Our adventure through Barcelona continues, as we arrive at the entrance to La Rambla. The La Rambla walking lane is the main tourist spot of the city. It pierces the Old Town of Barcelona and it's mostly interesting to visitors for the many shops, restaurants and cafes. To me it was a gateway to the old town of the city with various side streets offering glimpses into the real treasures of this part of Barcelona.
In this post I will show you the walking lane La Rambla, and many sights of the Old Town of Barcelona. In the end I will take you to the Park Guell which offers great panoramic views of the city. I hope you will enjoy the second part of our Barcelona Travel Series.
This is only a part of a 5-part travel series to Barcelona:
Part 1: Sagrada Familia
Part 2: La Rambla, Old Town and Park Guell
Part 3: Montjuic Castle and Port Olimpic
Part 4: Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and Park Ciutadella
Part 5: Sunset on Barceloneta Beach
La RamblaLa Rambla can be crowded, especially during the height of the tourist season. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. To the north of La Rambla lies Plaça de Catalunya, a large square in central Barcelona that is generally considered to be both its city center and the place where the old city and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. You can see the place in the first image of this post. Inside the La Rambla beware of pick pockets, though I didn't have any problems of that sort.
Placa ReialThe Place Reial lies next to La Rambla and is a well-known tourist attraction, especially at night. On the plaza are a large number of restaurants and some of the city's most famous nightclubs including Sidecar, Jamboree and Karma. We went here to take a break from all the walking and sat down in one of the many cafes here. The square is also known for its many outdoor venues and is a popular meeting place during the summer and the annual La Mercè festival in September, when open-air concerts take place, and during other celebrations such as New Year's Eve, often being very crowded.
In the image below you can see my dad looking into the camera as he is enjoying a cold and refresing beer with our fellow co-travelers.
The Old Town of BarcelonaWithin Barcelona's Old Town, the political and geographic centre of the city is located. The Ciutat Vella (Catalan for “Old City”) tells stories from almost all eras of Barcelona's history: starting 133 before Christ with the Romans, and the dominion of the Visigoths, the Moors and the crown of Aragon through to the Spanish Civil War and the modern Barcelona.
La Boqueria MarketUp next I visited the famous La Boqueria market (actually called Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria). It is located on the north western part of the La Rambla. Established in the year 1217 as a meat market, in the beginning, it was not enclosed and had no official status, being regarded simply as an extension of the Plaça Nova market, which extended to the Plaça del Pi. The current name is believed to derive from the Catalan boc, meaning "goat", therefore a boqueria would be a place where goat meat is sold.
Columbus MonumentThe Columbus Monument is a 60 m (197 ft) tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla. It marks the end of the La Rambla and entrance to the Port of Barcelona. The monument serves as a reminder that Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand V in Barcelona after his first trip to the new continent. The statue was sculpted by Rafael Atché and is said to depict Columbus pointing towards the New World with his right hand, while holding a scroll in the left.
Park GuellThe day in the Old Town of Barcelona came to and end, buy my friend Belma and I were not tired yet. So we decided to venture out for a side journey to the Park Guell, which was located close to our hotel. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí” (whose work you saw in the Sagarda Familia in Part One of this travel series). The park is located on a hill and it's overlooking the whole city.
Thank you all for visiting. What was your favorite sight of Barcelona from the second part?
End of Part Two
To be continued...