One of the best things in Barcelona is its – La rambla street. The long street stretching over 1.2 kms always has something happening at any time of day and night. We were staying close La Rambla so I have been here at 6:10 AM (on way to catch a flight), 10:20 AM (crossing over to catch the tour bus), 8:40 PM (strolling along the street), 2:05 AM (lost in the street) and it was always filled with something or someone – its filled with :
Street statues – Dressed in practically anything & everything - historical figures, mythical characters, movie characters, cartoon characters. They are all there. They even let you take picture for as little as one euro but the problem is there are so many you would like to pose with.
Street painters – Artist’s put their paintings in line along the street. They are put for sale but there are so many and so good that it takes time to just look through them. The artists have an empty canvas to sketch up any tourist wanting their portrait. It’s amazing to see how fast they sketch. Really talented artists!
Street act – There was this guy who collected trash coco-cola & pepsi cans from restaurants and other places. He had two or three bags full of them. He turned the can into pretty looking ash tray. He was making them in front of us and made each one in less than five minutes. There were loads of people flocking to see how he turned trashed can into ash tray and were buying it for 5 Euros. Talk about profitable recycle & reuse!
Street food – Now an absolute must do when in Spain is to try tapas at local joints, so every few blocks we stopped and found some amazing tapas.
Street band – Group of young men put up such a well orchestrated music piece then followed it with amazing dance routine right there on the street. It was fantastic and ought to be a part of some TV show or something. But for as little as one euro you get amazing live performances.
Street shopping - No sightseeing is complete without some shopping so there I was shopping at the stalls and bargaining & trying to save a few euros as I picked some beautiful souvenirs and memories.
It's a carnival on that street with so many people, tourists, artists, performers etc and there is so much energy out there. Some experiences are so awesome yet kind of difficult to describe.. Walking through La Rambla is something like that!!
Welcome to La rambla
Street statues night or day always there!!!!
Street performance and shopping ... anytime!!!!!
Another street you must experience walking through is the Bari Gothic area. It is an old town of Barcelona, with narrow alleys, tall medieval kind of buildings and cathedrals. The structures are huge and gothic. Outside the cathedral there is huge open space, there was orchestra playing and locals began to dance a routine after a while they invited tourists to join too. I don’t know what ritual or festival it was but enjoyed an evening of a music and dance. It was late in the evening and by then my camera battery was out so I have no photos.
Street leading to Bari Gothic
• This street is always crowded, watch your step, and be prepared it can get overwhelming.
• Plan some leisurely time, you can't rush through a crowded place like La ramble else you may not really enjoy it.
• Be cautious about your belonging - wallets, cameras, bags, phones, it can be easily stolen.
• Be sure to bargain your way on all the purchases.