Perhaps the most iconic street in Barcelona, La Rambla is delightfully charming and wondrous. Read on to discover five reasons everyone should be spending more time on this classic Barcelona landmark.
That’s right, La Rambla is one of the most multicultural areas in Barcelona, regularly visited by millions of people from across the world. On any given day, you can expect to bump into people (literally) from at least 40 different countries (according to best estimates). Grab a seat on one of the many relaxing restaurant terraces and brush up on your language skills: German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese — you name it.
Choose from one of the many authentic eateries, most of which offer an impressively wide selection of dishes from Spain and beyond on one menu. Paella? No problem. Pizza? No problem. Burger and fries? No problem. Conveniently, the menus in most places will be very similar so don’t worry if you don’t get a seat at your first choice; you’re more than likely to find exactly the same food offering at the next one.
Given the sheer volume of people aimlessly walking on La Rambla every day, you’re nearly guaranteed to find yourself striking up a conversation with someone if you spend enough time there. It’s more than likely that you will be approached within minutes by a bewildered tourist looking for the nearest bullring, or that bar where Picasso usually hangs out. And of course, you might find someone literally reaching out to you — don’t be surprised.
This often overlooked feature of La Rambla is one that only the true nature-lovers will really appreciate. While there are plenty of botanical gardens and parks to explore in the city of Barcelona and the surrounding areas, La Rambla is home to some astoundingly rare varieties, such as the Capsicum annuum var. annuum, also known as the Peter pepper. Another star of La Rambla’s floral stage is the Clitoria ternatea flower, whose Latin name gives a lot away when it comes to the flower’s unique shape.
That’s right. So powerful is the draw of La Rambla that most visitors won’t even be able to tell you what makes it great — it just is. Is it the warm, friendly atmosphere? Is it the peace and tranquility that comes with strolling on La Rambla? Is it the authenticity of the many shops and restaurants that you can find there? No one really knows, and no one really cares. La Rambla is La Rambla, and that’s all that really matters.
By The Culture Trip Barcelona Team
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