Barcelona’s La Rambla – six essential places to see

Hans Christian Anderson once described Barcelona as the ‘Paris of Spain’, but it has a personality all of its own, as a simple stroll down La Rambla shows. 

Megan Arkinstall rounds up 6 of the most notable spots to visit when strolling down the city’s main street. 


1. Palau de la Virreina 

Built in the 1770s as the residence of the Viceroy of Peru, La Virreina now shows contemporary art exhibitions.

2. La Boqueria

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Head to La Boqueria in Barcelona for a wide selection of specialty foods and local produce.


Opened in 1840, the city’s oldest food market boasts local produce and tasty specialities.

3. Casa Bruno Cuadros  

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The architecture of Casa Bruno Cuadros in Barcelona is a great example of the Modernisme movement.


Restored by Josep Vilaseca, this 1858 building is a great example of the Modernisme movement, highly decorative with Oriental motifs.

4. Gran Teatre del Liceu

Built in 1847, Barcelona’s grand opera theatre was reconstructed after a fire sadly destroyed it in 1994. Book tickets for a show or take a guided tour.

5. Plaça Reial

Just off La Rambla, this 19th-century square, with its pretty fountain, palm trees and Gaudí lamps, is renowned for its buzzy nightlife.

6. Colombus Monument

Standing at the end of La Rambla, this 60-metre-high monument was built in 1888 for the Universal Exhibition as a tribute to Christopher Columbus. Visitors can head to the top viewing platform for views of the city.


Finished your La Rambla wander? There’s plenty more to do in Barcelona here

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