38 reviews of Las Ramblas in English
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No question that this is an important landmark and worth seeing. But be careful here: this is also home to pickpockets, drug dealers and numerous mostly African prostitutes. Be careful when exioring the ‘hood. Where’s my bag anyway?
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Wonderful taste of the Barcelona flavor! Vendors, people, food and sangria- this place has it all. We spent hours just wandering and tasting. This is an absolute must-see for visitors!
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Worthy of a visit and nice to shoot the breeze, watching life pass by enjoying a bite to eat and drink but my friend has fell victim of pick pocketing during one visit (and it was his passport so the holiday was cut short sitting in the police station and British consulate).
Another pain was the awful pestering of the gift shop owners selling tat. We had just come back from Nou Camp Stadium with replica kits, yet were being told that the poor quality fakes in their shops were genuine!
My friend is a Liverpool FC supporter and we were having a good laugh at the welsh dragon like creature instead of a liverbird on the LFC shirts, the Indian shop owner became quite angry arguing it was genuine!
Give these shops a wide berth, keep a tight hold of your belongings and enjoy the rest of what La Ramblas has to offer.
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Old Barcelona & the Ramblas is the heart
of this great city on the sea. I adore it.
Go to the Market for lunch,it is wonderful,
& then walk to the sea front or take a bus up to
Mont Juic & see the museums or the statue
to the International Brigades. Gaudis' Cathedral,
or one of his many houses in the city.
The Picasso Museum - best one in the world.
This Catalan capital was the last to fall to the
ravages of Franco & the combined forces of Hitler
& Mussolini. It shows in the strength of Catalan character
the street is very fun, there are a lot of live spectacles like the football guy or the famous human statues all along the street, some are very amazing and worth to give a tip for the artist work. It is on this street that i found the main entrance to the famous market La Boqueria and also the Miro design, the street is divided in different sections with its animal stand shops, flower and artist. It is something that you have to walk if your first time but be careful about pickpockets, someone tried to steal us giving flyers, i recommend you to check http://www.world-rt.com/ for local info and tips, it was very useful for us
Like the others have said, La Rambla must be done at least once by Barcelona visitors, but keep tight hold of your handbag and don't let the street magicians and performers sucker you in to wagers, because even if you only want to nosey at what's going on, you can bet it'll end up costing you.
That said, it's lively, colourful and atmospheric, and if you can time your wander so you're before or after the hordes it can actually be an intriguing stroll.
Although I heard so many warnings to stay away from La Rambla in the run-up to my recent holiday, I'm am nothing if not brattish and stubborn, so I persisted with booking a hotel that was a minute's walk from the infamous main drag. And whilst La Rambla may be hectic, noisy, touristy and crime-ridden, there's also a lot of quirky and cool places to eat, drink and be merry on and around it. So keep your valuables close, brave the crowds and have a snoop around the side streets.
You’re a tourist? Best wander this odd avenue.
Ponder the artist impressions, check out the flowers and jewellery and trinkets, and of course the buskers in all their finery. Stride past the animals in cages Chicken anyone? No? How about a prostitute?
This is the central pathway down one of the main streets of the city, and you can’t really come here without attempting this stretch just once, but hold onto your belongings and keep your wits about you to keep it a pleasant stroll.
Hold onto your wallets down here as there are a lot of pickpockets and do not get involved in any 'games’ here as they are a scam. It is very expensive and touristy and the live animals in cages isn’t very nice to see.
That said, it is a worth a walk down just for the vibe, but there are much nicer and cheaper places to be.
A huge long street full of tourist shops and tapas restaurants and bars, its great to walk through it, but there definitelly can be found better or rather less touristy places in Barcelona. It is worth visiting the food market roughly in the middle on the street, with food and wine tasting. The best tapas places around Rambla are mostly hidden off the Rambla in the side streets.
Wow what an amazing place. I visited here a few years ago and totallyu loved this place. My hotel was on a side street from La Rambla making it very accessible. The street stretches through what could be described as the centre of Barcelona. There are many shops set out actually on La Rambla such as newsagents and from top to bottom there are shops and markets right down the sides, with loads more to investigate on the side streets leading from it. On one side the streets take you off to what is known as the old town and it is just beautiful. At the top of La Rambla there is a huge paved park and the bottom you come to the beach and the quay with loads more trendy shops, bars and restaurants. At the top is a huge il corte ingles which is a fantastic shopping centre selling allsorts and with a gorgeous bar at the very top, overlooking Barcelona. La Rambla itself is completely pedestrianised making it easy to amble up and down at your leisure taking in the sights and the street entertainers. There are always human statues lining the street and they are very good.
A fntastic place to walk up and down with something for everyone and great shopping
Ive been to 'la rambla’ on two occasions and both times it was enjoyable. The street is long, starting from not too far from the train station up to the harbour. The street is packed with market stalls and street entertainers. Shops line the outside of the market stalls. The down side is that the place is notorious for pick pocketing and sells animals such as birds and ducks in very small, crampped conditions which can be upsetting to see.
La Rambla was not what I was expecting. It was very long and packed with designer shops and cafes. Unfortunately there didn’t really seem to be many bars.
I was really horrified by the animals in cages all along the street. They were being kept in tiny cages and it really upset me to see this.
Fantastic long street with lots of street entertainment. Different “market” areas as you walk down the street including a bird market and a flower market.Near the port end is a craft market. Be very careful when watching the entertainers, pickpocketing is rife. Do not get involved in “find the lady” type scams.
La Rambla is a real shock, nothing like we were expecting. I think the one thing that saddened us the most was the selling of live birds like chickens and ducks etc in very small cramped cages all squawking and trying to escape, poor things. We’re veggies so it made it even more distressing for the kids. But we did enjoy the rest of the market and the street entertainers.
La Rambla is probably the most famous street in Barcelona, grab a drink at one of the many street bars (although they are quite expensive because of their location) and watch the world go by. The street is lined with shops, bars and restaurants.
What I didn’t like was the vast array of caged small animals on the street ready to be sold.
This is an interesting place to visit if you are in Barcelona, but I don’t think it is as much of a must do as most guidebooks make out. The main highlight for me is the Mercat de la Boqueria; a busy and varied market situated just off Las Ramblas.
As it is a very popular area with tourists pickpockets are very active here, so it’s a good idea to keep a close watch on you belongings. The stretch down towards the port is also something of a red light district. All along Las Ramblas you can see human statues and other street performances.
There are lots of bars and restaurants lining Las Ramblas, but I would recommend avoiding them and choosing somewhere a few street further back. Most of the places on Las Ramblas are overpriced and you will find better food elsewhere.
If you are only in Barcelona for a short visit then I would say that this is one of the guidebooks “must see” things that you can give a miss (unless you are interested in visiting La Boqueria).
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