La Rambla was a place through which the rainwater would flow in rainy days.

The word derives from the Arab ramla, meaning “sandy riverbed”. Today, the Catalonians call a wide street with trees a Rambla.

In the Middle Ages, the river was the city’s limit. It was only later on, when the walls which surrounded the river were torn down (amidst the city’s expansion), that the area became a place to stroll.

Currently, Barcelona has a 1,2 km-long avenue – Las Ramblas or La Rambla – which is essentially comprised of several intertwined Ramblas. Rambla de Canaletes, del Estudis, de Les Flors, de Sant Josep, Dels Caputxins and Sant Monia between Plaça de Catalunya and the Mirador de Colom in Porto Vell. It is located right in the city’s heart.

Las Ramblas or La Rambla has in its center a pedestrian area, with lots of flower shops, kiosks and street artists. On both of its sides there are 2 one-way streets (one on each side), with traffic, where we can find several restaurants.

It’s the busiest and most vibrant pedestrian street in Barcelona, with many historical buildings and interesting places.

A visit is mandatory! I’ve been there several times and I love it!