The main people-watching street in Barcelona is La Ramblas
. The heart of the Barcelona experience, this bustling, tree-lined boulevard runs from the waterfront through the city’s Gothic Quarter. Strolling along its wide sidewalks you’ll be entertained by Flamenco dancers, the famous human statues and a lively variety of other street performers and artists.
The street is lined with shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafés. Near the bottom of the street, close to the water, is the bohemian Fira Nova Artesania
– an artists’ marketplace selling unique creations and local crafts you would be unlikely to find anywhere else.
Further north along the road is the Market La Boqueria
. Operating since 1836, this popular local food market features over 200 vendors selling a sumptuous array of local and international foodstuffs.
The Gothic Quarter is the oldest neighbourhood in Barcelona and still houses the remains of the original Roman city walls and Medieval landmarks. The bustling La Ramblas
is a great spot to grab lunch and soak in the culture. This street also serves as a hub from which you can duck down the narrow alleys and streets alongside to explore this historic district.
While in Barcelona, be sure to also take a paseo
along the Passeig de Gràcia
. One of the most expensive streets in all of Spain, this is home to high-end fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton to Gucci. However, even if you’re not shopping, it’s worth the trip. Passeig de Gràcia
is renowned for its architecture. The street is dotted with Art Nouveau masterpieces by Antoni Gaudi and other Spanish masters of the movement.