When staying in the best holiday apartments Barcelona has to offer, a stroll down La Rambla is a great experience. Running through central Barcelona, La Rambla is a 1 kilometre tree-lined street popular with both locals and tourists alike. Almost entirely pedestrianised, the street and its numerous sights make for one of the best walks through the heart of Barcelona.
La Rambla is in fact a series of shorter, differently named streets which combine to form the extensive boulevard. Stretching from the Plaça de Catalunya to the harbour, the street comprises the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins and the Rambla de Santa Monica. Since the 1990s, the street has been extended slightly by the addition of the Rambla de Mar, a wooden walkway stretching out into the harbour.
La Rambla is lined with shops and restaurants, many of which are trendy establishments catering to the huge amount of tourists who walk the street. For more traditional shopping, the Mercat de la Boqueria is one of the city’s most famous street markets and a great place to visit from our apartments. Barcelona has plenty of historical and cultural destinations and some great examples can be found on La Rambla. The Gran Teatre del Liceu (1847) is one of the world’s most renowned opera houses and a must-see destination.
For art lovers staying in our apartments, Barcelona is a veritable paradise. The Centre d'Art Santa Mònica can be found on La Rambla, a public contemporary art museum with frequent exhibitions from world-famous artists. Also worth seeing is the Font de Canaletes, the city’s famous fountain and a hugely popular meeting point. There are plenty of other attractions on La Rambla that are well worth a visit from our apartments: Barcelona Wax Museum, the Erotica Museum and the Christopher Columbus monument.
The best time to visit La Rambla depends on personal choice. Pickpockets and scam artists have been known to operate along the street and prostitutes ply their trade on the southernmost stretch at night. A daytime visit may be slightly more secure for these reasons (especially if visiting with children), but La Rambla also has a vibrant atmosphere at night.
Taking the metro is perhaps the best way to get to La Rambla from our apartments. Barcelona has a good underground system and three stops can be found along the street. Hop on the L3 (green) line and jump off at either the Catalunya, Liceu or Drassanes stations.
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