See the Travel Guide to Barcelona

La Rambla: a world-famous promenade


Because of its significance and ideal central location, the area has become one of the most beloved places in Barcelona.

Barcelona's famous promenade extends over two kilometres and is probably the most famous street in the city. It stretches from Plaça de Catalunya, alongside the Gothic Quarter and El Raval, and ends up at the sea and port.

La Rambla comes from the Arabic ramla, meaning stream, river or sand. It was originally a river, known as the Rivière d'en Malla. With the river's deviation following the construction of the wall of the city during the 15th century, the Rambla became one of the most pleasant walks in the city. It is a touristic, cultural, and historical focal point, crossed by thousands of people everyday. This legendary district of Barcelona is also a place of great festivities.

La Rambla, also called ‘Las Ramblas', is composed of five different major boulevards bearing their own name: Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de les Flors, Rambla dels Caputxins, and Rambla de Santa Mònica. During your walk, stop at the famous Plaça Reial, the mythical square named in honour of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, who reigned during its construction, as well as in honour of the Spanish monarchy.

To learn
more about

See the Travel Guide to Barcelona