Tucked away in a hidden corner of the Gothic Quarter, Plaça Sant Felip Neri offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. The small, quiet space has a charming fountain in the middle and is surrounded by buildings, including the baroque Church of Sant Felip Neri, for which the square was named. The Basics
Plaça Sant Felip Neri was built on the site of an ancient cemetery, Montjuïc del Bisbe. On one side, find the buildings that once housed the coppersmiths’ and shoemakers’ guilds, reconstructed from their former locations elsewhere in the city. The square is also home to the 18th-century Church of Sant Felip Neri, which still bears the scars from a 1938 bombing raid that killed 42 people, mostly children, who took refuge here during the Spanish Civil War.
It’s easiest to explore the somewhat-hard-to-find Plaça Sant Felip Neri on a guided walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, which can be combined with a sightseeing tour of other city attractions, including La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. Or opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore Barcelona at your leisure. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Plaça Sant Felip Neri is pedestrian-only.
- There is a school located at the square.
- Enjoy a meal or drinks at the Terrace of the Hotel Neri, located right on the square.
- Plaça Sant Felip Neri is wheelchair-accessible.
Plaça Sant Felip Neri is located in the Gothic Quarter. To get there, head to Carrer de Sant Sever, then turn right onto Carrer de Sant Felip Neri. The nearest metro stations are Jaume I on line 4 and Liceu on line 3, and buses 45, 59, 91, 120, and the hop-on hop-off tourist bus also stop nearby. When to Get There
Plaça Sant Felip Neri, where street musicians sometimes perform, can be visited at any time and offers a nice break from exploring the rest of the Gothic Quarter. The Church of Sant Felip Neri is only open for visits occasionally. The Terrace at the Hotel Neri is open for dinner service during the week and all day during the weekend.
Plaça Sant Felip Neri on the Big Screen
Plaça Sant Felip Neri has appeared in a few movies, including Vicky Cristina Barcelona
and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
. It also appeared in the music video for “My Immortal” by the band Evanescence.