Richard Rogers in collaboration with Alonso Balaguer. From the outside you can see the original purpose of the building: Las Arenas was one of three bullfighting arenas in Barcelona.

The bullring was opened in 1900. The architect was Augusto Font i Carreras, who also finished the facade of the Cathedral of Barcelona. The bullring was one of his most important buildings.

Bullfighting was never a Barcelona affair. It was more frowned upon for political reasons than cultural ones and was long regarded as the "sport" of the Castilian oppressors of the Franco era. One year after Franco's death in 1977, the last bullfight took place in the arena.

The neo-Mudejar style building (see box on the right) was then left alone for many years. Trees grew on the inside, and all sorts of shady figures lingered in the slowly decaying building.

According to Richard Rogers, it would have been easier to tear down the walls and build a new building in its place. However, the arena was a historically important site, in which at least the facade should be preserved.

The rather thin facade was supported, the building gutted and then the complete circular facade raised several meters. It almost seems as if it is floating above the street. Inside, a modern and bright interior was created from a construction of steel, glass and brick.

The beginning and the course of the reconstruction was documented and is exhibited on the 3rd floor (cinema level). You will see the illustration of the construction start and progress as well as completion and inauguration.

The lower three shopping levels and the cinema level form their own structure in Las Areneas, organized around a huge atrium. The two upper levels and the roof terrace tower are above the historic facade.

Why Las Arenas is Worth Visiting

You can stay for a long time at the shopping center Las Arenas without getting bored. On three floors you can go shopping with a wide range from clothing and shoes to high-quality food. In between you can go to the cinema with 12 auditoriums. In the cinema they show current movies that are syncronized in Spanish. They show the movies only rarely in their original languages. In the evening you can go to one of the restaurants or bars on the roof and enjoy the view.

A state-of-the-art fitness center with extensive spa services is also available at Las Arenas. The track, wich goes 360 ° around the building is verry impressive. While running on it you can enjoy a great view over Barcelona.

Las Arenas in Numbers

  • Opening: March 24, 2011
  • Effective Area: 30.940m²
  • Built-up area: 106.205 m²
  • Parking spaces: 1250 for cars and 300 for motor bikes spread over four levels

Book a Private Sightseeing Tour Here

Book a Private Sightseeing Tour here. As an option we offer a tapas break that we will take at Las Arenas (depending on the time)
Please enter the date and the starting time. Select the vehicle that you wish to book.
Please enter the time and date of your sightseeing tour
Private sightseeing tour 4 hours
Private sightseeing tour taxi (up to 4 guests), 4 hours 199.00€
Private sightseeing tour people carrier (up to 6 guests), 4 hours 369.00€
Private sightseeing tour minibus (up to 18 guests), 4 hours 399.00€
Private sightseeing tour midibus (up to 31 guests), 4 hours 499.00€
Private sightseeing tour coach (up to 54 guests), 4 hours 599.00€
Show price for Private sightseeing tour 2.5 hours
Private sightseeing tour taxi (up to 4 guests), 2.5 hours 179.00€
Private sightseeing tour people carrier (up to 6 guests), 2.5 hours 249.00€
Private sightseeing tour minibus (up to 18 guests), 2.5 hours 379.00€
Private sightseeing tour midibus (up to 31 guests), 2.5 hours 399.00€
Private sightseeing tour coach (up to 54 guests), 2.5 hours 419.00€

Tapas break

Desired Quantity
Break with tapas and a drink (price per person) 12.00€
Break with vegetarian tapas and a drink (price per person) 12.00€

Breakfast break (up to 30 people)

Desired Quantity
Break with breakfast, coffee and orange juice (price per person) 12.00€
Break with vegetarian breakfast, coffee and orange juice (price per person) 12.00€


More Information
Pick up location:*
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Important information

Address
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385
www.arenasdebarcelona.com

Arrival
Metro: Plaça Espanya (L1, L3)
Bus Turístic: Plaça Espanya

More information about Las Arenas

Mudéjars
Mudéjars were Muslims, that were still allowed to practice their religion after the expulsion of the Moors when the Spanish kings took over the leadership.

Mudéjar style
The Mudéjars were working in the agriculture, did handicrafts and had a great influence on the architecture. The Mudéjar style began in the 12th century and had it\\'s heyday in the 14th century.

 

In the progress Islamic archtitecture was mixed with the archtitecture of the Romantic period, the Gothic and the Renaissance.

Neo-Mudejar
The rediscovery of the Mudéjar on the Iberian Peninsula in the 19th century and the first 30 years of the 20th century is referred to as Neo-Mudéjar. It was popular to apply the Neo-Mudéjar style in the bullrings, as it is the case with Las Arenas. The Arc de Triomf, built for the world exhibition in 1888, is another example of the Neo-Mudéjar style.




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