Tour de France 2021 Summary

Today we turn to one of our neighbors for the mythical annual cycling race, the 108th edition of the Tour de France.

The 2021 Tour de France was held from June 26 to July 18. About 230 cyclists set off from Brest and arrived, just for some of them, on the Champs Elysees in Paris after more than 3,400 km of riding.

The route of the last Tour de France proved to be relatively difficult with, among the 21 stages on the program, numerous mountain passes through the Alps and the Pyrenees. Let’s take a look at this 108th edition of the Tour de France.

Different stages of the Tour de France 2021

First of all, a reminder of the stages of this Tour de France 2021

  • Stage 1, Saturday, June 26: Brest – Landerneau
  • Stage 2, Sunday June 27: Perros-Guriec – Mûr-de-Bretagne
  • Stage 3, Monday June 28: Lorient – Pontivy
  • Stage 4, Tuesday June 29: Redon – Fougères
  • Stage 5, Wednesday June 30: Changé – Laval (individual time trial)
  • Stage 6, Thursday, July 1: Tours – Châteauroux
  • Stage 7, Friday, July 2: Vierzon – Le Creusot
  • Stage 8, Saturday, July 3: Oyonnax – Le Grand-Bornand
  • Stage 9, Sunday, July 4: Cluses – Tignes
  • Monday, July 5: rest in Tignes
  • Stage 10, Tuesday, July 6: Albertville – Valence
  • Stage 11, Wednesday, July 7: Sorgues – Malaucène
  • Stage 12, Thursday, July 8: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux – Nîmes
  • Stage 13, Friday, July 9: Nîmes – Carcassonne
  • Stage 14, Saturday, July 10: Carcassonne – Quillan
  • Stage 15, Sunday, July 11: Céret – Andorre-la-Vieille
  • Monday, July 12th: Rest in Andorra
  • Stage 16, Tuesday, July 13: Pas de la Case – Saint-Gaudens
  • Stage 17, Wednesday, July 14: Muret – Saint-Lary-Soulan
  • Stage 18, Thursday, July 15: Pau – Luz-Ardiden
  • Stage 19, Friday, July 16: Mourenx – Libourne
  • Stage 20, Saturday, July 17: Libourne – Saint-Emilion
  • Stage 21, Sunday, July 18: Chatou – Champs-Elysées, Paris

Who won the last Tour de France?
From stage 8 to the end of the Tour de France, Slovenian rider Tadej Pogacar took and held the yellow jersey. Winner of the stage 5 time trial, he crushed the competition in the Pyrenees by winning at the top of the col du Portet (stage 17) and the following day at Luz-Ardien (stage 18). Thanks to his performances, he finished first overall, best climber and best young cyclist in the 2021 Tour de France. This is his second victory in the Grand Loop after the one he won the previous year in 2020.

Other riders shone in this edition of the Tour de France. Mark Cavendish, the designated sprinter of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team, won 4 stages in this edition (4th, 6th, 10th and 13th), which allowed him to finish first in the points classification. This is the second time in his career, after 2011, that he has won the green jersey in the Tour de France.

What happens to the Spanish riders in the 2021 Tour de France?
Of the 17 Spanish riders who took the start, 16 made it to the Champs Elysees. The only rider to retire was Marc Soler in the first stage, after a spectacular crash caused by a spectator.

Massive fall during the first stage of the Tour de France 2021

Enric Más finished the race in 6th position, losing one position from his 2020 ranking. Pello Bilbao finished 9th after also having done the Giro, he finished the Tour de France in the top 10 for the first time. Jonathan Castroviejo finished 23rd, just ahead of Alejandro Valverde (24th), who will go to the Tokyo Olympics, as did Ion Izaguirre, who finished 26th. Tour de France debutants Cristian Rodríguez, Alex Aranburu, Rubén Fernández, Jorge Arcas and Carlos Barbero finished their race in 46th, 74th, 84th, 90th and 124th places respectively.

There are also Omar Fraile, who will finish 57th, Imanol Erviti in 67th, Víctor de la Parte in 72nd, Jesús Herrada in 87th, Iván Gracia Cortina in 94th and Carlos Verona in 101st.

Discovering the works of Lluís Domènech i Montaner

If you are asked to name an architect from Barcelona, you will undoubtedly think of Antoni Gaudi. Probably less known internationally, Lluís Domènech i Montaner is a Catalan architect known for his numerous modernist buildings in the city.

In this article we will introduce you to his different works that you probably don’t even know are his.

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau – Arts i Cultura

The Hospital de Santa Creu is one of the most beautiful examples of civil and Catalan Gothic architecture.

A former gothic monastery built in 1401 and then rehabilitated as a hospital between 1905 and 1930 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

Today it is a museum that allows you to travel through the history of Barcelona’s medicine and the history of one of the oldest health institutions in Europe. You can also walk through the tunnels that connect the different buildings underground and visit the most representative heritage spaces of the Administration Pavilion.

Hospital Santa Creu

Palau de la Música Catalana – Consell Any Turisme Cultural

It took less than 3 years, from 1905 to 1908, for Barcelona to build one of its most impressive buildings: the Palau de la Música Catalana.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Palau de la Música is an artistic monument and a musical stage of international prestige.

Its construction, driven by a popular choral society, was entrusted to Domènech i Montaner. Together with a group of collaborators, including the famous Eusebio Arnau, Lluís Bru and Miquel Bla, he designed an innovative metal structure in a modernist style that allowed the use of materials such as stained glass walls, giving the building a greenhouse style. He innovates with the use of curtain walls and uses a wide variety of artistic techniques such as sculpture, mosaics, stained glass and ironwork.

Palau de la Música Catalana

Casa Fuster – Premium

Considered one of the most expensive buildings in the city, Casa Foster was built between 1908 and 1911 in collaboration with his father. Adopting a certain neo-gothic and modernist air, the beauty of the building comes from the use of expensive noble materials, such as white marble, glass or slate.

Domènech i Montaner’s work can be seen in the characteristic columns with a pinkish base, the three-lobed windows, the classic modernist floral decoration and the combination of curves and straight lines.

Classified in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now transformed into a luxury hotel, the Casa Fuster has the good fortune to have Woody Allen as a regular guest, who chose the hotel in 2007 to direct some scenes from his award-winning film “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona”.

Casa Fuster

Casa Navàs – Ciutat i Vila ami Caràcter

Built between 1901 and 1907, one of the most outstanding features of Casa Navàs is its magnificent interior decoration, which has remained practically intact thanks to the care of its owners: the ceramics, mosaics, graffiti, stonework and stained glass windows are excellent examples of the decorative arts of Modernism.

Casa Navàs

Fundació Tàpies – Consell Any Turisme Cultural

The main objective was to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art, for these reasons was founded in 1984 the Antoni Tapies Foundation, which today is a museum and cultural center mainly dedicated to the life and work of the Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies.

Built between 1881 and 1885 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, its facade was the first in the Eixample to combine bare brick with wrought iron, following an Arabic architectural influence.

Today the Foundation has one of the most complete collections of Tàpies’ artworks, and also presents a wide range of exhibitions of other contemporary artists.

Fundació Tàpies

Now you will be able to talk about Barcelona’s architects without the discussion necessarily being about Antoni Gaudí!

Visit Barcelona in 3 days

You’ve decided to give yourself a few days off and have booked your flight to the Catalan capital but once you’re there you’re in trouble! You only have a few days to visit the big city and you don’t know where to start, don’t panic, we have prepared a guide to visit Barcelona in 3 days.

Day 1 – The historical center

The Holy Cross Cathedral and the Gothic Quarter

What better way to start than in one of Barcelona’s most emblematic neighborhoods? The Barrio Gòtico is what you might call the city’s historic center. A medieval district, you can discover the Sant Jaume square, the Plaça del Rei, the Barcelona History Museum, the Plaça Nova, the Plaça del Pi and above all the Holy Cross Cathedral, considered one of the city’s most important monuments. Don’t just admire it from the outside, the 7€ entrance fee is worth it, cloister, choir, chapels, you won’t know where to look

Holy Cross Cathédral of Barcelona

Walk on the Rambla

The Rambla is a must-see avenue in Barcelona and is a must during your stay. It is the busiest pedestrian avenue and connects the port of Barcelona to the Plaça Catalunya for approximately 2km. Going down to the port you will be able to observe the Grand Theatre of the Liceu, the mosaic of Joan Miro, the Plaça Reial and the Güell Palace.

The Boqueria market

Also located on the Rambla you will find the Boqueria market. The oldest market in Barcelona, you can’t miss its entrance marked by a large portal in the Art Nouveau style.

Casa Batlló and Casa Mila

Both symbols of Barcelona, we owe these creations to the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Located on the Passeig de Gracia, it takes about 20 minutes to walk from the market. Both registered in the world heritage of the UNESCO, the Casa Batlló can also be known as Casa del Ossos due to its balconies in the shape of skull and the Casa Mila under the name of La Pedrera in reference to the cliffs from which Gaudi would have been inspired. Our article will introduce you to these two essential works in more detail.

Casa Batlló of Barcelona

Day 2 – Gràcia

Güell Park

Built between 1900 and 1914, the Güell Park was built to house gardens and about 60 houses, but due to a lack of budget, only 4 houses were built. Divided in 2 parts (one paying and the other free) it is in the paying zone that you will be able to admire the wavy bench and the mosaic salamander. Don’t hesitate to go up to the Mirador de Virolai, which will offer you a panoramic view of the most beautiful places in Barcelona.

Park Güell of Barcelona

The Bunkers del Carmel

Let’s continue with another point of view which are the Bunkers del Carmel. Located on the Turo de la Riviera on an old anti-aircraft base, they offer a 360° view of the city. From the Parc Güell it is a 20-minute walk, but you can also get there by bus.

Views from the Bunkers del Carmel

The Recinta Modernista de Sant Pau

Our path continues towards the Recinta Modernista de Sant Pau. Formerly a public hospital, it now hosts exhibitions. A visit to the different buildings that trace the history of the place is possible but if you are in a hurry you can just observe its architecture from the outside.

The Recinta Modernista de Sant Pau

The Sagrada Familia

A must-see is the Sagrada Familia. Major work of Gaudi, this basilica is classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO and is the most visited monument in Spain. Although it will not be completed until 2026, it is well worth the visit from the inside, let yourself be enchanted by the colors of the stained glass windows and the spectacular architecture of the interior.

Sagrada Familia of Barcelona

The El Born neighborhood

To finish this day nothing better than a walk in the El Born neighborhood. Together with the Barrio Gotico it forms the old town of Barcelona, old stores, tapas bars, gothic churches, Picasso museum, Music Palace, you will not lack things to see. Don’t forget the Citadel Park and the Arc de Triomphe in this neighborhood.

Park de la Cituadella de Barcelona

Day 3 – Montjuïc Hill

Plaça Espanya

To begin this last day of visit we give you an appointment on the Plaça d’Espanya. Built in 1929 for the Universal Exhibition according to the plans of the architect Puig y Cadafalch, this square is recognizable by its large sculpture installed in the center of the huge traffic circle. Around the square you can also find Las Arenas, an old bullring transformed into a shopping center, on its roof you can enjoy a breathtaking view.

