Barcelona, a hugely popular tourist destination, came to a halt at noon on Friday (11am BST) as a minute’s silence was observed in the Placa Catalunya, close to the scene of the attack.

Led by King Felipe and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy the silence was then followed by applause for the victims.

Three days of mourning have been declared by the government of Catalonia.

The dead and wounded from the attacks include 34 different nationalities, Catalan authorities said.

King Felipe and Mariano Rajoy
King Felipe of Spain (centre), prime minister Mariano Rajoy (centre left, and Catalonia regional president Carles Puigdemont (centre right) attended the minute’s silence (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Las Ramblas
(Francisco Seco/AP)

People, along with King Felipe of Spain, PM Mariano Rajoy and Catalonia regional president Carles Puigdemont observe a minute of silence in Las Ramblas
People observe a minute’s silence in Las Ramblas (Francisco Seco/AP)

Las Ramblas
(Manu Fernandez/AP)

Las Ramblas
A Catalan flag is displayed during the minute’s silence (Francisco Seco/AP)