The history of Las Ramblas is a fascinating story. The famous street in Barcelona is lined by trees, shops and hotels, making it one of the most visited places in the city. The road, which stretches for 1.5 kilometers, extends for just under a mile. The pedestrian-friendly boulevard is so primed for strolls and jaunts, so the locals called it Las Ramblas. In both Spanish and Catalan, the name refers to a meandering body of water, which is a perfect name for this street.
Whether you’re staying in one of the Las Ramblas hotels or just visiting for a short time, you’ll find a lot along Los Ramblas. Rambling the entire length of the boulevard will take you from the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) to Port Vell waterfront and the Christopher Columbus monument. In the middle, there’s Placa de Catalunya, Barcelona’s city center. The entire route is soaked in history—every step you take follows a path visited by royalty and average people alike throughout the history of Las Ramblas.
Sometimes called La Rambla in the singular, Las Ramblas is a collection of smaller streets, depending on how far along the boulevard you go. From the city center to the harbor, there’s a number of names Las Ramblas goes by. Rambla de Santa Monica, Rambla de Sant Josep, and the others, all are a picture of the history of Las Ramblas. In the 1990s, a wooden walkway was added the last leg of the boulevard to the sea, called naturally, Rambla de Mar.
Many of the things to do in Barcelona are found along Las Ramblas. There’s Museu Maritim, which tells the story of the Mediterranean Sea and its naval history, close to the aquarium and IMAX theater. The Barcelona Cathedral is a short stroll away, as are some charming shops and restaurants. A quick trip down the side streets will lead to some exciting discoveries and some lovely parks where you can relax and stop for photos.