The 10 Worst Things about the Ramblas

Las Ramblas is one of the most popular parts of Barcelona and as a tourist its definitely a must see! On your first visit it can be fascinating and eye opening to see so much happening on one strip of road. But eventually these views can change and it soon can dawn on you, that it has a distinct lack of affection and the endless crowds and street sellers can make it less appealing. Las Ramblas has been highlighted on a list of of Most Overrated Tourist Attractions.

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Here follows is a list of the 10 worst things about the Ramblas that people commonly come across:

1. CROWDS

– For an every day user, there always too many people. Anyone just going for a gentle stroll in the area during the afternoon will struggle to avoid the large crowds.

2. STATIONARY TOURISTS

– It is natural for people to want to stop and have a look at the acts and human statues but it can become difficult to find a clear route, especially when large groups gather together.

3. ANIMAL CAGES

– The noise and smell can be very unpleasant and it doesn’t seem humane to keep animals in overcrowded cages. (Especially in the summer when the weather is hot)

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4. PICKPOCKETS

– A large percentage of people that walk on Las Ramblas are tourists, thieves know this and unfortunately take advantage of the large crowds, which makes it easy for them to disappear unnoticed.

5. OVERPRICING

– Bar and restaurant owners are another group that take advantage of tourists. They deliberately inflate their prices as they known tourists will be attracted to them. Being charged for bread that you didn’t order and a service charge is all to common.

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6. BEGGARS

– Again another group that looks to leave the tourists a little lighter in the pocket. They don’t tend to be too much of a problem but it can be intimidating having people asking you for money all the time.

7. LITTER

– Flocks of hungry and thirsty tourists, the numerous flyers that are handed out, the general population. All these are key players in creating an unclean place.

8. PROSTITUTES

– You can find them frequenting the bottom end of the Ramblas after dark. Some of them can get physical with their sales technique!

9. DRUGS

– Another feature that appears after the sun goes down. Offers of ‘chocolate’ and ‘hachis’ aren’t uncommon, found in similar areas to no.8.

10. STREET SELLERS

– They appear at all times of the day/night. They offer beer or annoying whistles that are a common sound on Las Ramblas. These sellers also sell drugs (see point no.9).

We would love to hear your opinions on Las Ramblas. Love it or hate it? Please leave your comments below.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Animal cages smelling bad?

    People standing still, after you already said about the crowds?

    Don’t you think you’re being a little stuck up?

    I’ll say this though, at night, the prostitutes and drug dealers out number the tourists, which is an interesting twist. As a 20 year old photographer walking around on my own at 1am I didn’t feel very safe, though I am glad to say not a pickpocket touched me and I enjoyed the cheap hashish.

  2. Hi there,

    Thanks. I appreciate the comment. If the ramblas is something that interests you and you like then we have an article coming soon that you might enjoy. It has been written by a colleague of mine and it deals with the 10 best things about Las Ramblas.

    Andrew

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