The most popular street in the centre of Barcelona
Things You Should Know About Las Ramblas Street Before Visiting Barcelona
What's Las Ramblas?
Las Ramblas (known as ‘Les Rambles’ in catalan) is the most popular street in the centre of Barcelona. It connects Plaça de Catalunya with the Port in a straight line.
The street used to be well known few years ago for having people performing and posing as ‘human statues’. Nowadays most of them have left and the street has plenty of souvenir shops, kiosks, flower shops and other little stalls.
Las Ramblas is also popular for the Canaletas fountain, where Barça supporters get together to celebrate any triumphs. It’s located at the beginning of the street, close to Plaça de Catalunya. The legend says that whoever drinks from that fountains will fall in love with Barcelona and will come back again (this is written in catalan, in a little tile next to the fountain). The fountain is still operating and the water is drinkable.
On one side of the street, you can find the famous fresh market La Boqueria. This market is a must-see during your trip to Barcelona. There are plenty of stalls selling different types of food and drinks (olives, seafood, meat, cheese, sweets, juices….). A good opportunity to snack some typical food!
On the other side of the street, there is a popular square called Plaça Reial, ideal to sit down and rest from your walking tour.
If you get to the end of the street, before reaching the port, there is a very famous monument presenting Christopher Columbus, who is pointing out to the sea. Many people believe he is pointing America, however others say he is pointing his hometown (Italy), since America is located at his back, but most likely he is just pointing to the sea, symbolising all his adventures and achievements from his naval trips.
At the end of Las Ramblas street, you will find the Port and a big shopping center called ‘Maremàgnum’. This is the only shopping center that opens sundays (from 10:00 a 21:00) since everything closes on Sundays in Barcelona (except restaurants).
Is Las Ramblas safe?
It’s completely OK to stroll along the Las Ramblas at day time and at night. However, most of the pickpockets are in the centre of Barcelona, and this includes this street. So make sure your belongings are not visible. Keep your bag in front of you if possible and don’t keep anything on your rear pockets since pickpockets will see it as a chance to steal your things.
How to get to Las Ramblas?
There are three tube stops along the street: