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(English) Las Ramblas, the heart of Barcelona

By | 9 October, 2015 | 0 comments

Every street and neighbourhood in Barcelona is vibrant and lively, but if there was one street that represents the life and spirit of the city it is without a doubt Las Ramblas. Hundreds of tourists and residents of Barcelona mingle here in bars, restaurants, rooftops, shops, traditional businesses, watching street artists… the list is endless as the heart of Barcelona is full of life 24 hours a day.

Las Ramblas unites Plaza de Catalunya with the old port of Barcelona and the Christopher Columbus monument. The 1.3 kilometre walk down Las Ramblas is yet another reason to visit Barcelona, as visitors can enjoy a journey through the most popular and picturesque street of the Old Quarter which varies by day and at night. Stalls of flowers and birds, street artists such as human statues and painters, traditional and modern restaurants can all be seen side by side making a walk down Las Ramblas a unique and exciting experience which can be divided into different parts:

Rambla de Canaletas

Next to Plaza de Catalunya, this lively area is named after the Canaletas fountain which is currently where Barcelona fans celebrate their teams’ major victories. Also, the first cocktail bar in Barcelona named Boadas can be found here among other unique bars and restaurants.

Rambla de los Estudios

Named after the university, this zone is famous for being the home of the old bird market. Here, a visit to the Poliorama Theatre and the Betlem church is also a must.

Rambla de las Flores

The most aromatic part of Las Ramblas where flower stalls flood the street surrounded by street artists such as human statues, newspaper stands which are open 24 hours a day, the Boquería market and the Casa de Beethoven, one of the oldest shops in Barcelona where customers can buy music sheets.

Rambla de los Capuchinos

Part of the pavement in this area was decorated by Joan Miró, and it is here where visitors can find the Gran Teatro de Liceo, Unión Street which is the start of the Raval neighbourhood, the Güell Palace, the Café Ópera, access to Plaza Sant Jaume, access to the Plaza Real and the iron fountain called the Tres Gracias.

Rambla de Santa Mónica

Home to many bars and restaurants, this area leads up to the Christopher Columbus monument which connects Las Ramblas to the old port.

The walk down Las Ramblas shows the millions of tourists that it receives annually a passionate and lively world which is the heart of Barcelona.

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