Plaça Espanya of Barcelona

The MNAC

The National Art Museum of Catalonia is located in front of the Plaça d’Espanya, passing by the Magic Fountain. Housed in a palace, it is one of the most interesting museums in Barcelona and one of the largest in Spain. It houses the richest collection of Romanesque art in the world!

MNAC of Barcelona

Montjuic Park 

The green lung of the city, take the Montjuic cable car to get there. The park is home to green spaces and gardens as well as museums such as the Olympic Museum and the Joan Miro Foundation. A good opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of the sea and the city, visit the botanical gardens, museums and historical monuments.

Montjuïc Park of Barcelona

The Olympic facilities 

In order to host the 1992 Olympic Games, many sports facilities had to be created, which you can visit today on Montjuic hill. You can see the Olympic stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Calatrava Earth, the Sports Palace of Barcelona and the Pavilion of Industrial Spain.

Olympic facilities

The Castle of Montjuic

In the park of Montjuic you can also find the Castle. Built in 1640 to protect the city from Catalan rebels, Montjuic Castle was later converted into a prison and then a military museum in 1960. The visit, which will cost you 5€, will allow you to walk around the ramparts, visit the military museum and admire the magnificent panorama of the Barcelona coastline.

The Magic Fountain

To close these 3 days in Barcelona we suggest you return to the Plaça Espanya to enjoy tapas before enjoying the show at the Magic Fountain. Located between the MNAC and the square, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic welcomes the public every evening from Wednesday to Sunday (from 8pm from November to March, and from 9pm from April to October) with light shows on a musical background.

Now you know how to visit Barcelona in 3 days! Visiting the city by bike can also be rewarding, especially since we offer guided tours with local guides. Choose the Gothic to Modernism Bike Tour if you want to visit the points of the first day or the Montjuic Bike Tour to discover the last day itinerary by bike.

This summer do not get bored with the museums of Barcelona

Concerts, poetry, cinema and guided tours, among the multitude of scheduled activities.

For some time now, many museums have been organizing activities that go beyond the usual exhibitions. The summer that is now beginning is a good example of this desire of museums to be not only a place to go to observe historical or valuable objects or where to acquire knowledge from static pieces, but also to be cultural dynamizers from very diverse activities and a meeting point for citizens. From the end of June to the end of September, the museum spaces of the city of Barcelona, both municipal and consortium and also many private, mount dozens of proposals ranging from film screenings to concerts and poetry recitals, as well as courses and workshops, guided tours and dynamic, open days, and even games of clues and trivia. There will be something for everyone and for all age groups.

projection of a movie in the Park Güell of Barcelona

Some of the summer activities of the museums, moreover, have two singularities compared to most of those organized by these facilities in the other seasons: there are many more in outdoor spaces, and in the afternoon-evening time slot. Among the multitude of proposals that you will find, we mention for example the free express tours organized by El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, the outdoor film series of the Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA) to be held in a unique space such as Park Güell and will be called Portraying Barcelona on the threshold of the XXI century, or the itineraries by sea of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona (MMB), one aboard a traditional sailboat and another with the historic pailebote Santa Eulàlia. Precisely the MMB starts this summer a virtual escape room entitled Mar adentro… guardas del tiempo, and, with three other spaces, the Botanical Garden of Barcelona, the Museu d’Arqueología de Catalunya and the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, organizes the fifth edition of the cultural trivia team Museum Quiz Summer Tour, a free activity with prior registration inspired by the pub quiz, a question and answer contest played in the pubs of Great Britain.

Music will be very present in the summer program of the museums, and, in addition, you can see and hear concerts in charming places. The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes, the Palau Güell, Casa Vicens, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Montjuïc Castle and the Museum of the History of Catalonia are some of the emblematic places that will host these shows. On the other hand, there are those that make summer casals related to the theme in which they are specialized, as is the case of the Egyptian Museum or the Design Museum of Barcelona, while the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món offers the casals combined visits with workshops. There are spaces that will live a particularly intense month of July, such as the Arts Santa Monica, scene of the international festival of contemporary art and charity Kronos Art Barcelona and the emerging photography festival Art Photo Bcn.

Check all the details of the activities on the websites of the respective museums and cultural facilities, and also on the websites of the Institute of Culture of Barcelona.

You can also spend the summer with our bike tours and enjoy several of the museums presented.

The Copenhagenize Index

The Copenhagenize Index is the most comprehensive and holistic ranking of cycling cities on Earth. Being a biennial index since 2011 for its 5th edition (in 2019) it has been months of research and work. Creating an inventory of urban cycling around the world is not an easy task.

Why did this index was created?

In early 2011 a discussion started at Copenhagenize Design Co. about which cities are really the best for urban cycling. Working with a large number of cities to help them improve, it was necessary to be able to offer them an international reference.

Initially for internal company use, they soon realized that it was probably useful to make it public but only the Top 20.

How is it calculated?

The Copenhagenize Index awards points to cities for their efforts to re-establish cycling as a feasible, accepted and practical mode of transportation.

Scorecard and parameters

Cityscape parameters (0-4 points)

1.         Cycling infrastructure

2.         Cycling facilities

3.         Traffic calming

Cultural parameters (0-4 points)

4.         Gender repair

5.         Bicycle modal share

6.         Increase in modal share over the past 10 years

7.         Safety indicators

8.         Image of the bicycle

9.         Transport bikes

Ambition parameters (0-4 points)

10.       Advocacy

11.       Policy

12.       Bike sharing

13.       Urbanism

If you want more details on all the parameters, please visit their explanatory page.

How to read it?

this picture shows how to read the index

The index of 2019

The Copenhagenize Index of 2019

The last one was published in 2019 and we hope to see the new edition very soon and why not a rise of Barcelona in the ranking.

The benefits of cycling for the health of children

Several times in our blog we have talked about the benefits of cycling both in the economic plan as healthy or ecological as for example with this article. But always referring to adults.

In today’s article we will focus on children, who also have every right to use the bike and that from their early years. We will then see the benefits of cycling for the physical and mental health of children.

  • A great dose of oxygenation 

From their earliest days, children of the Alpha generation are bathed in the technologies: screens, video games, etc.. Cycling is one of the best outdoor activities for children, it allows them to get outdoors and breathe freshness.

  • Increased endurance

Work their cardio without really realizing it, that’s the advantage of pedaling outdoors, with your family or friends. Uphills, downhills, curves or obstacles, your child will do a respiratory workout. In this way, they will work on their cardio, endurance and breathing.

  • Improved coordination 

Thighs, arms, abdominal girdle, all these muscle groups are worked while cycling. Starting with the dandy horse from the age of 2 years (yes yes, the one we presented in the previous post, but more modern) you will learn very quickly the coordination and body control.

By handling the bike better and better and anticipating accelerations, brakes and direction changes your child will gain in self-esteem, precision, agility and balance.

  • A better mentality

With the practice of cycling, your future cyclist will develop certain reflexes and gain confidence in his motor skills. And, of course, the practice of sport helps to prevent several diseases in the long term, such as obesity and cardiovascular diseases. 

picture of a child riding a bike on a bike lane

Getting your children used to physical activity when they are young is a way to instill in them good habits and a taste for a healthy lifestyle. And above all, without forgetting the fact that they will have fun!

The history of the bicycle

It is very difficult to tell the history of the bicycle, from one person to another the inventor can be different according to the definition we have of a bicycle.

So as not to confuse you, we have selected 5 key dates that retrace the history of the bicycle and in addition, a small video showing the evolution over time.

1817 – It all started without pedals

The ancestor of the bicycle is the dandy horse, invented by the German Baron Karl Drais von Sauerbronn in 1817. It is a wooden vehicle with very little steel, two wheels in a row and a handlebar for steering. To move forward, you have to push yourself with your feet on the ground. Conceived in 1817, the invention was patented in 1818.

dandy horse invented by Karl Drais von Sauerbronn in 1817

1860’s decade – Pedals on the front wheel

In the 1860’s in Paris, the first pedal velocipedes were marketed by Sargent, Michaux and Vincent. Pierre Michaux, a locksmith, is said to have invented the pedal velocipede when a hatter brought him a draisienne with a faulty front wheel for repair. One of his sons would have tried it and would have complained about the inconvenience of keeping his legs up once the vehicle was launched. Pierre Michaux would then have imagined footrests positioned on the wheel which allows to turn the hub of the wheel.

first pedal velocipede created by Pierre Michaux in the 1860's decade

Decade of 1870 – Invention of the penny-farthing

The pedals being fixed on both sides of the front wheel hub, it was necessary to increase the size of the front wheel in order to give more impulse to the velocipede at each pedal stroke and thus go faster. The size of the rear wheel is reduced, serving only to maintain the balance of the velocipede. The first penny-farthing, Ordinary was born in 1872. It was a huge success with the bourgeoisie in England and France.

penny-farthing

1880’s – The modern bicycle

In 1884, the chain was invented by John Kemp Starley. He created, with the Coventry Sewing Machine Company, the bicycle with reasonable-sized wheels and a chain drive. In 1886, Peugeot started marketing these bicycles. Finally, in 1888, John Boyd Dunlop invented the tire and filed a patent. The bicycle became more efficient and more comfortable. In 1891, Edouard Michelin, perfects the tire by imagining the “removable tire”, it is the arrival of the inner tube. The two great names of the tire are still there today.

modern bicycle with a chain, equal wheels size and pedals in the middle

20th century – The bicycle of today

At the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the Second Industrial Revolution, the bicycle became the queen of transportation. The first Tour de France, won by Maurice Garin, is realized in 1903 and meets a real craze and allows to reinforce the popularity of the bicycle.

Finally, it is in the 1930’s that the use of a multi-speed system became widespread. Finally, it was not until the 1950s that the first derailleur appeared. We can now recognize our current bikes!

We have designed a bike tour for you

If this is the first time you come to Barcelona it is obvious that you will book your tickets for the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, that you will walk up and down the Rambla and visit the Boqueria Market. But if you already came several times today we propose you a specially designed tour with little known historical places.

We start this tour by the Drassanes which in English would be the Atarazanas. Gothic construction we refer to a set of buildings and structures with more than seven centuries of history. On the verge of being demolished during the urban reforms of Barcelona in the first decades of the 20th century, they managed to be saved and in 1935 they became part of the city’s heritage. Today the Royal Shipyards have housed the Maritime Museum of Catalonia since 1936.

Without visiting the museum you can observe the site and especially the reproduction of the first submarine, the Ictineo, a Catalan invention.

picture of the inside of the Maritime Museum  in the Drassanes in Barcelona. We can see a beautiful boat in the center
The Drassanes – Av. de les Drassanes

We move now to the Gothic neighborhood and visit the Roman Baths. Located in the Pati Llimona the baths were discovered in 2012. Some restoration was necessary, today you can see an alliance between the ancient stone, metal and glass of the new structure. It highlights two pools of which we see the stairs and the arches that support the roof.

Stone stairs which permits the entrance to the pool of the baths. It's a mix of material because of the renovation which included glass and metal in addition to the original stone
The Roman baths – C/ Regomir 3

We continue with the Roman period as we stop at the Roman necropolis. At that time the funeral rites made us bury the dead along the road leading to the city. Although the years have passed, the tombs are still in perfect condition.

