Las Ramblas, Barcelona

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  • Overview at Las Ramblas Barcelona.
    Overview at Las Ramblas Barcelona.
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    One of the many stalls.
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    Las Ramblas – What to expect?

    by Jerelis Written Mar 5, 2013

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    Having fun with a street performer.
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    What else to expect at Las Ramblas? Maybe it is too much to mention, but let me have try. First off all I immediately noticed all the street performers the whole way along Las Ramblas. Most of them are human statues, but there were also flexible dancers, musicians, magicians and marionettes. We learned that there is a maximum of 14 human statues selected by the Department of Commerce and Tourism. You also can’t miss the many kiosks. They sell a variety of stuff like newspapers, tobacco, lighters, chewing, post cards, key chains and mugs. Stalls with more character are the flower stands and typical newspaper kiosks.

    We loved strolling along Las Ramblas and just looked at the many historic buildings like the Palace of the Virreina, (mentioned before) La Boqueria Market and the famous Liceu Theatre. Don’t forget to enter one of the side streets, only a few metres long, leads to the Plaça Reial, a plaza with palm trees and amazing buildings containing many pubs and restaurants. Finally I want to mention that Las Ramblas has a huge crime problem, because it is so crowded. Many tourists became a victim of pickpockets. Their targets are handbags, phones and wallets, which they try to steal without you noticing. Be aware!

    Address: Las Ramblas, Barcelona
    Directions: Las Ramblas is located at the Gothic Quarter with Port Vell at the southern most end and Plaça Catalunya at the northern most end.

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    Las Ramblas – Shopping at Las Ramblas.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 5, 2013
    Right at the Mercat de la Boqueria.
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    The huge advantage about Las Ramblas is that we had the overwhelming feeling that pedestrians ruled in this area. This is a very welcome change in the city of Barcelona. Because of this Las Ramblas is an absolute must for tourists to sit on a terrace with a jarro or sangria and just watch the world go by!

    Another aspect of Las Ramblas is simply shopping. Remember that there are dozens of restaurants and shops along the full length of Las Ramblas. However due to the popularity of Las Ramblas, and sheer volume of visitors, you will find elevated prices and generally a lower level of service than you would experience in a less touristy area. An acception of this all was the Mercat de la Boqueria, which I fell in love with. Do keep in mind that this is not only a market to come and buy, but also to enjoy the pleasure of wandering around ... and so we did! Once we entered it we witnessed that here at the market the stand owners still engage in the direct and personalised sale of day-to-day products. We immediately saw this huge central courtyard with little (wooden) shops/stalls and the hive of activity and the atmosphere was a riot of colours.

    Address: Las Ramblas, Barcelona
    Directions: Las Ramblas is located at the Gothic Quarter with Port Vell at the southern most end and Plaça Catalunya at the northern most end.

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    Las Ramblas – The most famous street.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 5, 2013
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    Without a doubt we can say that Las Ramblas is the most famous street in Barcelona. This wide boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya with the Columbus Monument and the city's waterfront. This very crowded street is very popular with tourists and can therefore easily be called a tourist trap. The middle part of Las Ramblas is a pedestrian area and bordered by beautiful trees. Kiosks, flower stalls and street artists are in abundance here. Traffic passes on either side of the pedestrian area. During our first visit to the city of Barcelona we definitely wanted to visit Las Ramblas to witness it all for ourselves. Is it really this busy and crowded? Time for us to explore it.
    We parked our car at a parking lot facing at the Avinguda del Parallel and walked from there to the Placa Drassanes, Passeig de Josep Camer and entered Las Ramblas via the southern tip of city’s waterfront. At first we didn’t think it was a true tourist trap, but the further we walked towards its most northern tip of Plaça de Catalunya we witnessed all its live performances, human statues, other art, artists that will draw your portrait or caricature, as well as established attractions like the Wax Museum, Erotica Museum and Modernist Boqueria Market. And besides that all the masses of people … yes, indeed a true tourist trap!

