"One of those things you have to do" Las Ramblas Tip by Joacim
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La Rambla is one of the things you have to do when in Barcelona. Some calle it a tourist trap and of course it is. Everything is expensive, a lot of pocket thieves and the tourists is in majority. Anyway it is a fascinating city scene that is being played in front of your eyes. Young or old, you can always find something thats amuse you on this street. If you take it for what it is it is quite fun looking at the artist, the stands, the people, just feeling the atmosphere.
The first Rambla, starting from the Plaša de Catalunya, is the Rambla de Canaletes. The name originates from the 19th century Canaleta fountain. The expression 'he drinks water from Canaletes' means that person comes from Barcelona. And according to local legend, once you drink from the fountain, you will keep coming back to Barcelona.
The second Rambla is the Rambla dels Estudis. It is named after the 16th century university, the Estudis Generals. The building was demolished in 1843.
The next Rambla is the Rambla de Sant Josep, named after a convent which was demolished in the mid 1900s and replaced by the Mercat de Boqueria, a colorful market place. Since this part of the Rambla has many flower stalls, it is now better known as the Rambla de les Flors, or 'Flower Rambla'. At the end of this part of the Rambla is a small square, the Plaša de la Boqueria.
The fourth Rambla counting towards the Columbus Monument is the Rambla dels Caputxins, yet again named after a now demolished building: a Capuchin monastery.
The last Rambla is the Rambla de Santa Monica, named after a convent, now converted into a museum, the Centre d'Art Santa M˛nica. The rambla leads to a roundabout with a 60m large column, the Columbus Monument. It was built in 1888 for the Universal Exposition.
If you continue to walk in the direction of the Port Vell, a wooden walkway, now known as the Rambla de Mar or Rambla of the Sea, leads you to MaremÓgnum, a complex with shops, movie theaters - including an IMAX theater - and a large aquarium.
Address: La Rambla Barcelona, B, Spain
Directions: Between Port Vell and Catalunya and Raval on onside an Barri G˛tic on the other
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