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Las Ramblas

Monument a Colom in the south to Placa de Catalunya, Barcelona, CT Spain
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  • Las Ramblas
    Tina Nguyen
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    2 Jun 27, 2014

    So Las Ramblas is a tourist street (not necessarily a destination imo). I lived near here, so it was inevitable to walk along Las Ramblas in order to get to certain destinations (like La Boqueria or Placa Catalunya). That said, here are a few tips: BEWARE OF PICK-POCKETERS. Most people I know who have travelled to Barcelona have been pick-pocketed, and it usually happens here. Wear your bags or purses in front of you, walk with your mean mug on, and don't be attracted by women with crying babies, prostitutes, or groups of men who bump into you. Keep your wits about you, which might be difficult if you are drunk at 4 am. Be careful, they will be waiting for you. YOU PROBABLY DON'T WANT TO EAT AT A RESTAURANT OR SHOP AT A STORE ON LAS RAMBLAS. They all know it's a tourist trap, so they overcharge for bad food or poor tourist goods. Venture into a side street and you'll be much better off. Other than that, it's a nice main street with a few subway stops! Enjoy

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  • Las Ramblas
    Iban B
    4 Jun 04, 2014

    Just for a walk from plaça Catalunya to the harbour, see the Ramblas show and do not spend any money there, very touristic, expensive and not good service. From there to "el borne"

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  • Las Ramblas
    Steve Baumgartner
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    3 May 16, 2014

    Lots of street performers and lots of people. There were plenty of little booths along the street, but a lot of repeats of things as well.

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  • Las RamblasPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 May 13, 2014

    The best part of La Rambla is the quiet neighbourhood street that starts on the North Side of Plaça de Catalunya (above Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes). Gayle and I had a nice romantic stroll up and down this tree-lined boulevard (with a middle pedestrian median) on a quiet Sunday evening. Joining us were young couples, families, and no pickpockets. This area is also a jumping off point for various dining, architectural, etc. opportunities in the L'Eixample area.

    As for Las Rambles that everyone else writes about? It was fun, it was crowded (even in October) and no pick pockets or game scams came our way. I especially liked stopping at La Boqueria, watching a wide variety of people, enjoying an ice cream cone with Gayle, and veering off this Grand Boulevard towards other Barcelona neighbourhoods like Barri Gòtic and La Ribera. My only regret was not buying that 2012 Sagrada Familia wall calendar.

    The Ramblas, which means "stream" in Arabic, and it truly is an endless current of people and action. And to paraphrase Ike and Tina Turner (Proud Mary), you start out "Nice and Easy at the elegant Plaça de Catalunya and finish up "Rough" at the Port. In between is up to you.

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    Louisa M.
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    4 Dec 01, 2013

    Las Ramblas is one of those must-do bucket list type things. It is simply awesome! Join the crowds and walk, walk, walk! Sit back with an ice cream and observe the pickpockets swooping in on unsuspecting tourists. Check out the overpriced shops and the tapas bars. And do not miss La Bouqueria, one of my favorite food markets in the entire world! If you are in Barcelona, it's worth it to get a hotel right on Las Ramblas -- the people watching is off the charts!

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  • Las Ramblas
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    4 Nov 12, 2013

    Iconic area of Barcelona with plenty of movement. There are lots of great cafes, shops, and bistrots to enjoy while people watching

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    Rich Carriero
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    3 Oct 29, 2013

    By day Las Ramblas is a combination of park and open air market. By night it's lined with hookers who literally harass you (if you're a guy) as you walk down the street.

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    Baxter Jackson
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    3 Oct 25, 2013

    Las Ramblas is the Times Square of Barcelona. Packed with afternoon strollers at any time of the day (or night), these series of streets are cram packed with cheap hostels, language schools and trendy eateries and figured prominently in the classic European coming of age film 'La Auberge Espanol.' The human statues, tourists and skateboarders (both foreign and domestic) lend this neighborhood a cosmopolitan yet earthy air that permeates the entire city.

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    Erin K
    4 Oct 24, 2013

    My favorite part of Las Ramblas is that it is a hot spot for street musicians, and the perfect place to pull over (make sure to get out of the way of the many tourists and locals that populate this street) and listen to the constant stream of music being played around here. The shops and restaurants are fun too, but prices will most likely be higher here, and besides, it's best for simply strolling along on a sunny day.

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    Rachel Greene
    5 Oct 20, 2013

    Las Ramblas is the main street that spans the city. It is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and street performers. Stalls along the avenue can be found selling birds, rabbits, and other unlikely household pets. Be wary of the street performers - they don't like you taking their photo unless you're tipping them for it, and will often make rude gestures or shine mirrors at those who try... if you ask me, that just makes for a funnier photograph, but to each their own.