    Address: Las Ramblas, Barcelona
    Directions: Las Ramblas is located at the Gothic Quarter with Port Vell at the southern most end and Plaça Catalunya at the northern most end.

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  • Las Ramblas, It is what it is, it is not so bad

    by pete_coach Written Mar 2, 2012

    I have read almost nothing but negative stuff about Las Ramblas. In fact, it is truly the heart of the City. It is an active, vibrant, exciting place to be. Yes, it is crowded, yes there are "pickpockets, yes there are tacky stalls, yes it is a bit more expensive but, name me one place anywhere in the world that is so central, so busy and active that does not have issues?
    During the day it is like any business area in town plus, the tourist effect. At night it comes alive with restaurants and bars, shysters and, hawkers. It is all great. To say not to go there or it is to be avoided at all costs will make some people to miss a viable, exciting part of Barcelona. It is a good part of what makes Barcelona. Las Ramblas is what it is.

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    Las Ramblas - worst restaurants ever

    by clareabee Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    My fiance wanted to eat on las ramblas.....as it was his birthday I gave in....I so wish I hadn't and so does he!
    We ate at an over-priced mediocre restaurant where they obviously just piled your plate with food throwing wild oblivion to quality.
    They were expensive and tacky and won't be an experience i will be repeating.
    It is also a very busy area - don't get me wrong you can't go to Barcelona and not go down it but once you have seen it once that is enough - crowded, tacky (IMO) and nothing special - totally overated.

    Unique Suggestions: you at least have to walk down it -you can't go without at least seeing it once! and the market just off it is worth a look.

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    La Rambla

    by windoweb Written Apr 25, 2010

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    Beautiful Flower Display at La Rambla

    A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian mall between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, it connects Plaça Catalunya in the center with the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell.

    Most of the time, there are many more tourists than locals occupying the Rambla.

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    Las Ramblas : forget about it !

    by Ipanema_Princess Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    Las Ramblas

    When I was reading about Barcelona in travel guides, it sounded as “Las Ramblas” where THE place to be. So of course when we arrived this is the first thing we decided to do… and I was extremely disappointed. “Las Ramblas” is just a big avenue, full with tourists, street performers, pickpockets and prostitutes. You are bothered every two seconds by someone who wants to sell you something, or give you a flyer for a “pub crawl”. Boring ! It is such a tourist trap !
    Barcelona has much better to offer...

    Unique Suggestions: But if you still want to go, just don’t take any bag or extra money and don’t stop to look at performers or people playing money games on the streets. And avoid restaurants in the area who are of course more expensive.

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    Kind of shady street

    by monicarc Written Oct 11, 2009

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    The Ramblas was kind of ghetto to me--just full of souvenier kiosks and creepy street performers.

    Unique Suggestions: Keep away from the street performers--just walk by them.

    Fun Alternatives: One street over, the Placa del Angel had nice shops and beautiful buildings to look at.

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  • beware las ramblas!!!!!!!!

    by rudigger37 Written Jul 25, 2009

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    yes im currently in Barcelona and las ramblas, well, i wont be going back to that area.. ever again! this is my second time in barcelona and todays events have certainly put me off going back. las ramblas is a street of unimaginable theft. i was walking down las ramblas and my mother and i are pretty wary about pickpockets etc and were certainly not stupid. there are many acts and markets stalls along las ramblas and eventually you will become relaxed and absorbed into the atmosphere. as my mother and i stopped to watch one of those performing artists someone reached into my mothers bag and swiped her purse. this wasnt down to stupidity but to the fact that these thieves are professionals. once your targeted they wait until you least expect it; taking a simple photograph or taking some coins out of your purse to give to the performers. my advice, dont ever let your guard down on las ramblas EVER. dont take photos, the performers arent that great and dont give money to them because once your wallets been spotted they will want your wallet! we had to cancel all my mums credit cards and we lost €300 cash plus some personal photos.

