La Rambla del Mar

The Rambla of the Sea

The Rambla de Mar isn't really part of La Rambla proper but as it is included in most of the guidebooks, it's definitely worth including here.

It's also an absolutely beautiful walk that gives you a wonderful view of Montjuïc and the bottom section of the Barri Gòtic, so although including it as part of La Rambla strikes me as Barcelona City Council spin, it is actually a marvellous addition to this part of the city.

The Rambla of the Sea was designed by Helio Piñon and Albert Viaplana, and came into use in September 1994.

The Rambla de Mar is a wavy wooden walkway that begins next to the Port Autònom building on Moll de la Fusta and stretches across to the wharf opposite, the Moll d'Espanya.

The promenade is a very effective extension of The Ramblas and a great way to approach it is by crossing over the roundabout that forms the base of the Columbus Statue.

Once you've reached the water's edge, you'll see a number of pleasure boat trips on offer.

If you want visit the Port of Barcelona by boat, my strong recommendation is that you should choose Las Golodrinas - a Barcelona classic that's been taking visitors round the port at a very reasonable price for at least as long as I've been here.

The real bonus is that Las Golondrinas is one of the free attractions included on the Barcelona Card.


Great Views of the City

A little further along the Moll de la Fusta, you come to start of the Rambla de Mar.

The truth is there's not very much to say other than at the far end of the walkway, you have the Maremagnum Shopping Centre, which is as well-known for its restaurants and nightlife as it is for its shops.

Maremagnum is at the end of Moll d'Espanya from where you can walk directly to Passeig Joan de Borbó and La Barceloneta.

This is the Port Vell or Old Port of Barcelona and to your left, you'll see luxury yachts moored in the harbour.

Ahead is the impressive Hotel W Barcelona and the tower for the cable car that runs from Barceloneta to the top of Montjuïc.

Once you're well out along the walkway, if you turn round and look back at the city, the view is just as spectacular.

You'll see Montjuïc to your left, Columbus and the bottom of La Rambla straight ahead and the austere government buildings along Passeig Colom spreading out to your right.

So although the Rambla de Mar is not part of The Ramblas in the strictest sense it's definitely a great addition to the city.

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