Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain

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La Ramblas, Barcelona Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to La Ramblas, Barcelona


The Ramblas area in Barcelona is one of the city’s most popular destinations for tourists. It is mainly a shopping street that starts at the Plaça de Catalunya and finishes at the cruise terminal, shopping and entertainment complex of Port Vell at the other end. It is a lively part of the city and is ideal for those who are looking to experience life in a cosmopolitan district. 

Accommodation in the Ramblas area

Hotels in the Ramblas area of Barcelona are numerous so those who want to stay right in the heart of the city will find plenty of options from which to choose. Cheap hotels in the Ramblas area are available for those who need to watch their spend but there are also several Ramblas area hotels at the luxury end of the market which are perfect for visitors who want to get away from it all and be pampered for a while. These Ramblas area hotels generally have good in-house facilities but the location means that there are also plenty of eateries within easy reach for those who want to be out more.

Top Things to Do in the Ramblas area, Barcelona

There are plenty of things to see and do in La Ramblas. Just walking down the boulevard will bring visitors into contact with attractions such as live performances and artists although there are also a number of visitor attractions in the area. 

The Wax Museum is a must for all the family. It is a fun-filled visitor attraction and is ideal for those who want to while away a few hours. Another attraction which gets many visitors each year but which is strictly adults only is the Erotica Museum.

The monument to Christopher Columbus is essential viewing for those who are interested in history, but those who are not could try the modernist Boqueria Market, which sells everything from fruit and vegetables to clothes.

Shopping is one of the main reasons to visit La Ramblas. The boulevard is lined with shops of all shapes and sizes and those who are looking for a bargain souvenir to take home are sure to find it here.

Eating out

There are so many retail outlets along this busy boulevard that it is no surprise that many of them are eateries. There is somewhere to suit all tastes whether the visitor just wants a snack for lunch or prefers a three-course meal. The area is a good place to try some of the traditional local cuisine and plenty of the restaurants in the Ramblas and the surrounding areas specialise in seafood dishes. There are also plenty of options for tapas as well as regional speciality restaurants, with some specialising in Basque foods and others choosing Catalan. The chance to sample some of the local delicacies should not be missed.

Alternatively there are plenty of restaurants which serve cuisines from other parts of Europe and Asia. Indian cuisine is becoming popular in the area and there are also Chinese restaurants. French and Italian restaurants are available and Mediterranean cuisine in general is very popular both with the locals and the tourists who flock to the city and want to try something a little different.


Barcelona is popular with those who are looking for a little bit of nightlife and the city is certainly lively in the evenings. There are nightclubs and bars in every part of the city and La Ramblas is no different. This is one of the reasons why the city is so popular with stag and hen parties.

The clubs in the city are ideal for those who want to dance the night away and there are all kinds of venues for all tastes in music. At the weekend it is possible to be out for most of the night as many clubs are open until the early hours of the morning. The bars in the city are also ideal for a night out with friends. These range from traditional bars to cocktail bars and no matter what the preference there will be something to suit. 

Alternatively there are bars in the city which are reminiscent of other countries, such as British and Irish bars. These are perfect if feeling a little homesick but are far removed from the local culture.

Arts and Entertainment

The boulevard has a number of street performers so it is possible to simply wander up and down and enjoy the live music from the buskers or have a portrait drawn by one of the street artists. This is a pleasant way to while away a few hours and gives visitors a good idea of local culture. Going home with a unique work of art is the ideal souvenir.

Alternatively a jaunt further into Barcelona will bring visitors to the Museu Picasso. This is the most popular gallery in the city and boasts the world’s largest collection of Picasso works. Visitors can tour the gallery and view the works in chronological order. 

The Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya is another popular attraction. Focusing on Catalan art, it is ideal for those who want to see works from a wide variety of artists from the medieval era to Gaudi. There is also the museum of contemporary art for those who have more modern tastes and who want to get a wider appreciation of Spanish art. 

Parks and The Great Outdoors

For parks and outdoor spaces, visitors will need to explore a little further afield. The city has a number of great parks including Park Guell. This was designed by Gaudi and has been designated a World Heritage Site. The design is modern and it has been a public park since the 1920s. It offers an amazing panorama of the city, including a view of Spain’s most visited site, the Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia cathedral which is also well worth a visit for its ever-evolving structure.

Alternatively there is the Parc de la Ciutadella. It dates from the late 19th century and features a large lake where boats can be hired during the summer months, although its most famous attraction is the zoo. There are many places to relax and forget about the busy city just a few hundred yards away.

Labyrinth Park, the oldest park in Barcelona built in 1791, is ideal for those who want a more active time. There are mazes and other features that will keep every member of the family busy for hours. The park has been designed on different levels to make it completely different from the city’s other parks. 

Getting around by car 

Barcelona Airport to La Ramblas: 21 min (14.0 km) via C-31

Barcelona CBD to La Ramblas: 10 min (2.0 km) via Les Rambles

Accommodation, driving and car rental 

At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team