The area of Las Ramblas is the perfect choice for your city break stay in Barcelona, with a variety of accommodations close by. It is located within walking distance of the most outstanding attractions and it is in the heart of the city!
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Staying near Las Ramblas offers various exciting activities and the best part; it’s right in the center of all the action. Las Ramblas is a long, pedestrian friendly road that stretches from Plaza Catalunya all the way to the Christoper Columbus statue near the port, with only two narrow one-way traffic roads which run on either side of the central Ramblas Boulevard. Las Ramblas is in the city center and there are many metros, which makes getting around the city very convenient.
Cruising down the strip, the atmosphere is buzzing all hours and especially during the night. Here you can find street performers, human statues, flower stands, outdoor eating and even pet stores, but be careful of pick-pockets and bag snatchers , there is a small minority of individuals who like to take advantage of this tourist filled area.
You are only minutes away from the large marketplace, La Boqueria, which is filled with colorful exotic tropical fruits and vegetables from a variety of meats, seafood, cheese and eggs. The location is central, only being 5 minutes from the Cathedral, the Port, Plaza Catalunya, the Opera House, shopping and many museums. Just off of Las Ramblas there is the famous Opera house, Liceu, as well as many plaza’s, the big one being Plaza Reial, which is filled with restaurants, bars and clubs.
Shopping in this area may be a little pricey due to the number of tourists Barcelona receives throughout the year. By walking through the strip you will see many stalls selling tourist souvenirs, you can also find many international shops here such as Mango, Zara, H&M, Topshop and Bershka.
If you’ve forgotten to pack certain necessities, no worries! From items such as electricity adapters to special camera batteries, clothing, or even stationary items which are difficult to find in a regular shop, you will most likely find in El Corte Inglés. It is located in the Plaça Catalunya Square, right at the Northern tip of the Ramblas. El Corte Inglés is a enormous department-store with seven floors of shopping categorised by different genres. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, you wont find it anywhere!
The restaurants near or on Las Ramblas have a variety of foods, from world renowned restaurants such as Burger King, KFC, McDonalds and Subway. They also have numerous local restaurants that serve the delicacies of the Spanish palette and turkish food that dish up a great durum kebab! It is also a great place to grab a cerveza or a pitcher of sangria whilst sitting with a group of friends and enjoy the atmosphere. The are many bars around Las Ramblas to choose from, since it is the center of nightlife in Barcelona.
There is something going on at all hours daytime and late into the night, and if you are hoping for a good night’s sleep, Las Ramblas may not be the right place for you. Be prepared for a lot of noise, boisterousness and bedlam. However, if you want to be in the heart of Barcelona, then Las Ramblas is the place to be!