10th January 2013
Be Ramblas Hostel is located in the Raval, at the heart of Barcelona’s bohemian and culture center. The Raval Quarter has changed a lot over the years. Today the district is a mix of the old and new, foreign and local, sophisticated and folkloric, and the modern and classic ways of life.
- Visit las Ramblas
- The “Boquería” Market
- Enjoy Gaudí Palace
- Discover the Wax Museum
- Go Shopping
Raval has a lot to offer. The best way to discover it is by walking around its many intricate alleys and backstreets, or as they say in Barcelona, “ravaleando”. Here we will explain the Top 5 things to do near our Be Ramblas Hotel in the Raval so you can “ravalear” and discover this great neighborhood while here with us during your stay.
Visit Las Ramblas
La Rambla is the most famous street in Barcelona. The wide boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya, a busy square, with the Columbus Monument and the city’s waterfront.
The Rambla was originally a small stream flowing just outside the city walls. In the 16th century convents and a university were built along the river. In the 19th century the city wall was torn down and buildings were erected along the now dried up river. The original buildings were demolished but they are remembered in some of the names of the five different parts of the Rambla. Further down the rambla on the left hand side is the entrance to the Plaça Reial, a 19th century lively square with tall palm trees and street lamps designed by Antoni Gaudí. Opposite the Plaça Reial, in the Carrer Nou de la Rambla is the Palau Guëll or Guëll Palace, one of Gaudí’s first residential buildings.
The promenade is crowded during the day and until late in the night. It is full of kiosks that sell newspapers and souvenirs, flowers and birds, street performers, cafes, restaurants and shops. Near the port are found smaller local markets and the shop-fronts of painters and draftsmen. Strolling along La Rambla one can see such historic buildings as the Palace of the Virreina and La Boqueria market and the famous Liceu Theatre (Liceo in Spanish), in which operas and ballets are staged. One of the side streets, only a few metres long, leads to the Royal Square (Plaça Reial), a plaza with palm trees and porticoed buildings containing many pubs and restaurants.
- How To Arrive:
Metro: Drassanes(Green Line, L3) or Liceu (Green Line, L3) or Catalunya (Green Line, L3) and (Red Line, L1)
Situated just a few paces off Barcelona´s most famous street, La Rambla, lies La Boqueria – a must-see for any visitor to the city. This world-renowned market (part of a strong market tradition in Barcelona) is a tourist attraction in its own right, thus illustrating the impact that it has on those who enter this sensorial paradise after walking through its Modernist-influenced entrance way. La Boqueria is an intense and beautiful experience. First-time visitors are immediately struck by the sights, sounds and smells that come out from the vast variety of stalls.
There are numerous fruit stands situated at the front of the market, which display an almost overwhelming palate of colours. Find more info about Barcelona Markets here.
Enjoy Gaudí Palace ( Palau Güell )
The Palau Güell is a mansion in Barcelona, designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. A Rich industrial Family named Guëll asked Gaudi to built this Palace. They lived all their life in the Palace. The Guell Palace ” Palau Güell” in catalan, was constructed in 1888 by Antoni Gaudi. In the lobby of the Palace, the light that falls through the windows is subdued by three huge parabolic arches formed by grey, smoothly polished stone pillars. The towering arches create the impression of a Gothic window; but the windows which Gaudi employed in Guell’s palace are rectangular – in other words, serve as a counterpoint to the lines of the arches. These arches also reveal the first signs of his worries with Art Nouveau.
It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.
- Adreess: Nou de la Rambla, 3-5
- Phone: 00 34 934 725 775
- Email: email@example.com
The Wax Museum
Have you ever wondered how Albert Einstein, Yassir Arafat or Frankenstein would look like if you had met them in real life? By visiting the Barcelona wax museum you will get as close to them as you can.
The Wax Museum provides an opportunity to meet over 300 personalities, both real and fictitious, from all periods of history. Against a backdrop of authentic sets, audiovisuals and realistic sound effects, the waxworks come to life to tell us about their illustrious, and sometimes tragic lives which have crossed the threshold of time. The Museum de Cera also has two unusual cafés. El Bosc de les Fades is a unique, magical space which recreates a haunted forest, right down to the last detail: trees, fountains, will o’ the wisps and other fantastic creatures. The Passatge del Temps will captivate you with its cutting-edge design and comfortable atmosphere, while offering an innovative take on the ancient art of origami.
- Adreess: Ptge. de la Banca, 7 (La Rambla)
- Phone: 00 34 93 317 26 49
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shopping Area in the City Center
If you love to shop then you’re going to love Barcelona! Barcelona Spain shopping offers around 35,000 shops. The city is also home to the famous 5 KM shopping line. The shopping line stretches from the top of the Ramblas, through Plaça de Catalunya along Passeig de Gràcia and up Avenue Diagonal. Much of the shopping line is pedestriansed making it a pleasant experience to wonder from shop to shop without worrying about traffic.
Bershka is one of Spain’s most popular shops for girls in the15-29 year age group and is great for your basics. It is incredibly cheap, with a pair of Bershka labelled jeans coming in at just €19.00. In the same genre are Stradivarius, Pull & Bear and Pimpkie, all found on the same road. For those of you hoping to drag along boyfriends, fear not, they have no reason to grumble, shops like bershka and Stradivarius have thoughtfully put some benches in their entrances!
Barcelona shops open between 9 and 10am, closing for lunch between 1.30 and 2pm. They open again between 4 and 5pm and do not close until 8 or 8.30pm. However, it should be pointed out that the big shopping centres do not close at midday. Some shops and all the big department stores open on Saturday afternoon, while everywhere is closed on Sunday, except those Sundays when shops are allowed to open.
These are just a few things you can enjoy near our Be Ramblas Hostel in Barcelona. With rooms starting at 20€ per person per night, the neighborhood has a lot to offer- and many things for free- starting with these 5 wonderful places! Don’t miss the opportunity and book online with us at Barcelona Hostels.