Las Ramblas, Barcelona
First of all, a couple of hints:
- The famous "Las Ramblas", is the promenade from Plaça de Catalunya to the sea.
Not to be confused with other locations as "Rambla de Catalunya", "Rambla Prim", "Rambla del Raval" etc. "Rambla" is a kind of avenue with a pedestrian area in the middle. The word rambla is derived from the Arabic term, ramla, which means "riverbed", and these streets actually once were riverbeds that channeled the water coming down from the hills. So, you can find streets with this name all around Barcelona (and many other towns along the Mediterranean coast).
By the way, not very advisable to stay right ON Las Ramblas. Too noisy and too touristy and too fake IMHO.
- If you look at a map of Barcelona, typically the sea is at the bottom of the page (odd, I know, not the South as usual in maps). Las Ramblas go up from the sea to Plaça de Catalunya and from there you can see two big parallel avenues up until you arrive to Diagonal: Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de Catalunya (you should walk along these 2, the most beautiful houses of Barcelona are there). La Diagonal is the easiest avenue to spot in the map, as it crosses all Barcelona (obviously, in a diagonal way).
Here you have a good online resource to locate a particular adress: www.bcn.cat/guia
These references will help you to locate the other areas you may be interested on (pls see tip #2)
When you visit Barcelona make sure you take a stroll along La Rambla. This is a kilometre long, pedestrian-centred boulevard which runs from Placa Catalunya down to the Columbus Column near the port. La Rambla is filled with activity day and night - such as tourists checking out the sights, buskers, locals promenading and spray-painted human statues.
La Rambla is actually divided into five sections, each with a separate name related to the sights located along that section - hence it is often known collectively as Las Ramblas as it is five streets in one.
Here are some of the things you can see as you stroll down this grand, tree-lined street (more details on some of them in my 'Things to Do' tips).
At the start of La Rambla you can see the Font de Canaletes, a 19th century drinking fountain, which is inscribed with a legend that says if you drink from it you "will fall in love with Barcelona and always return", or something like that!
Next you will come across the Bird Markets, with an interesting variety of birds for sale, including ordinary looking pigeons. There are also some small animals for sale such as rabbits and rats.
Pop into the 17th century Esglesia de Betlem for a while to escape the crowds and enjoy its baroque interior, and then take some photos of the stunning façade of the 18th century Palau de la Virreina, a rococo mansion. Afterwards, have a browse at the Flower Stalls.
Fondest memory: One of the highlights of your ramble will be the Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona's most famous food market. Pop in and have a look at the large range of produce on offer, perhaps have a snack while you are there.
Don't miss the interesting façade of the Bruno Quadras Building, which was once an umbrella factory, and today has umbrellas decorating its exterior. Then you have the large Mosaic de Miro which is a colourful pavement mosaic sitting in the middle of La Rambla, created by the famous Catalan artist Joan Miro.
Another grand building you will see is the Gran Theatre del Liceu. This is the city's opera house and was founded in 1847, though has twice been gutted by fire since then. It is fully restored now and even if you can't get tickets to the opera, you can enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful building.
At the end of La Rambla you will see the Monument a Colom - a tall column with a statue of Columbus on top. Take a lift to the top for fabulous views back along this famous boulevard.
Las Ramblas is a 1,2 km long pedestrian promenade situated between Plaza de Catalunya and the harbour. It is made by six sections. For this reason its proper name is Ramblas; plural.
Each section of this street has a name. The first, coming from Placa de Catalunya is named Rambla dels Canaletes; then we find Rambla dels Estudis; Rambla de les Flors; Rambla dels Caputxins; R. de Santa Monica and Rambla del Mar.
The name rambla derives from the Arabic word ramla, meaning sandy riverbed.
On this boulevard there are various shops, stalls; cafes and restaurants.
The nearest metro stops to Las Ramblas are; Liceu; Drassanes (green line); or Catalunya (green or red line).
Stroll along the historical avenue 'La Rambla'.
It has the same place in the psyche of the city as the Champs Elysées in Paris or Oxford Street in London, but is far less snooty than the former and far more attractive than the latter. Lined with trees, cafés, restaurants, flower stalls, shops and newspaper stands, La Rambla is the perfect place to stroll and soak up the unique Barcelona atmosphere.
