When visiting Barcelona one must visit Les Rambles to get a feel of contemporary Barcelona. La Rambla, only .75 miles long, is one of the widest in the city which allows plenty of room for pedestrians, locals and tourists. It runs through the center of the oldest section of the city, its many side streets are lined with shopping and food!
We arrived in the late afternoon, dark already! Our hotel is about half way down La Rambla. Our bus from the airport dropped us at Placa de Catalunya, the north end of the Les Rambles. On the short walk to the hotel, my husband is solicited by a drug dealer and my son, by a prostitute! Welcome to Barcelona!
We stayed at the Gaudi Hotel which is across the street from Palau Guell. The room view wasn’t so great but the view from the rooftop terrace was great!
Placa de Catalunya is a large square with several fountains and room to stroll. It divides the old part of town from the newer part that was developed in the early 1900s. An advantage of traveling off season is that there are no crowds and you can enjoy every day life. This woman has been feeding the park’s birds for a very long time; the pigeons wait patiently by here food cart while the gulls are feed then go crazy when it is their turn.
Stores open a little later. The graffiti provides a lot of eye candy as you roam around looking for breakfast.
Daytime in Les Rambles is calm this time of year allowing you to people watch without much fear of pick-pockets. When you get to the southern end of La Rambla, you run into the seaport and the monument to Christopher Columbus.
We had an early morning flight on Sunday morning; we were surprised to see how many people were out so early! Or up so late!