Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

Lucy & Michael here, we hope our expert tips, advice and experience to make planning your next escape to Barcelona that little bit easier. Enjoy!

La Rambla or Las Ramblas, is a bustling street in Barcelona that stretches from the centre of the city down towards the Marina. La Rambla is home to numerous attractions and vibrant street performers that draw tourists in throughout the year.

Las Ramblas In Barcelona

It is without a doubt the most famous street in Barcelona, and given its central location is the reason why many tourists flock there as soon as they arrive in the city. There are a few things to be aware of before visiting Las Ramblas, especially if it’s your first time exploring Barcelona. We’ve included everything you need to know below. 

Street Performer On Las Ramblas
Street performer on Las Ramblas

Is it La Rambla or Las Ramblas? 

Don’t overthink this one, both are correct! La Rambla is the official name of the street that runs from Plaça de Catalunya down towards Port Vell and the Christopher Columbus Monument. 

Christopher Columbus Monument On Las Ramblas
Christopher Columbus Monument on Las Ramblas

La Rambla is a wide boulevard that is made of many different sections such as Rambla de Canaletes and Rambla dels Estudis – hence the overarching term ‘Las Ramblas’, which covers the whole 1.2km stretch. 

If you’re catching a taxi or asking for directions, both of these terms will get you to the right spot!

Things To Be Aware Of

Firstly, like many popular tourist destinations, pickpockets do operate within the city and as Las Ramblas is often the first port of call for newcomers, this seems to be a hotspot for petty theft. It’s not something you need to worry about or be put off by, but by being a little aware of your surroundings and keeping your belongings out of reach, you can avoid any unfortunate mishaps ruining your holiday.

La Rambla - Barcelona

Avoid wearing bags on your back, or storing items in your back pockets where they cannot be seen by yourself. If you are carrying money or any other valuable items, consider wearing a travel wallet around your neck and tucked under your clothes. 

If anyone stops you to ask for help (whilst this is more often than not an innocent occurrence) just be aware that this is also a tactic used by pickpockets as a distraction and means of stealing your property. 

We don’t want to spoil the fun of holiday planning with these cautions, but we have fallen victim to a pickpocket on one occasion and it did put a dampener on our trip- my phone was taken and more upsettingly, all of our holiday pictures were lost with it. 

Another Street Performer On La Ramblas
Another street performer on Las Ramblas

The second thing to be aware of is that Las Ramblas is a tourist trap and the bars and restaurants in the area reflect this. Whilst there are some pleasant spots to eat and it’s a great place to sit with a drink and watch the world go by, prices tend to be higher than in other parts of the city and the quality of food is not so great. Check out our food and drink guide for the best dining experiences in the city. 

And finally, La Rambla is home to some great nightlife which is enjoyed until the early hours by both tourists and locals alike. If you are around this area at night, just be cautious of those around you as a more ‘seedier’ side of the street may awake after dark. 

Las Ramblas At Night

Where is Las Ramblas?

Las Ramblas is located in central Barcelona and stretches for 1.2km from Plaça de Catalunya (the main square in Barcelona) all the way down to Port Vell. 

It is pretty easy to find as Plaça de Catalunya is one of the main hubs of public transport for the city, and if approaching from the port end, you won’t miss the Christopher Columbus Monument standing proudly at the Marine end of the street. 

Las Ramblas Map

We’ve created a map with all the popular attractions and main transport links included below. 

Las Ramblas Metro Stations

You can easily access Las Ramblas via the three metro stations located along the street. If travelling into the city on one of the mainline trains, you are best to head to the metro station. This is a main stop on the green line (L3) which passes through Barcelona Sants, the prime station for mainline routes. 

Alternatively, you can hop off the red line (L1) or green line (L3) at Plaça de Catalunya; the beginning of Las Ramblas or head to Drassanes metro station at the Southern port end of La Rambla via the green line (L3).

Getting from the airport to Las Ramblas 

If you’re travelling as part of a group or looking for the most convenient way to reach Las Ramblas from Barcelona Airport is via a taxi. You can catch a taxi outside the airport that will take you directly to Las Ramblas for around 30€. We would advise you to ask for a fare estimate before travelling and stick to the black and yellow taxis as these are the official Barcelona taxis.

Taxi in Barcelona

If you’re looking for cheaper transport, the airport bus or Aerobús is a great option. This shuttle bus will drop you at Plaça de Catalunya and takes approximately 30 minutes. Tickets cost 6,75€ for a single and 11,65€ for a return. Under 4s travel for free. You can purchase your tickets in advance or in the ticket vending machines located both in the airport and at Plaça de Catalunya. The Aerobús runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Check out the full timetable here.

Alternatively, if you are arriving in Terminal 2 (T2) you can catch a train from the airport to Sants where you can change to the metro green line L3 which stops at all 3 stops along Las Ramblas.

If you are arriving at Terminal 1 (T1), you would need to catch a shuttle bus first to get to the train station in T2. We would then only advise this option if you are unable to walk far or have lots of luggage and need to get to the southern end of Las Ramblas, as the Plaça de Catalunya stop on the Aerobús may not be suitable.

Attractions In Las Ramblas

Here’s our list of our favourite things to do on Las Ramblas. Enjoy!

La Boqueria Market is a vibrant market and the most famous in Barcelona. It is located just off La Rambla and is a hotspot for residents and tourists alike. Check out the fresh local produce, grab a bite to eat or just soak in the atmosphere. 

La Boqueria Market
La Boqueria Market

As you head towards Liceu station, you will spot the Miró mosaic on the ground. This bold mosaic was created by artist Joan Miró in 1976 and is a popular photo opportunity amongst tourists. 