Picture of the Roman necropolis of Barcelona. We can see the toms along the old road
Roman necropolis – Plaça de la Vila de Madrid

We finish this tour in the cloister of the convent of St. Augustine. Located behind the Chocolate Museum, it can be accessed by 2 entrances. The one from C/Comerç is through a luminous tunnel by the American artist James Turrell while the other is through a doorway surrounded by a pediment. Unfortunately, there is almost nothing left of this old convent except for a gallery adorned with large columns. The building in front of it is the former house of the archdeacon of Barcelona and today houses the photographic archives of the city.

And that’s the end of this original tour through the little known historical places of the city. 

In Born Bike Tours Barcelona we also do professional tours around the city with local guides, visit our website if you are interested in doing a tour with us or visit the Itinera Plus website which propose you cultural visits walking!

The first bike lane, with a pick and shovel

Today Barcelona has exactly 240 kilometers of bike lanes in the city. But do you know when the first bike lane in Barcelona was built?

It was not the City Council that built it, but the cyclists themselves who demanded the use of this means of transport in the city. Already in 1982 Amics de la Bici created an imaginary bike lane with a ride along the Paseo de Gracia and Provença.

A year later, in 1983 the Gracia Verde collective painted green what would become the first “pirate” bike lane on Passeig de Gràcia and Diputació. Using pick and shovel they lowered the curbs, painted the ground with “bike lane” and the drawing of a bicycle.

After the actions of Amics de la Bici and pressure from other groups in the City Council, that same year the first official bike lane was made on the street of Consell de Cent and Diputació, but it was still very dangerous for cyclists and could only be used on weekends.

Currently, although the number of bike lanes is increasing, several demands are still pending. Lanes not very connected, narrow, deformed lanes, dangerous crossings, Amics de la Bici tries to put forward all these problems. The main demand of Amics de la Bici is the safety of users, fairer regulations and cities for people.

As you can see, the first bike lane is quite recent and like all the others, it is not perfect. To continue to support the city’s cyclists the City Council aims to reach 308 kilometers of bike lanes before the end of its mandate, bike enthusiasts that we are we hope to reach this figure as soon as possible and not stop at those 308 kilometers.

5 reasons to visit Barcelona

We all know that Barcelona is a magical city and that without a doubt, you have to visit it, if you are still hesitating whether to come or not, today we present you 5 reasons why you should visit Barcelona.

Places of interest

If we had to list the 10 most characteristic things you can not miss during your visit to Barcelona. Without a doubt we would choose the following places. We would start the visit by the famous Sagrada Familia, one of the most characteristic works of Gaudi and that today is still under construction. We would continue the tour visiting La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, two emblems of the city that we are sure will surprise you. In the neighborhood of Gracia, and very close to the Batlló house, we will visit the Casa de Vicens, another work of art by Gaudí. A house of Moorish influence.

Other icons of the city are the Tibidabo, the Montjuic Castle and, of course, the Parc Guell. 3 places you should not miss thanks to their historical importance, the last two, and the Tibidabo to contemplate breathtaking views of the city.

Finally, we want to recommend 3 museums that we love such as the Museum of the History of Catalonia, the Picasso Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Activity for the whole family

There is no better way to explore the city, and enjoy some time with family or friends, than by bike. Born Bike Barcelona offers cultural guided tours, private tours and bike rentals. Everything for you to enjoy Barcelona on wheels, and without having to worry about public transport. 

guided tours to explore the port area and the Mediterranean coast, enjoy a tour of Montjuic, the oldest Barcelona or even the tapas tour. The best tours for you to discover first hand everything that a city like Barcelona has prepared for you.

Gastronomy

Of course, visiting Barcelona and not eating anything typical of the area should be a sin. During your visit to Barcelona, as you explore all its corners, taste typical dishes such as pa amb tomata, the most traditional dish that serves as both breakfast and tapa. Another of the star dishes and even celebrated abroad are the calcots. Onions cooked on the grill and then eaten with a romesco sauce. 

Other classics such as coca catalana, escalivada, butiffara with mongetes or roast chicken a la catalana, can not miss on your menu. Or the star dish of every December 26th, the cannelloni. Made with all the leftovers from the previous days.

Finally, and for the sweetest palates, savor sweets such as panellets, crema catalana, xuixos or buñuelos de cuaresma.

Supporting local commerce 

Due to the current situation, another reason why we want to encourage national tourism and your visit to Barcelona is to support local commerce, which is suffering so much from the consequences of the coronavirus. 

That is why we recommend that you sit on the terrace of your neighborhood bar, establishments dedicated to tourism or small family-run lodgings. Another tip we want to share with you is to share your experience with family, friends and even social networks and platforms such as tripadvisor. All these recommendations help future users to get a better image of the establishment and, as we all know, are of great importance in the modern times in which we live.

Finally, we suggest that you make reservations. By making these reservations, you are helping the establishment to manage its resources in a better way and this translates into less waiting time for its users. However, there are many establishments that have this reservation system, such as bars, adventure activities, tours and even parking lots. If this is your case, we want to remind you that you can compare and book your parking space at the airport of El Prat, Barajas or whatever your airport of departure is with Vuelapar. With this platform, you will be able to compare and book your parking space saving time and money.

Weather 

In Barcelona you will enjoy an enviable climate. Winters are characterized by being mild, and usually does not fall below 8 degrees and with an average of 4 days of rain per month. And on the other hand, summers are warm but without reaching extreme temperatures. With minimum temperatures of 20 degrees and maximum temperatures of 29 degrees, with an average of 2 days of rain per month. The autumn and spring months are also characterized by being very mild and with pleasant temperatures. In conclusion, a perfect climate so you do not have to worry and enjoy your visit to Barcelona to the fullest.

Riding a bike makes you happy

We’re not kidding, and we’re not just saying that because you’re passionate about cycling. Cycling allows our body the production of endorphins, the more scientific will already know what it is, but if you do not know endorphins are also known as the hormone of happiness.

What are endorphins?

As we have already told you, endorphins are the hormone of happiness, but from a more scientific point of view they can be defined as a neuropeptide whose function is to stimulate the areas of the brain that produce the sensation of pleasure.

As a natural drug, endorphins are classified as endogenous opiates due to their chemical composition and their effects are similar to those produced by opium derivatives.

Why do we produce endorphins?

Cycling training can have as side effects muscle inflammation, fatigue and stress, with the endorphins produced you can counteract these negative feelings and provide a sense of wellbeing.

  • Endorphins as an anxiolytic

Pedal for 20 minutes at 70% of your maximum heart rate and the secretion of endorphins will reduce negative emotions such as stress. The effects generated will last up to 6 hours afterwards.

  • Endorphins as an analgesic

It is normal to feel better after a cycling session, even if you were in pain before. Endorphins also act as an analgesic. Muscle and tendon pain will be reduced for 4 hours.

  • Endorphins as anti-fatigue

They allow the reduction of exhaustion by slowing down the cardiac and respiratory rhythms.

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Endorphins are not the only benefits of cycling, in this article we present you the different benefits of cycling.

Do you want to get a shoot of endorphins?

Don’t hesitate to book your tour with our guides or simply rent our bikes for the time you want.

International Museum Day

Every year since 1977, ICOM organizes the International Museum Day on May 18th. The aim of this day is to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important medium for cultural exchange and the enrichment of cultures.

After a year of pandemic that has affected us all, especially the world of culture, with serious economic, social and psychological repercussions, for this edition we could not find a better theme than “The future of museums: recovering and reimagining”.

ICOM poster on the occasion of the International Day of Museums on May 18, 2021

In Barcelona, the Night of the Museums of Barcelona is already organized on May 15. European initiative since 2005, during this night from 07:00PM until 01:00AM different museums, centers and cultural spaces attached to the event will offer free access to their local.

More than 70 museums will open their doors for you to come and recover what the pandemic took from us. Museums such as La Pedrera, the Picasso Museum, the Palacio Güell, etc. Visit the official website for more information about the museums participating in this event.

With the Montjuïc Bike Tour we organize you can visit the National Art Museum of Catalonia but to fully enjoy this event nothing better than renting a bike and visit each museum or center as you wish.

Don’t forget, on May 15th the Night of the Museums in Barcelona and on May 18th the International Museums Day!

International family day in family

On May 15th we will celebrate International Family Day in Barcelona. Born Bike wishes to take advantage of this day to take a family outing to celebrate dialogue, learning and strengthening bonds.

A day of sharing…

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Born Bike Tours Barcelona wishes to share with you the Catalan cultural heritage during a guided bike tour to discover the city in a different way. Let’s balance the private and professional spheres by having a good time discovering, learning and doing physical activity.

Apart from our tours, you can customize yours, let us know what you want !

The RACC’s study scared us…

RACC carried out a study on cycling in Barcelona in 2020 and we cannot say that the results are very positive.

The most worrying thing is the fact that 38% of bicycle users in Barcelona admit not knowing the traffic regulations. However, 87% of cyclists consider that they circulate correctly.

Faced with these figures, the president of the RACC, Josep Mateu, has demanded a “minimum of training” ending what could be a licence. Of the surveys conducted, 76% are those that would be “in agreement” or “very in agreement”.

On the other hand, this survey highlights the figure that 24% of users recognize using the mobile while riding a bike, and 36% wear headphones and in the case of those under 20 years are 55%.

It is also noted that 56% of cyclists wear helmets despite the fact that it is not mandatory and that they grow from 55% to 60% who feel vulnerable to driving.

In the light of the report’s findings, RACC has made a number of recommendations in addition to increasing training. These include growing the bicycle road network and improving its quality and signage, establishing mandatory liability insurance to cover accidents or boosting the use of bike registration to minimize the risk of theft.

But you can also visit our article on how to go safely by bike, we present you the main signs you should know to go safely

Ride a bike safely

Restrictions on the use of the car in the city center, economic savings, more important rental offers, etc. There are several reasons why more and more people are choosing to use bicycles as a means of transport.

According to la Vanguardia, in Barcelona 99% of the population has a bicycle network within 150 meters of their homes, and 89% has a bicycle lane within 300 meters. But are cyclists aware of the traffic regulations that affect them?

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Following, we will present you the main bicycle traffic signals that not only the bikers have to know but also the cycle users, the motors users and the pedestrians.

  1. Main bicycle traffic signals
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Bicycle forbidden: entry or access to all types of bicycles is forbidden.

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Cycle lane or lane reserved for bicycles: obliges bicycles drivers to ride in the lane reserved exclusively for cycles and cancels the previous signal.

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End of lane reserved for cycles or cycling lane: indicates the end of a lane reserved exclusively for cycles and cancels the previous signal.

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Cycle path: indicates the existence of a path for pedestrians and cycles, separated from motorized traffic and normally running through open spaces such as gardens or parks.

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Destination sign for a bicycle lane or cycle path: indicates the way to a bicycle lane.

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Cycle lane or cycle lane attached to the roadway: indicates that the lane on which the cycle lane sign is located can only be used by cycles. The arrows indicate the number of lanes on the road and the direction of traffic.

2. Bicycle road markings

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Cycle lane marking: this is a marking consisting of two discontinuous and parallel transverse lines on the roadway indicating a lane where cyclists have the right of way.

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Cycle lane marking: this image on the roadway indicates a cycle lane or cycle path.

