Ramble up Las Ramblas to discover the heart of Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and home of the famed football-craze that is F.C. Barcelona. Football fans aside, anyone who enjoys a good dose of culture will revel in the city’s rich cultural heritage. The city is perhaps best characterised for its unique architectural works of Antoni Gaudi, many of which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It may have started its life as a Roman settlement, but today Barcelona embodies the essence of Spanish culture and tradition, albeit with a bit of a quirky twist, thanks mostly to Gaudi’s signature Art Noveau architecture, which blends effortlessly with the Gothic and Medieval hotspots around the city.
Your cruise ship will dock at the Port of Barcelona, at the foot of the vibrant Las Ramblas shopping boulevard that runs through the heart of the city. This mostly pedestrianised street is only about 1.2km long, with such attractions as the La Boqueria market and the Picasso Museum, and heads straight from the port into the main city square, Plaça Catalunya.
You can walk straight up Las Ramblas
from the port, catch a taxi or a shuttle bus to the CBD. The shuttle bus (also known as the Blue Bus) runs a five-minute service between the port terminals to the bottom of Las Ramblas
at the Christopher Columbus Monument. Once there, you can head for the metro station or board the Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, highly recommended if you’re short on time and want to see the highlights of Barcelona. Barcelona’s extensive modern metro, two separate tram networks and several funiculars meanwhile ensure you can reach any point within the city with ease