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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.
I found the street performers at Las ramblas quite amazing, atleast most of them. People painting themselves in all sorts of colours and all kinds of weird but perfectly made dresses and acting out various roles. Some standing still and motionless, while some are whistling, some dancing, some showing magic tricks or some showing their tricks with the football. Some of them taking the pleasure in getting people frightened.
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.
Església de Betlem
One of the most notable Baroque churches in Barcelona, the Església de Betlem was once part of a larger Jesuit compound. It dates from 1732 and currently graces la Rambla at the corner of Carrer del Carme with its beautifully carved façade. In 1936, the interior was destroyed during Civil War unrest and many important works of art were lost.
Do the stroll
This is most probably one of the most famous boulevards in the world. It is about a mile long – and I wonder if it ever sleeps.
It is actually lined with majestic and beautiful buildings. Start walking the Rambla from Plaça de Catalunya, and end at the Columbus Monument.
Along the way there are many distractions in the form of street artists, shops, markets, restaurants, souvenir shops, flower stalls etc.
There is a lot to see and do, so I am sure you will return to stroll down La Rambla more than once.
It is one of those things you have to experience while in Barcelona.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Stroll down and up the Rambles
This former riverbed connects the huge Plaza Catalunya with the port. The city is proud to have now extended the Rambles a bit and added the Rambla de Mar but this sector is closed in the late night and is nothing else than an installation to get faster and more efficiently the people's money. In principle I welcome the idea to exclude motorized traffic from some parts of the cities totally or at least for some hours but to do that with the pedestrians is a very new idea....
A stroll on the Rambles is for almost every visitor of Barcelona the first activity and it is in fact really nice and entertaining at all times of the day (but at least the lower parts of the Rambles should be avoided in the small hours).
We took the bus from the airport to a station close to the top of Las Ramblas and it was immediately exciting with all the activity. We stayed at the Rivoli. Great Hotel! Walked the Ramblas- very crowded (in August) or anytime. Found a great tapas bar close to the Santa Maria de Mariners Cathedral. Went to La Sagrada Familia of course..was under construction as usual. Boarded our ship for Monte Carlo. Loved the city.
We stayed in a hotel just off Las Ramblas as on the map it seemed quite central and it is. At the bottom there is the port (handy as we were getting on a cruise) and at the other end there is the Placa Catalunya which is a central square which the buses to the airport arrive at and from which you can get to the shops and Gaudi buildings.
I had read a few reviews on this site about overpriced food, pickpockets, overprice souvenirs etc but i saw none of this. We both bought a couple of little trinkets for less than €10 and had 2 pizzas and 2 drinks for less than €20. We also didnt see any pickpockets but we were very careful and I had a very short handled shoulder bag - maybe if we had kept money in our pockets it would have been different.
The street is divided into sections and there are streetartists, flower stalls and pet shops which are the most horrific thing - the animals like ferrets, birds and rabbits are crammed into cages in the stifling heat during the day and then the stalls close at night and the animals are all encased inside the stall all night and padlocked in. It really depressed me and i cant believe its still allowed. The most shocking thing is that some of the pet stalls dont open on sunday so the animals are padlocked in the stall from saturday night until monday morning. This was definitly the downside of Las Ramblas.
The atmosphere on the street is lively and energetic and you really get the feeling of being right in the heart of Barcelona. There is a lovely cool Pizza Express at the top near Placa Catalunya which we ate in and a McDonalds and Burger King opposite (where you can use the public toilets as there are no public restrooms in Barcelona except in cafes or places like Sagrada Familia). There were also lovely pastry shops and waffle shops which were pretty reasonable in price.
Las Ramblas is definitly a must see. I really enjoyed it (apart from the pet shops) and there are definitly loads of places to buy souvenirs and even nice jewellery, ornaments and summer dresses, etc.
It is an iconic and busy street in central Barcelona.
I think in every city has the street like this.
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.
Busy and exciting Walking Street
This is really busy. Dont go here if you not a good crowd walker. Street performers, paintings, and other stuff to lure tourists in. Careful! I heard pickpocketers strike while your enjoying the wonderful free performences on the street.
We branched off this street to check out the market, where we saw meat and strange things never before in our lives, like lungs and wierd stuff. We fancied some candied watermelon, and other cool fruits i forget their names.
In beautiful weather, no better way to spend an afternoon feeling like youve dont something when you havent. The city is alive in La Ramblas. I must go back!
La Rambla is a must do for every visitor to Barcelona but to be perfectly honest it is not the huge experience I had expected. Don't get me wrong, it is well worth the visit but just wouldn't feature in my top ten things to see and do in Barcelona. The modernist buidings are interesting as is Mercat Boqueria as well as the many street mime performers and artists which litter the street but other than that there isn't really much to La Rambla. The side streets leading off it into the Barri Gothic are much more interesting than the street itself. Too many newsagent stalls and soouvenir shops (to be expected I guess) litter La Rambla.
The street where everything happens...!
Las ramblas is the main street of Barcelona. It´s a show within the city itself! You will see hundreds of people walking around. Lots of street shows happening all the time. Lots of commerce, people, movement, etc. This was also where me and my wife booked our hotel (check it out on my other tips) because all of this!!! Las ramblas is in fact Barcelona at its highest point!!
This has to be one of the best places in the world just to walk. As you walk its full length alongside the many tourists & locals you'll see painted human statues, buskers, caricaturists all vying for your attention. There are plenty of kiosks, flower stalls & pet shops too. As you walk along be sure to look at the colourful pavement mosaic under your feet.
Other highlights on Las Ramblas include Gran Teatre del Liceu (city opera house) & Mercat de La Boqueria(food market).
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