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Dear readers,  welcome to a new series of articles on our blog! We created this blog to help you organize your holidays in Barcelona. We aim to enhance your vacation experience by making you notice unknown details or suggesting local things to do to make the most of your time in this vibrant city.

We can’t wait to have you here at The Club and to share your experiences while eating paella together!

So why don’t we explore some off-the-beaten-path gems to immerse in the city’s unique charm? If you want non-touristy things to add to your plan to discover Barcelona, our chefs will help! Who better to provide insider tips than the locals themselves? Let’s ask them for suggestions and try what they tell us together.

Tip#1: Next time you walk down Las Ramblas, look at the tiles underneath your feet. They are curved because they represent water due to a river that used to be there. 

We will start this journey through Barcelona by taking a closer look at the path you will take to reach our venue in Carrer Doctor Dou, 5. Exiting the underground at Liceu stop (L3, green line), you will find yourself walking on one of Barcelona’s most famous streets: Las Ramblas.

Wander around this beautiful boulevard and be amazed by the many people there, the romantic open-air flower shops, the colorful food at the Boqueria market, and the trees waving in the breeze. However, we want you to stop and look down at the concrete street you are walking on… its tiles reveal a secret!

As you can see, they feature a wavy shape that will resonate with your mind, like the waves of the river that once used to be here instead of these tiles. The street used to be a flow of water heading to the sea and now unifies Plaça de Catalunya with the old harbor; it is a 1.2km boulevard that goes through the Old City, dividing the Gothic area and El Raval. While you’re strolling in it, we will tell you its story:

The rhythm of waves is still present on this road thanks to the decoration on its pavement. Not everyone knows that “Rambla” comes from the Arabic word “Ramla,” which means ‘sandy or muddy area.’ Indeed, it used to be a small river called Riera d’en Malla. In the XV century, the city council decided to include the Raval District in the city walls but to do so, it was essential to reroute the river. The empty area resulting from the stream diversion was converted into the street that we call Las Ramblas. In the following years, many convents and monasteries were built along the street, but almost all were destroyed and burnt during the anti-clerical revolution 1835. Since then, little by little, Las Ramblas has started to become what we know it today.

This boulevard was described by Federico García Lorca, a famous Spanish poet, as the only street in the world that he wished would never end: “rich in sounds, plentiful of breezes, beautiful of encounters, ancient of blood”—and—he continues—‘no one who has visited Barcelona can forget this road’; ‘the essence of the city lays in this street.’

Through your first unveiling of Barcelona with us (keep looking at the blog for new tips every week!), water has guided you to discover some unexpected traits of this world-famous street whose identity is connected to this crucial element of nature. Let yourself be guided by the waves in the path and try to discover one of the symbols of this city: the Canaletes fountain. This place is now a gathering point for people to meet, especially to celebrate Barça – the world-famous Catalan football team – when it wins a match. A legend says that anyone who drinks from this fountain will fall in love with Barcelona and return to this city, so take a sip and tag @thepaellaclub in your Instagram stories! Never forget to look at the path to follow the rhythm of waves through your journey in this beautiful city!

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