Las Ramblas, Barcelona

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    Cosmopolitan atmosphere-Ambiente cosmopolita

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    La Rambla is a popular iconic and busy street in central Barcelona connecting Catalonia square (Plaça de Catalunya) and the Columbus monument. It's full of street theatre, cafés and market stalls as well as various performances and street vendors. "Las Ramblas" are divided into different sections, as Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis (study), Rambla dels Caputxins, Rambla de Santa Mònica and Rambla de les Flors (flowers). There are several interesting buildings here, as the ones I show you in my pictures. One of the funniest is the Bruno Quadros House or the Umbrellas' house, because his owner became very rich selling this article and some umbrellas decorate the façade. This building also has a Chinese dragon in the corner. The Main Theater (Teatro Principal) was the oldest in town, coming from the 16th Century. It's not a theatre any more but it still overlooking La Rambla with a collection of busts depicting actors of long gone eras.

    La Rambla es un icono popular del centro de Barcelona, conectando la Plaza de Cataluña con el Monumento a Colón. Está llena de teatro callejero, cafés y mercadillos, asñi como varios espectáculos y vendedores callejeros. "Las Ramblas" están divididas en diferentes secciones, como la Rambla de Canalete, la Rambla de los Estudios, la Rambla de los Capuchinos, la Rambla de Santa Mónica y la Rambla de las Flores. Hay algunos edificios interesantes aquí, como los que muestro en las fotos. Uno de los más divertidos es la Casa Bruno Quadros, o de los Paraguas, porque su dueño se hizo rico vendiendo este accesorio y algunos paraguas decoran la fachada. El Teatro Principal era el más antiguo de la ciudad, viniendo del siglo XVI. Ya no es un teatro pero continua mirando a La Rambla con una colección de bustos representanto actores de hace tiempo.

    Las Ramblas Casa Bruno Quadros La Rambla La Rambla Principal Theater - Teatro Principal

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  • Crazy Shopping and Siteseeing Street!

    by Jetgirly Written Dec 27, 2004

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    There is nothing else like The Ramblas! This stretch of road runs 1.4 kilometers, from the heart of Barcelona (Plaza Catalunya) right down to the ocean. Along the way you will see street performers, stalls selling birds, florists and all sorts of other crazy stuff. There is a wide pedestrian walkway that is always packed, and narrow single lanes of traffic on either side. There are TONS of restaurants along the Ramblas, as well as some cute shops and many hotels. There is no way you can avoid this street on your trip, so embrace all the hustle and bustle and go with the flow!

    At the bottom of the Ramblas, there is a giant monument to Columbus. You can ride the elevator right to the top for 360 degree views of the port and Ramblas!

    A Street Performer on Las Ramblas
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    La Rambla-A Parade of People

    by VeronicaG Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    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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    Las Ramblas

    by spgood301 Updated Sep 16, 2005

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    You've heard all about Las Ramblas-I doubt I can add anything new. It's a place to be while in Barcelona, day or night. The street performers, the merchants selling birds, all of the restaurants. I was surprised how short Las Ramblas is-I was expecting to walk much longer to get to the bottom.

    It's the best place to buy your kitschy (sic) Barcelona souvenirs. I bought a Barcelona t-shirt with Homer Simpson's picture. It's one of my prize possesions (boy, am I sad!)

    One word of warning: I didn't check the menu before ordering a meal, and paid around 9 euros for a glass (albeit very large) of orange juice. I was hoping it was some sort of magic orange juice, but I don't think it was.

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    LAS RAMBLAS - the history

    by Maria_75 Updated Oct 1, 2004

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    This name comes from the Arabic word for riverbed. It was originally just a path beside a stream that was running through the centre of the old city.

    Today it is a famous avenue that is the bustling centre of all kinds of activities. You can find almost anything here. Las Ramblas runs from Placa de Catalunya, a main square full of shops, restaurants, and banks, located at the centre of the city, down to the monument of Columbus on the waterfront.

    The avenue is broken up into five sections, each with its own name and characteristics. The first one is La Rambla de Canaletes, which was named after the fountain Font de les Canaletes. Legends says that whoever drinks from this fountain will forever keep returning to Barcelona.

    The next area is named after the Estudi General (university) and is called La Rambla dels Estudis. But some also call it La Rambla dels Ocells (avenue of the birds), because of its many places selling birds and small animals.

    Next is La Rambla de les Flors, where you can buy all kinds of flowers. This is also where you find the century-old Boqueria Market. Inside this market you can find the freshest produce, meat, fish, and dried fruits.

    Then there is the La Rambla del centre and La Rambla de Santa Monica that brings you to Barcelona’s harbour. At the seafront is La Rambla de Mar where you can find the beach, an aquarium, restaurants, movie theatres and popular nightclubs.

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    La Rambla, the busiest Avenue in Barcelona

    by seamandrew Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    I recommend that any trip to walk down La Rambla begin up at the northern end by the Plaça de Catalunya. From there you can embark on that flow of humanity down to the sea (no joke, it's crowded!). The best advice is to plunge in, go with the flow and enjoy the constant weird and wonderful activities taking place around you. Let yourself be carried past lottery ticket booths, shoe shiners, cheap pensions, human statues (performers), and people of all types. Let your senses be assailed by the squawking of caged birds, the perfumed air of the flower stalls, the chatter of the gossips and the shrieks of the fruit markets.

