La Rambla, one of the most emblematic and touristic boulevards in Barcelona. Plaça Catalunya in the centre of the city joins the marina to the south at El Port Vell. Famous for the many stalls selling flowers and souvenirs, also known by the peculiar human statues that fill the walk from end to end.
Several well known attractions such as the Mercat de la Boqueria, Columbus Monument, Palau Güell, Gran Teatre del Liceu or Plaça Reial, among other are located along this boulevard. Cafes, restaurants and bars flood the Rambla and nearby alleys, streets leading to the popular neighborhoods of the Barri Gòtic, El Raval and El Born.
Is it… La Rambla or Les Rambles?
La Rambla is considered a series of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural form Les Rambles (the original Catalan form; in Spanish it is Las Ramblas). The street is successively called:
- Rambla de Canaletes – the site of the Font de Canaletes fountain
- Rambla dels Estudis – the site of the former Jesuit University, whose only remainder is the Church of Bethlehem
- Rambla de Sant Josep (or de les Flors) – the site of an open-air flower market
- Rambla dels Caputxins – the site of a former Capuchin monastery, now dominated by the Liceu opera-house
- Rambla de Santa Mònica – named after the convent of St. Monica, now an arts centre.
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