Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas, Barcelona: Address, Las Ramblas Reviews: 4/5

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This pedestrian street is lined with outdoor markets, shops, restaurants, and cafes.
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Barcelona's most famous street was once a dry riverbed. Now, La Rambla is a 1200-meter boulevard, and a major draw for visitors. During the day, La Rambla fills with pedestrians, some of which stroll past impressive human statues and artists while others take a break to people-watch while enjoying a drink at one of the many terraces. Housed here is the iconic Boqueria Market that offers one of the most varied and appetizing selections of local produce and specialty meats and treats. While it’s important for tourists to keep an eye on their belongings at all times, this area is most safely explored in the daytime and is a must see for everyone who visits.
How to get there
  • Liceu • 2 min walk
  • Drassanes • 7 min walk
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Alyssa Kaeser
Valencia, Spain31 contributions
Oct 2021
Las Ramblas is a major tourist attraction in the city of Barcelona, comprised of many shops/restaurants. Be careful, there are lot's of pick pocketers and people trying to sell you cheap junk all along the strip. Many of the restaurants are tourist traps, meaning they are mediocre and overpriced. Las Ramblas is worth taking a stroll down, but was a less than thrilling part of our trip.
Written January 24, 2022
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,751 contributions
Sep 2019
Las Ramblas is a 1.2 kilometer pedestrian walking boulevard in Barcelona. The boulevard runs north and south and cars have a one lane road each way. Las Ramblas runs from Christopher Columbus Memorial in the south to Placa de
Catalunya in the north. If you are staying in the northern area you will have easy access to the Aerobus Express which can take you to the airport. It is also where the Barcelona Tour Buss departs from. If you need camera batteries, an adapter or stationary, El Ingles, a department store is located in the north end. The southern end has the Port Veil, the cruise ship terminal. The Liceu theater is roughly the half way point from north to south.

If you are looking south to the Christopher Columbus Memorial on left is the Gothic Quarter and the right the Ravalazal area. The Gothic Quarter should not be visited at night.

Las Ramblas features hotels, shops and restaurants which command premium prices. I stayed in one one the hotels right on Las Rambas. The Spanish people like to party late in the evening and the street is noisy until 3 am in the morning. Notable are the many late night clubs, street performers and La Boqueria market. If you stay in one of the hotels you will be warned that pick pockets and scam artists abound.
Written April 16, 2020
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Howard B
Oceanside, CA96 contributions
Sep 2019
For the past several years, Barcelona has become one of the "hottest" cities in the world for visitors. So in the autumn of 2018 we spent a month in France and took a side trip to Barcelona for a few days. The city is big and sprawling. The high points were Las Ramblas and the central market. These were great for people watching. The tapas bars were generally excellent and not too pricey. There were a few other great sights such as the Sagrida Familia cathedral. However, the city was crawling with tourists, and prices had skyrocketed to well beyond average hotel and restaurant rates in even PARIS. From a comparative standpoint, you get less for your dollars for a decently nice place to spend a few days. This is a good example of the term "FAD" or "CRAZE". Eveyrbody wants to see Barcelona because everyone on their block has been there. In my view that city has taken advantage of this hype to overcharge visitors. I am not saying anyone shouldn't go there at all, but in my view there are at least two dozen or more much more beautiful, historic, cultural, reasonable, not overrun, and friendly places to go, both urban and in the countryside, in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and also here at home in the USA.
Written January 13, 2020
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Roxyparsons
wales14 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
We have just left this hotel having stayed from 20-24 July 2020.

Upon arrival we were greeted by reception who checked us in. At no point during this exchange were we informed that the pool was permanently shut for the duration of our stay. If we had been notified prior to our arrival or even at check in we would have cancelled our reservation and sought alternative accommodation.

The receptionists at the hotel were at best unhelpful and at worst ouvertly rude. We asked for glasses from the restaurant in order to have a glass of wine in our room, the receptionist advised that he was the only one on reception and suggested we purchase plastic cups from a local shop. He could quite easily have contacted the on site restaurant (which was open with not one diner at the time of our request) who could have provided the glasses we required. We actually went to the restaurant and requested the glasses ourselves. The following day we followed the directions to the pool only to met by a locked door preventing entry to the pool area. Another visit to reception where yet again we experienced the most unprofessional and blasé service. The receptionist, when questioned just shrugged his shoulders and asked us if we knew there was a pandemic and suggested we go to the beach! If we had wanted to go to the beach we would not have booked a hotel with a pool!!! ! We didn't pay for the beach, we paid for a hotel that promised an all year round pool. If you are not going to offer the facilities that you are advertising either change your facilities list to illustrate this and inform your customers in advance of the changes or simply do not open. We overpaid for this hotel!!

