Las Ramblas

The iconic street that goes through the old town of Barcelona from Plaça Catalunya to the old city port is called “La Rambla” and is about Las Ramblas by Gratis in Barcelona1 kilometer long. The name comes from the Arabic ‘Ramla’ which means sand. Until 1854 it was merely a dried stream that turned into a broad gauge of sand. The trees alongside the street were bought from Gerona during the Napoleonic occupation. Only at the end of the year 1700, the sandy stream was urbanized and took -more or less- its present form.

When Barcelona extended its walls with a second circle around the initial Roman walls, the Rambla was left inside this second wall. With that it became a safe and secure place where many convents were established. Examples are the Convent of the Order of the Discalced Augustinians (which now is the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica), the Convent of the Capuchins Santa Madrona (now the Plaça Reial), the Convent Sant Josep (now La Boquería Market) and the Carme Covent. Perhaps for this La Rambla was known as “the Convents street”. Voices say that the convents did not choose La Rambla for its security but more to be near the prostitution area.Las Ramblas by Gratis in Barcelona

This walk way is crowded 24 hours a day seven days a week. You’ll find on the Rambla the famous human statues, newspaper stands and souvenir shops, flower stalls, artists and painters. During the nightly hours the atmosphere is different but still just as charming.

There innumerable buildings along the Rambla can be visited: from Plaça Catalunya walking towards the port, you can find the Fuente de Canaletas (gratis), the Palau de la Virreina (gratis), the La Boquería Market (gratis), el Pla de l’Os (gratis), the Gran Teatre del Lliceu, the Palau Güell (gratis), the Plaça Reial (gratis), the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (gratis), the Museu Marítim Drassanes Reials (gratis), the Mirador de Colom, and of course, from here you can access the Raval Quarter and the Ciutat Vella Quarter.

Free entrance: Everyday
Location: Las Ramblas, Barcelona (view map)
Metro: line 3 (Plaça Catalunya, Lliceu or Drassaness)


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