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Las Ramblas a wide, tree lined thoroughfare extending for nearly a mile from the Plaça Catalunya down to the Port Vell harbour is the most famous street in Barcelona. Las Ramblas is often crowded with locals and tourists alike, but if it’s your first visit, then it is definitely not one to miss.
There is always so much going on here, from the newspaper kiosks, flower sellers and art stalls to the living statues dotted either side in a variety of guises.
Along the La Rambla, you'll find lots of these people in various costumes. They are very colourful and adds a lot of vibes and energy on the street scene.
Theyb are not there for free and/or government supplied....
So if you see them, don't just shoot your cam, they are there for a living, drop a euro or something before taking a shot or filming your videocams, after all they have invested money in those costumes and body paints. Besides it's never a joke standing there for a quite long time. Be considerate, they make the place lively...and lovely.
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A (seasonal) stream once ran here. Raml (Arabic) - thus the name La Rambla.
La Rambla is a very busy, wide boulevard which is lined with restaurants and teaming with people and street performers. It is completely pedestrianised so you can take your time (watch out for your wallet!) and soak up the atmosphere.
If you walk to the very end of La Rambla you will reach Monument a colom and the harbour.
Les Rambles (Catalan) March 2010
La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona. The wide boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya, a busy square, to the Monument a Colom, a tall column erected in honor of Christoffel Columbus.
One of the major attractions of walking down Barcelona's main street, Las Ramblas, is watching the numerous street performers, most of which are 'human statues'.
TIP: If you want to take a photo with the street art - it is always nice to leave some money in their collection box.
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When in Barcelona you are bound to take a stroll along Las Ramblas. Its very busy and quite touristy so beware of pickpockets.
The human statues are enjoyable. If you drop a coin into their box/hat/whatever you can have your photo taken with them and they will move. There are quite a few of them dotted around.
What I didn't like about Las Ramblas were all the caged animals at the various stalls - it just seems cruel!
Still, if you're in Barcelona then you're bound to end up here at some point. Plenty of places to stop for food if you're hungry.
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From Plaça de Catalunya toward the harbor, you will immediately immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Barcelona's most famous boulevard - La Rambla. The middle part of the street is pedestrian; bordered by trees, filled with newspaper kiosks, flower and animal stalls, mimes, caricaturists and street performers.
Unfortunately, knowing it’s a popular spot for pickpockets, we were a little too stressed walking on La Rambla:)
Las Ramblas is the main boulevard in the very center of Barcelona with so many fun things to do. All along the pedestrian area there are entertainers dressed up (reminding one a bit of Covent garden in London).
Las Ramblas are 1,2 km long leading from Plaza Catalunya down to the harbour.
Alongside Las Ramblas there are a lot of restaurants and shops making Las Ramblas like an island in the middle. This is a touristy area though with thousands of people here during the day, making this area expensive and pick-pockets are on the prowl here as well.
La Rambla-A Parade of People
We sauntered up this pedestrian boulevard one pretty Fall afternoon on our way to view the port. If you have time, try to visit this area.
La Rambla makes it an easy walk to the waterfront, where you'll pass sidewalk cafes, flower stands, newstands, kiosks and statue men. It's an ideal spot for people-watching and a very busy place!
Named originally for a 'seasonal stream' which flowed into the city, this once pungent part of the city began attracting the affluent in the 16th century. Impressive mansions were constructed along its streets, with the Gran Teatre de Liceu sitting on its western side.
There are five different sections making up Las Ramblas: La Rambla de Canaletes, La Rambla dels Estudis,La Rambla de Sant Josep, LaRambla dels Caputxins and La Rambla de Santa a Colom.
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Spend Your Time Rambling
Every time I've been to Barcelona, I spend a great deal of time on Las Ramblas. It is a great way to spend an afternoon walking up and down the Las Ramblas from the Plaza Catalunya to the Colombus monument. There are many street performers, artists, vendors, and cafe's that you never run out of things to look at. A very vibrant and exciting part of the city!
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A rambla is a tree-lined avenue. The Ramblas in Barcelona are a series of tree shaded pedestrian malls that go from the Plaza de Catalunya to the port. Many street artists are found here to entertain tourists.
Take a walk down La Rambla in the day, (or even at night!); street performers will entertain you and allow you to take a photo for some small change.
Tip - be careful pickpockets are about and will take advantage when people are distracted so just be aware of who is by you and hold on to your wallets and hand bags.
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Ramble along to Las Ramblas
Do be aware of the higher prices on Las Ramblas for drinks etc.
The street entertainers are exceptional. Its worth a visit just to see them.
Lots of picture and flower stalls, along with all other holiday tat. Take time out to discover the back streets off Las Ramblas, there are many lively squares were drinks and food is much cheaper and the atmosphere is great.
No other boulevard like it
If you come to Barcelona, then you will most likely take at least one trip down the Ramblas. This popular boulevard is like no other- it offers some of the most interesting entertainment in Barcelona. You may already know that the Ramblas is broken up in to sections. At the top of the Ramblas is the birds/small pet vendors- here is where locals supposedly come to buy their pets. Further down is the flower markets, than the artists. Past this are some outdoor cafes and then you've reached the harbor area. Lining the street are little shops, restaurants and other businesses. It is about a mile walk from the top to the bottom and all along the way you will stay entertained by the human statues and entertainers whose costumes seem to increase in intricacy and strangeness.
A Bustling and Entertaining Place
Walking down La Ramblas may take some time as there is so much to see. Stalls of arts and crafts, people miming and generally entertaining the public. Watch out for pickpockets - they are very cunning !!
The only thing about Barcelona that I did not like was the fact that different types of animals, birds and reptiles were being sold at Las Ramblas and it seemed to be a very profitable business. I thought this happens only in countries like India, but unfortunately, forward european nations also seem to be as cruel as us. Guys, this need to be stopped. Please protest.
The most happening place in the city
The main tourist centre in Barcelona is the Ramblas, a famous street that starts at Plaça Catalunya and ends at the statue of Columbus near the waterfront. A walk down the Ramblas is very interesting as one can see many things starting from vendors selling a variety of things, artists playing instruments, painters depicting their skill, food stalls selling their delicacies and the street artists just capturing your attention every second minute. The street remains busy from morning till late night. The street is about 1.5 kilometers long and ideal for a leisurely walk.
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