La Rambla is at the heart of Barcelona.
This tree-lined avenue is a wonderful place to begin getting to know the city’s personality. Stretching 1.2 kilometres, La Rambla is connected to Port Vell, the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), El Raval and Placa de Catalunya.
It doesn’t matter what part of La Rambla you start with. There is no particular route you need to take. As the name suggests, just ramble around soaking up the atmosphere as you go.
There are many things to notice as you walk along – flower stalls in bloom, the rippled effect of the pavement and street performers to name but a few. Alongside these day-to-day features, you’ll find famous landmarks, such as the Liceu Theatre and the Christopher Columbus Monument.
Our personal favourite along La Rambla is the famous La Bocqueria market. Dating back to the 13th century, La Bocqueria is filled with every type of food and drink you can imagine. It’s always busy, but the bustle of the crowd is part of the La Bocqueria experience!
The best way to discover La Rambla is slowly. Stop for a coffee, peer into shop windows and make sure you make little segways into the side streets and the port.
Your Guide To: The History
Originally a stream bed outside Barcelona city walls, La Rambla transformed into a street between the late 14th and early 15th centuries.
Since then, La Rambla has held a central part in the city’s festivals, religious life, markets and even wars.
La Rambla’s distinctive parade of trees were planted at the start of the 18th century.
Combine La Rambla with:
- An afternoon in the Gothic Quarter
- Shopping and lunch at Maremàgnum shopping and leisure complex
- Anywhere in Barcelona city centre!
What You Need To Know:
There are 3 metro stations, all connected to the L3 line which runs under La Rambla. The stations are Catalunya, Drassanes and Liceu. Liceu is situated outside Liceu Theatre, placing you in the middle of La Rambla.
As La Rambla is always busy, it’s wise to be vigilant against pickpockets.