Las Ramblas is one of those destinations we can’t miss while we visit the Mediterranean capital. Every plan we design from our apartment for rent in Barcelona includes a walk through this central street of the city.
But Las Ramblas is not just an attractive destination. Its kilometer and two hundred meters in length hides a lot of details and what is equally interesting, its surroundings. There, we find several of the most monumental spaces of the city. What can we see around the Ramblas?
What to discover when we stroll around Las Ramblas
This is probably the most famous market in the city, and also the one that attracts the largest number of tourists per square meter. Therefore, it is one of the must-see places in Las Ramblas.
Its charm lies in its location, where we can see from the entrance the mosaic that Miró gave to the city to receive visitors across the sea. We can also enjoy its typically modernist arcade. Additionally, just a few meters away we find the Liceu, an opera theater where great of the lyrical song have performed unforgettable shows.
Once inside, we find a wide range of food and drink. Do not miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the back area where, in addition to enjoying certain tranquility, you will be taken to the traditional neighborhood of El Raval. In this area we find important constructions such as the Library of Catalonia, Rabla de Raval and the museum of contemporary art.
Every place with the Gaudí signature is synonymous with tourism in this city. Next to Las Ramblas we have one of the constructions that Gaudí made for his main patron, Eusebi Güell. It is located exactly at number 3-5 on Nou de la Rambla street, which is just 3 minutes from your apartment on Guardia Street.
Although its facade is not as significant as other famous buildings of the great architect, we find in Palau Güell characteristic elements of Gaudí’s buildings. This is his first important assignment, and he follows the oriental style that we find in other constructions of the modernist genius (also appreciable in the Casa Vicens).
The most recognizable element is its roof, with colorful vegetal decoration in ceramics, where he made use of a technique known as trencadís (mosaic decoration with pieces of different sizes and colors).
At the end of Las Ramblas, just next to the sea, we find two very recognizable constructions: Columbus monument (where we find the tourist office and an elevator that makes it serve as a viewpoint) and the old royal shipyards of Barcelona (Drassanes in Catalan).
This gothic civil construction is no longer used. Today it is used as a maritime museum, where we find some of the jewels that crossed the Atlantic in colonial times and other curiosities as a reproduction of the Ictíneo: the first submarine of non-military use, idea of the Catalan Narciso Monturiol.