The origin of the name, is a version of the word Ramel, meaning 'sand' in Arabic. This avenue sat on dried stream lanes.
Today the avenue includes hotels, signs, statues, street performances and talented acts, historical buildings like the theater building, the first clock of Barcelona, and the ancient University building. Among everything else, you can see here colorful mosaics at the entrance to the market. The artist Joan Mirò created it in 1976, and it marks the point of entry to the Gothic Quarter.
At the end of the avenue, you can see the statue in memory of Columbus, known as the Columbus Monument (Monument a Colom), the Wax Museum, the Opera House, and other interesting buildings.
Before soccer games between the Barcelona team and other European cities, you can see hundreds of excited fans here, walking, yelling, and singing loudly. This is one of the lively streets where you can find many tourists, wandering and looking through the different tourist points. Sometimes on weekends there are artist markets here, attracting thousands of visitors, the market sells all sorts of hand made art. On these busy days, pay close attention to your bags, there are very good pickpocketers here.