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La Rambla is one of the most famous streets in Spain and is Barcelona's main pedestrian boulevard. Whilst it's not strictly true to say it's a car-free zone because there are narrow lanes at either side of the street which carry traffic, the centre of the boulevard is for walkers alone. A walk along La Rambla offers an introduction the city, access to scores of restaurants and cafes, a chance to view a wide range of street performance artists and to spend money in the flower markets and amongst the stalls selling a wide range of mostly tourist-oriented goods. The name originates from an Arabic word for a stream that used to run through the city. There are actually 5 sections to La Rambla. These are the Rambla de Canaletes (named after water springs), Rambla dels Estudis which is also known as the Ramble dels Ocells (birds) because of the bird market, Rambla de Sant Josep which has lots of flower stalls, Rambla dels Caputxins which runs past the Boqueria market and finally Rambla de Santa Monica which is named after a convent. La Rambla is open 24 hours a day and is free of charge although visitors are advised to watch their valuables as the street attracts pick-pockets.