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Rambla

Open-air stage for strollers, tourists and pickpockets - the crumbling charm of Barcelona's most famous boulevard.

Even when the promenade is only a little of a kilometre in length, this short street between the Plaça de Catalunya and the harbour reveeals the many faces of the city, where you can feel Barcelona's atmosphere and rhythm, its history and its future. A colourful stream of people is constantly in evidence on the Rambla. Car horns, birdsong and the scent of flowers, housewives, bustling office workers wearing stressed expressions, street musicians, culture vultures, opera lovers, tourists, the homeless, prostitutes, fortune tellers and pickpockets (be very careful when it's crowded): the Rambla is both a stage and a grandstand. The traffic is chaotic on both sides of the tree-lined strip with its portrait painters, newspaper, flower and bird vendors, but waiters wend their way through it acrobatically, balancing their trays. On the Rambla you can see people working, looking, rushing, strolling, selling, stealing, dealing, flirting, organising art exhibitions, ripping off tourists, and celebrating wins by FC Barcelona. Historic buildings stand beside dilapidated hotels and luxurious accommodation, Modernist palaces and Art Nouveau shops alongside tasteless fast food outlets and kitschy souvenir shops. Built in a dried-out river bed, and outside the city walls until the 18th century, monasteries and schools once stood here. It was only in the 19th century that the Rambla became a grand boulevard on which Barcelona's aspirational bourgeoisie lived and flourished. This street has seen civil war crossfire, anarchists laying bombs, aristocrats visiting the Liceu opera house - and afterwards the Meublés at the lower end of the Ramblas, which is still home to prostitution and petty crime. The promenade perfectly reflects the opposing traits that define the Catalan character: "seny" and "rauxa". While the upper part (looking from Plaça de Catalunya in the direction of the harbour) tends to be dominated by practical common sense ("seny"), the lower section (from the Placa del Teatre in the direction of the harbour) is ruled by unbridled passion ("rauxa").

Rambla travel guide by Falk 2013

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Latest Rambla reviews (29)

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  • We stayed at Hotel Orient (great hotel, decent price), right on the Ramblas, with a balcony overlooking the street. This street never sleeps...there is always something going on. It's a great place to stay, close to the beach and in the heart of old Barcelona. There were massive throngs of people on the street (in August) and lots of people watching opportunities. Decent food can be had at the many restaurant along the street, or go to the Market and grab something to eat while you explore. The bars/restaurants along the street close at 2am for the nightly cleanup. We didn't have any problems with pickpockets, but if you are a guy and alone on the street after 2am, the prostitutes will find you, although they were harmless for the most part.
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  • viel zu voll und keine schönen Läden. lieber in den Seitenstrassen flanieren, dort gibt es sehr schöne Ecken, nette Cafes und tolle Läden.
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  • mega überlaufen! probiert aber unbedingt das nutella-eis! best ever! und geht zum mercato boqueria und trinkt smoothies für 1€!
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  • c'est la folie cette avenue
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  • nice place
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  • SUPER PROMENADE ET ACTIVITES PAS DE QUOI S'ennuyer !
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  • Bisognerebbe fare una vacanza per passeggiare sulla Rambla tutto il giorno è eccezzionale
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  • Immer was los und es gibt nichts was es dort nicht gibt!
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    don't forget the boqueria market!! stands full of marvels
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    extraordinary place
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    Barcelona and rambla are a colorful show that will hit you. If you are lucky you will avoid also the pickpockets. At any time of the day rambla is crowed and you won’t to miss the shows, the music and the juggler.
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    the artists street, amazing walk only by feet
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    It is incredible to see the mimes acting
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  • Great! busy too. the living statues are making a real show. Lots of places to eat or drink. small (illegal) ball and cart games, don't play them, they try to trick you.
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    Just fabulous....shopping, culture, parties....the Rambla has much to offer!
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  • really cool!!
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  • crowds of tourist romaing this street everyday. theres lots to see! :D
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  • Een mooie en gezellige "boulevard" met veel terrasjes, eetgelegenheden e.d. Vergeet niet de vele zijstraten, absoluut een aanrader!
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    super crowded!
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  • great place 4 walking, looking, stroling..... be aware of pickpockets and if course, do NOT play the card-games!!
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    This street is always packed and there is always something going on! Day and night! It's a melting pot of creative artists, tourists and souvenir dealers!
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    The main artery of the city - at any time of day!
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  • Infinite options! Shop, eat, fun! Thumbs up for Sidecar restaurant.
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    Halfway up the Rambla is a bar which only consists of a window in the wall - and you drink on the street! Best location before you go out! But be aware of pickpockets!
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    Barcelona at its best! Here it's always busy and full of people! Enjoy the atmosphere among artists, flower shops and animal sellers - but watch out for your bag!
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    A must see in Barcelona!
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    very pretty avenue and very lively! Must see
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  • Look out for the Living Statues :-)
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    This great boulevard is undoubtedly one of the most famous streets of Barcelona. But If you ask me it has lost its charm.
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