Las Ramblas
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This pedestrian-only street is a rite of passage for first-time travelers in Barcelona. Starting from Plaça de Catalunya, amble along the boulevard where you'll find food kiosks and spot famed attractions like the Gran Teatre del Liceu theater, the Palau de la Virreina Palace, and La Boquería market—the city’s famous marketplace. Entertainment is plenty too thanks to the human statues and caricature artists, amidst other wacky street performers. If you’re not planning to shop, enjoy a jug of sangria at any of the tapas bars and people-watch away. Besides joining city tours, Barcelona’s hop-on hop-off bus is another great way to get here. – Tripadvisor
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Barcelona's most famous street was once a dry riverbed. Now, La Rambla is a 1200-metre boulevard, and a major draw for visitors. During the day, La Rambla fills with pedestrians, some of which stroll past impressive human statues and artists while others take a break to people-watch while enjoying a drink at one of the many terraces. Housed here is the iconic Boqueria Market that offers one of the most varied and appetising selections of local produce and specialty meats and treats. While it’s important for tourists to keep an eye on their belongings at all times, this area is most safely explored in the daytime and is a must see for everyone who visits.
How to get there
  • Liceu • 2 min walk
  • Drassanes • 7 min walk
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  • ADE M
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be Careful
    A must for anyone going to Barcelona a very vibrant and entertaining area. The one thing that cheesed me off were the amount of beggars and street sellers who would approach you one after another. No problem if you are walking in the street but whe you are half way through a meal its very disconcerting. What ever you do dont say yes to any of them or you will be bothered even more.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • sisterbay716
    Chicago, Illinois418 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Has Lost Romantic Charm
    Las Ramblas is a pretty tree-lined area to stroll safely by day or night with some street vendors and restaurants, as it always has been. But the quiet, romantic feel has been replaced by bawdy bachelor and bachelorette parties coming from outside of Spain. Accordingly, sex shops, tacky obscene t-shirt shops, and paraphernalia stores are now commonplace, and when I was there in June there were many large groups of non-Spanish men and women drinking to get drunk, resulting in very smelly streets the next morning. Mercado Boqueria and Plaza Real remain terrific with great eating options at each (Plaza Real for restaurants, Boqueria for counter service or eat & walk). The area is safe and by all means stroll along the length of Las Ramblas if you're in Barcelona, but I would no longer think of Las Ramblas as a serene, romantic promenade.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • OZS_ATW
    Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overrated
    We took a walk from Plaza De Catalunya to Por Vell in the morning. There were a lot of people but manageable. It was nice but honestly speaking Las Ramblas pretty much an overrated attraction where you could see the painful signs of overtourism.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • xmasjones
    London, United Kingdom322 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy and too touristy
    Not many of the street performers left that I had previously seen say 15 years ago. Mostly souvenir stalls or flower stalls. Couple of restaurants but not as many as previously seen. Walk to marina was not that long. There is a food market near Plaça de Catalunya end selling fruit pots, spices, fruit, juice, ice cream, fish and found a vegetarian falafel place but didn’t have any. Just wanted chips which turned out to be frozen chips. Marina area nice to wonder round and boat trips available before you hit a small shopping centre
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, Georgia15,056 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pedestrian Walkway
    This long pedestrian boulevard is filled with vendors and street performers. Cross streets lead into the Gothic Quarter, with its many interesting plazas which contain cafes and shops. We prefer it during the day when it is less crowded. The evenings are more colorful, but also come with a degree of risk from pickpockets.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,072 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon Visit
    Las Ramblas is a crowded pedestrian street where you will also find the Mercado de la Boquería and boarders the Gothic Quarter. Also, there are lots of market stalls, kiosks, pavement cafes, restaurants, and pickpockets as well. We were warned by our tour guide to secure our belongings and check zippers on backpacks. I think it is worth the time to come down to Las Ramblas to take a stroll, but only during the day time. Las Ramblas runs from the north end near Plaça de Catalunya and stretches approximately a kilometer long to the south end at the Columbus Monument, which is near the port. I didn’t venture further south, but from what I hear, the south end of Las Ramblas becomes a seedy area at night, best not to be in the area when night falls.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • YayeMama
    Maplewood, New Jersey845 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded Walkway in Barcelona
    A pedestrian only street with lots of booths, shops, restaurants and La Boqueria Mercado. Street starts at Placa Catalunya and goes all the way to the water. Very many pedestrians as well as street performers as this street winds its way through the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. I do not recommend eating in any restaurants on this street as they are overpriced and geared toward tourists, and many do not really offer authentic Spanish cuisine. The menus we looked at were mostly hamburgers and fries with drinks. Eat on streets off Las Ramblas which offer you more authentic tapas and meals and much more affordable options.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Becky V
    Norcross, Georgia347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun walk
    Nice Pedestrian Walking Area Las Ramblas is a ~1 mile pedestrian walking boulevard in Barcelona. The boulevard runs north and south and cars have a one lane road each way. Las Ramblas runs from Christopher Columbus Memorial in the south to Placa de Catalunya in the north. Fun walking in the day and at night. lots of energy!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Travelbugsforlife
