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 I was in Barcelona in 1992(before the olympics) Las Rambles was magical. Now it is becoming a tourist trap. It is very sad to see. It is still a great place to people watch, but most of them seem to be tourist - not locals as it was in 92.
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.
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.
Les Ramblas is so unique. And there is only one word that truely discribes it and as I said before that word is unique. It is the heart and sould of Barcelona. There is no way you can miss it. There are so many shops and people everywhere and from all over the world ,
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!!
This place is very ecletic. You will see a little of everything here. Street performers, great places to eat and shop.
It is really a must do when in Barcelona. Take a slow stroll enjoying the happenings on this pedestrian only street. You can walk to the port of Barcelona which is a nice exciting walk.
You gotta go there!
It's an excellent value because it is FREE.
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