The 3rd of June : World Bike Day

On 23 April 2018, in New York, the United Nations established the World Bike Day. It is now celebrated every year on the 3rd of June. 

According to the United Nations General Assembly, cycling is “a simple, accessible, reliable, clean, sustainable and environmentally friendly means of transport that promotes environmental stewardship and maintains health.”

What is the purpose of creating this day?    

Cycling is, above all, good for your health, it allows you to practice regular physical activity. If this activity is practiced consistently, it reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke in particular.  It is also a more economical means of transport, especially for poorer countries and cities. From an ecological point of view, cycling is also important in the fight against pollution and climate change. 

For United Nations member states, the aim of the day is to increase the use of cycling, to draw attention to the benefits of cycling and to encourage UN member states to give cycling a prominent place in development policies and programmes. Members commit to improving road safety and infrastructure, promoting the use of bicycles, and developing a cycling culture. 

Do you know the different districts of Barcelona? 

The city of Barcelona is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own particularities and history. Among the most famous are :

El Barri Gotic 

This neighborhood is the oldest in the city and is also the most visited and touristic area of Barcelona. It is the historical heart of Barcelona with the La Seu Cathedral, the Santa Creu Cathedral and the Generalitat Palace. 

El Eixample 

This neighborhood is known for its famous Sagrada Familia, but also for the Casa Mila and the Casa Batlló, which are all works of Antoni Gaudí. 

El Born 

Located 10 minutes from the beach, El Born has become a very trendy neighborhood with an atmosphere that visitors enjoy. Its architecture and numerous cafes make it a very pleasant place. You can also visit the Picasso Museum. If you pass by El Born, don’t hesitate to stop at Born Bike Tours Barcelona! 

La Barceloneta 

This is also one of the most visited neighborhoods by tourists. It used to be a fishermen’s district and is now very popular with visitors for its beach, its many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. La Barceloneta is a very lively neighborhood, day and night!

El Poble Nou 

This is one of the most modern areas of the city. You can find the Rambla de Poblenou, the Poblenou Cemetery and the Agbar Tower. 

El Raval 

This neighborhood is one of the least touristy in Barcelona. El Raval is the most multicultural area of the city and is always very lively. 

Gràcia 

This is a very quiet and typical Catalan neighborhood, where you can see the famous Casa Vicens by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

LA FERIA DE ABRIL DE CATALUNYA

The Feria De abril de Catalunya, is a great festival that takes place every year in Barcelona to welcome spring. This event lasts about ten days.

ORIGINS OF THE FAIR

It is in the city of Seville, which is located in Andalusia, where the Feria has its origin.  In fact, it was a Basque and a Catalan who, in 1846, imagined and proposed the celebration of this festival to the town hall of Seville.

Thus, in 1847, the first Feria de Abril in Spain was organized.

A few years later, the great wave of migration of many Andalusians to Catalonia, attracted by the job opportunities linked to the strong growth of the industrial sector in this region of Spain during the second half of the 20th century, led a group of Andalusians living in Castelldefels in 1971 to decide to organize what was to be the first edition of the April Fair of Catalonia.

 Since then, the festival has evolved and grown, both in terms of the number of activities and visitors. That is why, for several editions, it has been held in the city of Barcelona.

As it is a traditional Andalusian festival, the FECAC, or Federation of Andalusian Cultural Entities of Catalonia, is in charge of organizing the event, as well as most of the activities that take place there.

What do I need to know about the Barcelona April Fair 2022?

The Fair takes place after Easter (which varies every year depending on the lunar calendar), so it often starts at the end of April. In addition, because of its long duration, about 10 days, you can enjoy the festival over two full weekends and even into early May.

As is the case with the April Fair in Seville, the festivities begin with the traditional lighting of the Portico.

The fair is usually divided into two parts: On the one hand the one that corresponds to the typical fair stands, where we find various festive events related to tradition and popular Andalusian culture (food, flamenco …).

In the other area, there is the typical amusement park, where you can have fun with your family or friends, for both children and adults.

What to do at the April Fair?

The Stands

Many stands belong to cultural entities and associations related to Andalusian culture. Some public institutions and political parties also have their own stands, although it must be said that they are generally the least visited and the least interesting when it comes to enjoying all the charm that the region has to offer.

Musical shows 

Musical performances are a classic element of the Feria de Abril, and while it is true that Sevillanas play a prominent role, this is not the only type of music that is played at the Feria de Abril. Some of the concerts and musical performances take place in the private area, while others are held in the large tent, which is specially designed for this type of event and has a greater capacity. The atmosphere is warm and it is a great way to discover traditional Catalan dances!

Two women dressed in traditional dresses (black and red for the woman on the left and blue and white for the woman on the right) dancing flamenco
La feria

Drinking and Eating 

If you come to the Fair to eat or drink, believe me you will not be disappointed! In fact, you will be spoilt for choice between all the options available. Throughout the space occupied by the fair, there are a multitude of food stalls that, because of the delicious smell they give off, “compete” to attract as many people as possible.

As far as drinks are concerned, the offer is very varied, but you can’t leave without trying the traditional “rebujito andaluz” at one of the typical food stands.

Attractions of the fair

One of the most popular areas, especially for children, families and young people, is the area dedicated to traditional rides. Here you will find the most typical attractions of any fair, such as the Ferris wheel, always attractive and crowded, or the bumper cars. But if you are fond of sensations, do not hesitate to venture to the Super Viking Boat.

The Ferris wheel of the Feria illuminated in green, blue and red. Surrounded by attractions
La feria

Useful information :

Start : 22th of April 2022

End : 1st of May 2022.

Edition : 49ème

Where : Parc du Parc du Forum (Barcelone).

