La Rambla

La Rambla is a street in main Spain’s capital, well-known with visitors and residents as well. A tree-lined shopping center, it extends for 1.2 kilometers linking Plaça de Catalunya in the center with the Captain christopher Columbus Monument at Slot Vell. La Rambla types the border between the areas of Barri Gòtic, to the eastern, and El Raval, to the western.

La Rambla  crowded, especially during the tourist season. Its popularity with tourists has impacted the character of the street, with road side cafes and souvenir kiosks. It has also suffered from the focus of pickpockets and, especially towards its southern end, sex workers.

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The tree lined central promenade of the Rambla crowded during the day and until late in the night. Its origins as a watercourse are reflected in the paving design, which appears to ripple like water. Along the promenade’s length are kiosks that sell newspapers and souvenirs, other kiosks selling flowers, street traders, performers, and pavement cafes and bars. Several notable sights also located within the promenade, including a mosaic by Joan Miró, and the Font de Canaletes, a famous fountain and popular meeting point.

Strolling along the Rambla one can see such historic buildings as the Palace of the Virreina and the famous Liceu Theatre (Liceo in Spanish), in which operas and ballets staged. The La Boqueria market opens of the Rambla and is one of the city’s foremost tourist landmarks, housing a very diverse selection of goods.

One of the side streets, only a few metres long, leads to the Royal Square (Plaça Reial), a plaza with palm trees and porticoed buildings containing many pubs and restaurants, and in which stamp and coin collectors gather on the weekends

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Transport for La Rambla

The most clear transport mode on La Rambla is its heavy flow of pedestrians, who largely use the wide central pedestrianized area. Despite its length, no vehicular traffic permitted to cross the central pedestrian walkway.

  • Line L3 of the Barcelona Metro runs beneath the length of La Rambla, with stations at:[17]
  • Catalunya, immediately adjacent to Plaça Catalunya,  a major interchange station served by several metro and suburban railway lines.
  • Liceu, in front of the opera house Liceu, serves the central section of La Rambla.
  • Drassanes is by the port next to Centre d’Art Santa Mònica.

Three Barcelona Bus lines operate along the service roads flanking La Rambla during the day (numbers 14, 59 and 91), whilst three different night time services also operate along La Rambla (numbers N9, N12 and N15).

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