One of the most emblematic places and a place which has to be included in any sightseeing itinerary in the city of Barcelona, is La Rambla or Las Ramblas.

However, many who come to visit this city were born in doubt: What exactly is a Rambla? If you come to visit Barcelona and you like to be in crowded places, centrally located, full of activities and shops, an interesting choice of accommodation is to rent anapartment at Las Ramblas, or near the Ramblas, as well as it might interesting to rentapartments at Plaza Catalunya.

In Catalonia, a street is called a Rambla when it is a wide boulevard with usually trees and a central platform/ sidewalk. Specifically in the city of Barcelona, ??there are several well-known boulevards such as the Rambla de Catalunya, the Rambla del Raval, La Rambla del Poble Nou, etc. However, the main character of Barcelona’s tourist scene, without a doubt, is La Rambla which is located between Plaza de Catalunya and the Columbus Monument, located in the district of Ciutat Vella.

For a map of the Ramblas, with some of the most interesting places to visit, check out this link: Map of Las Ramblas in Google Maps. La Rambla, also known as Las Ramblas, because it is a street in a length of 2 kilometers, which is changing its name in its five different sections. Start counting from the Plaza de Cataluña, the Rambla sections received different names, which are:

  1. Canaletes Rambla, the part where you can see the source carrying the same name and the place where FC Barcelona celebrates its championships.
  2. Rambla de los Estudios, because it had an university in the fifteenth century, whose building was later transformed into barracks and finally demolished in 1843.
  3. Rambla de San José, or Rambla de las Flores: One of the liveliest sections of the Rambla, where you can find plenty of flower stalls, which gives it the vibrant and colorful ride.
  4. Rambla del Centro or Rambla de Capuchinos: ones there was a congregational convent of friars
  5. Rambla de Santa Monica: final stretch of this street, next to the old port, there was a barefoot Augustinian friary.

One of the main attractions you cannot miss is the colorful Boqueria market, always full of colors, noise and people. In this medieval market you will find a wide variety of commercial activities that sell all kinds of products, ranging from more traditional products up to exclusive drinks and exotic food. There is a popularly saying on the field of gastronomy: ´things which are not available in La Boqueria, will neither be available in any other place in Barcelona´.

Another point of interest is the Columbus Monument, located at the end of the Rambla de Santa Monica, built in the late nineteenth century to commemorate the 400 years since the discovery of America. It has a height of over 50 meters and can be climbed into an elevator up to a small balcony, from which you see much of the city and harbor.

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You can do many activities at the Rambla de Barcelona. All La Rambla and its surrounding streets are lined with souvenir shops, tapas places, restaurants, kiosks, coffee, sales of flowers and even animals. In its central platform, there are often displays of curious mimes, who dress up and show off their talents to receive coins from the passers. There are painters of portraits, landscapes and caricatures, and any other forms of street art . This is a very busy trip, so you should be aware of personal belongings, to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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Las Ramblas Foto ©Satyrvs, tomada via Flickr

To get to the Rambla, it is very easy because there are three stations of the subway line #3 (greenline) along its route, which are: Plaza Catalunya, at the beginning of the Rambla, Liceu, in the central and Drassanes at the end of the Rambla, in front of the Columbus Monument.

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