La Rambla is the most popular street in Barcelona, pack with tourists and locals. It is a boulevard approximately 1.2 km long where it starts from Plaça Catalunya at the north, and it ends at Port Vuell at the south. To get there, you can take an underground metro and stops at southern most end of La Rambla, Drassanes Metro (Green Line, L3) or at the middle of the La Rambla which is Liceu Theatre Metro (Green Line, L3) or at the Plaça Catalunya Metro which is serviced by both Green Line (L3) and Red Line(L1). Click here for Barcelona metro map.
Our favourite metro stop was Plaça Catalunya as it was located at the centre of La Rambla. Coming out from the metro station there was a square with a lot of pigeons on the corners of it. We got stucked twice feeding the pigeons there. At first it was quite intimidating to have the pigeons biting us off with their beaks but it turned out to be an amusement after some time.
Hard Rock Café was on the left building after the cross-over from Plaça Catalunya towards La Rambla. We didn’t miss the chance to visit Hard Rock Café store for some souvenirs as well as personal collection.
There are dozens of restaurants, outdoor cafes and shops along the street. Some said the best paella in Barcelona can be found here in La Rambla, however we didn’t had the chance to taste it, so we can’t tell much about it.
There are many other things to do at around here. Go enjoy the Catalan cuisines and delights, visit tourist attractions or just stroll along the street dipping yourself into the Catalan atmosphere for a day. Apparently La Rambla never gets us bored. We walked along La Rambla for different reasons every day during our stay in Barcelona. Well, one of the main reason was because this was where we’ve found halal food to fill-up our tummies.
One of the days there, a friend took us to the Mercato de la Boqueria. Many colorful fruits and Catalan delights were sold here. There was a wet market at the rear end of the building too. To avoid frustration, make sure you don’t plan a visit to this Mercato on a Sunday as it’ll be closed.
There were also many street performers and artists along La Rambla towards Port Vuell at the south. We had a street artist at La Rambla sketching us in caricature for €10. The result was satisfactory. You can find many sketch-up artists at La Rambla at slightly similar range of price for an artwork. Maybe you can compare their qualities before asking the artists to draw your caricature. It will only take 15-20 minutes to complete one.
Pay them up and the street performers wouldn’t hesitate to strike a pose for you. Although they would still perform for the pleasure of our eyes but they are working for a living, aren’t they? It wouldn’t hurt to share a bit of fortune with them. Well, that’s what we thought appropriate.
If you’re into dance and cultures, make sure to entertain yourself with a flamenco show. We did enjoyed ourselves with a flamenco show at Placa Reial near La Rambla on our first day in town. You can find out the post here.
It would be very convenient if you are able to locate your accommodation in the vicinity of La Rambla as most of the attractions are within walking distance to this area. Here’s a couple more photos of the nearby surroundings.
One of the most worth thing to do in La Rambla is watching live flamenco performance. We’ve been told by our host that the best flamenco show is in La Rambla. You can find out more about our experience watching live flamenco show in the next post