stretches from Plaça
Catalunya in the center of Barcelona to the harbor. The street
is approximately 1.5 miles long and features a central sidewalk
bordered with plane trees,
restaurant patios, and vendors selling flowers and birds.
La Rambla is the heart of Barcelona as much as the Champs-Elysees is
the heart of Paris. Locals claim that if you
haven't walked La Rambla, then you haven't visited Barcelona.
Barcelona's sights lie off of La Rambla, but the single most
interesting aspect of the street is simply people watching. La
Rambla is like an open air theater where everyone is an actor.
At all times of the night or day you will find the street packed
with pedestrians, street performers, and vendors.
Nowhere else is it more evident that the Spanish enjoy their
nightlife. In fact, you will find more people walking La
Rambla at 2 in the morning than you will at 2 in the afternoon!
La Rambla ends at the waterfront, where you will find the Statue of
Christopher Columbus. Barcelona is the city where King
Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed home Columbus from the New
World in 1493. Unfortunately, the statue of Columbus is
pointing in the wrong direction. He is pointing east, towards
the Mediterranean, instead of west towards the Americas.