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Las Ramblas of Barcelona

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Located in the historical centre of Barcelona, Las Ramblas go through the city like an green artery surrounded by little streets that ramify all over Ciutat Vella (Old City) district.

The leafy banana trees, brought from Gerona in the XIX century, are in charge of roofing the promenade with their star shape leafs. Their trunks also frame this original and emblematic street.

Every day thousands of people from every country and culture walk through this promenade, they all create a colorful image that reflects the cosmopolitan attitude of the city.

La Rambla (in Arabian, sandy area), has not always been a promenade. Its initial function was to drive the water to the sea when it rained. In those times it was located near the medieval walls, the limits of the city. That is the reason why the district located at its left is called Raval, in Spanish, the ravales are the districts located in the outskirts of the city. Nowadays though, Las Rambles are the centre of Barcelona.

The promenade was little by little urbanized and now you can divide it in three main parts. Starting by the limits of the medieval city, where today you can find Plaça Catalunya, there is La Rambla dels Estudis, where the medieval university (Estudio General) was built. Going down you can find el Pla de la Boqueria, an old plaza where the street market was celebrated. Nowadays you can find there La Boqueria market and one of the most important plazas of the city. Finally, arriving at the sea walls we find El Pla de les Comedies, where the first steady theatre of the city was created at the end of the XVI century.

We can add many subdivisions to these three mentioned parts of La Rambla. All of them create little ramblas, different but united. Some of them would be La Rambla del Mar, La Rambla de Santa Mónica, El Portal de la Pau, El Pla de les Comèdies, La Rambla dels Caputxins, La Rambla de Sant Josep or de las flores, el Pla de la Boqueria, la Rambla dels Estudis or del pájaros and the most known Rambla de Canaletes, where Barcelona FC victories are always celebrated. All this activity in just 1.180 metres!

The promenade is full of shops, years ago the animal shops where typical of this street but now the current legislation forbids them. Nowadays you can see many flower shops, kiosks and souvenir shops. Despite of this, what is really worth about Las Ramblas is to go for a walk through it, we even have a word to designate that: ramblear, ramblejar or rambling.

A part of the stores located in the promenade, the buildings around the street are also really a must see. There you can find architecture master pieces like El Liceu, places full of life like La Boqueria and even a palace, El Palacio de la Virreina.

If it were not enough, Las Ramblas has also a poetic side. It ends, depending how you look at it, at the sea. Some people believe that this is one of the best promenades of the world, if not the best. Come to Las Ramblas, go rambling and check it out by yourself.

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