La Rambla, commonly known as Las Ramblas, is one of Barcelona’s main streets and one of the most famous places in the city. It is a nice 1.3 kilometers walk that connects the Plaça de Catalunya to the city’s old port.
Las Ramblas is always lively, full of locals and tourists alike, street artists (mainly human statues), shoppers, sightseers or simple passersby. The street is full and busy all day long and walking through it is a truly unique experience.
The avenue counts with several bars, newsstands, kiosks selling souvenirs, cafes, restaurants, fruit and flower shops.
To visit Las Ramblas, start in Plaça de Catalunya and go down the street. Barcelona's Information Center for Tourists is in Palau de La Virreina, located in the number 99th of the avenue, where you can find out what is there to discover in the city.
Take your time to go down the street and appreciate all the architecture details of the buildings and the frenetic movement of people walking everywhere. It's nice to sit down at one of the cafes and stop for a moment, just observing the coming and going of people (bear in mind that the prices are a bit high due to the fact you're in such a touristic zone). You can also sit down in one of the restaurants in Las Ramblas and eat and drink well in the middle of the action.
At the end of the street, you will find the Marina de Barcelona, right next to the Columbus Monument. The avenue ends here, but it also starts another extremely nice area where the frenzy of the people gives way to the peacefulness of the sea.
Visiting Las Ramblas is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences you can have when visiting Barcelona. And it is free! It is best to visit it avoiding peak hours, at the end of the morning and the end of the afternoon.
Take plenty of photos so you can remember it later. You will see that you will soon want to return to Barcelona.
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