Just a stone’s throw away are the mythical Ramblas, where Barcelona pulsates with life. They cut through the old town of Barcelona and lead down to the Mediterranean Sea. Las Ramblas were described as “the most beautiful street in the world” by the famous English playwright Somerset Maugham. Anyone who visits Barcelona should take a leisurely stroll along this boulevard, where flower and craft stalls, street performers, stately buildings and passers-by of all nationalities share centre stage. Halfway down is the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the most important lyric theatre in the city. Built in 1847, it was destroyed by fire in 1994 and rebuilt in just 5 years. The majestic stage has witnessed great operas. Heading back up Las Ramblas, you’ll find the Boqueria Market, a space of more than 2,000 m2 with stalls selling delicious food, both local and international, and recently named the best market in the world. This market offers one of the most powerful sensory experiences in the entire city, with the freshest products in the whole of Spain, often the inspiration for the very best haute cuisine. Wander around the stalls or sit at one of the many bars to taste delicious tapas. Another interesting building to visit is the Antiguo Hospital de la Santa Creu, now the headquarters of the National Library of Catalonia. Nearby, the Palau de la Virreina is an extraordinary building where captivating contemporary art exhibitions are held. A cutting-edge space with temporary exhibitions, mainly of photography. Before reaching Plaza Catalunya, don’t forget to stop at the Font de Canaletes; legend has it that whoever drinks water from its fountain will end up returning to Barcelona.