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    The trap we all get sucked into

    by xxsentiaxx Written Jun 11, 2009

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    When I was doing research about what to do in Barcelona, Las Ramblas kept popping up. This area is a complete tourist trap. The restaurants are all WAY overpriced, the shops are all souvenir type places and also overpriced. The pickpockets are aplenty. I guess if you visit Barcelona you have to go here to check it out, but don't stay here. Eat and shop in other areas, you'll save yourself a ton of money.

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    La Concha restaurant

    by sunshine9689 Updated Dec 31, 2008

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    I hate to say, but 65 euros later we left completely disappointed.

    - First of all, the food was mediocre. Do not get me wrong, the salads (house salad, asparagus/ham salad) were quite good, but House Paella (18 euro per person, with minimum order for 2 people) was NOT. Seafood was old and rice tasteless.

    - Secondly, we felt rushed. Waiters were nice and polite, but they kept coming to the table, eager to clean, thus making us feel we need to finish faster.

    - Thirdly, the prices were quite high. I think 65 euros for a meal for two (NO alcohol) is too much.

    Also, bare in mind that it is one of those places were they charge you for at least 2 pieces of bread (1 euro each), even if you have not eaten them. So, just send the basket away, if you do not plan on eating it.

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    A cheap meal that isnt!

    by siwaller Written Aug 1, 2008

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    I'd heard about some of the expensive/rip off restaurants on Las Ramblas, however I had been up to Montserrat and got back late, was tired and my daughter and I wanted to eat somewhere close to the Plaza Catalunya. After a short walk down one restaurant was advertising what appeared to be a Paella for 2 at a reasonable price. I got hit nearly 12 Euros for a small bottle of spanish (house) wine that should have cost about 3-4 no more. A simple meal for two ended up costing over 40 euros. Avoid the Ramblas....

    Unique Suggestions: Try the freshly squeezed fruit juices for 1 euro in the market or one of the fruit platters, really good value and delicious.

    Fun Alternatives: If you need to eat in this area then go to La Fonda, get there early or expect to queue, it does close for a few hours inbetween lunch and the evening (closes about 3pm if I remember correctly). Three of us had a fab 3 course meal with loads of wine, Paella, Ensalada, Pollo etc for 35 euro. The establishment is a training restaurant for a Barcelona University, all the chefs and waiting staff are students but the service is excellent as is the food...

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    La Rambla or Les Rambles or Las Ramblas

    by savvygirl Written Jun 26, 2007

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    Las Ramblas

    La Rambla, the main street in the city of Barcelona is filled with market stalls, vendors, artists, & flower stands and is most undoubtedly the place where everyone, locals and tourists alike, come together. Don't skip this cosmopolitan area but be sensitive to the fact that it is a touristy street and there are many things to see outside of this street.

    Unique Suggestions: Walk down the Ramblas, and follow it to the Calle Nou de la Rambla, which is where the Palau Güell is located (another masterpiece by Gaudí). You should not miss Pl. Reial with its archway and palm trees (some say the tallest of Europe).

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    Pleasant Walking Trap

    by atufft Written May 23, 2007

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    Las Ramblas is the place where the tour buses stop to let visitors wonder and buy their souvenirs. Actually, the walk to the Plaza Colon is quite pleasant, particularly in the morning. A great stretch of pedestrian only walkway that goes from the Plaza Sol to Plaza Colon, which is at the waterfront. Unfortunately, the Barcelona civic leaders didn't see the opportunity to actually build Las Ramblas ALL the way to the waterfront, so around the statue of Christopher Columbus, there is a rather hazardous circle of traffic. Mimes and other street entertainment actually make Las Ramblas a must see destination with Barcelona, as well as a tourist trap. This is a good place to shop for the cheap gifts to take home. Watch out for pickpockets and be careful at night.

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    VTA

    by mingul Written May 10, 2007

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    I have not been tricked but bear in mind that a lot of central restaurants will not have VTA included on their menus. Therefore your bill will increase:)

    Fun Alternatives: Restaurants in the not over rated tourist areas will definetely have good food and fair prices. Avoid all the crowded touristic restaurants.

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