Las Ramblas
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This pedestrian-only street is a rite of passage for first-time travelers in Barcelona. Starting from Plaça de Catalunya, amble along the boulevard where you'll find food kiosks and spot famed attractions like the Gran Teatre del Liceu theater, the Palau de la Virreina Palace, and La Boquería market—the city’s famous marketplace. Entertainment is plenty too thanks to the human statues and caricature artists, amidst other wacky street performers. If you’re not planning to shop, enjoy a jug of sangria at any of the tapas bars and people-watch away. Besides joining city tours, Barcelona’s hop-on hop-off bus is another great way to get here. – Tripadvisor
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The area
Neighborhood: La Rambla
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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  • sisterbay716
    Chicago, Illinois418 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Has Lost Romantic Charm
    Las Ramblas is a pretty tree-lined area to stroll safely by day or night with some street vendors and restaurants, as it always has been. But the quiet, romantic feel has been replaced by bawdy bachelor and bachelorette parties coming from outside of Spain. Accordingly, sex shops, tacky obscene t-shirt shops, and paraphernalia stores are now commonplace, and when I was there in June there were many large groups of non-Spanish men and women drinking to get drunk, resulting in very smelly streets the next morning. Mercado Boqueria and Plaza Real remain terrific with great eating options at each (Plaza Real for restaurants, Boqueria for counter service or eat & walk). The area is safe and by all means stroll along the length of Las Ramblas if you're in Barcelona, but I would no longer think of Las Ramblas as a serene, romantic promenade.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overrated
    We took a walk from Plaza De Catalunya to Por Vell in the morning. There were a lot of people but manageable. It was nice but honestly speaking Las Ramblas pretty much an overrated attraction where you could see the painful signs of overtourism.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • xmasjones
    London, United Kingdom322 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy and too touristy
    Not many of the street performers left that I had previously seen say 15 years ago. Mostly souvenir stalls or flower stalls. Couple of restaurants but not as many as previously seen. Walk to marina was not that long. There is a food market near Plaça de Catalunya end selling fruit pots, spices, fruit, juice, ice cream, fish and found a vegetarian falafel place but didn’t have any. Just wanted chips which turned out to be frozen chips. Marina area nice to wonder round and boat trips available before you hit a small shopping centre
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, Georgia15,050 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pedestrian Walkway
    This long pedestrian boulevard is filled with vendors and street performers. Cross streets lead into the Gothic Quarter, with its many interesting plazas which contain cafes and shops. We prefer it during the day when it is less crowded. The evenings are more colorful, but also come with a degree of risk from pickpockets.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,070 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon Visit
    Las Ramblas is a crowded pedestrian street where you will also find the Mercado de la Boquería and boarders the Gothic Quarter. Also, there are lots of market stalls, kiosks, pavement cafes, restaurants, and pickpockets as well. We were warned by our tour guide to secure our belongings and check zippers on backpacks. I think it is worth the time to come down to Las Ramblas to take a stroll, but only during the day time. Las Ramblas runs from the north end near Plaça de Catalunya and stretches approximately a kilometer long to the south end at the Columbus Monument, which is near the port. I didn’t venture further south, but from what I hear, the south end of Las Ramblas becomes a seedy area at night, best not to be in the area when night falls.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • YayeMama
    Maplewood, New Jersey847 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded Walkway in Barcelona
    A pedestrian only street with lots of booths, shops, restaurants and La Boqueria Mercado. Street starts at Placa Catalunya and goes all the way to the water. Very many pedestrians as well as street performers as this street winds its way through the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. I do not recommend eating in any restaurants on this street as they are overpriced and geared toward tourists, and many do not really offer authentic Spanish cuisine. The menus we looked at were mostly hamburgers and fries with drinks. Eat on streets off Las Ramblas which offer you more authentic tapas and meals and much more affordable options.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Becky V
    Norcross, Georgia346 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun walk
    Nice Pedestrian Walking Area Las Ramblas is a ~1 mile 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. Fun walking in the day and at night. lots of energy!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Travelbugsforlife
    1,094 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit with caution
    Not a must do. As I planned our trip to Barcelona people kept mentioning seeing Las Ramblas, however I also heard it was a tourist trap and a place for pick pockets. So during our trip we took a walk down the street just to see it, but we didn't shop there, we didn't eat there and we were very cautious with our belongings. Later in our trip we met a group from Australia and they told us one of the women had been pick pocketed on las ramblas and she had no idea it happened until later in the day when she went to pay for something and went to get her wallet, it was gone. So interesting to see but you need to be on high alert.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • 829apple
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom265 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok
    I suppose it is a "must see" on a trip to Barcelona but like a lot of these places it seems to have lost a lot of its original charm. Lined with gift shops and restaurants, keep a tight hold of any valuables. The food market off it is well worth a visit, gets busy but can get food, tapas, drinks etc from there.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Kay M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tree lined easy walk
    Las Ramblas is one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. It is a tree lined pedestrian walk of 1.2km that is flanked by a road. There are "pop up" kiosks selling a range of products (hats, trinkets, etc) and many of the permanent restaurants/cafes have seating areas within the Ramblas. It's a relatively easy walk on a level service, but is always busy and has a reputation for being the pickpocket capital of the world, so need to be aware of your belongings at all times. There are a lot of high end shops and well known chain shops flanking the central walk way - so if you are into shopping, this is one place you wouldn't want to miss.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
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wales15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tony36
Crowborough, UK1,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Steve
Ipswich, UK480 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Travel Truths
London, UK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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billybuzzy
Plainville, MA199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Snowball's adventure
Barnet, UK7,071 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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James S
Toronto, Canada1,783 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
La Rambla is probably the second most known attraction in Barcelona, after the Sagrada Familia. Surprisingly considering it’s a simple street that is just over a kilometre long. The street runs north northwest from the harbour ending at Placa Catalunya a major square and borders on and divides two of older neighborhoods in the city, El Ravel to the southwest and the Gothic Quarter to the northeast.

