While you’re in Barcelona, it’s inevitable at some stage that you’ll wind up on the chaotic, touristy yet fun Las Ramblas. It whirrs with atmosphere, and there are many attractions in the vicinity. Here’s our pick of things to do along the most famous street in the Catalonian capital.
This famously chaotic thoroughfare teems with pedestrians sauntering lazily, laughing at the ‘living statues’ and stopping for caffeine-hit cafe con leche (milky coffee) at terrace tables along the way. Sure it’s touristy – they say that if you’re a visitor you walk along it, if you’re from Barcelona you cut across it – but it’s still a lot of fun.
So many visitors wander along to the port at the far end without properly looking at what lies all around – and under – them. Take Catalan artist Joan Miró’s circular tile work, crafted by the maestro himself on the very ground beneath your feet. In fact Miró assisted with the construction of Las Ramblas, and so you should pay homage; after all the city was shaped decisively by the 19th- and 20th-century greats who lived and worked here, including architect Antoni Gaudí. To locate Miró’s masterpiece keep your eyes peeled as you near Liceu Metro and Liceu Theatre. Inspect it closely, and you’ll spot the tile that the great man signed.
Jo Fernandez-Corugedo contributed additional reporting to this article.