Now yes! Take care of the traffic signals that you can see and bike safely in Barcelona or where you want.

Live it outdoors

Barcelona has a great biodiversity. The best season to enjoy the city is in spring due to the very good temperature. A non-intrusive sun is perfect for exploring the city by bike. Barcelona has a wide extension of bike lanes that will allow you to visit the key places in the city. Take the opportunity to pedal and explore corners, narrow alleys without having to change transport or without being afraid of not having time to visit.

With 4.2 kilometers of long beaches, with innumerable parks and gardens, the city offers an immense green massif with a panorama of activities that can be done:
-attend concerts or festivals
-enjoy the sand, the sun and the sea
-to have a picnic in the Ciutadella Park
-enjoy nature and natural viewpoints with better-known sites such as Park Güell, Laberint d’Horta, Laribal gardens or also the Collserola natural park.

And more…

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Bike ride to La Pedrera

Let’s go back to 1900 …

“Sin que la naturaleza de los materiales ni sus condiciones de resistencia sean obstáculo que limit su libertad de acción” perfectly reflects the essence of Antoni Gaudí’s work : modern, atypical and inspiring nature.

The Paseo de Gracia was the most important avenue in the city where the most prestigious architectural projects were carried out. As a result, you will find the emblematic buildings of the time.

The construction of Casa Milà was entrusted by Pere Milà and Roser Segimon to the architect Antoni Gaudí in 1905. This building is known as Casa Milà because it was the residence of the Milà family. However, also known as “La Pedrera” due to its exterior appearance that evokes nature. The construction of this building was laborious whether in terms of appearance, structures, funding or legal. The victim of numerous satires for the unique structure of La Pedrera, this building has been one of the most visited places in Barcelona since its restoration in 1996.

Surprising both day and night. You can enjoy Gaudí’s work on an evening guided tour of the building and admire the view of the city from the rooftop.

And the best way to visit Barcelona and get to the city’s highlights as quickly as possible is by bike.

Why by bike? Well, because…
-It’s not expensive
-It’s ecological
-It’s easy
-It makes you exercise
-It allows you to fully enjoy the environment and simply Barcelona

Let yourself be guided by the wind and take a bike ride!

Tour in the botanical garden

A bike tour on the botanical garden

Ideal for the weekend plan!

The botanical garden is located on the mountain of Montjuïc, between the castle and the company of Olímpic Lluís.

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It has 14 hectares of surface and its shape recalls that of a large amphitheater. It retains the collections of Mediterranean plants around the world and offers a magnificent view of the Delta del Llobregat, the Olympic Ring and part of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

In the botanical garden you will find a large collection of plants, you will focus on the plants of the Mediterranean regions of the world, it is a vegetation linked to the Mediterranean climate that is characterized by a long summer, of mild winters and rains in spring and autumn.

The paths allow us to access the area of ​​the region, from the Canary Islands at the entrance and rises to the west Mediterranean recognizable by the Botanical Institute, which stands out.

From the Northern Hemisphere, the region with a greater representation is the Mediterranean basin, following the way of a visit welcomed to the Californian coast of the Mediterranean climate.

Then there are the Mediterranean regions of the southern hemisphere where the Mediterranean region of Chile, South Africa and the two Mediterranean regions of South Australia are visited.

Are you ready for a bike tour and enjoy a day of plants?

We are committed to cycling

Passionate about outdoor activities, sports and bicycles, we have united to ride and enjoy Barcelona fun, healthy and different. The bike is also an alternative solution to circumvent the city and the most efficient means of transport in terms of energy. It is the most practical, healthy and durable: it does not produce smoke, does not make noise, it does not consume energy and helps to recover the streets, the spaces of coexistence of citizens.

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The bike has many advantages and here are five of them:

1. Increased safety: The bike is a safe transportation that helps reduce the number of car accidents through variation in speed. However, we must not forget to circulate with caution and pay attention to other users of the road.

2. Better mobility: Did you know that the bike is faster than the car over short and medium urban distances? In the city center with all the prohibited senses and pedestrian spaces, the bike is the fastest transport.

3. Take care of the environment: Cycling is a key factor in reducing environmental contamination levels.

4. Greater pleasure: a cyclist occupies five times less space than a motorist, whether he is stopped as if he moves. These data have very deep implications in the well-being of residents, who can enjoy more peaceful, quieter and safe spaces.

5. Healthier: Cycling is one of the most beneficial exercises for health because large muscle groups are mobilized during the effort. If it is practiced regularly, it allows to keep in shape. In addition, it helps prevent coronary heart disease, hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes.

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Sunsets on bicycle

Barcelona is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Spain, with almost 200 kilometers of bike lanes, used both for those who use the bike as a means of daily transportation or for those who are just walking around the city, getting to know it and discovering its streets.

In Born Bike Tours Barcelona we propose a tour of the beach and the Barcelona neighborhood. Where you will find a complete tour, passing through the following points:

  • Christopher Columbus Monument
  • Drassanes
  • Port Vell
  • Palau del Mar
  • Barceloneta neighborhood
  • Olympic Port
  • Forum of Cultures
  • Parc Diagonal Mar
  • Poblenou neighborhood
  • Olympic Village (Olympic Games 1992)
  • Ciutadella Park

The tour runs almost entirely on peaceful roads without traffic, bike lanes and zones 30, very safe for all ages.

We accompany you with experienced guides who know the city and its history. In the course of the tour we will make several stops to liste, contemplate and enjoy each point and where you can take your pictures and your memories of the tour.

Live Barcelona on wheels!

Barcelona and photography

Many of the people who live in Barcelona are passionate about photography, but many tourists are too. We invite you to experience a photographic exhibition of the city where you will find all the magic that Barcelona hides.

Seventy photographs taken by women that explore the links between the history of the city and the images that women photographers have built.

The exhibition, which includes seventy images distributed chronologically, is a unique opportunity to vindicate the role that women have played in the history of photography in our city. Because, although the historical narrative has left them in the background, without them, without the photographers, it is impossible to know the real Barcelona.

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The exhibition makes visible the line of continuity of the photographic practice of those women who placed the city at the center of their creative works, in a period ranging from the thirties to the early nineties.

You can visit this exhibition focused on women, photography and the city until June 6, 2021. In the Plaça Comercial, al savant d’El Born CCM (Plaça Comercial, 12 – Ciutat Vella – Barcelona)

Benefits of cycling

This is not a novelty that we are fanatics of bicycles. Go walking, take the air, see the city that surrounds us, the landscape, the sea. Mounted on the bike everything seems to have another perspective, we want to tell you the benefits it gives you a walk or to do Bike sport.

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1. A good way to exercise: the bike is a good exercise to work almost all our body and not just the legs. A bike ride makes us do cardio-cardio exercise and strength, especially legs, abdomen, back and arms.

2. Help our posture: Walk or pedal helps improve our posture. People passionate about yoga can go to their bike class. Adopt a sport routine!

3. A transport on time and available immediately: between bottling, pedestrians Parking, everything becomes a chaos and more if you go to the center of Barcelona, ​​which is why the bike is a great allies that facilitates your daily life .

4. Take care of the environment and your leaflet: a car and public transport generate an additional expense per month. You simply move by bike: fast and good for health.

5. A much faster brain: The bike improves the functioning of your brain, influencing cognitive function, mental health and well-being, as has confirmed a study by the University of Oxford. The study, led by Dr. Leyland, investigated the impact of outdoor pedaling. The parameters, the cognitive function and the well-being, were measured before and after the period of use (for 8 weeks, at least three times a week and at least 30 minutes per session) and it was observed that not only The physical impact of cycling improves, but at the level of mental activity, the benefits are more important.

6. Sleeping more, the dream of all: exercise Every day helps to reconcile with sleep, about 20 to 30 minutes of pedal will help you better rest and eliminate the stress of everyday life.

7. Eternal Youth: The increase in blood circulation caused by the pedaling exercise transports the oxygen and nutrients required to epithelial cells more efficiently while eliminating toxins or other waste. Moderate exercise helps to optimize collagen production, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and accelerate the healing process.

8. Take care of your joints: the bike is a less risky sport than run for our joints, and the result is very similar.

9. Improve your performance in any type of sport: many athletes use cycling as a support sport to improve their muscle or respiratory performance. Objective 30 days of bike and see the difference!

10. And finally, the best advantage of cycling is that it will make you happy: Try it because it really works. Stroll, pedal, admire nature, city, beach, beaches, you will see how it changes ideas.

Do you already have your bike ready to travel Barcelona?

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Barcelona on your mobile

When we went on vacation, we have all the information on our mobile phones: tickets, maps, recommendations, schedules and addresses. We will present the applications that you can download today so as not to miss anything in Barcelona.

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Barcelona A Butxaca is a mobile application of the Barcelona Municipal Council that offers information, services on culture. And in one click, you can store in a virtual bag all favorite acts or equipment. This allows you to have a quick access to everything.

Tibidabo is an application from the Tibidabo amusement park that allows you to experience many experiences and stay up to date with all the novelties of the park. A range of activities await you in Tibidabo! Check out all shows and entertainment scheduled per day and do not miss anything!

Zoo Barcelona is an application of the Barcelona Zoo allows visitors to know their location in the GPS enclosure.

Puntos de Interés de Barcelona: it is a complete application where you can discover the city and its neighborhoods, you can visit the natural and urban areas, museums and study centers and research and locate on the map of the city.

Literapoli BCN is a game that encourages reading and knowledge of the city. In which each player must locate various geographical points of the city where the action of a book takes place. Once it is geolocated at each location and after solving a test, each player is rewarded with new information and can continue to play.

Do not miss anything about Barcelona with these applications for your mobile.

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Tours of the Tamarita Gardens

The Tamarita gardens belonged to a two-hectare finca of the Craywinckel family, a Belgian aristocratic family that was created in Barcelona in the 18th century. And who at the beginning of the twentieth century was acquired by the entrepreneur Alfredo Mata. There, he built a house surrounded by gardens, whose conception is considered one of the first works of the architect and landscaping Nicolau M. Rubió I Tudurí, who has kept forms and provisions. original.

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The gardens are divided into two different areas, one of the most classicism and another one that benefits from the passage of the torrent of the White Fraine to offer a more spontaneous view.

The gardens are full of decorative elements that reinforce their origins of domestic gardens, small ponds with fountain jets, terracotta figures, stone glasses, marble and ceramics converted into fountains, shers ornamental.

When you visit, when you enter, you will see a small pond surrounded by climbing plants. The whole hides one of the garden pavilions which now has social use as headquarters of the neighborhood association and a service building.

In the most classic garden, you will find a parterre (official garden design) of French origin. We find boards and roses, replanted to recover the original appearance of the garden in its last rehabilitation. Then there is a space that makes plazoleta features with an oval source, the place of the four continents, a nymph with the waterfall of the Gruta fountain and the meadow that leads us to the wild part of the garden.

The Tamaite gardens are perfect if you want to visit and admire the different varieties of shapes, statues and flowers.

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House of the Punxes

The house of the Punxes stand out among the buildings that were created during the golden age of Barcelona, with Gothic inspiration and created in the modernist era of the early twentieth century, the work of architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this house was built at the request of Bartomeu Terradas Brutau for each of his three daughters, Angela, Josefa and Rosa, receiving the name Casa de los Punxes by the needles that crown the six towers that crown the building.

