Undoubtedly the most famous street in Barcelona, any visit to the city would be incomplete without a stroll down this remarkable tree-lined boulevard. You will see a lot of Barcelona apartments Ramblas running from Plaça Cataluña to the sea, there is something to catch your eye virtually every step of its approximately 1.5km length. Always busy, it is overflowing with itinerant vendors, flower stalls, cafés and restaurants, amused on-lookers, and street artists ready to dance, perform magic, or merely stand very still painted a dark shade of blue for your entertainment. Despite being a prime tourist attraction Las Ramblas is still visited by locals as well as visitors which helps to keep it an experience unique to Barcelona
Originally a riverbed (the name "rambla" is derived from the Arabic "ramla", meaning "sandy riverbed"), what is collectively known as Las Ramblas is in fact a series of five smaller pedestrian streets which run together. Starting from Plaça Cataluña and heading down towards Columbus monument by the sea these are successively; Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep (de les Flors), the Rambla dels Caputxins, and the Rambla de Santa Monica. The name of each rambla is historically significant, perhaps most charming is that associated with the first, Rambla de Canaletes. Named after the ancient fountain located close to the Plaça Cataluña metro entrance, it is said that whoever drinks the fountain's water will return to Barcelona. Dels Estudis was named after a now vanished university building, whilst St Josep (de les Flors) was given this name for the nearby San José convent, originally the only place in Barcelona in which you could buy flowers. Dels Caputxins (Capuchinos), is so called after the ancient monastry belonging to the Capuchin monks and finally, Rambla de Santa Mónica which reaches down to the port and holds the name of the local parish. In the early 1990s a sixth rambla was added, Rambla del Mar, which is formed by a wooden bridge linking the mainland to the Marémagnum entertainment complex.
Whilst ambling down the street itself, jostling for space with tourists, locals and entertainers alike is probably Las Ramblas's greatest attraction, there are a number of other sites worth looking out for as you pass by.