Strolling the Las Ramblas, Barcelona
Las Ramblas, in the middle of busy Barcelona, is a mile-long boulevard of tourist delights. This pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined road links the Plaça de Catalunya, a bustling city square, with a monument to Christopher Columbus at Port Vell, on the waterfront.
There’s much to do while strolling Las Ramblas, and it is well-worth spending an afternoon there, poking into shops, checking out flower vendors and street stalls at the Mercat de la Boqueria, and perhaps poking your head into some of the cultural attractions that line the street. Most famous of these are perhaps the Gran Teatre del Liceu, one of the world’s finest opera houses; Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, with its extensive exhibits of contemporary art; and Palau de la Virreina, a public cultural center housed in a baroque palace.
You’ll find it easy to get to Las Ramblas: there are three Metro stations along the thoroughfare, all on L3, the green line. The street can be crowded at peak tourist seasons, so we recommend that you check it out off-season if possible. One other caveat: where the people go, so follow the pickpockets. Las Ramblas is known for them, so watch your wallet carefully.
Photo by Carlos Lorenzo on flickr
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