The architect’s intention was that structurally it would look like a single architectural ensemble, but also included features characteristic of each of the owners, a fact that indicated to which of the daughters the house belonged, as can be seen on the facade of the corner that belongs to number 420 of the Diagonal, there is an interesting sculptural panel in which an angel is represented, a figure that alludes to the sister Ángela Terradas. The preparatory drawing made by Monserdà is in the archives of the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi in Barcelona. Other decorative details that refer us to this property are found in the anagrams that, distributed as if they were a border, repeat the letters ATB, in reference to Ángela Terradas Brutau.

Josefa’s property went from Diagonal to Rosselló street, in whose back front we can find another ceramic panel drawn by Monserdà himself, where St. George is represented killing the dragon and we can read: “Patron Saint of Catalonia give us back our freedom”.

Right in the frame of this panel, in a strategic situation for the meaning that the figure of ST. George could represent, we find a familiar face sculpted. The male figure, with round glasses, large receding hairline and full lips, represents the great author of the project, the architect Josep Puig I Cadafalch.

On the facades of Bruc street, we find two more ceramic panels. One depicts a vase full of roses, with the initials RTB, and the other, the figure of a girl surrounded by roses. This property belonged to the sister Rosa Terradas Brutau.

Visiting Park Güell

For those who still do not know the Park Güell, located in the foothills of the Collserola mountain range. The park was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, commissioned by the businessman Eusebi Güell. Built between 1900 and 1914, it was inaugurated as a public park in 1926. 

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Park Güell is a reflection of Gaudí’s artistic fullness: it belongs to his naturalistic stage, a period in which the architect perfected his personal style, through inspiration in the organic forms of nature, for which he put into practice a whole series of new structural solutions originated in his deep analysis of the ruled geometry, there you will be able to see.

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The Dragon Staircase, when you stand in front of it you will find a staircase that is organized in three sections, the one on the right served as a refuge or waiting space and is supported by a magnificent central column of conical shape, on the other hand Halfway up the staircase is the coat of arms of Catalonia and higher up is the dragon – or salamander – covered in trencadís, which has become the most popular image in the park.

The Pórtico de la Lavander, on the east side of the Greek Theater square, there is an original iron gate that leads to where the gardens of the Casa Larrard were, the old stately farmhouse that Güell adopted as his own house and that since 1931 is a college.

The Greek Theater or Plaza de la Naturaleza: in the middle of Park Güell is the Plaza de la Naturaleza, formerly known as Greek theater, its original name responded to the fact that it was planned for holding large outdoor shows, which could be seen from the terraces that surround it.

The Hypostyle Hall formed by 86 fluted columns that are inspired by the Doric order. The outermost ones lean, in an undulating movement and openly contrary to the rules of classical composition, while reinforcing the perception of their structural function. The colonnade is crowned by a cornice on which the undulating bench is located. A pipe arranged inside collects the rainwater that leaks from the square to store it in a large underground cistern, which has as a spillway the dragon’s mouth of the staircase.

Recommendation: spend an afternoon exploring the corners of Park Güell and enjoying the nature of Barcelona

Let’s rent a bike and discover !

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Walk through Collserola

The Colserolla park, with more than 8,000 hectares, is an invaluable natural heritage. Its importance lies in the proximity of the urban environment. It is the lung and backbone of biodiversity. It is ultimately the city’s connection to nature.

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Collserola highlights a great diversity of landscapes and incredible views over the city. Its layout, which encompasses the entire northern limit of the city, acts as a border and delimits the city between two great natural elements: the sea, to the south, and the mountain, to the north.

This large longitudinal park represents, for Barcelona, ​​the potential to be, at the same time, a large green space in contact with the urban fabric and the starting point of a whole series of green corridors that connect the city to the sea. visible across Montjuïc, to the west, but which is achievable from Besòs, to the east, and also through the urban center connecting different urban parks. These corridors connect spaces that range from Ciutadella Park and Linear Waterfront Parks to Aigües Park, Guinardó Park, Güell Park and Creueta del Coll Park, among others.

Let’s rent a bike and discover!


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Walk in the Labyrinth of Horta

Barcelona is a city characterized by many qualities: history, architecture, nature and cycle paths. Neighborhoods are their own characteristic and the beauty of each different.

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Today let’s talk about the Labyrinth of Horta, a park transformed into a museum garden, which takes an architectural and design journey through the duality between neoclassicism and romanticism.

To get to know the park, you will find a Chinese gate, a vestige of an oriental garden which has now disappeared, and continue through the boxwood garden (Buxus sempervirens), a furtive garden that preserves the spirit of the Italian designer, landscaper and gardener Domenico Bagutti., creator of the park commissioned by Antoni Deszanjas, Marquis de Llupià i Alfarràs. From this garden, born of careful pruning, there are paths leading to the temples of Ariadne and Danae, to the domestic garden and also to the romantic garden, which occupies the entire left flank of the park.

An interesting fact is that Sundays are free, you can enter with family, friends or alone and walk through the different parts of the park.

Modernism and Barcelona

Barcelona is a city that is characterized by its architecture and beauty, since 1984 UNESCO has declared 9 architectural works as world heritage, seven of them by the architect Antoni Gaudí, along with 2 buildings by Lluís Domènech I Montaner.

The first buildings in the Catalan capital that entered the UNESCO list were Park Güell and La Pedrera, both by the architect Antoni Gaudí. The next to enter the list was also the work of Gaudí, the Palau Güell, built in 1889 on behalf of Gaudi’s great patron, Eusebi Güell.

The two great architectural works of the architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, the Palau de la Música Catalana (1908) and the Hospital de la Santa Creu I de Sant Pau (1930) were declared World Heritage Sites in 1997 and are the only buildings in Barcelona with this classification that are not the work of Gaudí.

The list is closed by the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, the Crypt Colònia Güell and Casa Vicens, which were declared World Heritage in 2005.

New Years, New Travel 

2021 is here and the best way to start the year with a visit. Let’s start the year with a little culture, adventure and fun. We hope that this year we can travel and enjoy Barcelona as we could not in 2020 and that you continue to choose us to give you a memorable experience.

Today we are going to tell you a little history about the Olympic Village of Barcelona, ​​a tour that we do by bike knowing Montjuic, its history, its views and its charms.

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The Vila Olímpica district is made up of a series of wide avenues facing the sea. Strolling through its streets, along the promenade, is the best way to rediscover the city’s Olympic spirit.

The 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games served to reshape the city of Barcelona and make it known as it is today. They were designed by the architects Josep Martorell, Oriol Bohigas, David Mackay and Albert Puigdomènech.

The Vila Olímpica was the official residence of the athletes at the 1992 Olympic Games, but the athletes gave way to the families who settled in the neighborhood, and it has become a benchmark of quality and tranquility in Barcelona. Wide avenues, such as Avenida de Icària or Avenida del Bogatell, fill with light and invite you to stroll. The Olympic port and Nova Icària opened up the seafront and allowed Barcelona to face the sea and enjoy it again. And what’s more, they have become one of the city’s major leisure spots.

Happy New Year 

Happy 2021!

In our last note of the year, we wanted to wish you a Happy 2021 and leave you more historical data so that we can know together the history of Barcelona. We will talk about El Fossar de les Moreres. 

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For those who do not yet know the Fossar de les Moreres is an old church cemetery. 

The Fossar de les Moreres had historical relevance during the siege of Barcelona (1713-1714), when it became a common grave for the men and women who died in defense of the city. In 1989 the space was remodeled, acquiring the aspect that it has today, and in 2001 the cauldron was erected with the flame in memory of those who fell during the siege. 

On September 11, 1714, in the context of the War of the Spanish Succession, Barcelona surrendered to the Bourbon troops after 13 months of resistance, and Felipe V entered the city triumphantly, initiating a harsh repression against the Catalan population and institutions. Eventually, September 11 became Catalonia’s National Day, and the Fossar de les Moreres, the stage where different political, cultural and social events take place every year. 

Happy Holidays

Born Bike Tours Barcelona wishes you happy holidays! 

This year has been a different and special year, but we will not stop celebrating Christmas and wishing you happy holidays.

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We recommend taking a stroll through central Barcelona, ​​where you can see the traditional Nativity scene in Plaça de Sant Jaume, this year focused on family meals and good wishes, or the classic Nativity scene in the Frédéric Marès Museum.

Plaça de Catalunya will once again be the epicenter of the city’s Christmas program for 12 days. Morning and family activities, whether literature, science, plastic arts and sports. Evenings with dance, circus and live music proposals. And you will find the universalism of Charles Dickens with “Life cinema” made in Barcelona.

This year, traditional Christmas fairs are also organized, such as Santa Llúcia, Sagrada Familia or the Fair of the Three Kings on Gran Vía. According to health authorities, these fairs are considered comparable to non-sedentary markets and must meet specific conditions. For example, restrictions on access control, perimeter or capacity limitation.

Historical bicycle tour

Today we will show you one of the most interesting place in Barcelona and what it behinds.

The archeological remains excavated and that can be seen today inside the old Born Market show us the history of Barcelona from medieval times until the beginning of the 18th century, when life in this part of the city was suddenly interrupted by the outcome of the War of Succession.

Not all the remains have the same entity nor have they been preserved in the same way. We must keep in mind that the remains preserved before the 13th century were not part of the urban core of Barcelona, although they were related. On the other hand, from the 13th century, the structures onwards the city, as a consequence of its growth.

Despite being an area far from the city of Barcino, the Born area preserves in its subsoil burial from medieval times.

The first archeological remains documented in areas close to the Born date from the low-Imperial period. In this period an extensive necropolis was located, the main nucleus of which was located in what, some centuries later, would be the subsoil of Santa Maria Del Mar. No burials from this period have been located inside the old market, but in the archeological intervention of the Commercial Square in 1991, fourteen were located.

Give Barcelona on wheels

The holidays are coming and we want to help you make a unique gift at Christmas 

Choose one of our bike tours and you will see how your gift will be different and fun. 

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From Gothic to Modernism 

A perfect tour for lovers of art and architecture, get to know ancient and medieval Barcelona through its streets, secrets and legends, reaching the works of Modernism. Born Bike Tours Barcelona for history lovers. 

We will discover the most emblematic works of Modernism: Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló with Gaudí in front and their unique and genuine geometric shapes. We will pass through Born, a medieval neighborhood, with some of its landmarks such as the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, the Picasso Museum and the Born Market. 

Beach tour 

At Born Bike Tours Barcelona we suggest that you enjoy maritime Barcelona. Live with us a cultural and pleasure experience discovering the history, evolution and transformation of the port, the lively beaches and the essence of some of the most emblematic neighborhoods. Barcelona is a city that faces the sea! 

We will visit various places such as the Olympic Port, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, dominated by its two towers and the immense golden fish (Frank Gehry) and we will pedal through the different beaches of the city to the Universal Forum of Cultures. On the way back, we will visit the Poblenou neighborhood, the industrial center of the city at the end of the 19th century, where the present and the industrial past coexist with the modernity of the 22 @ technological district. We will continue through the Olympic Village, shelter of the Olympic athletes, finishing the route in the Parc de la Ciutadella. 

