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
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. To begin with La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most iconic street market, where it’s possible to buy and taste local products.
Other notable places are the famous Liceu Theater, and the charming Plaça Reial.
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.
The Columbus Monument marks the end. However, the Rambla de Mar sets a continuation of the path connecting with Maremagnum Shopping Centre through a wooden bridge over the sea, delivering astonishing views of the Port Vell Marina.
The experience of walking La Rambla
Casa Bruno Cuadros
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 artists and performers in Las Ramblas are selected and regulated by the Department of Tourism of Barcelona, all of which are very mixed and offer very original motifs.
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La Rambla iconic pavement
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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