La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona and one of the most vital places of the catalan capital. Without a doubt, is one of the most essencial attractions to visit in Barcelona.
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The most iconic street of Barcelona
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La Rambla starts at the epicenter of Barcelona, Plaça Catalunya (Catalonia Square). It streches along many important spots you’ll also want to get acquainted with.
La Rambla marks the limit between Barrio Gótico (Gothic Quarter) and El Raval. Barcelona’s cathedral is just located a few blocks away, as well as Plaça Sant Jaume, which houses the main Catalonian Government Building and the City Hall.
What to see in La Rambla
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To begin with, La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most iconic street market, is one of the most visited attractions in La Rabla. Here it’s possible to buy and taste local products, as well as experience the Barcelona market life.
Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour
Other notable place is the world famous Liceu Theater. Barcelona’s opera house opened in 1847 and since then has become one of the most remarkable opera houses in the world.
Guided Tour of Liceu Opera Barcelona
Plaça Reial (Royal Square)
Located right next to La Rambla, this square with charming atmosphere is a famous meeting place and home to many well known restaurants. The lanterns were one of Gaudi’s first works in Barcelona.
Private Walking Tour: Barcelona Old Town
The experience of walking La Rambla
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Walking through La Rambla is a unique experience. There, a melting pot of tourists and locals take place at all times. As a result, La Rambla is fully crowded and busy all day long.
Once you start walking, you’ll notice typical newsstands, kiosks selling souvenirs, cafes, restaurants, fruit and flowershops. The architecture can be quite stunning. A clear example is Casa Bruno Cuadros (La Rambla, Nº 82), a very famous building.
As the walk progresses, more untraditional establishments and peculiar characters start to appear, such as the human statues and street performers, a must see spectacle in La Rambla.
The Columbus Monument marks the end. Walk a bit ahead and you’ll find the Rambla de Mar, a wooden bridge over the sea that connects with Maremagnum Shopping Centre, that offers astonishing views of the Port Vell Marina.
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Tips to visit La Rambla
- The prices of cafes and restaurants are considerably higher. If you’re looking for reasonable prices, walk away a few blocks and you’ll find better deals.
- As all tourist jammed places, pickpockets are common. It’s ok to carry your camera outside as long as you hold it well. Beware of small groups of men asking for directions or touching your back.
- Check the local football or soccer calendar for matches. If the local Barça team happens to win the day of your walk, you might find yourself surrounded by very enthusiastic (and drunk) supporters at Rambla de Canaletas, the place to celebrate when Barça Football Club wins a match.
- One interesting spot to catch art exhibitions and cultural events is at Palau de la Virreina, a former Baroque Palace.
You’ll be able to get your hands on local craftmanships or paintings made by local artists, that sell their work at the end of La Rambla, near Columbus Monument. Or you can be the star of your own souvenir getting a very professional cartoon of yourself.
How to get there
Metro: Line 3, Catalunya, Liceu and Drassanes Station.
Address: Pl. de Catalunya 17-S, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
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