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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
This is not a sleepy town, unless you happen to walk the streets at four o’clock in the morning. No, the town seems to pick up its pace somewhere around eight o’clock at night, that is when the real day just begins. Las Ramblas fills with a kaleidoscope of street performers—each one better than the last. The best I’ve seen on the continent with whimsical costumes and imaginative shticks. Although, you’ll have to wait until Saturday night to see the guy on the toilet—he’ll draw a crowd of fifty and not accept anything less than a euro to move.
All along this street you will find plenty of street entertainers. Many of them posing as living statues, only moving when you give them some coins.
The one you can see on the picture was very popular, especially with the kids. Maybe because he was sitting on a toilet, with his trousers around his ancles... ;) But with so many other streetperformers in one street you really have to come up with something a bit different to draw the attraction to you.
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.
The Ramblas. Barcelona's most well known pedestrian streets. I don't know what they have, but walking along them, watching the people, the flowers, the books, the human statues, the painters... everything is worth it. Sitting down to take a coffee, overlooking the Mirador de Colon, watching the spaniards, excuse me, the catalunyans go by, is definately an afternoon's delight.
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!
Las Ramblas… What a fantastic place to people watch as well as be entertained… This stretch of road runs 1.4 kilometers from the heart of Barcelona (Placa Catalunya) down to the ocean. 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!
I couldn’t believe all the sights to see with stalls consisting of Florists, Animal vendors selling exotic parrots to cute little chipmunks and ferrets to name a few, Artists that either paint or sketch you, beautiful art to buy, and one thing you can’t miss the Street Performers. My favourite is the Blue Man, so entertaining and very funny.
The Ramblas have many Spanish dancers that entertain, amazing to watch how fast their feet can tap away…
A wide pedestrian walkway is filled with people, on either side of this walkway are narrow single lanes of traffic, so be careful when you cross, they don’t slow down and don’t give way to pedestrians.
Restaurants are many along the Ramblas, as well as some cute shops and hotels. There is no way you can avoid this street on your trip, which I find a good way to centre yourself so as not to get lost down one of the many side streets that lead out to some of the most exotic and beautiful restaurants and shops of all kinds…You will never get bored along this street…