Las Ramblas is a crowded and lively promenade in Barcelona's city center. It is a 1.2 kilometer long stretch extending between Port Vell (at its southern-most end) and Placa Catalunya (at its northern-most end), bordered by Barcelona's Raval area and the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) on either side. Las Ramblas is mainly pedestrianised and is famous for its flower stalls and street performers.
There are human art statues and artists waiting to draw your portrait or caricature.
Las Ramblas is actually made up of five distinct sections:
- Rambla Canaletes
which contains the famous Font de les Canaletes, a 19th century fountain, where legend has it that those who drink from it will return to Barcelona again someday.
- Rambla de Sant Josep or de les Flors
is home to the flower market and the various newspaper, book and magazine stalls.
- Rambla del Estudis or dels Ocells
where there are many caged birds for sale.
- The Boqueria Market
which offers fresh cheeses and meats, as well as various tapas bars.
- Rambla de Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Monica
which lead to the seaport and the new harbour. It is also the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon people-watching.