At the beginning of La Rambla
La Rambla begins at Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla de Canaletes, named after the 19th-century Canaletes fountain. The Spanish expression 'he drinks water from Canaletes' means that someone is from Barcelona – legend says that anyone who drinks from the fountain will keep coming back to this city. Next comes La Rambla dels Estudis, named after a 16th-century university (the Estudi General), which was demolished in 1843. This area includes several interesting buildings, such as La Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts. The royal academy displays the city’s first public clock.
Flower stall on the Rambla de los Flors
La Rambla de Sant Joseph
La Rambla de Sant Joseph is named after a demolished monastery, but it is better known as La Rambla de los Flors (the flower Rambla). This part of La Rambla ends in a small square called Plaça de la Boqueria- , which contains a mosaic by famous Barcelona artist Joan Miró. La Rambla dels Caputxins, which was named after the former Capuchin monastery, boasts several highlights: the Catalan Modernist Gran Teatre del Liceu, and access to Plaça Reial, a 19th-century square designed by Antoni Gaudí. On the other side of La Rambla, in the side street Nou de la Rambla, stands one of Gaudí's first residential buildings: the fabulously beautiful Palau Güell. The parabolic shapes give a taste of Gaudí's later work, such as Park Güell.
The Columbus Monument at Port Vell
La Rambla de Santa Monica
The last part of the street is called La Rambla de Santa Monica, named after a monastery that was transformed into a museum: the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica. This Rambla leads to a roundabout, with in its centre the roughly 60-metre-high Columbus Monument. At the very end of the 5 Ramblas, you will find the Maremagnum: a complex with shops, an Imax theatre and even an aquarium.
Street artist on Rambla de Sant Joseph
From street performers to pet shops
Las Ramblas form the heart of the bustling inner city of Barcelona. Spend a wonderful afternoon or evening with a jug of sangria on one of the many outdoor patios. Talented street artists exhibit their art, offering countless photo opportunities and a vibrant atmosphere. The long street counts a wide variety of souvenir shops, (tapas) restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and clothing stores. Perhaps more unusual, but also very popular, are the pet shops that sell birds.