La Rambla Barcelona
Looking for some entertainment? Perhaps a few souvenirs? Or maybe you’d just like to relax over some Tapas? The jaded may dismiss the Rambla as “touristy” but it is a true delight for the uninitiated. The central thoroughfare pulsates with life and energy and will keep you moving along it for more!
Almost always crowded, the bustling La Rambla is dotted with street performers, flower stalls, souvenir kiosks, cafes and street artistes. At first look, the throngs may bewilder you as color, sound and sights collide to over-whelm the senses. Take a deep breath and start ambling along, but first, hang on tight to your belongings here for this area is teeming with pickpockets.
La Rambla - HighlightsStarting at the Placa Catalunya end, stroll down the boulevard and the fantastic costumes immediately grab your attention. Prepare to be entertained by the many street performers strutting their stuff. Keep your cameras at the ready but be warned, you will be expected to part with a few coins for a picture with the performer. Drop the coins in the cup before pointing the camera and you are guaranteed a really terrific picture!
The children will love the pet stalls with the birds and little furry animals scurrying in their cages. The flower market is equally delightful, a bright splash of colors against the sidewalk. At this point, remember to take a small detour to the fascinating Mercat de La Boqueria, standing squarely on your right. A hive of activity and delicious smells, this gigantic food market brings together the best of the Catalonian fresh produce ranging from fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat under one single roof.
Teatre Liceu, the graceful Opera house, is a few feet from the market, and a further couple of feet along, detour down the Calle Nou de la Rambla on your right to take in Gaudi’s masterpiece, the Palau Guell.
If your energy begins to flag at this point, refresh yourself with some delicious ice-cream or take a break at one of the many cafes. This can be an enjoyable (albeit expensive) exercise, sitting at a Café table on the Rambla itself, relaxing over Tapas and a pitcher of Sangria, watching all of Barcelona walk by. La Rambla is beloved both to the tourists and the locals and the sheer number of people walking its length is testimony to the fact.
Closer to the Monument de Colom end (local speak for Colombus), you will see a variety of artists – street art, caricatures, paintings, curios et al are to be found here. The street artists will create their art live and sell the pieces fresh off the easel; the others are happy to engage in a chat or a haggle. Admire their wares or stroll to the end of the Rambla and on to the harbor beyond.
It is difficult, to say the least, to take in the Rambla in a single serving. You will want to return again, and again, before you are completely sated with the enchantment that is the Rambla.