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Statue of Christopher ColumbusLA RAMBLA 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. 
Many of 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.

Vendors on La Rambla  
Placa Catalunya at the heart of Barcelona
Fountains at Placa Catalunya

La Rambla at night  Vendors on La Rambla  Monument to Christopher Columbus  Statue of Columbus pointing in the wrong direction
 

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