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Las Ramblas is one of the greatest areas in Barcelona to do some serious people watching. It is a large stretch of street lined with great shops, cafes, restaurants and many small stalls selling anything from newspapers and magazines, flowers, and even birds!! There are always lots of people including some street performers. Just be careful of your pockets. There are lot of pickpockets around that street, just don't let yourself become a target.
All back alleys lead to....Las Ramblas.
The main artery of Barcelona isn't one that anyone needs to tell you to go and see. If you're in town you'll eventually wind up there one way or the other. So far as what it's good for, I'd say really just the occasional stroll to soak in the most packed-with-life part of town. Yes, it's very touristy, of course. Yes, some of the "performance art" is a little silly. (I just never quite got the facscination with those guys who paint themselves silver and stand motionless, but to each his own, right?) But on the positive side it's a very pretty street, tree-lined and with surprisingly little motorized traffic. And it's capped at either end with a lovely and prominent plaza; Placa Catalunya to the north and Colombus to the south, where you also run into the bustling main port. You may also find it useful as a place to buy anything and everything you need or want, eat an overpriced meal when you're desperate and hungry, catch a metro train, or as a meeting place to hook up with friends or other travelers. And of course there's always the popular pasttime of 'people watching'.
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Aside from Gaudi's architecture the Ramblas is probably one of the best known tourist areas in the city. It is sort of a paradox because it combines a lot of what Barcelona is like with a lot of tourists and high prices. Go and enjoy the street performers, la boqueria, the liceu opera house, flowerbooths, petbooths, and street drawings. Realize that you should be especially careful with your belongings, and that a beer here will cost you much more than in other areas. Las ramblas is also withing walking distance to many other attractions, passeig de gracia, shopping on portal d'angel and el barri gotico.
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La Rambla or Las Ramblas is the main street in Barcelona. As I had only one day in Barcelona, it was already a night when i walked down this amazin street. The thing that impressed me the most was that the street was full of smiling people, i have such a possitive memory!
Also there were street performers everywhere, so here's one pic!
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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.
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.
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:)
Your first destination
The most famous and touristic place of Barcelona. You can simply walk and enjoy with street artists (some of them are really worth a ticket), or you can stop in the many souvenirs shops and restaurants. But if you want to eat a good paella, avoid those places and head for the Barceloneta!
Let's figure you arrive at Placa de Catalunya. You can head for the sea, walking along Las Ramblas. When Las Ramblas ends, you will find a Culumbus statue, and then you'll have 2 choices:
1) You can proceed and go on La Rambla De Mar, enjoy the sightseeing, and, following, you can visit the big Maremagnum structure, where you will find shops of any kinds, bars, clubs.
2) Or you can turn leftand head for La Barceloneta, the right place if you want to eat some typical food. Following the barceloneta, you will arrive in the Olympic area, where you will find a nice and LARGE beach :)
This is my kind of first day to Barcelona
This long street (about 1,5 kms.) goes from the Portal de la Pau (Cristóbal Colón Column) to Plaça de Catalunya, and it receives different names along the way:
- Rambla de Santa Maria
- Rambla dels Caputxins with many cafés
- Rambla de Sant Josep also known as de las Flores (flowers)
- Rambla dels Estudis (studies) because the University was in this area in the past
- Rambla de Canaletes
I's a lively part of the city all day long. Walking up and down, you will enjoy many street performers (visit the travelogue to have a look at them), or just stroll.
Las Ramblas is a popular thoroughfare in Barcelona which runs from the Plaza Catalunya through to the port. It is always crowded, especially with tourists. There are kiosks where they sell flowers and even pets. There are also many human sculptures at the end of the road, where it gives way to the port, there are a lot of folks who sell paintings and make portraits of folks, especially tourists.
This busy stretch of road is where you'll find a ton of tourists, souvenier shops, restaurants and street performers. There are vendors selling everything from parakeets to porn. Be careful of pickpockets, they wait for you to be distracted by all the action.
While you walk along, be sure to glance down or you'll miss the Joan Miro mosaic
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La Rambla (length: 1,5 km) is definetely Barcelonas most famous boulevard. It is one of the main shopping and touristic arteries in the city. Plenty of cafes, restaurants, market stalls and street performances invite for a stroll or a break from a busy day.
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Well, I lived there, but still it is THE street for tourists. I didn't think it is a beautiful as Passeig de Gracia, but somehow it is the bussiest. You get all that typical tourist place have - junk food chains, expensive and bad restaurants.
However, I loved the artists. My favorite was Charlie Chaplin. He was a genious. So funny. Without pronouncing a word, he made people lough. We watched him for 30 minutes at least!
Cocks, flowers, pickpockets...
Until the beginning of the 18th century La Rambla consisted merely of a path beside a stream running between convents on one side and the old city walls on the other. It was in 1704 that the first houses were put up at the Boqueria on the site of the old city walls and the first trees were planted. In 1775 the old city walls by the Drassanes medieval shipyards were demolished, and toward the end of the 18th century the street began to be systematically developed: la Rambla became a kind of tree-lined avenue.
From upper end, which runs into the Plaça Catalunya, to the lower end below the monument to Columbus, this unique street in fact bears five different names, each describing a section of the street: first, there is La Rambla de Canaletes, a name used by the people of Barcelona because of the Font de les Canaletes fountain. Folk tradition has it that anyone who drinks from this fountain will subsequently keep returning to Barcelona. The next section of La Rambla is known as La Rambla dels Estudis, after the mid-15th century building of that name, the Estudi General or Universitat. If you continue down toward the sea you will enter the stretch known as La Rambla de les Flors, the only place in 19th-century Barcelona that flowers were sold and which even today preserves its that old special charm. Next comes La Rambla del Centre, also known as La Rambla dels Caputxins, because of the old house of Capuchin friars there. And finally, there is the stretch of La Rambla called La Rambla de Santa Mònica, giving access to the port, called after the parish church there which previously had been the religious house of the Barefoot Augustinian order.
Ramble along the Ramblas
Situated in the heart of the town leading down to the waterfront is Las Ramblas. A large pedestrian street that is literally littered with artists and art work.
When I say artists I mean every type of artist you can imagine, not just painters. Here people do anything to earn themselves a bit of cash and I have to say it is way better than simply begging. Of course, there is a great gap between the true artists and some people who are there to give anything ago like the guy I saw dressed as Charlie Chaplin with a Charlie Chaplin puppet, simply making him dance and walk. There was another guy with a football doing keepie uppies and a guy who thought it was funny to shout at everyone and give them a fright.
On the upper end of the scale there are brilliant musicians, amazing paintings for sale and people like the guy in the photo who have an amazing ability to stand still until you give them some money then they will move for you!
If you don't like the artists it's just a nice walk!
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