Top 10 Things to Do Around Barcelona’s Las Ramblas

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Finding things to do in Barcelonaโ€™s beloved boulevard is tricky when you are spoilt for choice. With so much on offer, here we explore ten of the best things to fill your time and make the most of your Las Ramblas experience.

1. La Boqueria Market

Priding itself on being one of Europeโ€™s largest and most famous markets, La Boqueria is the cityโ€™s main provider of fresh produce. Enter through the marketโ€™s grand, cast iron gates and take in a fantastic world of food. Having been in business since 1836, La Boqueria is certainly a must-see destination. Surrounded by throngs of colourful fruit and vegetables and endless tables of fresher than fresh meat and fish, take a perch at one of the many market-side cafes or bars or you can even take up a cooking class if the feeling takes you.

La Boqueria Market
Mercado de La Boqueria, La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 933 01 98 10
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La Boqueria Market, Barcelona
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2. Gran Teatre del Liceu

One of Europeโ€™s leading opera houses, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, for many, is the beating heart of Las Ramblas. Aptly named as the cityโ€™s temple of music, here you can enjoy much more than just opera. The Gran Teatre often hosts ballets, concerts and other cultural events. So why not dip your toes into Barcelonaโ€™s hugely popular world of music and culture?ย 

Gran Teatre del Liceu
La Rambla, 51-59, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 934 85 99 00
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Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
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3. Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)ย 

Located in one of the coolest areas of the city, El Raval, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art is one of city’s modern masterpieces. All white with a completely glass facade, this museum is the permanent home to a collection of Spanish art, with pieces from both national and international artists. Shining a light on contemporary art, MACBA is the perfect place to visit if youโ€™re on the hunt for cultural and contemporary enlightenment.

Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Plaรงa dels ร€ngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 934 12 08 10
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Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
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4. Columbus Monument

Located at the lower end of Las Ramblas is a 60m statuesque monument of American explorer Christopher Columbus. This slightly controversial bronze figure is believed to be pointing towards the States, when in fact itโ€™s more likely to be pointing in the direction of the popular holiday destination Mallorca. Here you can take a lift to the top of the monument, where you can enjoy some of the best 360 degree views of Barcelona.ย 

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The Christopher Colombus Monument, Barcelona
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5. Cafe de L’Opera

One of the cityโ€™s few remaining historical cafes, the Cafe de Lโ€™Opera has certainly endured the test of time having remained in the same spot on Las Ramblas since opening its doors in 1929. With its endearing, oldy-worldy charm, the Cafe de Lโ€™Opera is the perfect place to enjoy beautifully brewed coffee accompanied by the hugely popular selections of cakes and churros.

Cafe de L’Opera
La Rambla, 74, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 933 17 75 85
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Cafe de L'Opera, Barcelona
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6. Museu de L’Erotica

One of the areaโ€™s more provocative attractions, the Museu de Lโ€™Erotica is probably not on the must-see list for a family holiday. Set up with the ambition to educate people on the recurring theme of eroticisim throughout history, this raunchy institution is home to over 800 pieces exploring different ways in which different countries and cultures look at sexiness. If youโ€™re looking to really escape your comfort zone, the Museu de Lโ€™Erotica is certainly the one for you!

Museu de L’Erotica
La Rambla, 96 bis, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 933 18 98 65
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Museu de L'Erotica, Barcelona
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7. La Rambla Del Raval

This vast and beautifully palm-tree lined Raval area is buzzing with life. Dotted with cafes, bars and restaurants, there are endless opportunities in this bustling area. Towards the far end is Fernando Boteroโ€™s cat sculpture, enormous in both size and popularity, this smiling feline would make for a perfect selfie during your trip.

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Fernando Botero's Cat Sculpture
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8. 2017 Terror Attack Memorial

Following the tragic 2017 terrorist attack that occurred on Barcelonaโ€™s most beloved street, in 2019 the City of Barcelona unveiled a touching memorial to honour those who had lost their lives. The 12 metre long engravement along the pathway of Las Ramblas is inscribed with the touching words, โ€œPeace come upon you, oh city of peaceโ€ in four different languages: Catalan, Spanish, English and Arabic. Here you can take a moment, take in the meaning of such a memorial and pay your respects.

2017 Terror Attack Memorial, Barcelona
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9. Miro Mosaic

Itโ€™s very easy to miss the beautiful ceramic that graces the ground of Las Ramblas. Located near the Teatre del Liceu, make sure to keep your eyes to the ground as you approach. Created by celebrated Catalan artist Joan Miro in 1976, the city is full of tributes to this maker of masterpieces. Take the time to look at the individual tiles that make up the image, you may even find the particular one Miro signed himself.ย 

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Joan Miro Mosaic, Barcelona
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10. Canaletes Fountain

A hub for Barcelona Football Club fans, this somewhat magical fountain has historical links dating back to the 15th century in relation to the cityโ€™s water supply. Many believe that by taking a drink at the fountain, youโ€™re destined to return to the city.ย 

Canaletes Fountain
ย La Rambla, 133, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Canaletes Fountain, Barcelona
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