"LAS RAMBLAS - the history" Las Ramblas Tip by Maria_75

Las Ramblas, Barcelona: 188 reviews and 315 photos


This name comes from the Arabic word for riverbed. It was originally just a path beside a stream that was running through the centre of the old city.

Today it is a famous avenue that is the bustling centre of all kinds of activities. You can find almost anything here. Las Ramblas runs from Placa de Catalunya, a main square full of shops, restaurants, and banks, located at the centre of the city, down to the monument of Columbus on the waterfront.

The avenue is broken up into five sections, each with its own name and characteristics. The first one is La Rambla de Canaletes, which was named after the fountain Font de les Canaletes. Legends says that whoever drinks from this fountain will forever keep returning to Barcelona.

The next area is named after the Estudi General (university) and is called La Rambla dels Estudis. But some also call it La Rambla dels Ocells (avenue of the birds), because of its many places selling birds and small animals.

Next is La Rambla de les Flors, where you can buy all kinds of flowers. This is also where you find the century-old Boqueria Market. Inside this market you can find the freshest produce, meat, fish, and dried fruits.

Then there is the La Rambla del centre and La Rambla de Santa Monica that brings you to Barcelona?s harbour. At the seafront is La Rambla de Mar where you can find the beach, an aquarium, restaurants, movie theatres and popular nightclubs.

Address: La Rambla Barcelona, B, Spain
Directions: Between Port Vell and Catalunya and Raval on onside an Barri Gňtic on the other
Phone: +233 24 397 8756
Website: http://www.laramblabcn.com/

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  • Updated Oct 1, 2004
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