La Rambla Walking Tour, Barcelona

La Rambla is the street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. Seemingly endless, it is filled with cultural and historic landmarks, as well as shops and cafes. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said about La Rambla, "The only street in the world which I wish never ended." Take this tour to explore the most famous sites on La Rambla, Barcelona.
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La Rambla Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: La Rambla Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: clare
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Columbus Monument

1) Columbus Monument (must see)

The Columbus Monument is a 60 m monument to Christopher Columbus. Standing at the lower end of La Rambla in Barcelona, it marks the site where Columbus set foot on the Spanish soil and reported to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand upon his return from the first voyage to the Americas.

The monument was built in 1888 for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona. Topping it is a 7.2 m bronze statue of Columbus, sculpted by Rafael Atché. Originally, it was intended to point west with its right hand - towards the New World, but instead, they say, it points eastwards - to Columbus's home town of Genoa. The socle beneath the statue is inscribed with the word "Tierra" (land).

Tip:
Take the time to go around the monument which has four groups of sculptures at the base, as well as a wine bar and a store selling some great souvenirs/gifts that aren't as mass produced as what you'll find at the street vendors. You can then take an elevator to the viewing platform at the top that charges admission for a panoramic view.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Maritime Museum

2) Maritime Museum

Barcelona’s Maritime Museum is a definite must-see for anyone in love with the sea and maritime history. It is located in Drassanes Reals, the former royal shipyard built in a distinctive Gothic style. Among the many artifacts displayed here is a wonderful model of the Santa Maria de la Victoria ship aboard which Magellan circumnavigated the Earth for the first time in 1522. The collection's centerpiece, however, is a life-size replica of the Juan de Austria’s Lepanto vessel. The display also includes many other scale replicas of ships, dioramas, and various naval objects, as well as the fruit and vegetables brought to Europe by sailors from the American continent, including potatoes, tomatoes, bananas and more. Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Museo de Cera de Barcelona

3) Museo de Cera de Barcelona

Barcelona’s wax museum (Museo de Cera de Barcelona) situated in a 19th century square, slightly off La Rambla, is a home to 300 life-like statues portraying both fictitious and real personalities of the past and present from all over the world. The museum offers audiovisual tours and the display itself is enhanced with splendid backdrops, sound effects and many other special effects set to reinforce the experience. It also provides comprehensive information on the lives of the featured personalities. For extra fun there are two themed cafés: El Bosc de les Fades - designed in the form of a haunted forest, and; Passatge del Temps - built around the theme of ancient origami. Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm & 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm & 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm. In summer open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
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Palau Güell

4) Palau Güell (must see)

Palau Güell (or Güell Palace) is a town mansion built in the 1880s for the local industrial tycoon Eusebi Güell by Catalonia's most prominent architect Antoni Gaudí. Today, it forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí". The house is centered around the main room for guests. The guests would arrive in horse-drawn carriages through the iron front gate made up of a parabolic arch and intricately forged iron-work resembling seaweed and, partially, a horsewhip. While the horses were taken down a ramp to the livery stable in the basement, the high society guests went up the stairs to the reception room, the ornate walls and ceilings of which contained tiny observation holes concealed high above, through which the host could take a sneak peek at the guests from the upper floor prior to greeting them in person.

Why You Should Visit:
Location just off the famous Las Ramblas and being less well-known means fewer tourists and a great way of saving time yet managing to see some nice Gaudí work right in the old quarter of the city.

Tip:
The roof terrace is the pièce de résistance, with colorful chimneys, decorated with broken tiles and mosaics, and no two alike! Perfect on a sunny day, but don't go on wet days as they'll close the roof.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gran Teatre del Liceu

5) Gran Teatre del Liceu (must see)

The Gran Teatre del Liceu is an opera house in La Rambla, established in 1847. A peculiar fact about it is that, unlike other old European opera theaters, which are usually sustained by monarchs and supported from royal funds, this one has been funded entirely through private shareholding – the Societat del Gran Teatre del Liceu (the Great Liceu Theatre Society) – and for that reason it has no royal box.

Why You Should Visit:
Excellent place to see a recital, opera, or other performance.
If not, do take a tour, either self-guided or a morning tour with a guide. Unless there's a special event, you will get to see the theater, hallways, and maybe the private rooms.

Tip:
Avoid buying any seats in the first three blocks at each side of the stage. Instead, you should buy seats in the central three blocks or in the stalls.
Later on, have a nice glass of cava in the interval in the beautiful foyer on the first floor, with a fabulous decoration to admire.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Escriba

6) Escriba

To be in Barcelona and not to try local sweets is a crime(!), for the city boasts a long history of chocolate- and pastry-making. The latter, in particular, is overseen by the Gremi de Pastisseria de Barcelona who actively promote the use of base products in the making of pastries in an artisanal fashion. The flagship of Barcelona's traditional chocolate manufacture – Escriba – is one of the most famous sweet makers in Spain; three of its outlets in Barcelona are located at: La Rambla de les Flors 83; La Gran via 546; and Ronda litoral 42.
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Mercat de Boquería

7) Mercat de Boquería (must see)

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, commonly referred to as simply La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu opera theater. The first ever mention of the market in Barcelona dates back to 1217 when stalls were installed near the old city gate to sell meat. From December 1470 onward for some time there was a pig market on that site, known as Mercat Bornet. Afterward, until 1794, it was known as Mercat de la Palla (straw market). Eventually, the authorities decided to purpose build a marketplace on La Rambla, housing mainly fishmongers and butchers. However, it was not until 1826 that the market was officially recognized and, in 1835, a convention was held deciding to build the current facility. The construction started on March 19, 1840 and was run by architect Mas Vilà.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to learn and taste Catalan traditional food ingredients. Good place for having a light tapas lunch or aperitif. The place to buy culinary souvenirs.
There's also a sit-down counter/bar-like place called Kiosko that has the freshest fish and once you choose it they cook it right there.

