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Las Ramblas Barcelona - overrated tourist attraction? E-mail

La Rambla Barcelona overrated ?

Overrated tourist attractions in Barcelona. Is Barcelona's most famous street, Las Ramblas, worth seeing or is it overrated? Las Ramblas street, also called La Rambla, is the most famous walking street in the city. La Rambla goes from Plaza Catalunya to the Port Vell harbour of Barcelona. 

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Some tourists think that Las Ramblas street in Barcelona is an overrated tourist attraction and not worth seeing. But we disagree. It is true that Las Ramblas is very busy in the summer, very touristy and there are sadly many pickpockets (How to avoid Barcelona pick-pocketing ) But Las Ramblas is just a street. It is not a pyramid or an old monastery. It's a tree lined walking street with shops and cafes and you should see it if you can for severals reasons.

It's difficult to avoid

Las Ramblas is a very long street that runs from Plaza Catalunya to the harbour in the middle of the old city, so you will probably be staying near it, or have to cross it while exploring the old city of Barcelona.

Las Ramblas is historic

Good or bad Las Ramblas is a central street in Barcelona and if you have not walked along Las Ramblas you have not really seen Barcelona as it is today. Las Ramblas is an important part of the city history and during festivals like the Merce or Sant Jordi's day - after Barca football club victories and at Christmas, Las Ramblas becomes the main artery of the city. So love or hate it's part of Barcelona's DNA.

It's not always busy
It's a lovely stroll in the early hours of the morning, or on a crisp winter day. Four. There are some nice places to visit very close to Las Ramblas like the Boqueria food market, the Columbus monument, the Palau de la Virreina, the Palau Guell, the Liceu opera house to name a few. Yes there are many tacky tourist shops and overpriced cafes on Las Ramblas, but you don't have to buy the tacky souvenirs or sit at the cafes that overcharge the most. There some quality places to be found. The city council is trying hard to attract higher quality souvenir stalls and cut down on the worst of the street entertainment and you can help by looking for the quality shops and supporting them. But it does not talk long to walk along this street and enjoy the stroll and the community feeling of being in the heart of a lovely city surrounded by people from every corner of the earth. It's worth doing for a hour or two.

So while Las Ramblas probably won't win awards for being spectacular or breathtaking tourist attraction, we don't think it is overrated. It is what it is and you can't say you have seen Barcelona without walking on La Rambla.

Remember to have a drink from the Canaletes fountain at the top end near Plaza Catalunya. The legend is that you will always come back to Barcelona.

Enjoy Barcelona!

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Hotel Bagués

Hotel Bagues
•  Boutique hotel restored El Regulador Palace near top of Ramblas
•  Also houses modernist Masriera Jewellery Museum
•  Sumptious room decor all with iPod dock and flat-screen TV
•  Rooftop pool and bar with suberb city views
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Hotel 1898

Hotel 1898
•  Central location on La Rambla.
•  Beautiful restored 19th-century colonial style building
•  Heated rooftop pool with a sun terrace and bar/restaurant.
•  Elegant rooms include free Wi-Fi and a marble bathroom
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Eurostars Ramblas Boquería

Eurostars Ramblas Boquería
•  Modern and stylish hotel on Las Ramblas by La Boquería Market.
•  Design soundproofed rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and balcony
•  Rooms have views of La Rambla or La Boquería
•  Elegant modern décor with hardwood floors and designer furniture.
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International Cool Local Hotel

International Cool Local Hotel
•  Located on Las Ramblas close to Liceu Metro Station
•  Individually decorated rooms with natural light
•  3 roof terraces and free Wi-Fi access.
•  Business point on each floor with laptop, WiFi, papers and drinks 
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Hotel Montecarlo

Hotel Montecarlo
• Located in 19th-century palace on Las Ramblas
• Elegant rooms with spa bath/bathrobe/slippers
• Rooftop sun terrace with views over the historic centre.
• Free Wi-Fi is available in rooms
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