Finding things to do in Barcelona’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 Europe’s largest and most famous markets, La Boqueria is the city’s main provider of fresh produce. Enter through the market’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.
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2. Gran Teatre del Liceu
One of Europe’s leading opera houses, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, for many, is the beating heart of Las Ramblas. Aptly named as the city’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 Barcelona’s hugely popular world of music and culture?
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3. Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)
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 you’re on the hunt for cultural and contemporary enlightenment.
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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 it’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.
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5. Cafe de L’Opera
One of the city’s few remaining historical cafes, the Cafe de L’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 L’Opera is the perfect place to enjoy beautifully brewed coffee accompanied by the hugely popular selections of cakes and churros.
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6. Museu de L’Erotica
One of the area’s more provocative attractions, the Museu de L’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 you’re looking to really escape your comfort zone, the Museu de L’Erotica is certainly the one for you!
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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 Botero’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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8. 2017 Terror Attack Memorial
Following the tragic 2017 terrorist attack that occurred on Barcelona’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, “Peace come upon you, oh city of peace” 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.
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9. Miro Mosaic
It’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.
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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 city’s water supply. Many believe that by taking a drink at the fountain, you’re destined to return to the city.
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