Walk through Montjuic 

the history, the present and the past of the port, the 1929 Exhibition, its palaces, its Magic Fountain and the Olympic Ring. 

It runs almost entirely on peaceful roads without traffic, bike lanes and zones 30, very safe for all ages. We accompany you with experienced guides who know the city and its history. During the Tour we will make various stops to listen, contemplate and enjoy each point and where you can take your photographs and your memories of the Tour. 

Tapas tours 

And finally and with an appetite, we offer a different route, with good taste and very good taste so that you can enjoy a selection of tapas. Designed for those who enjoy food wherever they travel. You will know the history of the typical dishes and you will live a very tasty experience, in which you and your palate will enjoy! 

The athletic tower in Barcelona

In our bike tours Barcelona we have climbed the Montjuic mountain where we find the athletic tower built by the architect Santiago Calatrava, between 1989 and 1992, it is one of the best known elements that are part of the so-called Olympic Ring, referring to the whole of facilities that were built and remodeled on the occasion of the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games

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Its enormous white and curved silhouette, reminiscent of an Olympic torch celebration, can be seen from many points of the city. Its avant-garde design and original shapes have made it a famous element of Montjuïc and a symbol of Barcelona. 

The tower is a clear tribute to the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. Its promoter was the Telefónica company, which is why it is also known as the Telefónica tower. 

A curious fact is that, due to its shape, the tower is also designed to act as a sundial, as the shadow of its central spire is projected on the Plaza de Europa, which is next to it. 

In addition to its functionality, its futuristic style of sloping lines and modern materials that evokes a moving image has made Torre Calatrava an architectural landmark in Barcelona. 

If you want to discover Barcelona on wheels, don’t miss our tours
Born Bike Tours Barcelona
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
A 50 metros estación metro Barceloneta L (4) amarilla
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲(+34) 93 319 00 20

Live the Barcelona’s parks

The city of Barcelona is characterized by having large parks, full of nature and very beautiful structural designs, that is why we leave you a list of five parks, where you can enjoy a bike ride through Barcelona and beautiful sunny days in winter. 

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  • Ciutadella Park 

Built at the end of the 19th century, it was the first park designed specifically as a public park, and it is a space widely used for all kinds of recreational and cultural activities. It has more than a hundred plant species, with many hundred-year-old trees and interesting sculptures. 

-The address so you can visit it is passeig de picasso 21 of the Ciutat Vella district. 

  • Guinardó Park 

The Guinardó park has three well differentiated parts: an urban, which becomes the prelude to the great space that this green area occupies, another historical one and, in the highest part, the lush forest vegetation. Its landscaped terraces and pine forests make this place one of the most refreshing and placid green spaces in the city. 

-This park is located in the district of Horta-Guinardó. 

  • Botanical Garden 

The current Botanical Garden houses the legacy of a long tradition of gardens designed with the aim of studying, maintaining and preserving plant species. A space specialized in showing the biodiversity of the flora of the Mediterranean climate. It allows locating, in the proper geographic context, dozens of species that can be found in all the gardens of the city. They are plants that have adapted perfectly to the temperate climate even though they are typical of other latitudes. 

-To visit the botanical garden you should arrive at the Sants-Montjuïc district, carrer Doctor Font i Quer, 2. 

  • Gardens of Mossèn Costa i Llobera 

It is one of the most important gardens specialized in cacti and succulents in Europe. Facing the sea, sheltered by the Montjuïc mountain that welcomes them, they are located in a privileged viewpoint and a few minutes from the city center. 

-The gardens are located at Ctra Miramar, 38. 

  • Laberint d’Horta Park 

The Laberint d’Horta park includes the oldest preserved garden in the city. Born as a neoclassical garden with a touch of Italian physiognomy, it ended up as a romantic garden. 

The d’Horta labyrinth is located in the Horta-Guinardó district, in Passeig Castanyers, 1. 

Bicycle Rental in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the cities in Spain best prepared for tourism by bicycle, you can visit each point of interest in a safe, healthy and fun way, with its almost 200 kilometers of bike lanes perfectly marked and protected from traffic to guarantee the safety of cyclists who, more and more, use the bike for daily commute. 

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Barcelona has two types of bike lanes: the unidirectional, which has a minimum width of one and a half meters, and the bi-directional, with a minimum width of 2.20 meters. They are always segregated from the rest of the vehicles by a 30-centimeter white strip and, in areas with heavy traffic, the separation is reinforced with rubber pieces. Wherever the bike lane intersects with other vehicles, it is painted red. The network is 186.7 kilometers long.

Don’t forget to rent your bike and get to know the best places that Barcelona has prepared for you

If you want to know more about bike rental, you can stop by our store
Born Bike Tours Barcelona
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
50 meters away from the Barceloneta L (4) yellow metro station
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲 (+34) 93 319 00 20

Gaudí’s Barcelona

If there is an architect associated with Barcelona, that is, without a doubt, Antoni Gaudí. His mature works, such as La Pedrera, Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia, are internationally known icons that attract thousands of visitors daily. However, in the city there are also several works by this great artist that are not so well known and that often, due to being far from the usual circuits, go unnoticed and make up a little-explored route, but no less spectacular. 

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Like the ones we list here: 

  • The Pavilions of Finca Güell 
  • The gate of Finca Miralles 
  • The pavement of Sant Pacià 
  • The Bellesguard Tower
  • The Vicens House 

If you want to know more about the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí you can do a bike tours with us.
Born Bike Tours Barcelona
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
50 meters away from the Barceloneta L (4) yellow metro station
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲 (+34) 93 319 00 20

Walk around the Arch of Triumph by bike

We started a new month and went out to walk the streets of Barcelona in search of new adventures.

Today we will make a tour by bicycle through the Arch of Triumph which was built on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1888, the Arch of Triumph led the way to the main entrance of the fair, in the park of the Ciutadella, which had just opened.

During the last third of the 19th century, the universal expositions were events of enormous social impact, since they allowed everyone to get to know the city that hosted them, as well as the cultural, economic, scientific and industrial potential of each country. In this sense, the Arch of Triumph was not only the access to the Universal Exhibition of 1888, but also the symbolic entry of Barcelone into the modern era.

At the height of the modernist movement in much of Europe, constructions inspired by previous eras were very common: the Neo-Gothic, the Neo-Mudejar in Spain or the Neo-Romanesque were some of the predominant styles.

Following this trend, the architect Josep Vilaseca designed a monument 30 meters high and of classical proportions, but with a very colorful decoration and full of symbolism. Thus, the artists who sculpted the decorative friezes represented, on each of the faces, a theme related to the city: Barcelona welcomes the nations (on the side of Passeig de Sant Joan, work of Josep Reynés), the Distribution of rewards to the participants of the Exhibition (on the side of Passeig de Lluís Comanys, work of Josep Llimona) and the allegories of Industry, Agriculture and Trade, on one side, and of Science and Arts, on the other. The famas (the winged figures of the buttresses) were sculpted by Manuel Fuxà and Pere Carbonell.

Finally, in the curve of the arch, the coat of arms of Barcelona can be seen, flanked by the coats of arms of the remaining 48 Spanish provinces, 24 on each face of the monument.

In our tour in Spanish we arrive at Plaça Sant Felip Neri

Among the narrow walls of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, we are in the Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, where we see holes in the walls, which originate in 1938, caused by a bombardment by the Francoist side during the war, in the middle of the capture of Barcelona. 

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This event caused the death of forty-two people, as can be read on the plaque that commemorates the memory of the victims since 2007. At the time of the bombing, the grounds of the current square were occupied by a medieval cemetery. Little remained after the bomb, which devastated nearby houses and caused some damage, still present, in the church. 

Ciutadella Park

We continue with our Tour in Spanish and now we find the Ciutadella Park, being the first park specifically designed as a public park and was built at the end of the 19th century. It is a space widely used for all kinds of recreational and cultural activities. It has more than one hundred plant species, with many hundred-year-old trees and interesting sculptures. 

Full of hundred-year-old trees, the Ciutadella Park contains a great diversity of elements: the monumental waterfall, 19th-century buildings now converted into museums, a lake for rowing boats, walks and numerous sculptures. Share space with the zoo.

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Come and enjoy a memorable experience!

The Barceloneta Tour

We continue with our tours in Spanish and we tour Barcelona by Bike. 

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Until the middle of the 18th century, La Barceloneta was a practically uninhabited area. In 1754 fishermen began to settle in this area of the city due to its proximity to the sea. 

Despite having acquired a more modern look, currently La Barceloneta still retains its special charm. Its narrow streets and facades darkened by the salt of the sea have made this area one of the most appreciated in Barcelona, a place with a quiet, maritime and family atmosphere that remains foreign to the big city. 

One of the main attractions of the neighborhood are its beaches, the largest, best known and busiest in the city. They have a great atmosphere and excellent services. 

If you want to know more about our tours you can stop by our place 
Born Bike Tours Barcelona 
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona 
At 50 meters Barceloneta metro station L (4) yellow 
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com 
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com 
📲 (+34) 93 319 00 20 

Bicycle repairs and rental in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities to travel by bicycle with more than 200 kilometers of bike lanes, where you can enjoy a walk along the Mediterranean coast, through the Gothic streets or enjoy a day on the Collserolla mountain.

If you are still in doubt about repairing that old bicycle, or renting one to enjoy Barcelona on wheels, we leave you five tips that will help you make that decision.

  • Enjoy a safer ride

The bicycle is a safe vehicle, you will walk through the city of Barcelona enjoying great views and places, using the safety of the bike lanes.

  • Easier and simpler

Mobility by bicycle is easier than in other means of transport. Did you know that the bike is faster than the car in short and medium urban distances? Through several door-to-door competitions, with the city center as the destination, it has been found that, in general, the bike is the fastest transport. in addition to being faster in short distances, it is ideal to combine with public transport

  • Be more sustainable and collaborate with the environment

The bicycle is a key factor in reducing the levels of environmental and noise pollution in cities. An, at the same time, it is the most energy efficient means of transport: it uses twelve times less energy than a car, even if it is full, to move a person over a kilometer, and fifty times less than a car occupied by only one person.

  • To enjoy more space

A cyclist occupies five times less space than a motorist, whether he is stationary or in motion. This data has very profound implications for the well-being of residents, who can enjoy peaceful, calmer, safer and noise-free spaces.

  • To always be on the move

Going by bike is one of the most beneficial exercises for health, since during the effort large muscle groups are mobilized. Of practiced regularly it can reduce resting heart and breathing rates.

If you want to know about bike rental or repair you can stop by our store Born Bike Tours Barcelona
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
50 meters away from the Barceloneta L (4) yellow metro station
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲(+34) 93 319 00 20

Tours in Spanish

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities to visit and learn, that’s why we tell you the four tours in Spanish that you can do with us.

  • From Gothic to Modernism 
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A perfect tour for lovers of art and architecture, get to know ancient and medieval Barcelona through its streets, secrets and legends, reaching the works of Modernism. Born Bike Tours Barcelona for history lovers. 
We will discover the most emblematic works of Modernism: Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló with Gaudí in front and their unique and genuine geometric shapes. We will pass through Born, a medieval neighborhood, with some of its landmarks such as the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, the Picasso Museum and the Born Market. 

