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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
go to Las Ramblas, a street full of shops and outdoor cafes. Also, if weather permitting - walk to the coast and check out the beach. See La Sagrad Familia - a gothic church designed by Gaudi over a century ago which has become a symbol of Barcelona.
Fondest memory: taking a sky bucket to the coast line. I have a fear of heights... but I went anyway and forced myself to overcome the fear. I kept my eyes open and event took pictures.
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.
Visit the Ramblas near Plaza Cataluna. This is main street that also leads from the town down to the beach area. There are so many people in this street with buskers and many stalls selling their wares that it creats a wonderful atmosphere. In a way, it is Spain's 'Champs-Elysees'...but better. It can be a bit pricey to sit outside a cafe....
But, it is a great street and you can kill a good half day just walking up and down this street. If you get thirsty, then you can walk down to the beach and have a drink there. There is also a cable car which goes over the mountain and beach area but I never did find out how to get to the start....
Viva Barcelona....one of my favourite cities !!!
You must see The Ramblas, the football stadion of FC Barcelona, 'el parque Guëll', La Pedrera, (= art of Gaudi), the Port, the beach .... La Sagrada familia (church), the Cathedral and the barrio gotico, the Arch of Triumph ...
Fondest memory: My friend Eladio from Barcelona ! He and his wife guided us in the city by using the subways. It was very kind of them.