Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city with a population of nearly two million people, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years. There are many places which hold tourist attraction and one of these is the La Rambla Street about which the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was ‘the only street in the world which I wish would never end’.
Standing in the heart of Barcelona, La Rambla is actually a tree-lined pedestrian mall stretching for 1.2 kilometers between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.
La Rambla consists of an array of small streets each of which holds a different name. From the Plaça de Catalunya toward the harbour, the street is successively called the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins, and the Rambla de Santa Monica.
The street is crowded day and night with kiosks selling newspapers and souvenirs, flowers and birds, street performers, cafes, restaurants and shops. The street has a variety of kiosks that sell ice-cream, churros, hand-made candles, pastries and chocolates, as well as the typical newspaper kiosks.
Near the port are found smaller local markets and the shop-fronts of painters and draftsmen. A walk along this street allows the visitors to get a view of historic buildings as the Palace of the Virreina and La Boqueria market and the famous Liceo Theatre in which operas and ballets are staged. As it is a highly crowded street, tourists should be wary of the pickpockets here.
The street of Las Ramblas has a lot of street performers which are mostly in the form of human statues apart from various dancers, musicians, magicians and marionettes. There are a total of 14 human statues, which were selected by the Department of Comerce and Tourism of Barcelona.