Encircled by the neoclassical Plaça Sant Josep, the Boqueria doesn’t boast the imposing iron superstructure of the Born market, or the grandeur of Sant Antoni. But it’s become the most flamboyant and busiest market in the city, bringing together long-term residents and newcomers, vendors of local produce and importers of exotic delicacies, chefs in search of the finest ingredients and tourists in search of a market-fresh meal or snack. The Boqueria is Barcelona’s true centre of gravity.
Looking for the best things to do on La Rambla? You’ll inevitably wander along Barcelona’s most famous boulevard at some point – so use this as your whistlestop guide.
This 1.2km boulevard starts at Plaça de Catalunya and ends at the statue of Christopher Columbus down by the port. Nowadays, you won’t see any caged animals being sold on La Rambla (this was banned in 2006), but you will notice that its various sections were named after saints (like Santa Mònica, or Sant Josep, whose stretch is also known as La Rambla dels Flors), a reference to the period between the 16th and 18th centuries when the street was lined with churches and convents. While none of these remain, the Barcelona Cathedral, with its breathtaking neo-Gothic façade and rooftop gargoyles, is just a short walk away.
Aimed at long-time Rambla ramblers and first-timers alike, this is your guide to the best things to do, places to shop, restaurants, bars and cafés to stop in, attractions and monuments to admire along a street that’s unlike any other.
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