The Ramblas is located on the site of a former stream and takes its name from the Arabic word ‘Remla’, which means ‘sandy ground’.
The Ramblas emerged with the advent of modernity, when, in 1766, an avenue was marked out alongside the medieval wall that ran through this part of Barcelona after the 13th century. In a city of narrow winding streets, the Ramblas was the only suitable place to see and be seen and for the enjoyment of all citizens. As it was a central thoroughfare, people of all classes congregated there.
Along its 1,200 metres, its main attractions include: the Canaletes Fountain, where legend has it that anyone who drank from the fountain would always return to Barcelona; the Liceu Theatre; Moja Palace; the Church of Bethlehem; Virreina Palace; the Boquería market; the Wax Museum; Santa Mónica Art Centre; and the viewing platform of the Columbus monument at the end of the Ramblas.
Strolling along this important street, you will come across an interesting mix of ‘human statues’, flower stalls and stalls selling animals, especially birds.
Address: The Ramblas runs from Plaza Catalunya to Portal de la Pau.
Buses: 14, 38, 59, 91
Metro: Catalunya (L1, L3), Liceu (L3), Drassanes (L3)