The rooms were of an acceptable standard and were cleaned daily. The restaurant staff were very friendly and approachable. It is the front of house staff, poor management decisions and dire customer service and utter lack of communication that let this hotel down.

We would never stay there again or recommend that anyone else does. We spent time at the Hotel El Puerto Sky Bar which also had an open pool. The staff at hotel El Puerto were excellent and very accommodating.
Written July 24, 2020
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Turkey6,114 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I may be exaggerating but La Rambla is as famous as the city itself. I had heard so much about it ( including the pickpockets) that I wanted to see it as the first thing in the city.
The idea itself is enough, a wide pedestrian street lined by trees in the middle of an avenue.
There are many cafes, flower and gift shops on the sides. Yes, it is full of people, mostly tourists but it is a lovely walk, looking at the beautiful buildings at each side. The famous Liceu opera house is one of them. It is a very long street reaching the port at the end.
The name comes from Arabic meaning stream bed. Don’t miss the beautiful wavy tiles on the ground.
Written January 11, 2020
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Snowball's adventure
Barnet, UK6,721 contributions
Sep 2019
In my opinion, La Rambla is the blood vessel of Barcelona and possibly one of the most important boulevards in the city. It runs from north to south, starting from Placa De Catalunya, through the heart of the old Barcelona (Barri Gotic and El Raval) and finishing at Monument of Columbus by the seafront. The total length is 0.75mile and the street is located between Catalunya, Liceu and Drassanes metro stations. 
La Rambla is a wide pedestrian street filled with various stalls selling cheap souvenirs, bouquets and the round the clock kiosks selling anything that you'd find from a corner shop. It also has many outdoor seating areas which their restaurants are located on both sides of the road. Passers-by shouldn't be surprised if they see restaurant staffs trying to pull them to sit down at one of their tables. This street is also well-known for pickpockets so please be extra careful with your wallets when you got there. 
La Rambla is also a hub for entertainment, souvenirs and food and it's almost a "Must-Visit" place for tourists due to its prime location. Although I don't think this street has any special or has anything that you can't find anywhere elsewhere in Barcelona. 
Written June 5, 2020
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Tony36
Crowborough, UK994 contributions
Feb 2020
Along with all the rest of the highlights in the city this is a must do for your visit. It's full of character right from the top (at Placa Catalunya) all the way down to Columbus' Column near the water. This time when we walked it there seemed to be even more human statues than ever 'performing' and causing endless amusement. No point in going on about everything else you'll witness as no doubt hundreds of reviewers will have already mentioned them.
Written March 9, 2020
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Travel Truths
London, UK156 contributions
Feb 2020
Las Ramblas would be a wonderful place to enjoy a walk, take n the architecture, do some shopping, enjoy a beer, if it were not for the pick pockets.

They work in teams. A lady drops a bag in front of you, as a gentleman you try to help, and your pockets are emptied whilst you are distracted. Or they simply make off with your bag, should you be foolish enough to put it down whilst helping the "lady in distress".

Alternatively, they bump into you in the crowd. Your reaction is to shield that side of yourself, whilst an accomplice empties your pockets from the other side.

Enjoy Las Ramblas, but do so early in the day before the crowds build up. And if a lady does suddenly trip and fall in front of you, look around to see if she has any accomplices watching you before offering assistance.

We witnessed one "Runner" and two "old ladies" trip, during our one hour walk. It was a busy day, the street was packed, I am guessing the gangs covered their daily overheads.
Written February 27, 2020
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Steve
Ipswich, UK384 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
To be fair the weather was pretty vile with strong winds and rain.
There are a huge amount of shops and eateries all around, with little streets and alleys criss crossing everywhere.
There does seem to be a lot of rubbish about with overflowing bins and rubbish blowing about unfortunately helped by the strong wind.
There are some very good shops some high end priced but others that were not as bad.
There are a lot of beggars and rough sleepers wandering about, we even saw one go after two young ladies who wouldn’t give him any money and he was shouting at them then spat towards them that was disgusting.
There are groups of obviously immigrant males wandering about and they block some areas and shop entrances and just by doing this they are quite intimidating and oblivious to the obstruction they are causing.
I did expect more but hopefully the rest of my stay will perhaps change my mind once the weather improves I don’t know.
Written January 21, 2020
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billybuzzy
Plainville, MA213 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
There is only one Last Ramblas....it is here where one must come to get that real "feel" of Barcelona's unique Catalonia Culture! From Las Ramblas one will experience many aspects of what makes this city one of the world's greatest adventures! The shops, the market, the kiosks, the foods....all here and more! Just make sure sure your wallet and I'd is carefully stowed away there are skilled pickpockets in the crowds!!
Written January 18, 2020
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