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Busy Rambla, July 2006

La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike. A 1.2 kilometer-long tree-lined pedestrian mall between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, it connects Plaça Catalunya in the center with the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell.



View over the Rambla

La Rambla can be considered a series of shorter streets, each differently named, hence the plural forms Les Rambles (Spanish: Las Ramblas). From the Plaça de Catalunya toward the harbor, the street is not successively the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins, and the Rambla de Santa Monica. Construction of the Maremàgnum in the early 1990s resulted in a continuation of La Rambla on a wooden walkway into the harbor, the Rambla de Mar.

La Rambla can be crowded, especially during prime time tourist season. Most of the time, there are many more tourists than locals occupying the Rambla, which has changed the shopping selection, as well as the character of the street in general.[1] For this reason also, it has become a prime target for pickpocketing.[2]

Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was "the only street in the world which I wish would never end".

The name rambla refers to an intermittent water flow in both Catalan and Spanish, and is derived from the Arabic 'ramla' which means 'sandy riverbed'. The name of the city of Ramla, now in Israel, shares the same origin.


Rambla at night, Liceu Metro Station July 2008
Pavement mosaic by Joan Miró on la Rambla


Map of Les Rambles

There are three Barcelona Metro stations with entrances in la Rambla, all of which are served by L3, the green line:


Coordinates: 41°22′53″N 2°10′23″E / 41.38139°N 2.17306°E / 41.38139; 2.17306



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