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Las Ramblas picture in Barcelona
Las Ramblas picture in Barcelona
Las Ramblas picture in Barcelona
Las Ramblas picture in Barcelona
Las Ramblas picture in Barcelona
Las Ramblas picture in Barcelona

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  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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This bustling thoroughfare is one of the city's major tourist hubs. So much so that if you're visiting Barcelona, you're bound to end up here eventually. Las Ramblas is a pedestrian-friendly pathway situated right smack dab in the middle of the city, so expect it to be busy all hours of the day and night. During the day, you can peruse souvenir stands, watch buskers and street performers, pick up some local art from artists selling on the street, or sit down and enjoy a light snack at one of the many alfresco cafes found here. When the sun sets, you should head here to start your night out, as many bars and clubs can be found in the surrounding area.

While Las Ramblas has no doubt established itself as a visitor-friendly stop, it didn't always cater to tourists the way it does now. Soon after the nearly mile-long thoroughfare was developed in 1766, it became a popular place to hang out for locals. The reason for this has to do with its design. Back in the day, streets in Barcelona were predominantly narrow and windy, making the long and wide Las Ramblas unconventionally roomy. Today, the chances of finding locals congregating here fewer and farther between, especially during the day. At night, however, since it is a prime place to party, you'll likely see some more Catalans.

For recent travelers, Las Ramblas continues to be a must-visit stop in Barcelona. Many travelers enjoyed the lively atmosphere that permeated the street, and say a stroll both during the day and night is warranted to properly soak up its contagious energy. Some visitors, on the other hand, found Las Ramblas to be too touristy. Some travelers expressed feeling uncomfortable with the amount of street performers and panhandlers found in the area. Others warned against grabbing drinks and tapas from one of the alfresco cafes, as they found prices to be exorbitant (13 euros for a beer) and the fare subpar. Travelers also had run-ins with pickpockets. Be alert when you visit Las Ramblas, don't leave any valuables in your pockets and always keep your bag in view.

Las Ramblas is free to explore all hours of the day and night. The closest metro stop to Las Ramblas is Liceu. For more information, check out the Barcelona tourism board's website

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