‘TTB was taking a well-earned break with his humans in beautiful Barcelona last week and stuffed his shell full of fascinating facts about Las Ramblas…’
On his first day in Barca, he caught the metro (bugs ride free in Spain) and made his way to Las Ramblas to find out what all the fuss is about. This is what he discovered:
What is Las Ramblas?
TTB has always been confused as to why some of his Spanish amigos refer to the area as ‘La Rambla’ and others as ‘Las Ramblas’. As it turns out, La Rambla is the singular street bearing the name.
Las Ramblas is a succession of 5 streets that connect Placa Cataluyna and Port Vell. These are: Rambla de Canaletes; Rambla del Estudis; Rambla de Les flors; Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Monica.
Before it was transformed into the shopping district it is now, Las Ramblas was a sandy area leading to the port. In fact, that’s how it gets its name. The word ‘Ramla’ is the Arabic for ‘sandy riverbed’.
Travel Bug likes it much better now that there are lots of tapas bars around. Sandy riverbeds don’t really sound like that much fun to him. When you get sand in your shell, it’s really hard to get it back out.
There are technically six areas to Las Ramblas. However, the last part wasn’t introduced until 1994 and, therefore isn’t included in the historic boulevard. Rambla de Mar is the final piece of road that leads to the fabulous port and marina in Barca.
Maybe one day, Rambla de Mar will be considered old enough to join in all the fun. Travel Bug would like that.
Do you have any other fascinating facts about Las Ramblas to share with The Travel Bug?