Walk the nearly mile-long boulevard and take in the sights.
A walk along La Rambla from the Plaça de Catalunya to the Columbus Monument takes about 20 minutes without stops. Begin by walking to the top of the Ramblas and checking out the interesting mix of tourists and locals resting on benches, sitting at small tables, talking among the chairs. Years ago these seats were so coveted that they used to be rented for either the morning or the afternoon. These days, the seats are free, and the people-watching is just as good.
There's the Canaletes Fountain, site of the legend that if you drink from the fountain, you will become an honorary citizen of Barcelona destined to return again and again. As you walk down the Ramblas, which used to be a small stream along the wall of the medieval city, you will notice a number of interesting stands with turtles, all kinds of birds and fish, as well as flowers. A number of street performers gather crowds. The midpoint of the Ramblas is marked by the mosaic anchor embedded in the pavement that was designed by Joan Miró.
Also here is the Academy of Science. The clock on the outside of the building is the official time of Barcelona. Just down the block, take note of the Baroque Church, one of the few Baroque structures left in the city of modernist architecture.
Photo by Edal Anton Lefterov