Head to Las Ramblas for an Experience Like No Other
With its breezy outdoor cafes, over-the-top street performers, and striking architecture, it’s easy to see why Las Ramblas remains firmly at the top of the best things to do in Barcelona list. This 1.2-kilometre pedestrian boulevard can be found in the heart of Barcelona, and in a city heavily influenced by the likes of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Antoni Gaudí, Las Ramblas is equally as captivating for its blend of old world charm and modern-day influences. Bustling Las Ramblas is alive with activity 24 hours a day and offers something for every type of traveller.
Eat Your Way Through Barcelona Without Leaving Las Ramblas
Las Ramblas has many attractions worthy of a visit, but perhaps the best way to experience this 60-foot wide street is to find a chair at one of the numerous outdoor cafés for some of the best people watching in the city. Two noteworthy places to enjoy a coffee and croissant and watch the world go by are Cafe de L’Opera and Pasteleria Escriba. When the sun goes down, Bosque de les Fades is an upscale bar where patrons can enjoy a drink amongst a fairytale landscape of caves, waterfalls, and enchanting trees. For gastronomic enjoyment of a different kind, visitors to Barcelona can’t miss the unique food shops found on the many side streets off of Las Ramblas. Everything from butcher shops, wineries and shops to buy cooking tools can be found. For another authentic Barcelona experience, Las Ramblas is the home of La Boqueria, a food market considered to be the city’s best grocery store.
Las Ramblas Has No Shortage of Impressive Barcelona Attractions
Tourists on a walking tour of Las Ramblas will no doubt be taken to the Columbus Monument. Built to honour Christopher Columbus, there is a small elevator that takes you to a viewing tower for a memorable panorama of the city. Plaça Reial is another popular stop on the walking tour circuit, known for its beautiful lamp posts considered to be the first public works of Antoni Gaudí. Tourists who want more than just a stroll down Las Ramblas can immerse themselves in the many cultural experiences found on the boulevard, including a show at the Liceu Theater. If stopping here, be on the lookout for Joan Miró’s exquisite circular tile work. Most importantly, when meandering through Las Ramblas, don’t forget to look up past the street-level commercial storefronts to see some of the most awe-inspiring architecture in the city.
Choose One of the Many Las Ramblas Hotels for a Great Stay in Barcelona
There are a number of hostals, pensions, and hotels that are conveniently located next to Las Ramblas. Hotel Catalonia Ramblas is a top pick which offers guests close proximity to Las Ramblas plus a terrace and outdoor pool for a refreshing mid-day dip. Hotel 1898 is another splurge-worthy option that boasts an outdoor terrace with spectacular views over the Barcelona skyline, including views of Las Ramblas. Visitors on a budget needn’t feel left out - there are plenty of accommodation options that suit every budget, such as the heavily booked El Puchi Barcelona and Hotel Ginebra.
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