Rambla de Mar
Down the rambla de Santa Mónica, you will arrive at the square of the “portal de la pau” (peace gate). In front of the “Drassanes” (old shipyards), you will see the Christopher Columbus statue which had been built to commemorate his return from his first travel to America and for his first presentation to the kings Fernando and Isabel in the city.
It was built in 1886 by the architect Gaietà Buigas Monravà. The big column of iron, that supports the statue, is located on a stone base. Inside, there is an elevator which allows you to rise up until the top and from there, you will be able to enjoy a nice view on the port, Montjuïc, Drassanes and the city.
Just behind it, you will find a little antic market but only during the weekend where you can find interesting objects even if you are not fan of antic products.
Crossing the Colom alley, besides the building “Port Autònom” (autonomous port),a wavy wooden walkway called “rambla de mar” will take you, passing above the sea, to the beginning of the “Moll d’Espanya” (pestle of Spain) where you will find the mall Maremagnum with plenty of shops and during night time, nightclubs. This walkway has been built by Helio Piñón and Albert Viaplana and started to work in september 1994.