    1,065 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit with caution
    Not a must do. As I planned our trip to Barcelona people kept mentioning seeing Las Ramblas, however I also heard it was a tourist trap and a place for pick pockets. So during our trip we took a walk down the street just to see it, but we didn't shop there, we didn't eat there and we were very cautious with our belongings. Later in our trip we met a group from Australia and they told us one of the women had been pick pocketed on las ramblas and she had no idea it happened until later in the day when she went to pay for something and went to get her wallet, it was gone. So interesting to see but you need to be on high alert.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • 829apple
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom265 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok
    I suppose it is a "must see" on a trip to Barcelona but like a lot of these places it seems to have lost a lot of its original charm. Lined with gift shops and restaurants, keep a tight hold of any valuables. The food market off it is well worth a visit, gets busy but can get food, tapas, drinks etc from there.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
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Jane N
Twickenham,London14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Went for a long weekend to Barcelona and Las Ramblas was on our list of places to visit. This pedestrian boulevard is a pretty tree lined promenade bustling with lots of street artists, sellers, tourists markets and open air restaurants. This looked like a fun happening place to stop for lunch and watch all the going’s on. Well, we wished we had just carried on walking. Unbeknown to us these restaurants are huge tourist traps & are ready to scam you by seriously overcharging. We ended up paying nearly £100 for a Caesar salad, pathetic portion on grilled chicken, which looked old, a tiny salad, 1 beer and 1 glass of wine! 20% service charge & 15% charge was added because we were eating in Las Ramblas! This was not clear on the menu and the cost of the lunch was way too much. Please avoid all these restaurants here as they are just going to rip you off. They also allow street sellers to come in amongst the diners to try and sell their rubbish, unnerving whilst trying to relax, especially when we we’re already in the know that they have a massive pickpocket problem there, Avoid, better places to see & eat for a lot lot less!!
Written May 18, 2024
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Walking down or up Las Ramblas is a must if in Barcelona. It has been cleaned up over the years, the street performers have gone as have some of the street vendors and now it is classier and more pleasant. Just off the street is the old town with its narrow streets and interesting shops , restaurants and historic sights.
Written May 8, 2024
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Amanda B
Houston, TX292 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Super duper crowded area with not much good shopping or food. The side streets around this area were more interesting. Not a must-see
Written May 6, 2024
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Family5GetAway
St. John's, Canada316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Las Ramblas is considered a must-see by many, but it does not rank up there for me. We walked the street a number of times while in the City, the first time was to see what it was all about, but every other instance was simply because it was the most convenient route for us at the time. In the evenings the area is extremely crowded and it can be frustrating navigating all of the café tents, vendor kiosks, street performers and people milling about. Twice we had people try to put things in our hands as we walked, but hearing of such scams in advance we maneuvered around them while saying no. We read all of the warnings about being vigilant of pick pockets at this location and I could certainly see why it would be a prime area for it. We found the area much nicer earlier in the day, especially the mornings. Some people may love the energy of the area in the evenings, it was just not something we enjoyed.
Written May 4, 2024
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J E
Fredericksburg, VA11,049 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a very touristy walkway in the middle of the road with lots of shops, cafés, restaurants, street peddlers, pickpockets, etc. It’s crazy crowded, even in the rain and so many people have no situational awareness to be courteous and/or seeing who’s walking where, they will walk right into you, even while looking at you. Everyone expects others to move out of their way.

Once you get past all that madness, it’s really the main drag with so many things to see and do along the way.
Written May 2, 2024
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Jojo
London, UK581 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Too too busy
This is not somewhere I’d visit again, far too busy and too crowded
Felt very closed in, nothing attractive about it at all. Side streets are dirty and full of graffiti
Written May 1, 2024
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Amy
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The security and workers were so
horrible and prejudiced, accused us of stealing when we weren’t, never ever going back
Written April 22, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It's a wide street running from the center of town through one of the very old quarters. Even though the street is wide with a big sidewalk down the center, it gets very crowded, mostly with tourists. Kiosks and buskers in the center. You can buy food, drink or souvenirs. Charming neighborhoods with deep history on either side. The Metro runs underneath.
Written April 4, 2024
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Philip W
Glasgow, UK95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Good spot for taking pictures and having lunch, there are lots of places to eat and interesting site. Must go if you are in barca
Written April 2, 2024
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada5,591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
It was crazy busy when I went. There are some really cute little boutiques that I enjoyed visiting. There are street vendors and restaurants. Glad I visited.
Written March 24, 2024
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