- Type: Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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This busy neighborhood in central Barcelona is one of the city's major tourist hubs. It seems as though the cobblestoned La Rambla (the street for which the area is named) is busy at all hours, day or night. On a leisurely stroll down Las Ramblas you're bound to run into street performers, artists, even hooligans. During the day, you can peruse locally made crafts, have your portrait done by a cartoonist, or enjoy a light snack at one of the many tapas bars that flank the street. When the sun sets, you should come here for the party. Don't let your guard down: the always crowded Las Ramblas has earned a bit of a seedy reputation, and there are sometimes panhandlers.
While you're exploring Las Ramblas, make sure to stop by the Monument a Colom, a 200-foot high column with Christopher Columbus at the top looking down on the city.