    There are a number of things to see both on La Rambla and off. So if you're really looking to get to know it, expect to spend some time there. La Rambla is broken down to the Rambla de Catalunya, Rambla de Canaletes (which by the way gets it's name from the Font de Canaletes), Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Sant Josep, Rambla dels Caputxins, Rambla de Santa Mònica., down to the Monument a Colom and the waterfront.

    Oh and please, please be aware of pickpockets. With such large groups of people, they inevitably prey on such a bountiful crowd. As should be a norm anywhere you go, being aware and strapping cameras and bags tightly to your body is usually enough to deter thieves.

    People pass one of many flower shops on La Rambla
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    La Rambla

    by MM212 Updated Aug 8, 2012

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    Barcelona's most famous avenue, la Rambla, is also its liveliest. The centre part of this tree-lined avenue is pedestrianised, allowing for cafés, kiosks, mimes, florists, tourists and pickpockets alike to take advantage and to keep this circus-like thoroughfare busy around the clock. The avenue officially runs from the Mediterranean shore all the way up through Eixample to Avinguda Diagonal. However, the most celebrated section of la Rambla is the lower part, starting from Plaça de Catalunya to the port. Numerous historic buildings line la Rambla, which traces the shape of an old filled river bed. In fact, the avenue's name is derived from the Arabic world ramla which refers to the sand in a dry seasonal river bed. Over time, the river bed was filled to become what we see today. Along this part of la Rambla is also some creative architecture as well as a few famous old-world shops with Art Nouveau details (see photos).

    London Plane Trees in la Rambla The effort put into this is worth a euro... One of many mimes.. Art Nouveau Caf�� Art Nouveau Pharmacy
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    LA RAMBLAS...A TOURIST MUST SEE

    by travelgourmet Updated Feb 15, 2011

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    A street of dreams, a street of action, a street of reputation. All of these descriptions fit La Ramblas, Les Ramblas, or Las Ramblas, all three names apply to the area that runs from the Christopher Columbus monument, near the sea, north to Playca Catalunya.

    Restaurants that are ready for the tourists with food and prices to match, the grand market, closeness to the sea, the many shops that draw the tourist inside, and the mime artists, bird sellers and flower stalls that line the sidewalks make for a vibrant center of the city.

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    The Umbrella Shop Dragon

    by easyoar Written Nov 28, 2004

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    When you've walked halfway along the Ramblas, you will come to the Placa de la Boqueria where there is the Miro mosaic in the pavement. At this point, look at the buildings on the side of the road.

    One of these buildings used to be an umbrella shop, and the owner of the time had some very ornate decoration put up on the outside of the building in an art deco style. The most impressive part is the dragon with a fan, dangling an umbrella. It's difficult to explain, but the picture should be able to do this!

    The Umbrella Shop Dragon
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    by quartinb Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    La Rambla is a tree line pedestrian boulevard packed with strangepeople, mimes, all kind of actors and itinerant people selling everything from lottery tickets to jewellery and handcraft features. It's actually five separate streets that covers the entire sightseeing of the town of Barcelona. It ends at the Monument a Colom (Monument to Columbus) and the harbour.

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    by Emke Updated Apr 9, 2004

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    It's amazing to walk along the Ramblas. You will find little crocodiles, leguanas, ducks, spiders, snakes, rabbits etc etc in cages. I felt sorry for these animals but eitherway it's fun to see it.

    Watch your belongings carefully but enjoy the vibrant atmosphere on the ramblas. Even at night I didn't feel uncomfortable.

    All the streetartists attract a lot of people and the performances they give are hilarius and / or amazing.

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    THE main street in Barcelona

    by stressball Written Feb 23, 2005

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    You have to walk down Las Ramblas at least once during your trip to Barcelona. This is a very interesting street. Not only are there tons of places to shop and eat, but there are ALWAYS tons of people...interesting people of all sorts. Enjoy your stroll...stop and watch the artwork being created with the spraypaints...watch the strange actors in their unusual costumes...do some window shopping...enjoy!

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    Las Ramblas

    by easyoar Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Las Ramblas is a very long pedestrianised walk that always has people walking along. The name comes from the Arabic word 'Ramla' which means a dried up river bed of a river that only flows for part of the year. Apparently one such river used to follow this route.

    The Ramblas is actually split up into 5 parts and each has a distictively different feel as you walk down the whole of the Ramblas. One part has flowers for sale, another has pets, there are mime artists along another part. All the way along there are many kiosks selling sweets and newspapers etc.

    The phot attached shows the Ramblas near the Placa de Catalunya, in a typically busy state. It was taken just before Christmas, hence the decorations in the trees.

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    RAmblas

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 6, 2011

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    It is the main avenue for shoppers, strollers, and site site seeing people. The avenue stretches form the Port Vell harbor starting at Columbus monument all the way for about 2 miles to the west through retail, then upscale living area. Along the way are good decent shops, but also cheap junk sold under tent shelters for the low end buyers needing a souvenir

    Administrative bulding near harbor Avenue of restaurants and awnings Postcards, trinkets, chains, etc, etc Crowds pack up the streets
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    Les Rambles (Catalan) March 2010

    by windoweb Updated May 2, 2010

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    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.

    Street Performers La Rambla
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