A must to visit is the wonderful Las Ramblas in the center of Barcelona.
This legendary avenue is divided into five sections – Ramblas de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de Stan Josep, Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla Santa Monica.
Las Ramblas de Canaletes (Rambla of the Fountain)
This the first stretch of the lovely avenue which leads down to the waterfront.
As legend goes, if you drink from the famous Font de Canaletes you’ll always return to Barcelona.
Millions of people do return to this lovely city year after year and head straight for the Rambla because it’s one of the most exciting avenues in Europe.
Rambla dels Estudis is often referred to as Rambla dels Ocells (Rambla of the birds) as this section is alive with caged birds singing. It’s also where the 16th century University once stood thus the name Estudis.
Just Off Las Ramblas ~ El Raval & La Boqueria Market
Mercat de Sant Josep (La Boqueria Market) derives its name from Rambla de Sant Josep which has been famous since the 19th century for flowers.
As more people arrive the tempo rises and the artists and street entertainers only add to the fun. A new introduction during the 20th century are the human statues which are loved by all.
There’s a very handy PC World on the left and on the right at 113 La Rambla is a Carrefour Express supermarket which comes in handy if you’re staying around here and want to stock up with food
Las Ramblas ~ Teatre del Liceu & Gothic Quarter
Further down on the right is Ramblas dels Caputxins and the world famous opera house Teatre del Liceu where many opera singers started their careers.
Opposite is the popular Cafe de l’Opera and the narrow winding streets of the Gothic Quarter.
From here you can reach the palm tree-lined Plaça Reial – Royal Square which is full of tempting cafes and mouth-watering restaurants which line the terraces.
Pla de la Boqueria was the place of many executions and later became a meat market. Today it’s the home of Joan Miro’s famous pavement which he created in the 1970s and which millions of people walk over every day.
Rambla Santa Monica
Towards the end of Las Ramblas is Rambla Santa Monica full of pavement artists always ready to paint your portrait in a comical way.
Craft stalls and paintings line the street of this artistic section of the avenue.
Nearby is the Center d’Art Santa Monica and not far from here is Port Vell and the famous Barcelona waterfront leading to Barceloneta.
Las Ramblas ~ Columbus Monument
The Columbus Monument towers above the Port of Barcelona and visitors arriving in Barcelona by ferry have this welcoming site to greet them as they enter the city.
If you’re not worried by heights go to the top and you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views of the city.
La Rambla which marks the entrance to the city from the waterfront.
Monument a Colom was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition and now dominates the area. On a clear day you can see Montjuïc in the background.
Many visitors to Barcelona enjoy taking the small lift inside the monument to the top of Columbus. Those that do are rewarded with spectacular views of the sea and city.
Plaça Portal de la Pau
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Las Ramblas ~ Rambla de Mar
At the end of Las Ramblas opposite the statue is the Rambla de Mar. This leads to the popular Maremagnum complex. Great for shopping and lots of restaurants, an aquarium and IMAX cinema.
Walk along the Passeig Colom and you’ll see the lovely Port Vell Marina.
This area is full of many amazing harbor-side restaurants which are great to enjoy on a warm summers day.
Just little further on and you come to Port Olimipic and the lovely Barceloneta.
Where to Stay in Las Ramblas …
If money is no object you can’t go wrong with the 5 star Le Méridien Hotel.
This chic, boutique style hotel offers an international breakfast and Mediterranean cuisine at the Cent Onze restaurant.
The Hotel 1898 is one of the most popular hotels in Barcelona in a prime location on Las Ramblas.
Features include free Free High-Speed Internet, Bar/Lounge and Business Center. Fitness Center, restaurant and room service and swimming pool. The Colonial Suites come private terrace and pool.