All About La Rambla
It would be quite hard to visit Barcelona and not walk along La Rambla. And it’s certainly worth leaving your luxury Spanish villa for. At 1.2 kilometres long, it runs centrally through the city, creating a large open path in stark contrast with the smaller, windier streets of Barcelona. It was built in 1766, making it over 250 years old, and it follows the path of the medieval city walls. Having become a key part of the city, there is plenty to be found in terms of retail, culture, and cuisine, making it popular with locals and tourists alike.
As you travel from your luxury Sitges villa into Barcelona, and onto this famous street, you’ll see La Rambla’s most famous attractions. The Gran Teatre del Liceu is a landmark opera house, where you’ll find a wondrous evening’s entertainment. You can enter the Boqueria Market, a famous food market selling everything from meat and fish to fruit and sweets – and it’s worth visiting just for the mind-blowing atmosphere.
La Rambla reaches all the way to the Barcelona coast, where you’ll find the Mirador de Colom. Built in 1888, the viewing gallery is some 60 metres up. Take the lift all the way to the top to be able to view around you for miles from every angle – a true panorama. As well as the crowds of people along La Rambla, you’ll get a wonderful view of Mount Montjuïc and its hilltop castle, the Gothic Quarter with its bell towers, La Mercé, and much more.
As you walk along La Rambla, close to Liceu Metro, be sure to notice its spectacular tiles, designed and built by artist Joan Miró himself. Look carefully and you might even spot the tile that Miró signed! Less permanent artwork on La Rambla includes human statues and some are so realistic as statues, you’ll be totally fooled. You might even spot the occasional trick. As well as fantastic street art and architecture, there are plenty of art galleries to visit too; from historical art to more contemporary designs, this part of the city has it all.
Of course, all this walking around and sight-seeing will leave you hungry, and there are plenty of La Rambla eateries to choose from. Grab a coffee and a bite from an authentic café, or visit one of the many tapas bars and restaurants the street has to offer. Some of the cafés, bars, and restaurants have been around for decades, adding to the sense of history and culture that this intriguing part of Barcelona city has to offer. So, don’t miss out!
Whilst it might be hard to visit Barcelona without experiencing the cultural storm that is La Rambla, it’s surely not entirely impossible. So, make sure this is part of your holiday itinerary, allowing yourself time to walk along it, taking in the sights, smells, and experiences of the street. Keep an eye out for beautiful art, stunning architecture, and fantastic entertainment. And, before you return to your welcoming Spanish villa, be sure that you haven’t forgotten to take advantage of the gorgeous food and drink you’ll find along the way.