La Rambla (common known as “Las Ramblas” in Spanish, or “Les Rambles” in Catalan) is the most famous street in Barcelona. It is located between the two principal quarters in the city center (Barri Gòtic and Raval), and it connects the Plaça Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus Monument in the port. It is a collection of five streets: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Sant Josep (or de les Flors), Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Mònica. A walk down La Rambla is compulsory; you cannot leave the city without seeing it. This street is one of the most important attractions of Barcelona. Do you know why?
In the Middle Ages, La Rambla was part of a watercourse next the city walls. In Arabic, “rambla” means “dry river”: the experts say that these big streets called “ramblas”, common in many Spanish towns, were dry rivers used as a peaceful place to walk. Nowadays “ramblas” is a word that describes big and popular pedestrian avenues, used as meeting points in many cities.
For a lot of centuries, La Rambla has been the centre of Barcelona city life and the pure essence of the city. Tourism has had an effect on the shops, restaurants and hotels in las Ramblas; however, the street still preserves its charming and festive atmosphere, and it has become a mix of cultures, activities and styles, crowded during the day until late at night.
La Rambla is full of tourists, artists painting caricatures, dancers, musicians and restaurants. All along La Rambla’s length are kiosks that sell newspapers, magazines and souvenirs too, and the legendary flower stalls. During the 19th century, the avenue was the only place in Barcelona where flowers were sold. Other basic attractions of La Rambla are the human statues that occupy the public space with their costume and their characterization. Some of them are really impressive.
The famous “Font de Canaletes” is located in La Rambla, too. This fountain is a popular meeting point, and the place where football fans celebrate their victories since the 1930s, after Barça football matches. Other extraordinary sights are also located in the avenue, including a mosaic by Joan Miró, or Plaça Reial (Royal Square), a square with palm trees and beautiful porticoed buildings.
La Rambla is also full of historical buildings, like Palau de la Virreina (Palace of the Virreina) and El Gran Teatre del Liceu (Liceu Theatre), where all the ballets and operas are staged.
And there is something you cannot forget to visit in La Rambla: El mercat de La Boqueria (La Boqueria Market). The first mention of the market dates from 1217! La Boqueria has become one of the best fresh markets in the world, with more than 250 stalls of fresh fish, meat, cheese, vegetables, spices, juices, mushrooms and snacks.
If you are looking for hotels in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, you can take a look at our selection. Here you will find a wide range of options, from charming hotels in Las Ramblas to cheap hotels or apartments. And if you want to stay in the city centre but in a quieter environment, you can look for accommodation in other neighbourhoods in the city. In our website you will find nice hotels near Las Ramblas in Barcelona: in Raval, Barri Gòtic, Eixample or Sant Antoni, for example.
To find more interesting information about La Rambla, visit the web dels “Amics de La Rambla” (Friends of La Rambla).
To find out the schedule of activities and life moving around La Rambla, you can not lose the blog “Ramblejant” (“rambling”)