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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    Look but don't touch Iris :)
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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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    La Rambla

    by marinas Written Oct 1, 2003

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    This is main street in Barcelona. It is very odd street in the waves and considerable long. La Rambla wasn´t like to me because on the both side of pedesrian zone, which is very narrow, are very busy streets. In pedestrian zone you may met milion people and clash whith them. In this reason you must be so careful and keep atention on yours things because this street is full of the thiefs.

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  • Beware that man!

    by joanlarkin Written Apr 24, 2007

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    Mike malloy and his gang of wiely bandits try to pull the wool over ur eyes literally they take a coat of wool and cover ur eyes and when ur eyes r covered they take ur stuff

    Unique Suggestions: bring a knife

    Fun Alternatives: cry me a river

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    I've heard so many people talk...

    by viajera67 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I've heard so many people talk about La Rambla, but I found it to be quite touristy, and not half as interesting as the Barri Gotic, The Eixample, or Mont Juic. I also found the Olympic Villages to be touristy, although the sea vistas were nice.

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  • Buy a little...

    by glitter Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Buy a little map/handbook...can get them at La Ramblas....a popular shopping street in the city centre of Barcelona. You seriously need this for walking about & seeing the place. La Ramblas isn't all it's cracked up to be. Just a street full of newsagents & post card sellers. Not much there. You can pick up a free map from Marks & Spencers at the corner of the square where La Ramblas starts. A very good looking Spaniard works there...you can get free maps at the tourist advice section....2nd floor I think.

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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 – The most famous street.

    by Jerelis Written Mar 5, 2013
    Overview at Las Ramblas Barcelona.
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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 – 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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    Do *NOT* eat at plaza real, really scrum food

    by moschos Written Nov 17, 2006
    Plaza Reial

    The restaurants in this square near the Ramblas have the worst paelia and food in whole spain. Because they are always full of tourists due to the position of the square (just near ramblas street) they serve ready made frozen food. If you don't have taste at all or are very very hungry then eat here else avoid these restaurants. One good restaurant was the "ATIC" on the ramblas street on the first floor.

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    WALK THE STREET THEN CHECK OUT THE SIDE STREETS

    by jlpretty Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    THE PRICES ON THE STREET ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN THE SIDE STREETS AND IT CAN GET QUITE CROWDED....ESPECIALLY WHEN A CRUISE SHIP ARRIVES

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