• La Rambla: Spain's best known street

    2013-04-29

    It's no surprise why Barcelona is a staple of Europe travel. The Spanish city has been a hotbed of cultural and culinary activity for centuries, and that's not going to change anytime soon. While there are countless reasons to include Barcelona in your itinerary, there are few destinations in particular that make a visit to the city well worth the effort, and that is certainly the case with La Rambla. This famous tree-lined street has everything you could possibly want in less than a mile, and there are several spots along the road you should check out.

    The most obvious appeal of La Rambla is its beautiful scenery, something that includes much more than the towering trees that stand all along the path. Some of the buildings that line the streets are among the most intricately designed in the city, including the famous Liceu Theater. Completed in 1847, this iconic structure has become among the most well-known buildings in Barcelona and still operates as a working theater. Whether you're an architecture fan or want to take in a performance, a visit to Liceu is a must.

    Though the Liceu Theater adds a cultured element to La Rambla, you shouldn't stop there while walking through this famous stretch of road. Aside from its appearance, the street is also well-known for being one of the best places for shopping and perusing the wares of local merchants. In addition to brick-and-mortar stores, there are also several markets including La Boqueria. This public shopping destination has been a staple of Barcelona life as early as the 1200s and today has everything you could possibly want, from fruits and vegetables to meat and fish.

    Before leaving La Rambla, you should certainly make a point to stop by Font de Canaletes, a beautifully designed fountain that is often regarded as the centerpiece of the street. The striking fountain dates back to the 19th century and is one of the most popular meetings spots in the city. If you stop by the the fountain after an afternoon soccer game, for instance, it's sure to be a hub of activity.

    It's hard to believe that one street can attract so much attention, but a quick walk down La Rambla will offer plenty of evidence as to why it's so popular.

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