  • Beach tour 
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At Born Bike Tours Barcelona we suggest that you enjoy maritime Barcelona. Live with us a cultural and pleasure experience discovering the history, evolution and transformation of the port, the lively beaches and the essence of some of the most emblematic neighborhoods. Barcelona is a city that faces the sea! 
We will visit various places such as the Olympic Port, built for the 1992 Olympic Games, dominated by its two towers and the immense golden fish (Frank Gehry) and we will pedal through the different beaches of the city to the Universal Forum of Cultures. On the way back, we will visit the Poblenou neighborhood, the industrial center of the city at the end of the 19th century, where the present and the industrial past coexist with the modernity of the 22 @ technological district. We will continue through the Olympic Village, shelter of the Olympic athletes, finishing the route in the Parc de la Ciutadella. 

  • Walk through Montjuic 
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We will enjoy the Magic Mountain in a relaxing tour suitable for all audiences. Go ahead and discover the history, the present and the past of the port, the 1929 Exhibition, its palaces, its Magic Fountain and the Olympic Ring. 
It runs almost entirely on peaceful roads without traffic, bike lanes and zones 30, very safe for all ages. We accompany you with experienced guides who know the city and its history. During the Tour we will make various stops to listen, contemplate and enjoy each point and where you can take your photographs and your memories of the Tour. 

  • Tapas tours 
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And finally and with an appetite, we offer a different route, with good taste and very good taste so that you can enjoy a selection of tapas. Designed for those who enjoy food wherever they travel. You will know the history of the typical dishes and you will live a very tasty experience, in which you and your palate will enjoy ! 

If you want to know more about our tours in Spanish you can stop by our place 
Born Bike Tours Barcelona 
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona 
At 50 meters Barceloneta metro station L (4) yellow 
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com 
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com 
📲 (+34) 93 319 00 20 

The Cathedral of Barcelona

Cycling through the streets of the Gothic Quarter, we come across the current Barcelona Cathedral, it is Gothic in style, but it was built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica and a later Romanesque Cathedral. The works began on May 1, 1298 and lasted a century and a half. 

It was temporarily finished in 1417 with a simple wall, and it was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that the façade that we can see today was built. 

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On the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona (1888), the works were resumed thanks to Manuel Girona i Agrafel and his sons, who were the promoters of said reforms, where the competition for the construction of the façade was called in 1882, establishing as a stylistic criterion to follow the Gothic. It was awarded to Josep Oriol Mestres, titular architect of the cathedral since 1855, who was inspired by the plans made in 1408 by Carles Galtés de Ruan. 

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Sí quieres saber más sobre la catedral de Barcelona, pregunta por nuestros tours y te contaremos todo lo que sabemos de ella.
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
A 50 metros estación metro Barceloneta L (4) amarilla
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📲(+34) 93 319 00 20

Spanish village in Barcelona

El Pueblo Español is a museum that offers contemporary art, architecture, crafts and gastronomy. The site is made up of 117 full-scale buildings, which make up a typically Spanish town with its streets, houses, squares, theater, school, restaurants and artisan workshops. 

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It was built for the international exhibition that was held in Barcelona in 1929, an idea promoted by Joseo Puig I Cadafalch (Catalan architect) where they created a small town that brought together the main characteristics of all the towns in Spain. They also worked together with Joseo Puig, Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós, and the artists Xavier Nogués and Miquel Utrillo, in order to achieve this exhibition, they made various trips through Spain taking photographs, drawings, observing the styles and creating concepts of the different places.  

Today there are various activities, exhibitions or events. 

Tourists can visit it by taking their ticket on the website  : www.poble-espanyol.com  

Our recommendation is to rent a bicycle and tour the mountains of Montjuic, where you will find various monuments, museums and historical buildings. 

Free museums in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city full of life and culture, the good thing is that we have free museums so that we can all enjoy them, it is only a matter of knowing the hours and days. 

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  • Picasso museum 

The museum has a collection of 4,249 works by the Malaga painter Pablo Picasso in the multiple media that he addressed, which is the most complete in the world in works of his youth. 

You can enter for free every Thursday from 5:00 p.m., the first Sunday of each month and on February 12 (Santa Eulàlia), May 18 (International Museum Day) and September 24 (La Mercè Day) 

www.museupicasso.bcn.cat  

  • Museum of the History of Catalonia  

The museum was created in 1996 by the Government of Catalonia, with the idea of narrating the history of Catalonia. 

You can see it for free It can be visited for free during the Sant Jordi and Santa Eulalia festivities, the Museum Day, and the days of the Catalan and Mercè days.

www.mhcat.cat  

  • Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCB)  

Located in the Raval, its main theme is the city and urban culture. It bases its success on quality, a certain eclecticism, attention to a wide range of audiences and a singularity in the way it treats things, and its function is to link the academic world with creation and citizenship. 

You can visit it for free on Sundays 

www.cccb.org  

  • Catalonia art museum 

A must-see in the city with a tour of works of art from the 10th to the 20th century, highlighting above all its collection of Romanesque art, considered one of the most complete in the world. 

It can be visited for free on Saturdays from 3 pm, the first Sunday of the month, Museum Day and Catalonia and Mercè Days.  

www.museunacional.cat 

Bike Tours in Spain

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We are passionate about bicycles and luckily we are not the only ones  

That is why we decided to take a tour of Spain to visit different cities by Bicycle And today we arrive in Madrid where the guys from Rent & Roll (www.rentandrollmadrid.com)  

They will take you to know the city with their exclusive tours  

  • private tour for work agencies or family groups.
  • For those who want to visit Madrid at night
  • For those who travel at Christmas time and want to discover the magic of the lights of Madrid

And Surprise for wheel lovers!  

Because you can also rent your bike or go out to explore the city on skates  

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You can find them in
Calle Felipe IV, 10 28014 Madrid, Espagne
Or by phone (+34) 911484967 – (+34) 686178462
contact@rentandroll.es / www.rentandrollmadrid.com/

Get your bike ready and enjoy Barcelona

Get your bike ready and enjoy Barcelona

We really like healthy life and the city, that’s why we look for the perfect combination so that you can enjoy this summer of Barcelona by bike.

  • We carry out repairs and maintenance
  • We have answers and accessories
  • Review hardware and adjustments
  • Washing and greasing
  • Punctures and wheel centering

That is why we invite you to give life to that stored bicycle and accompany us to visit La Ronda Verda de Barcelona, a circuit that has about 72 kilometers of route and crosses different municipalities such as L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Montcada I Reixac, Santa Coloma de Gramenet and Sant Adrià de Besòs. There is also a variant that extends the round and incorporates the city of Badalona.

This route can be divided into six sections

  1. Collserola Park: The Collserola Park extends over 8,000 hectares. Forest areas with a great variety of plant formations of valuable biological diversity predominate.
  2. Parque Fluvial del Besòs: This section of the Ronda Verda connects the Parque de Collserola and the Front Marítimo. It has an approximate extension of five kilometers.
  3. Park of the Cordillera de Marina: This natural space is part of the Cordillera Litoral and has a total area of 2,086 hectares. The visitor has the opportunity to envoy Iberian villages, hermitages, monasteries and numerous fountains and recreation areas.
  4. Maritime Front: The Ronda Verda runs along the maritime fronts of Barcelona, Sant Adrià de Besòs and Badalona.
  5. Montjuïc Section: The itinerary in this section of the pool is numerous museums, sports facilities, parks and gardens. The tour has splendid views of the city of Barcelona and its surroundings.
  6. Llobregat Route: This route approaches the Llobregat basin, allowing connections with the river glare, the delta area and the Collserola Park.

The best views of Barcelona

Today we are going to talk about some of the best views of Barcelona 

A route that you can take by bike or walking 

It is going up the castle of Montjuic (Mount of the Jews) 

For all those fans of adventure I recommend that you do not miss this wonderful trip 

You can stop by our stores and rent a bicycle or start from the Montjuic fountain. 

Along the way you can visit the Montjuic castle where the National Museum of Art of Catalonia is located, the botanical garden, the Spanish town, the Olympic stadium or go up on the cable car that will take you even higher so that you can appreciate the entire city and a Privileged view towards the port area of Barcelona. 

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One of the things we like the most is being able to appreciate the city, the buildings, the set of streets and monuments from the top.

El Mirador del Alcalde, is one of those places where we can appreciate all the beauty of the city, it is located on the Montjuic mountain, between one of the cable car stops and the castle, you can find there large green spaces to rest, admire the view of the city from one of the viewpoints and hear the noise of the water falling from a waterfall-shaped fountain. 

Don’t miss the best views of Barcelona and to know more about this city remember to visit our blog.

A bicycle, a companion

We cheer you to take out that stored bicycle and rediscover the city on wheels, with its more than 200km of bicycle lanes to safely enjoy your ride.

Barcelona is an incredible city for cycling, walking the streets of Barceloneta, getting closer to the Parc de la Ciutadella, walking the wide streets of the Eixample such as Paseo de Gracia or visiting the neighborhoods and meeting friends.

That is why in Born Bike Tours Barcelona we carry out bicycle repairs so that you can enjoy a summer full of adventure, do sports or simply visit Barcelona.

We do review and maintenance so you can go for a walk without worries

Wash and grease so your bike is always ready

We repair punctures and also perform wheel centering

SURPRISE!

Because we are very anxious we give you a preview of our next blog post and we show you some of the routes you can do by bicycle.

From the Barcelona coast to Badalona.

It is a route of approximately ten kilometers, where you can see the entire seafront of the city, very easy to navigate since the entire itinerary is flat and you can surely enjoy incredible views. Starting near the Colón monument, passing by the Wy Hotel through the Forum area where you will find the “Diagonal Mar” shopping center and we will continue passing through the coastline until we reach Badalona.

It is an ideal route to do in the afternoon and end up enjoying the colors of the sunset next to the Mediterranean.

Bicycle Routes

We won the TripAdvisor Travelers of the Year award and we don’t want to stop posting cool things about Barcelona. 

That is why we decided to create different routes so that you can go cycling. 

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The Mountain of Montjuic 

The Montjuic mountain (name attributed to the Montjuich etymology ”Mount of the Jews”) being a fortress, created as a strategic place to defend the city, where in 1751 the current castle was built, the work of Juan Martín Cermeño, who during the war of the Spanish Independence it was occupied by the French. 

Nowadays and thanks to the 1992 Olympic games we can find around it the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium (next to which is the Fundació Barcelona Olímpica Museum). 

Walking down Lleida street, you will find the old Palacio de los Deportes, now converted into the Barcelona Teatre Musical. You can also walk through various places of tourist interest such as the Pueblo Español, an enclosure built for the 1929 exhibition and which includes streets, squares and characteristic places from all over Spain, the Montjuic Telecommunications Tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. The Joan Brossa Gardens or the magic fountain of Montjuic that offers a night light show. 

Collserola 

You will find the great natural treasure in the ”Collserola Natural Park”, with more than eight thousand hectares of surface, where you can enjoy a bike ride through the mountains, one of the main routes is called “La carretera de las Aigües” where it begins on the Pla del Maduixers route (accessed from Avenida del Tibidabo) and ends in Plaza de Mireia. It is a path of low difficulty, since it is mostly flat, and it is where you can get to know one of the best views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. 