It's full of life day and night.The pedestrian boulevard is packed with kiosks, buskers, living statues, mimes and itinerant salespeople selling everything from lottery tickets to jewellery and birds.
La Rambla was the first street in central Barcelona I began to explore the city. I knew that it was popular with tourists and locals alike.it stretches for 1.2 kilometers between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.
If you stroll along the street you will find a variety of street actors representing amazing personages who force to smile and laugh everybody who walk along La Rambla.
You can watch my 4 min 01 sec Video Barcelona La Rambla Boulvard out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
You can watch my photo of Barcelona on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 23' 7.93" N 2° 10' 12.28" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio La Rambla.
Have a stroll along the street LAS RAMBLAS!
Fondest memory: Here you'll feel the real spirit of Barcelona. On both sides of the street you'll see live figures that are very picturesque. Here there are plenty of museums and theatres. I enjoyed the WAX MUSEUM very much. Don't forgets streets and squares attached to LAS RAMBLAS - enjoy the GOTHYC QUARTER with the Cathedral of Barcelona; in PLACA REIAL you'll see the fountain created by Gaudi - and a lot of other things worth seeing!
Favorite thing: Walk along LAS RAMBLAS towards Port Vell. This is where everything is happening & very busy during the weekends. All kinds of stalls are here: newsstands, flower stalls (pictured), tarot readers, caged bird & cafes! Very interesting!
I enjoyed very much lookig at the outstanding gaudi architecture in Barcelona. Plus, the weather is pleasant.
Fondest memory: I went to Barcelona last February for a short trip, where myself and 2 friends stayed in Pension Fernando. The location is perfect, it comes off La Rambla the most famous and busy street in Barcelona, and the Carrer De Ferran which its on it's a good size busy street not a dingy back road. We all felt very safe here. About 10-15 minutes from lovely beach and some excellent nightlife at the harbour. I would recommend anyone stay here.
Go to La Rambla because there are a lot of touristy things in this area
Fondest memory: Going to the Maremagnum every night with my friends. It is a place that has several different clubs to choose from right near the Meditteranean.
Favorite thing: (photo:La Rambla) Just walk in the streets and look around, and admire the fantastic architectural reminiscences!Barcelona is famous for it's art.Just some artist :Picasso, Miró and Gaudi certainly.I advise the same as the books:The Old City, La Rambla, the seafront, Montjuíc,Güell Park.
The City and Its People
Wherever you stay, the excellent public transportation system gives easy access to the entire city. For atmosphere, you might want to be somewhere near the street La Rambla or in the old town, and thus within easy walking distance of many of the main sights and the waterfront. The architecturally interesting Eixample area is more spacious, with excellent shopping and restaurants; other hotels are relatively far out of the city center. Barcelonans are exceptionally helpful and polite, with an ability to combine efficiency with a relaxed Mediterranean attitude.
Fondest memory: English is not widely spoken, although most hotel staff speak it adequately. All signs are in both Catalan and Spanish. Both are official languages in Barcelona; like Spanish, Catalan is a romance language with Latin roots.
Favorite thing: The RAMBLA is, of course, the best known landmark of Barcelona, and deservedly so. Meandering down from the Pl. de Catalunya to the Columbus statue, filled with newspaper kiosks, flower and animal stalls, and all sorts of artists, it is undoubtedly the place where everyone comes together, both tourists and locals, from the most inconspicuous to the most exaggerated representative of all sorts of urban tribes.
Fondest memory: one funny thing was during my first visit to barcelona myself and my mate other donal were walking up las ramblas and we saw this woman fighting with her husband. to show her disgust with him for whatever he had done she did an impromtu strip and danced gleefully for the assembled crowd!
Walk down 'La Ramba'. It's a pedestrian street filled with street vendors, gift shops, restaurants and tons of street performers. You will encounter some of the most talented 'Street Statues'
If you've never been there, you should definitely take one of the bus tours which points out several different points of interest. The Gaudi museum and Gaudi's buildings are another must see.
You should also try and get to the museum where Snowflake, one of only 2 or 3 albino gorillas in the world lives.
Ramblas! An amazing street!
At the end of RAMBLA you can find MAREMAGNUM. A mall with many discos.
Between Maremagnum and ramblas there's the Colom's Monument.
In this photo I'm under the Colom's Monument.