The pedestrian Boulevard La Rambla is a favorite place for tourists and locals to walk. It stretches along the Gothic Quarter, from the Barcelona Seafront to Plaza Catalunya. Throughout the entire length of more than a kilometer, it is planted with shady plane trees, so it is pleasant to walk here on hot days and cool evenings.
La Rambla Boulevard appeared in the second half of the 18th century, when the demolition of the fortress walls began. The narrow winding streets of old Barcelona, which are preserved in the Gothic Quarter, are not the best place to walk. Therefore, after the demolition of the fortress wall at the end of the 18th century, a wide straight Boulevard was laid along the bed of the dried-up river. All the inhabitants of Barcelona immediately loved it, and when possible went for a walk here.
Almost immediately, active construction began on La Rambla Boulevard. There were theaters, museums, palaces, restaurants, and fashion stores. By the 19th century, La Rambla was similar to the famous Parisian boulevards, where the most fashionable high society of the city gathered.
On the Eastern side, the Gothic quarter stretches along the entire Boulevard. Today, La Rambla Boulevard is divided into 5 parts: Rambla Canaletes, Rambla del Estudis, Rambla Saint Joseph, Rambla Capuchin, Rambla Saint Monica. Famous theaters are located on the Boulevard.
Most of the people on the Ramble gather in the evening. There is a powerful energy here. Lots of street performers. People sit in numerous cafes and restaurants. But you have to remember that this place is not always safe at night.