La Rambla

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Barri Gòtic, Barcelona

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La Rambla
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By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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expert-rated things to do in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, People watching

Expert review of La Rambla

One of Europe’s most celebrated boulevards.

I have a love-hate relationship with La Rambla. During the heat of the day it is a sea of tourists, hawkers, living statues and pickpockets, fringed by souvenir shops and fast-food outlets. Early in the morning, however, it is a different proposition; an elegant boulevard, dotted with grand and fanciful buildings, and strolling ground for ancient locals taking the air before the visitors take over.

The various legs of La Rambla have different names – Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Ocells (‘birds’, from the stalls selling songbirds that ran along here until very recently), Rambla de Sant Josep (or de les Flors, from the flowersellers that still line this stretch), Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Mònica. For this reason it is often known in plural, as Las Ramblas in Spanish, or Les Rambles in Catalan.

Expert tips: 
Check out the pavement mosaic by Joan Miró halfway down.

More information on La Rambla:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Neighbourhood / street
Address:
Barri Gòtic, Barcelona
Months open:
All year round
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

Have you been to La Rambla? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Don't miss the Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona's huge food market that leads off from La Rambla