La Rambla

La Rambla

This is not just the main and one of the most picturesque pedestrian boulevards in Barcelona, it is the place to feel the vibrant heartbeat of this noisy, joyful and unique city. Translated from Arabic as "waterway", this boulevard swarming with people crowds runs from Plaça de Catalunya to Plaça del Portal de la Pau and to the Columbus Monument. In the 18th century the city wall of the Gothic Quarter was partially demolished, the first trees were planted and the street originated from this free space soon became locals’ favorite to have a smooth walk along the city.

Stretching 1.2 km La Rambla (or Las Ramblas, as it is often referred to locally) is formally divided into five separate boulevards: Rambla de Canaletes (named after a medieval wall, it features La Font de Canaletes, famous drinking fountain, which is the traditional gathering spot for FC Barcelona fans); Rambla dels Estudis (a former University of Barcelona); Rambla de Sant Josep (or Rambla de les Flors – a vibrant flower market) that is home to the Boqueria marketplace; Rambla dels Caputxins (a site of a former Capuchin monastery) and Rambla de Santa Monica (named after the convent of St. Monica, now Arts Santa Mònica contemporary art center), – all of the Ramblas are smoothly going from one to another. Rambla del Mar (the seaside one) is often considered to be a part of the Ramblas. It is a wooden walkway stretching along the seashore towards the Maremagnum shopping mall.

La Rambla is the place to see such recognized architectural masterpieces as the Palau Guell, Gaudi’s street lamps, mosaics by Joan Miro, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Virreina Palace, Casa Bruno Сuadros and many others. If all you have is only one day to see the city, a walk down this spectacular boulevard will provide you with a great impression about the uniqueness of Barcelona. Shops and tiny stores, restaurants and bars, luxurious hotels and modest hostels, even living statues of famous characters – all of this and much, much more is what La Rambla is ready to offer to its ever flowing tourist crowds (the "tide" is at the lowest during the morning hours).

Address: La Rambla
How to reach: metro Catalunya, Liceu, Drassanes
Coordinates: 41.381574, 2.172867