If there is one term that defines Catalan city landscapes, it is "Ramblas". These avenues with a wide sidewalk in the middle of the road are a pleasure for pedestrians who can walk quietly without having to worry about vehicles.
In autumn, these arteries, often lined with trees, are transformed into a symphony of colours and fragrances.
Get on one of our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation and come refresh yourself on the Ramblas of the Catalan cities.
The Ramblas of Barcelona
This is certainly one of Barcelona's most famous sites
, if not the most famous
. Starting from Plaça Catalunya and ending in the old port, you can find everything there: booths, cafés, restaurants, shops, mimes, various artists, flower sellers... as well as the well-known La Boquería market
, inaugurated in 1840 and which remains, to this day, one of the most beautiful in the world. You will also pass in front of the Palacio de la Virreina
and the Grand Teatro del Liceu
, you can walk on a work by Miró (when you are there, don't forget to turn around, look up and spot the little dragon at the lantern), until you reach the Plaça Royale
you will find two of the lamps designed for the city by Antoni Gaudi.
La Rambla del Poblenou, Barcelona
Las Ramblas del Poblenou is one of the liveliest streets in the city
Although its original name was "La Promenade du Triomphe", from the beginning everyone has called this street "La Rambla del Poblenou", a name that the city officially gave in 1986. From the sea to the mountains, this walk combines rectangular and circular shapes. Conceived in 1853 as part of the Cerdà Plan, when the district was still very industrial, it allowed the inhabitants to walk around and establish social relations. Still today, it fulfils the same function, with shops and establishments having a past related with the social life of the district which border the Rambla, alongside art-nouveau buildings and institutions like the Casino de l'Aliança, seat of the socio-cultural life of the district since the 19th century.
The Rambla de Figueres
Emblematic city center, where the commercial offering satisfies the entertainment needs of the inhabitants: banks
alongside the shops. The centre of La Rambla is also the stage for all types of cultural encounters. Planned in 1828, it was then intended to cover the bed of a stream, and i
ts construction was completed in 1840. Twenty-four years later, 26 plane trees were planted and are still present. The most beautiful buildings along the Rambla de Figueres were built between the end of the 19th century and the Spanish Civil War and, connected to those that already existed, form a mixture of styles, ranging from Baroque to neoclassicism, passing by art nouveau.
La Rambla Llibertat, Girona
Did you know that you can find an old map of Paris painted on one of the porches of the Rambla de la Llibertat in Girona?
Built in the 13th century for the market, this Rambla is a magnificent space parallel to the river Onyar that runs through the city, and whose most characteristic elements are the porches with low ceilings and irregular arches. From the beginning, and still today, it has been the main shopping and entertainment center in Girona, where you can find restaurants and shops, as well as the flower market every Saturday morning. Many buildings also attract the eye, such as the modernist façade of the Casa Norat (1912) which shares the space with medieval, baroque and neoclassical buildings.
So, what could be better than to come and stroll along these avenues designed for this purpose? Book your ticket now, take your camera and come enjoy the autumn colours in these incomparable surroundings.