Street Performers line Las Ramblas, especially during the summer months. Take a moment to enjoy the human statues, musicians and other performers as you wander down the boulevard. Just ensure to keep your belongings safe, especially if stopping in a crowded area to watch. 

More street performers on Las Ramblas

If you’re travelling as a couple or with friends check out thefor a bit of lighthearted fun. This quirky museum opened in 1997 and contains a collection of over 800 artefacts. Maybe one to avoid if you’re travelling with children…or any prudes!

Spend an evening in the Gran Teatre del Liceu and mix with the locals at one of the theatre’s popular productions. The theatre is home to opera, ballet and classical concerts but you can also catch the odd comedian or flamenco performance. Check out the Gran Teatre del Liceu’s schedule here

As you head towards the southern end of Las Ramblas you will spot the Christopher Columbus Monument, another popular photo opportunity for visitors. The statue was built in 1888 to honour the great explorer. If you are able to, catch the elevator to the top of the 60m tall tower for some great views overlooking Las Ramblas.

Christopher Columbus Monument - Las Ramblas Barcelona
Christopher Columbus Monument

Plaça de Catalunya is the main square in central Barcelona and is situated at the beginning of Las Ramblas. Check out the El Corte Inglés department store or catch the City Sightseeing bus from here. 

As you head down Las Ramblas, look for Pasteleria Escribà on the right hand side of the street. Dating back over 100 years, this is Barcelona’s most iconic patisserie. The exterior of the shop is pretty impressive, but be sure to head inside to check out the beautiful cakes and chocolate art work within. 

As you head towards Port Vell, on the left hand side is Plaça Reial within the Gothic Quarter of the city. This is a vibrant square lined with palm trees and home to many bars and restaurants. It’s a great place to spend an evening, people watching and enjoying the live music. 

Museu de Cera, Barcelona’s waxwork museum is definitely a fun way to spend an hour or two. The museum often hosts a range of sell-out events so be sure to check out the schedule in advance. After your visit be sure to stop by at the Bosc de les Fades cafe.

Museu de Cera - Las Ramblas Barcelona
Museu de Cera

Places To Eat & Drink 

In general, we would advise you to stay clear of Las Ramblas when it comes to eating or drinking as the whole area is somewhat of a tourist trap and the restaurants tend to be more expensive and food of a lesser quality than other areas within the city.

Inside La Boqueria Market - Las Ramblas

However, there are a few spots that are worth checking out if you’re in the area. We’ve created our top list of places to eat or drink on Las Ramblas. 

Pasteleria Escribà is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. This pastry business was founded in 1906 and today its quaint little shop and cafe is often busy with customers looking to fulfil their sweet cravings. The exterior of the shop is a sight in itself, but be sure to head inside and check out the chocolate sculptures and other delights.

Boadas is Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar, founded in 1933. It is situated just off Las Ramblas, on the right hand side as you walk down the boulevard. Head inside and pull up a stool at the classic cocktail joint. Their menu features all the usual, but if your favourite cocktail isn’t on there, the bartenders will be more than happy to mix it up for you. 

Just opposite Liceu Opera House is Cafè de l’Òpera. This is a nice little spot for breakfast or even just a coffee stop. You can grab a delicious pastry or churros whilst admiring the old style decor.

As we mentioned above, Plaça Reial is an atmospheric square just off Las Ramblas in the Gothic Quarter. There are several restaurants serving everything from seafood and paella to pizza and pasta. Due to its location, the restaurants tend to be slightly more expensive than others in the city. Nevertheless, Plaça Reial is still a nice spot to head to, even if it’s just to watch the world go by whilst sipping a cava or Estrella.

Plaça Reial - Barcelona

Hotel 1898 is a luxury hotel situated on Las Ramblas. If you go into the main lobby and take the elevator up to the top floor you’ll discover Terrace La Isabela. This rooftop bar is a great place to relax and watch the planes take off over the city. The hotel’s website does state that a reservation is required to access the lounge bar for non resident guests, but we have just walked in earlier in the day when the terrace is quiet. 

Bosc de les Fades cafe is a quirky cafe situated inside Museu de Cera. The cafe has a fantasy woodland theme and is a great place to take the kids during the day or enjoy a cocktail or two in the evening. The food is pretty average, but it’s worth a visit for the unique decor alone. 

If you’re after a quick bite, head to La Boqueria Market, where you’ll be spoilt for choice for fresh produce and food to go. We like to cool off with a fresh fruit lolly or smoothie and sample some of the many veggie food options on offer.

Fresh fruit and smoothies in La Boqueria Market

La Rambla FAQs

What does La Rambla mean? 

‘Rambla’ is a wide street or boulevard. 

Is it worth visiting Las Ramblas? 

Las Ramblas is definitely worth experiencing, especially if it’s your first time in the city. The street has a great atmosphere and there are several attractions to visit within the Las Ramblas area to enjoy. Make sure you have a read of our ‘things to be aware of’ section to ensure you have an enjoyable visit. 

Why is Las Ramblas famous? 

Las Ramblas is famous for its bustling atmosphere and many street performers that line the pavements. The road runs from Plaça de Catalunya, the central square in Barcelona, all the way down toward Port Vell. There are several well known attractions along the route, such as La Boqueria Market and Plaça Reial. 

How long does it take to walk Las Ramblas? 

It would take around 15 minutes to walk the 1.2km from one end of Las Ramblas to the other. However, this timing would not allow for you to take your time enjoying the vibrant atmosphere or stop off at one of the many attractions along the route. 

Is La Rambla in the Gothic Quarter? 

The Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter lies just East of Las Ramblas. If you turn left off one of the many side streets as you head down Las Ramblas, you will end up in the Gothic Quarter.