La Rambla Barcelona

Rambla Barcelona
La Rambla (or Las Ramblas ) of Barcelona is the most famous and busiest street in the city .

It is the main artery of the Old Quarter , connecting Plaza Catalunya ( Catalonia Square) with the Port and Columbus Monument .

You will fins countless stalls all along La Rambla, selling a huge variety of products: flowers, pets and domestic small animals, show and football tickets, swets and chocolates...

There are always many musicians , living statues and street performers who are giving to the avenue an absolutely singular and unique character .

Each section of the Street takes on a different name, depending on the use given to it, so we have different " Ramblas" and not just one Rambla.

There is nothing you can not find in Las Ramblas : souvenir shops, stalls opening 24 hours by day , frestaurants bars and mythical locals such as theBoqueria Food Market Place or the Liceu Opera Theatre

And of course, very close to it , other buildings with tourist and cultural interest, as it is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter or Old Town of Barcelona .

Some of this buildings are very important even nowadays, Main ones are The Cathedral of Barcelona and the Governtment Palace.

If you want to discover the Old Town with us, hand by hand with a licensed tour guide, check our section Walking Tours.


  • How to get there
  • History of La Rambla

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Public Transport:

Metro: L1 y L3, stop Plaça de Catalunya
Autobus: 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 41, 42, 47, 55, 58, 59, 62, 67, 68, 91, 141
Its name comes from an Arabian word: Ram-la, meaning water torrent. 

Originally La Rambla was just a water torrent, a stream coming down from the river mountains, channeling the water to the sea.

Back on Middle Ages , this avenue was the limit of the medieval city of Barcelona, so ​​the defensive wall of Barcelona was crossing the current Street. 

In the XIV century, during the economic and political expansion of the Crown of Aragon , the population increased considerably , so the city was expanded to accommodate this growth.

A new wall was then constructed by extending the city to the Raval Quarter, an agricultural area until then, so the only wide street remained La Rambla.

During the XV i XVI Cebtury this street was extremely rustic, with markets and stalls  installed on this undeveloped area of the city. 

With the arrival of new religious orders in the late XVI and XVII Centuries Las Ramblas was the place where most of the convents of the time concentrated.

Many of them were destroyed in the middle XIX Century, when the walls were knock down and the city was expanded with  the new urban plan of Eixample.

This expansion of the city meant a profound transformation, especially to Las Ramblas , which was urbanized and built as a great and luxurious avenue. 

From that moment in time on  became the favorite place for walking for the wealthy Barcelona's society . All along Las Ramblas bourgeois people built their main buildings, such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona's Opera theater).

Nowadays is a must and a place you can not miss during you stay in Barcelona, don't forget to visit Las Ramblas, and enjoy it!