La Rambla in Barcelona
La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike. A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian mall between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, it connects Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell.
La Rambla can be considered a series of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural form Las Ramblas. From the Plaça de Catalunya toward the harbour, the street is successively the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins, and the Rambla de Santa Monica. Construction of the Maremàgnum in the early 1990s resulted in a continuation of La Rambla on a wooden walkway into the harbour, the Rambla de Mar.
La Rambla can be crowded, especially during prime time tourist season. Most of the time, there are many more tourists than locals occupying the Rambla, which has changed the shopping selection, as well as the character of the street in general. For this reason also, it has become a prime target for pick pocketing.
Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was 'the only street in the world which I wish would never end'. The name rambla refers to an intermittent water flow in both Catalan and Spanish. This is reflected in the design on the pavemement which is also decorated with a design by Miro. This work was the second of three sculptures that were commissioned to welcome tourists. The first was at the airport and it had been commissioned in 1968. This intermediate work was the large mosaic in La Rambla. The last was Dona i Ocell in the centre of the city.
- Gran Teatre del Liceu, or simply Liceu, is Barcelona's renowned opera house. Opened in 1847, it is among the world's finest.
- Centre d'Art Santa Mònica is a public museum of contemporary art located on the Raval side of Rambla de Santa Mònica, with regular exhibitions of international artists.
- Mercat de la Boqueria (also known as Mercat de Sant Josep or just La Boqueria) is the city's most iconic street market.
- La Rambla is home to a sizable Indian community.
- Font de Canaletes is the city's most famous fountain and its most popular meeting point.
- Palau de la Virreina, a Baroque palace, hosts museum exhibitions and cultural events.
- Ramblas is a spanish bar, on the Cruse ship ventura.
There are three Barcelona Metro stations with entrances on La Rambla, all of which are served by L3, the green line:
- Catalunya - immediately adjacent to Plaça Catalunya. One of the city's oldest and most iconic metro stations, and a common meeting place.
- Liceu - In front of the opera house Liceu.
- Drassanes - by the port, right next to Centre d'Art Santa Mònica.
Absolutely flat pavement of Rambla seems wavy.