Mercat de la Boqueria is the market halfway up the Ramblas and the perfect place to experience Catalan smells and tastes. A great destination to start your day with a delicious smoothie or fruit salad.
Everything about La Rambla. Visit the busiest street in the centre of Barcelona with its many tourists. Las Ramblas in Barcelona from Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus monument in the harbour.
La Rambla of Barcelona
|Address||La Rambla Barcelona Spain|
|Metro||Metro stations Catalunya, Liceu and Drassanes|
|Attention||Beware of pickpockets! At night, the Ramblas turns into a street teeming with prostitutes and drug dealers.|
La Rambla, the busiest street of Barcelona
The Ramblas is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, but many tourists will be disappointed by this street. The city has so much more to offer than this overcrowded, overly touristy street full of pickpockets and promoters.
Las Ramblas used to be a dried riverbed, now it's the busiest avenue in Barcelona. The avenue with its plane trees, flower stalls, street musicians, and human statues leads from the Plaça de Catalunya (the main square of the city) to Port Vell harbour, with its Monumento a Colón. The 1,200-metre long Ramblas avenue still exudes a 19th-century ambience, alternating with modern aspects and many souvenir shops. The central part of La Rambla is for pedestrians, and it's lined by narrow one-way streets for motorised traffic on both sides.
Many tourists choose to stay at a hotel near La Rambla. This central location does indeed offer easy access to Barcelona's many sights and attractions, but keep in mind that the bustling Ramblas can be quite noisy until late at night.
Sights around the Ramblas
The Columbus statue is located at the end of the Ramblas (on the harbour side) and is also called the 'monumento a Colon'. You can even take a lift up the statue.
Plaça Reial is a square located right next to the Ramblas. This cosy square in the Gothic Quarter has many (tourist) restaurants and bars.
Everything about Plaça de Catalunya, the busiest square between the old town and the district Eixample in Barcelona.
Street artists at the Ramblas
The streets of the Ramblas
The promenade is distinguished by five different Rambla, together referred to as the Ramblas. From Plaça de Catalunya toward the coast, your will come across the following Ramblas:La Rambla de Canaletes (Metro station Catalunya)
- This street was named after the black-and-bronze-coloured drinking fountain. Legend says that you will certainly return to Barcelona if you drink a sip of the water from this fountain.
- This part of the avenue has various stalls with fish and bird cages
- 17th-century Baroque church.
- Because of the many flower stalls, this is also called the 'Rambla de les Flors'
- On the right you have the Mercat de la Boqueira. It's a lovely market with fresh goods that you should definitely visit early in the day.
- This is the stretch with the most street performers
- Down the side streets to the left, you can go see Barcelona's most beautiful square, Plaça Reial, and one of Gaudi's creations, Palau Guell. Gran Teatre del Liceu is here on the Rambla. At night this part of the Ramblas turns into a bit of a 'red-light district'