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  • Las Ramblas
    Alison Kjeldgaard
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    4 Oct 19, 2013

    This enormous boulevard seems to go on forever with a never-ending number of shops and bars to satisfy tourists' voracious appetite for food and stuff. After a while, I became tired of walking in the same direction with the dying hope that I would ever reach the end; however, my mood immediately changed once I sat down at a sunny outdoor cafe and ordered a light cerveza.

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  • Las Ramblas
    Carlos Alberto C
    5 Dec 01, 2013

    The most peculiar and popular pedestrian street of the city, full of life and colours, where in its 1,3 kms between Plaza Catalonia and the monument of Colon next the sea you could enjoy a lot and differents thinghs, like the funny and traditional Boqueria market, the Liceu Opera house, and over all its intense life with actors, artesanal craft and flowers stands.

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  • Las RamblasPro 2014
    Jimmy Nadēr
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    4 Oct 16, 2013

    I still didn't make up my mind about my Las Ramblas opinion. True, this green crowded avenue is animated and refreshing, but to be honest we spent the least time here. Although our hotel was on this street, the only positive point is that it's the center of barcelona, the middle point between other prettier attraction. Other than that it is the worst in everything else (restaurants, shopping, cafés,..and that's due to the high tourists flow leading to cheap touristic points) except La Boqueria. We had to walk 15 mins to Barceloneta for the beach, or Avinguda Diagonal or Passeig de Gracia for amazing shopping experience.

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    Yen Phan
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    4 Sep 19, 2013

    Las Ramblas is the gathering place of shoppers, street performers, vendors, people watching, people just hanging out, and pick-pocketers. It's close to Placa Catalunya, a major transit hub. It's definitely a place to stroll along, take a seat and order a sangria at one of the outdoor cafe tables, see and absorb it all in.

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    3 Sep 17, 2013

    Busy, crazy, lots of annoying vendors and people who might pick your pockets. We ended up here often due to subway stop locations but usually tried not to hang out too long. Too many people and the streets around are a bit shadier than others in the city.

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    Trina D.
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    4 Sep 17, 2013

    "Que bella!" One of the many things I heard directed at me while walking along Las Ramblas with my cousin. There are all types of people roaming this pedestrian friendly street. Las Ramblas is one of the most iconic streets in Barcelona; it is vibrant day or night. There is a huge median that divides the traffic and allows pedestrians access to the most leisurely stroll known to mankind. It's decorated with trees and little stands where vendors are constantly selling their wares. During the day there are artists, performers, street vendors, cafes. At night there are more performers, street walkers, pick pockets, you name it, the crazies come out. Beware but still have a good time. On the weekend, they have the Fira Nova Artesania which is a huge street fair.

    We stayed on Las Ramblas during our trip to Barcelona and found a plethora of restaurants, souvenir shops, bars, cafes, and places of interest nearby. The street is accessible by two different Metro stops (Liceu & Drassanes) and is constantly abuzz. I was tempted to buy another painting here but I already had one from a friend who had been here previously. Plus, I wanted to save my money for Madrid. In hindsight, I probably should have bought a painting. If you're ever here, don't hesitate because you might not have the chance to come back. I did get to buy a print which was cheaper but at least I have a momento from Las Ramblas.

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  • Las Ramblas
    Tricia Dianne
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Freak show at night- Mimes-actors,singers,starving artists,pupputeers,music,bars,food, and every exotic animal on earth for sale. My kids LOVED IT!!!!!
    Just watch your stuff...the worst thing to happen to you in this city is being mugged....or pick pocketed... otherwise its so safe and fun!!
    People are great and speak English well...

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  • Las Ramblas
    Caroline Aranius
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    4 Sep 05, 2013

    Although Las Ramblas is a very crowded and touristic spot in Barcelona it's well worth a visit. While strolling along the endless street you can see a ton of interesting street performances and art pieces (often a bit pricey). Along the street you can also find your way into more intimate alleys and even La Boqueria (food market).

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    Travis Katz
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    3 Aug 28, 2013

    I didn't love Las Ramblas, but I didn't hate it either. It is pretty touristy, but has some fun if overpriced spots to grab some wine and tapas and rest your feet. Lots to look at, pretty crowded.

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    3 Aug 16, 2013

    Very lively and exciting but also packed with tourists and annoying sales guys. But considering it is the main tourist area the prices for meals there are not too bad.

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Las Ramblas is a famous pedestrian oriented boulevard running through the heart of Barcelona. A bustling area of commercial and cultural activity, Las Ramblas is itself one of the cities most famous attractions. It is lined with businesses of all types and famous landmarks, including multiple buildings designed by famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. A note of warning: the street is known for ... read more
high concentrations of pickpockets, and as a seedy area after dark. But do not let these details discourage you, as millions of tourists and locals enjoy Las Ramblas every year.

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