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The best big cities for pedestrians

La Rambla

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Barcelona

In general, European cities are more pedestrian-friendly than their North American counterparts (but not always). Another example of a great European city with ped-friendly features is Barcelona. Spain's second city (or first city for nightlife aficionados and beach-seekers) is home to La Rambla (sometimes refereed to in the plural: Las Ramblas). This huge pedestrian thoroughfare is the heart of the city. Shops, restaurants, vendors and street performers make this an exceptionally exciting place to walk. Pedestrians can continue their stroll along the Barcelona harbor pedestrian area or can wander to the other end of the pedestrian boulevard and take a stroll through the Plaça de Catalunya, the city's central square. Also within a few footsteps of La Rambla is Barcelona's famous Gothic Quarter, which is filled with 15th century churches and historic plazas.