Tip:
Explore deep into the market where some of the better stalls are. Try a little of everything and you won't be disappointed.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am-8pm; closed on Sundays
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museu de l'Erotica

8) Museu de l'Erotica

Barcelona is famous for being a home to some peculiar works of art and museums. One of them is the Musue de l’Erotica (museum of erotica) located on La Rambla, highlighting educational and recreational aspects of eroticism, the oldest and most consistent theme in the history of mankind, regardless of culture and race. The museum showcases eroticism and its development in different cultures, presented in the form of literature, pieces of art and archaeological findings. There are over 800 artifacts on display, originated mostly in Rome and Greece, providing comprehensive information on the rituals, religious beliefs and recreational aspects of eroticism. The museum is conveniently equipped for people with special needs. Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 12 pm. December 24: 10:00 - 17:00; January 1: 12:00 to 24:00; December 25: Closed
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Palau de la Virreina

9) Palau de la Virreina

The Palau de la Virreina (palace of the Viceroy’s wife) at #99 La Rambla was originally designed as residence for the Viceroy of Peru and served that purpose until his death, upon which his widow remained there alone (hence the nick “Palace of the Viceroy’s wife”). The construction lasted from 1772 to 1775. Today, the palace is the municipal property of Barcelona’s department of culture, and houses art exhibitions of various sort. On the ground floor it holds contemporary photography gallery named after the famous local photographer, Xavier Maserachs; the first floor is given to the contemporary art exhibitions organized by the department. The ground floor gallery plays host to one of Barcelona’s most prestigious annual photography events, FotoMercè, held in September.
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Poliorama Theater

10) Poliorama Theater

Poliorama Theater, one of the oldest theaters in Barcelona, sits on the premises of the Science and Arts Academy on La Rambla, near the "Font de Canaletes". At some point it switched ownership from public to private, and today is very much busy with both theatrical performances and musical shows, including traditional Catalan music, flamenco, opera, etc. The theater seats 654 people. Additional info regarding its daily program can be obtained at tel. 933177599.
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Plaça de Catalunya

11) Plaça de Catalunya (must see)

Plaça de Catalunya – centerpiece of Barcelona's commercial crossroads – is packed with shopping opportunities. Department stores, fashion boutiques and cosmetics shops are all here, so if you're in for some retail therapy, this is the place to go. Some of the city's major avenues (e.g. Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, La Rambla, etc.) meet here as well. The spacious 50,000 square meter plaza is also known for its fountains and statues, attracting flocks of tourists and pigeons in their thousands. Knocking down the medieval city walls in the 19th century gave way to the ambitious designs of public spaces conceived under the guidance of notable urban planners. Plaça Catalunya, in particular, was conceived as part of pla Rovira in 1859, but it wasn't until 1888 (year of the Universal Exposition) that the municipal government gave official permission for the construction. The square underwent its first round of “urbanized” development in 1902 and then was further modified in 1929, on the occasion of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, seeing the construction of a metro station by architect Francisco Nebot.

Why You Should Visit:
Central meeting point in Barcelona and definitely a landmark to get to other places within the city.

Tip:
Go to the nearby El Corte Ingles store rooftop cafe and get a seat by the window. The view over the square is amazing.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Creating your own self-guided walk in Barcelona is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera Walking Tour

La Ribera is a culturally rich, historic area of old town Barcelona. Centuries ago, it was a very well to do neighborhood and was inhabited by aristocrats, merchants, wealthy sailors, and Jewish money-lenders. Today, it is regarded as the Soho of Barcelona and offers trendy shops and cafes, a popular hangout place for tourists and locals alike. Follow this guide and explore the unique sights of La Ribera.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuic Walking Tour

Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona which offers a variety of great attractions of historic, cultural, and architectural value. Here, you can watch a magic show by Font Màgica de Montjuïc, visit the place where matadors faced the bulls in the past, explore the Castell de Montjuic with its spectacular views, and much more. Discover the best spots of Montjuïc with this tour today!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

One thing that is clear about Barcelona is that this city doesn't sleep. Here you will find every kind of night club you might be looking for, from classy jazz to modern euro-techno. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit the best discos and bars in the Gracia and Eixample districts of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Picasso Walking Tour

Picasso Walking Tour

Pablo Picasso - the great Spanish painter, draftsman, and sculptor - developed his style in Barcelona where he spent many years of his life. This tour will take you to the bohemian sites of the city associated with the famous artist. Here you can visit Picasso Museum, the art gallery where his works were displayed for the first time to the public, and other similarly important places.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Antoni Gaudí's Barcelona Walking Tour

Gaudí is admired around the world as one of the most distinctive architects of the 20th century. The unique technique and use of natural forms make his creations stand out from the pack. La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Batlló and other masterpieces will definitely take your breath away with their beauty, forms, colors, and overall design. Take this tour and enjoy the sight of Barcelona's architectural marvels created by Gaudí.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

Barri Gotic Specialty Shops

It would be a pity to leave Barcelona without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. The specialty shops are most popular with tourists. Take this two-hour tour to explore the Barri Gòtic (the Gothic quarter) best specialty shops!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km

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