La Rambla is unquestionably the most famous street in Barcelona, a constant ebb and flow of people during the day and far into the early hours of the night.
Newspapers kiosks, flower and souvenir stalls stand side by side with street performers, café and restaurant terraces and a variety of shops and businesses. At the bottom end near the port, street markets often set up shop alongside resident painters and cartoonists. A walk down La Rambla takes you past several buildings of interest, such as Palau de la Virreina, the Boquería Market and the internationally renowned Liceu Opera House. Down one of the side streets just off the Rambla you can find the popular Plaça Reial.
At the bottom of La Rambla you come to the old port with its popular statue of Christopher Columbus, and from there a wide avenue known as Rambla de Mar takes you to the Moll d’Espanya, where the Maremagnum shopping centre is located. At the top of the boulevard and continuing upwards away from Plaça de Catalunya is Rambla de Catalunya – no connection to the other Rambla in Ciutat Vella – that leads to Avinguda Diagonal.
On La Rambla don’t forget to see the Miró street mosaic and to drink the water at the famous Canaletes water fountain, where Barça fans celebrate the club’s trophies, and of course walk through Plaça Catalunya, the very centre of Barcelona today.