The good thing about this tour is that it is suitable for all bicycles and you will be able to visit emblematic buildings such as the Collserola tower and the Fabra observatory. 

Greenway of Llobregat 

Greenway of Llobregat  is the old route of the Manresa-Olván railway. It runs through a natural environment shaped by the passage of the Llobregat river. It is a route suitable for families and children due to its flatness and ease of travel, on it you can pedal along the Llobregat river, crossing tunnels and visiting the Gothic bridge or the Pedret Monastery. 

On this road you will find both vehicles, people walking or cyclists, since it is a route suitable for all kinds of walks and at the end you will cross the Llobregat river through a small bridge until you reach the Baells reservoir dam. 

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The Barcelona’s Head

The Barcelona’s Head is a sculpture created by the American artist Roy Lichtenstein and made by the sculptor Diego Delgado Rajado, a very visible monument for its fifteen meters high and six meters wide, being a clear tribute to the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí with its colors striking and its coverage of mosaics. 

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It is located on Paseo Colón, near the post and telegraph building. It was created in 1991 and 1992, at that time the city of Barcelona suffered many urban changes due to the 1992 Olympic games, decorating one end of Port Vell, an area that was remodeled and where artistic pieces such as the sculpture el pez de oro (the golden fish) were created Designed by Canadian Frank Gehry, la estrella herida  (Horn’s Wounded Star) designed by  Rebecca or the matches by Claes Oldenburg. 

We have more things to tell you about The Barcelona´s Head  and other secrets of the city, so don’t miss our bike tours.

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Born Bike Tours Barcelona and Itinera Plus, the perfect match of sustainability and culture to get to know #Barcelona

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Integrated in the Born Bike Tours group. Barcelona, ​​Itinera Plus is dedicated to offering educational guided tours. Our goal is to communicate for educational purposes. We want to convey our enthusiasm for our heritage.

We organize routes and cultural, literary and educational visits on different aspects of the history of Barcelona.

It is made up of a multidisciplinary team of professionals (historians and official guides) with more than 15 years of experience in culture and tourism. In terms of managing cultural and literary visits and thematic events, we always try to offer a quality service. With an expansion of the portfolio of services, we offer you varied routes related to the world of Culture, Architecture, History and outdoor activities.

Professionalism and Flexibility represent our spirit.

Live a memorable experience!

Bike tours

Discover Barcelona by bike! You only need to pedal to experience the city in a relaxed and ecological way. The guided bike tours are designed to enjoy a perfect blend of culture, art and fun.

Bike rental

Rent your bike for 7 €, we will give you a map and tell you all about the best routes and places throughout the city, so you can enjoy Barcelona at your leisure!

Bike tours for groups

We will design the Bike Tour to your needs, just tell us what you want and we will customize the most appropriate route. Tours can be for corporate events, students, tour operators, families and friends.

Bike tours and bike rentals in Barcelona

Discover the city through the eyes of a local

For bike lovers

Charming walks, places and alleys that tourists don’t know

We are in the born

Only 5 minutes from the beach

Cultural experience for groups

Groups of friends, families, tour operators, students, DMCs …

Discover Barcelona’s History

The Gothic Quarter and Gaudí Modernist

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    We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments or recommendations, we‘ll read them with pleasure and try to reply as soon as possible.

    Open every day from 10h to 19h

    Except December 25th, 26th and January 1st

    C/ Marquesa N°1 – 08003 Barcelona
    info@bornbikebarcelona.com
    (+34) 933 190 020

    About us

    Born Bike Tours Barcelona is a Catalan Bike Tour company born in 2009 with a clear objective: to take advantage of our roots and origins, as well as uniting our knowledge about the history of Barcelona and our passion for the bicycle and culture world.

    Our purpose is to achieve common goals with effectiveness and to ensure a good interaction to provide the best service for our customers.

    Our principles and commitments are sharing experiences and advices to promote the use of Bicycles in Barcelona and make the city cleaner, more quiet and sustainable. We want to convey this philosophy to our customers.

    The human factor is one of our core values and we see it as our responsibility to fulfill our collective purposes with empathy and loyalty.

    Find us

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    We are located in the Born District. 50 meters away from Barceloneta metro station and 200 meters away from França train station.

    We are ideally located in the medieval district of El Born, former home of the nobles and merchants. Close to the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Picasso Museum,we are just 2 minutes away from the Parc de la Ciutadella which is beautiful to bike in, without traffic.

    We are just 5 minutes away from the beach where you could enjoy the Harbour, the Paseo Marítimo (bike lanes) and get into the unique and cosmopolitan atmosphere of the fishermen distric, Barceloneta. After your bike rental you can recharge your batteries in one of the many typical restaurants and bars in the Barceloneta.

    We declare love

    Spring is, par excellence, the season of love; ads cologne and jewelry boxes of chocolates in supermarkets, on television special about love, happy couples …

    To break all these topics in Bornbike also declare ourselves in love, but love of our city, Barcelona, ​​and love of cycling, and to understand why our two passions we give you ten reasons.

    1. Freedom

    In married life you can get to miss her but with your bike that will never happen to you. Able to go anywhere at any time, choose the route you want, do not depend on schedules, jams, parking problems … The pleasant feeling of independence is one of the reasons leading to more riders to fall off the bike.

    2. Health

    Another day and devote a larger multiple benefits that cycling brings to your health post. But it is obviously one of the main reasons for our passion for cycling, has positive effects on your respiratory and cardiovascular system, improves blood circulation and muscles, strengthens the immune system and joints and increases life expectancy you need only 30 Bike minutes a day to keep fit!

    3. Environment

    Yes, that’s right, we said we wanted to break stereotypes and seems to only throw them but I can not ignore the obvious. All those kg of CO2 that do not produce the cycling save lives and what better reason could there be?

    4. Comfort

    The bike is handy, just get on and ride. It is light, takes up little, does not require large infrastructure and can park (almost) anywhere. It is also intermodal and Barcelona can combine with other public transport (because all you ever get tired of pedaling).

    5. Economy

    The bike helps your pocket and others. It is not just the most obvious-a bike is much cheaper than a car or a bike and save on transportation and maintenance- is also pedaling is also a saving for your community, manufacturing costs are reduced, with the energy expended to manufacture a car can be built 100 bicycles-, you save on medical and environmental costs and reduce infrastructure costs.

    (To be continued …)

    We start the blog of Bornbike Barcelona!

    In Bornbike took five years taking us every day, every tour and every bike out as an opportunity to discover, connect and enjoy and, to this end, we begin today a new adventure.

    With this blog we want to go one step further and create a meeting point for all those who, like us, love the bike and love Barcelona. For you to know us a little more, to share experiences and to grow.

    News, trivia, recommendations, tips, thoughts, events … And everything that you can think of us and to learn together and move towards a model in which the bicycle, responsibility, fun, ecology and respect play the role principal.

    We love what we do and want to share with you 🙂

     

    About our private group tours

    • We offer special discounts based on the number of participants
    • Flexible hours to perfectly suit your project
    • Departures and arrivals of the Bike Tours on schedule to make sure you will arrive on time for your next activity.
    • Larger groups are divided among multiple guides plus mechanic assistants to ensure the safety and control of the group.
    • We offer the possibility to transport the bikes, if you prefer to start the Bike Tour at a specific place in Barcelona, such as your hotel, accommodation…

    Incentive trip groups & corporate events in Barcelona

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    We believe they are a way to build loyalty, to bring your company and clients, as well as providers, closer, in addition to strengthening ties between people and company. So, we will make sure to reach your motivational idea and goals.

    Our Bike Tours are optimized to break the routine besides discovering our city and its famous sights, architecture, culture, traditions, anecdotes… We want you to see Barcelona in a different and fun way.

    School trips & student groups in Barcelona

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    We know from experience that one learns and grows more knowing and sharing other cultures. We work to meet your needs in the most pleasant, dynamic and organized way.

    We want to make your visit a cultural experience full of memories where you will learn about our customs, origins, secrets… We realize our itineraries using mostly peaceful streets without traffic, bike lanes which makes it very safe and fun for all ages.

    Barcelona private group bike tours

    We organize Private Bike Tours for groups with the possibility to customize your itinerary.
    We have years of experience planning Private Bike Tours in Barcelona that are tailor-made for groups: School and student groups, incentive trips for companies, business trips, tour operators, DMCs, travel agencies, associations, group events, families, friends…
    You can choose one of our Bike Tours or you can design a group tour that will suit your own needs.

    For an always more bike friendly city !

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    Biking in Barcelona is very popular and we are convinced that you will love it as much as we do! Let’s make the world a happier and healthier place, and that more and more people ride bikes!

    Of course, if after experiencing our Tours you want to continue cyding with us to enjoy every place of Barcelona, we offer a discount on your bike rental after realizing a Tour.

    Bike tours

    Prices

    2 hours             7€
    3 to 4 hours     10€
    5 to 8 hours     13€
    24 hours         18€
    Extra day          9€

    Opening times

    From Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 19:00h

    Open everyday except December 25th, 26th and January 1st

    Included:

    City map of Barcelona with the places of interest and all the spots you don’t want to miss.

    Bike locks so you can enjoy each and every place safely

    We are from Barna!

    We are from Barcelona, bike lovers, and we take advantage of our origins and knowledge to help you create the best itineraries. We want you to live Barcelona like a local!

    Bike rental

    We offer fully equipped and adjusted city bikes with 3/6 speeds! We also rent tandems, for couple’s rides.

    Bikes for everyone

    We have different sizes of city bikes for adults, young people and children. We also provide bikes with safe baby seats and helmets (mandatory for under 16 years old).

    Barcelona by bike

    Barcelona is ideal for cycling: most of the city is flat and offers more than 230km of bike lanes, 30km/h zones and pedestrian streets making your itinerary safe and easy.

    Comfortable Bikes

    You will ride our adjusted, revised city bikes, which are well equipped with multi-speeds. We have different sizes to fit adults, young people as well as children!

    Safe Bike Tours

    Safety is our priority, using almost exclusively bicycle lanes, quiet and safe routes, avoiding traffic and stopping to discover the places and monuments. It is a perfect plan for everyone. Limit of 15 persons per groups.

    Local Guides

    Our multilingual guides can’t wait to share with you their knowledge and anecdotes about the city’History. We are highly  motivated, and work with the constant aim to make you live a unique and unforgettable experience.

    From gothic to modernism

    This tour is perfect for art and architecture lovers. Wander through the alleys, secrets, and legends of the ancient and medieval Barcelona … and  end up exploring the most emblematic works of the Modernism movement.

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    Beach bike tour

    A cultural and fun experience right by the sea! Enjoy the amazing sights from the coastline. You will discover the history, present and past of the harbor as well as the charm of its typical neighborhoods (La Barceloneta-Poblenou-Port Olimpic).

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    Montjuïc

    You will discover the palaces from the international Exhibition of 1929, its Magic Fountain, the Olympic Stadium (Olympic games) and much more… Enjoy a relaxing ride to Montjuïc, offering wonderful views of the whole city.

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    Tapas tour

    Delight your senses discovering the medieval Barcelona and the charm of the Born district. Loose yourself in the Gothic Quarter with its narrow streets, become familiar with our typical dishes and taste the “Tapas”.

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