La Rambla (or Les Rambles in plural in Catalan) is one of the landmark streets of Barcelona although not all visitors know that is actually five different streets: 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 and Rambla de Santa Mònica – named after the convent of St. Monica, now an arts centre.
The approximately 1.3 km (1500 yards) long road, in the middle a pedestrian zone, connecting Plaça Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell is probably the central transport hub in Barcelona to the port. During prime time tourist season, La Rambla can get quite crowded because it’s also one of the major attractions of the city.
Walking down Barcelona’s main street one encounters numerous street performers posing as ‘human statues’. These street artists feature as imaginative as they can, from celebrities and mythological beings to imaginary characters. They prop themselves up on little boxes, wave at tourists and put up little shows for a tip. If you happen to visit La Rambla, bring all your loose change and put it aside especially, but be careful of your belongings as the street has become the prime target for pick pocketing.
The human statues are located at the bottom end of the street, between Rambla Santa Mònica and the Columbus monument. While you can find them most days in two shifts from 10am to 10pm, each performer is self-employed so their ‘availability’ is not guaranteed.
The audio is in Spanish yet the video will give you an idea on what to expect when visiting the place.
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