A little over a kilometre in length, Las Ramblas is the “Champs Elysées” of Barcelona. It begins around the Port Vell and stretches north to Plaça Catalunya. To the east of Las Ramblas is the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) and to the west is an area called Raval. Las Ramblas is mostly set aside for pedestrians although there are two narrow roads that are one way in opposite directions on each side of the main central Las Ramblas Boulevard.
Much of central Barcelona has been set aside for pedestrians, making Barcelona one of Europe’s most tourist friendly cities. The ramblas has 1 metro station, right in the middle of the stretch called “Liceu”. The “Gran Teatre del Liceu“, just opposite the station is an ancient opera house that can be visited at certain times.
If you decide to book a Barcelona short term rental in the Las Ramblas area you will be at the heart of fun and excitement: with live music, painters and living statues, Las Ramblas is certainly the most colorful stretch of street in Barcelona. Shopping and eating in Las Ramblas is fun but expensive. The quantity of tourists ensures that the prices remain high but drinking a glass of Sangria on one of the terrace is well worth it if you like people watching.
Along the Ramblas is the market of la Boqueria, an ancient covered market that sells fresh produce – definitely worth visiting. On the Ramblas make sure to keep a close eye on your possessions as the area attracts thieves and pickpockets. If you are aware, then you can really enjoy the heady atmosphere of Las Ramblas, which is one of the most famous districts in the world and dates back to Roman times. The word ‘Rambla’ is Arabic for dry stream which used to run down the centre of the road in a great gully when it rained.