La Rambla: Barcelona's most famous street

La Rambla is Barcelona's most famous street. Here's what you should know

Have you visited La Rambla? It’s Barcelona's most famous street but I really didn’t know too much about it before I visited.

Here are 5 things I learned during my visit to Barcelona:

1. La Rambla is a gorgeous pedestrian street with a ton of restaurants and great shopping across all price points. There are also side streets with more shopping and dining options. La Rambla’s shops and restaurants are more downscale (some might even say seedy) towards the port end.

2. The street is very wide but also very short — only 1.2 km long. At the north end you’ll find the Plaça de Catalunya, a beautiful square as well as the location of a central transit hub. At the south end is Port Vell, marked by a tall statue of Christopher Columbus (who was born in Italy and buried in Seville 🤷🏻‍♀️).

3. The famous La Boqueria market is on La Rambla and it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s huge, with more than 200 vendors, and they’ve been around since 1836. You’ll find meat, fish and dairy products here as well as a ton of sweets and nuts that make fantastic souvenirs.

4. Look for Carrefour for grocery items, alcohol and all the toiletries you forgot to pack. Carrefour is a chain here and the La Rambla location is a multi-level building that doesn’t look like a grocery store at all so it’s easy to miss. In fact, our hotel was right across the street from the Carrefour and we were unaware it was a grocery store. 😅

5. There are no harassing street vendors here, which was awesome. The only people you’ll have calling out to you are staff at the restaurants, asking you to dine at their eateries.