Party Earth Review The heart of Barcelona beats in Las Ramblas, a wide boulevard that separates the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) from the Raval District and leads from Plaça Catalunya in the center of the city all the way down to the sea... ... read full review
Catalunya, Liceu, Drassanes
Las Ramblas, Barcelona –
The heart of Barcelona beats in Las Ramblas, a wide boulevard that separates the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) from the Raval District and leads from Plaça Catalunya in the center of the city all the way down to the sea.
A rich tapestry of human interaction characterizes the street, starting with the amazing performers and mime artists whose theatrical costumes and mesmerizing acts often stop whole crowds in their tracks.
Besides the winged demons, gallant knights, mischievous jesters, and flamboyant flamenco artists, Las Ramblas is also chock full of restaurants and cafés, as well as one or two bars and clubs well worth stopping by for a cervesa or two.
During the day, the street teems with tourists, commuters, and shoppers, while by night the area is taken over by throngs of barhoppers and clubbers flitting between venues on either side of the avenue.
Though Las Ramblas has become a bit of a tourist magnet, the boulevard still offers so much character and so many things to do and see that a walk down this renowned road will be time well spent.
Spaniards, expats, and tourists of all ages.
Street performers, guitarists, flamenco dancers, mimes, beat boxers, card tricksters, break dancers, and countless other amusing acts take place day and night.
An endless choice of tapas bars, international restaurants, food markets, and bars.
Everything in this tourist area is a little more expensive, but there are still bargains to be had.
Las Ramblas is best enjoyed during the day when a cosmopolitan carnival vibe prevails. After midnight the area gets seedy, although rarely dangerous, and becomes simply a route between point A and point B.
Plenty of bars and clubs in the area include Hogan's Bar (La Rambla, 81) and Boulevard Culture Club (La Rambla, 27), as well as the venues on Plaça Reial, located right off the main strip. La Boqueria (Plaça de la Boqueria) is a daily outdoor market that sells a wide variety of fresh foods.