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Tour around the Ramblas - 1 day

The Rambla is Barcelona's famous promenade, there is much to discover

The Rambla is the boulevard in Barcelona and is equally admired by visitors and local people. The 1.4 km long street is separated in several parts, that are basically called after kiosks, which are arranged on the street. 

La Rambla is the most famous pedestrian street in Barcelona. It leads through the city directly to the port.

Interesting things around the Rambla

The Rambla itself is divided into several sections. The top two sections are called "Rambla de Canaletes" and "Rambla dels Estuids". A lot of newsstands are located here.

With our tour proposal "All around the Ramblas" you will have a whole day full of diversified programme. You won't just see the pathway of the Rambla, but also very interesting places to the left and right of it in Raval and the gothic district.

You should plan about 6-8 hours for the Rambla-tour, depending on what you would like to see.

Tour proposal all around the Rambla - 1 day

The tour along the Rambla on the city map

Here you can track the tour around the Ramblas on the city map. Just click on the logos and you will get more information about it.

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Plaça Catalunya

Plaça Catalunya

You will start the tour on the Plaça Catalunya. You will get to this place a lot because of its central location.
If you haven't eaten at the hotel, you can go to the little alleys on the left side of the Ramblas (from Plaça Catalunya). Lots of cafes and restaurants are located there.
The first part of the Rambla is the Rambla de Estudis, the part with the magazine stands.

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Mercat de la Boqueria (Mercat de Sant Josep)

Mercat de la Boqueria (Mercat de Sant Josep)

About 300 metres from the Plaça Catalunya, the Mercat de la Boqueria ("butchery") and the official Mercat de Sant Josep are located. You can recognize the entrance of the market hall because of its modernistic elements. It is the most known market in Barcelona and even the top chefs go here. For sure a place for all the senses.

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Pla de la Boqueria - art from Joan Miró

Pla de la Boqueria

Once you left the market, walk to the right about 120 metres on the Ramblas, until you get to the Pla del Sant Josep. Here you can see contemporary art: no less a figure than Joan Miró embellished the square with his art.
Walk to the left just before the artwork, past the former umbrella store into the Carrer de Cardinal Casañas. The alley will lead you to the left just after the house and then with a sweep to the right to the Pla del Pi. This is where the gothic church Santa Maria del Pi is located. You can take a look at the inside, it's beautiful.


Cathedral (La Seu)

Cathedral (La Seu)

Walk further on the Carrer de Palla until the square in front of Barcelona's cathedral. It is one of the most important buildings of the gothic. Take a look at the inside. Also interesting is the cloister, in which 13 geese sometimes gaggle pretty loud.
From the cloister walk directly outside, the alley is called Carrer de Bisbe. Go to the left on this alley.

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The opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu

The opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu

Where the c/Ferran disembogues into the Rambla, the fampus opera Gran Teatra de Liceu is located on the other side. The house can be visited withing tours (in the mornings).
The Liceu was reopened after a fire in 1999, after it was rebuilt true to the original and provided with the latest technology.

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Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial

From the Liceu go towards the ocean, about 80 metres further you will see the entrande to the Plaça Reial on the left side. It seems quite unimposing.
Time for a break. The cafes and restaurants invite to stay. The square is located about 30 metres away from the Rambla. The lanterns were design by the famous architect Gaudí.

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Palau Güell

Palau Güell

Straight across, on the other side of the Rambla, the Carrer Nou de la Rambla is located.
You only need to walk a few steps into the street to see one of Gaudí's early masterpieces, the Palau Güell.

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Museu de Cera

Museu de Cera

Towards the end of the Rambla - you can see the Columbus statue ahead of you - there's a small alleyto the left in the height of the underground station Drassanes. On the Rambla you can see a small pay booth (which isn't used). The wax museum (Museu de Cera) is located there. The museum shows historical personalities and figures from different children's books and comics, which makes it interesting also for children.
It isn't as known as Madamme Tussaut's wax museum in London, however it still has its own charm. From the wax museum you can go directly to the cafe "Bosc de la Fades", in English enchanted forest. That's how it's decorated, with dwarfs, mermaids and fountains.

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Museu Marítim

Museu Marítim

Once you're back on the Rambla, you will see a distinctive grey high-rise building. Walk past it, the street leads directly towards the Museu Marítim, which is a maritime museum which is accommodated in a former shipyard. The history of the seafaring of all eras is shown here. A glamorous highlit is the replica of a rowing galley from 1571, built true to the original.
The Museu Marítim has a nice cafe for a little break.

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Monument a Colom

Monument a Colom

After that, go to the columbus statue. You can take the elevator to the observation deck. This is no touristic must do, however you have a nice view over the harbour and the old town district. If you planned to climb the Montjuïc or Tibidabo on a different day, you don't need to go on the observation deck.
It's already afternoon. Walk over the "Rambla del Mar", which is the extension of the Rambla, that leads to the harbour, to the Maremágnum. You can delightfully spend some money in one of the many stores.

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Tips all about the Rambla

Eating out and shopping
Restaurants, kiosks and stores are sometimes more expensive directly at the Rambla. A price comparison of the souvenir shops is often worth it. The food is more expensive in some restaurants and shacks and isn't really a culinary pleasure. However it often is excellent.
It's almost always cheaper to go a few metres to the streets in the quarters Barri Gotik and Raval.