A series of streets joined together one after the other that lead from Plaça Catalunya to the sea. The word rambla comes ... More
A series of streets joined together one after the other that lead from Plaça Catalunya to the sea. The word rambla comes from the Arabic term, ramla, which means a riverbed, and these streets actually used to be a riverbed that channelled the water coming down from Collserola hill. In the 13th Century, convents and churches were built on both sides of the Ramblas and the streets were named after these religious buildings. During the course of the 18th Century the medieval walls that separated the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) from Raval district were pulled down, in 1830 the convents and monasteries were closed.
When in Barcelona you mush take a walk down this beautiful street. The architecture is beautiful and there are lots of things to see. I love people watching and browsing all the stands. Don't eat at any of the restaurants they are bad and over priced. Don't miss La Boqueria market because it's like no other place you will ever go to and there is great food. Also Plaza Rual is beautiful and has great places to eat. I love this place, just don't eat there.
Pros: the market was a great place to stop for a cheap and authentic breakfast or snack.
The massive quantity people made for a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Cons: I guess anything that is cool will eventually become inundated with tourists and La Rambla is no exception.
The Ramblas is the heart of downtown but is becoming very touristy. Beware con artists and anyone who tries to show you a brochure or ask you directions. I had my purse stolen by two older men this way. The police just shrug and say that's too bad.
Better bet is the Barrio Gotic near the Cathedral. Don't miss taking the Tourist Bus as it is the best way to get an overview of the city.
Best place to stay if you want a B and B---no question---The Patio! Liz and Tony will take great care of you. Have fun and enjoy this lovely city.
If you're a tourist it is nice to walk down the street and see all the different sections of the rambla. The flower one, the bird one, and the one with the fountain on it. But be warned because it is a tourist street there may be pickpockets. Our guide said to keep your belongings close to you and to watch out for people asking you to sign sheets of paper or people offering you roses. Also if your a vegerian or just don't like seeing meat before it gets to your plate I DON'T I repeat DON'T recommend walking into the market. The first thing you see to your left is little piglets .. and I don't mean the cute live ones. My friend walked through the whole market with her head on the ground and found 10 Euros though. But still keep in mind that they sell dead things that look alot like they did alive.
Great lively street with plenty of atmosphere but I felt that you had to be on your guard all the time due to tricksters and pickpockets. I would avoid at night.
On the plus side, the side streets off the Ramblas, especially in the old town, were great for small affordable shops with lots of choice. The market is also very colourfull.
Just take care.
I loved raming the Rambles, could spend all my time there. The atmosphere is wonderful and the people very friendly. Traveled there in early October and the weather was excellent, just a light jacket was all that was needed and most of the time I just carried it.
This is where EVERYTHING happens. Just a fun place to people watch. Local talents showcase their crafts right on the streets - street mimes, dancers, entertainers, artists, EVERYONE is out here.
Try to catch the markets on the weekend to see the local arts and crafts artists. They have some great jewelry here!!
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