The street is very pedestrian friendly with a wide central tree lined promenade flanked by service roads that are restricted to buses, taxis and service vehicles. There is also a Metro or subway line running underneath the street.

La Rambla was originally a stream bed used to allow sewage to flow out of the nearby hills into the seas. As the city grew and expanded throughout the Middle Ages it was slowly incorporated into a street. Over time several large churches and other religious institutions were established along it. Various conflicts over the centuries took their toll on most of these. One of the best examples remaining is the Esglesia de la mare de Deu Betlem, or Betlem Church located about midway on the street just above the Mercado de La Boqueria another attraction.

These days in keeping with its present status of a tourist attraction, many of the beautiful buildings with ornate wrought iron balconies have new tenants. Many are occupied by hotels, souvenir shops, banks and money exchanges, bars, and an endless supply of restaurants offering both local cuisine and a variety of well-known North America fast food chains.

Even the central promenade is not immune, as numerous patios have been set up with food and drink mysteriously appearing from some nearby alley. Vendors both with and without shops, beggars and pick pockets also ply their trade here.

When the sun sets the activity on La Rambla doesn’t end. There are numerous nightclubs in the some of the surrounding buildings and the party continues for those interested until the sunrise.
Written October 7, 2022
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YayeMama
Maplewood, NJ847 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A pedestrian only street with lots of booths, shops, restaurants and La Boqueria Mercado. Street starts at Placa Catalunya and goes all the way to the water. Very many pedestrians as well as street performers as this street winds its way through the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

I do not recommend eating in any restaurants on this street as they are overpriced and geared toward tourists, and many do not really offer authentic Spanish cuisine. The menus we looked at were mostly hamburgers and fries with drinks. Eat on streets off Las Ramblas which offer you more authentic tapas and meals and much more affordable options.
Written July 29, 2023
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Alyssa Kaeser
Valencia, Spain42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Wanda
8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
There's not really anything here to draw me. The merchandise is mostly cheap junk, although there are a few artisans with better quality items. Goods are generally overpriced. The area is also loaded with pickpockets. Although it's an interesting place to stroll, its not worth the risk, really. Better to wander through the Gothic Quarter or other areas where you'll find great merchandise, good prices, and wonderful coffee shops and restaurants too.
Written January 19, 2020
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