The bustling streets of La Rambla in Barcelona provides a perfect introduction to the thriving coastal city. Popular with both locals and tourists, La Rambla is a series of short streets in downtown Barcelona packed with restaurants, shops, museums and other attractions. While it can be crowded and chaotic, it retains a character and charm that make it one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions.
Don’t miss the Gran Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona’s 1847 Opera House that many art aficionados consider one of the finest in the world. At the foot of La Rambla lies the Monument a Colum, a 200 foot high monument that marks the place Christopher Columbus landed on his 1493 return from the new world. Tourists and locals can shop for food or handicrafts at the Mercat de La Boqueria, the city’s most famous market.
Since its early beginnings, flower and bird stalls have lined the pedestrian walkways of La Rambla, many of which have been run by the same families for centuries. At the end of your trip to La Rambla, drink from the fountains in Font de Canaletes. According to ancient legend, one drink from these fountains will ensure you “fall in love with Barcelona and always return.”