Price : l’accès est gratuit.

hours :

Friday 22th april 

from 18h00 to 3h00 

Saturday 23th april

from 10h00 to 15h00

Sunday 24th april

from 10h00 to 00h00 

Monday 25th april

 from 18:00h to 0:00h

Tuesday 26th april

 from 18:00h to 0:00h

Wendesday 27th april

 from 18:00h to 0:00h

Thusrday 28 avril

 from 18:00h to 0:00h

Friday 29th of april

 from 18:00h to 3:00h

Saturday 30th of april

From 10:00 to 15:00

Sunday 1st of may

From 10:00 to 00:00

What to do in May in Barcelona ?


Barcelona is a multi-faceted city that offers many activities that will please both young and old.

May of 15th : Barcelona Visualsound

First of all, on May 15th the 18th edition of Barcelona Visualsound will take place.

Barcelona VisualSound is an audiovisual festival held every spring in Barcelona that combines competitions and free, entertaining and informative activities related to different areas of audiovisual artistic creation. For several weeks, the different municipal facilities of Barcelona that organize it (civic centers, youth centers and youth houses) host the competitions and activities of the festival.

Every year, this festival offers young audiovisual talents the opportunity to show their work to the public. During this event various prizes are awarded, with a very warm atmosphere in Barcelona. The goal is to highlight the beauty of this universe and its geniuses. During several weeks, the projections take place in various cultural centers of the city.

May of 14th : the Night of the Museum

This event consists in the opening of museums and other cultural places in order to make discover the different exhibitions of the city in a totally different way. 

Permanent or temporary exhibitions, it depends on the place you go to!

Museum of Catalan Art at night, lit by blue neon lights. 4 pillars in front of the museum representing the four columns of the Catalan flag.
©isolatedtravelle

May of 18 : Museum Day

Why May 18?

May 18 is International Museum Day, a European initiative where many institutions open their doors for free and organize a special program of activities. The aim is to raise awareness of the key role that museums and other cultural centers play in the development of society.

International Museum Day poster with a colourful hand
©icom museum

27th, 28th and 29th of May : The Modernist Fair of Barcelona

The Fira Modernista de Barcelona (Modernist Fair/Catalan Art Nouveau) is held on a weekend in May in the Eixample district. This is an event in which many museums, houses and buildings related to Barcelona’s Modernism offer information and cultural and leisure activities for young and old alike.

In addition, other businesses (gastronomic, clothing and accessories, artistic, etc.) set up stands to offer their products and enrich the Barcelona Modernisme Fair.

Several people having a picnic in a park in period dress. Sunny day.
©Catalunya

Barcelona is devoted to culture in May, come and visit us!

5 ways to do sport for free or cheap in Barcelona

In Barcelona, there are different ways to do sports for free or cheap while enjoying a beautiful view: 

Rent a bike from Born Bike Tours Barcelona 

By renting a bike, you can enjoy the 240km of cycle paths that the city of Barcelona has to offer. 

Some ideas for cycling routes: 

– Along the Els Vivers de Can Borni gardens which are located in the heart of the Collserola mountain. (10km)

– Along the beaches of the Maresme (32km)

Running at the Carretera de les Aigües

Also located in the heart of the Collserola mountain range, it is very popular with runners and cyclists also. 

A great way to combine sport and spectacular views. 

Climb Montjuïc Hill

Climbing this hill will help you burn off as many calories as possible and enjoy the panoramic view when you arrive. You can also take a break by visiting the Montjuïc Castle. 

Walk in Park Güell 

Park Güell is a magnificent creation of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, covering more than 17 hectares, and will allow you to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site while walking a few kilometres. It will cost you 10 euros per person. 

Do sports at the beach 

On the beachfront there are facilities where you can do fitness for free. There are also facilities located in the Eixample or Poblenou. 

Holy Week in Barcelona

Spain is a Catholic country, so Holy Week is a time of celebration in Barcelona.

Holy Week celebrates the end of Lent and commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus. It begins on Palm Sunday, which is the most important day of the week.

WHAT TO DO DURING HOLY WEEK IN BARCELONA?

Attend the religious processions:

– La Borriquita: Palm Sunday (April 10, 2022) from 11:00 to 11:30, starting and finishing at the Parish of Sant Agustí, Plaza de Sant Agustí, 2.

– The Procession of the Good Death: Palm Sunday (10 April 2022) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, departure and arrival will be at the Major Parish of Santa Anna, calle Santa Anna, 29.

– The Way of the Cross of the Blood: On Holy Thursday (14 April 2022), the start and finish will be at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi, Plaza del Pi, 7.

– Procession of the Virgen de las Angustias: Good Friday (15 April 2022) from 7pm to 11pm, starting and finishing at the Parish Church of Sant Jaume, Carrer Ferran, 28.

Attend the Castellers demonstrations:

The Castellers troops are groups that perform acrobatic figures, there will be two demonstrations on Palm Sunday (10 April 2022):

– First will take place at 11:30 am in the gardens of the Rambla de Sants with the Castellers de Sants.

– The next one will be at 12:00 in Plaça de la Revolució with the Castellers of Vila de Gràcia, Sant Cugat and Berga.

Eating a Mona de Pascua:

Originally, the Mona de Pascua is a crown-shaped bun. In Catalonia, it is a typical dessert and, according to tradition, it is the godparents who must offer one to their godchild.

Discover the palm markets:

The palm markets or “Fires de Rams” are located on the Rambla de Catalunya, in front of Barcelona Cathedral and also in the Sagrada Familia park on the side of the Passion façade. They are usually present from the Wednesday before Palm Sunday and are blessed during the blessing mass that marks the beginning of Holy Week.

Although Holy Week is a quieter time in Barcelona than in other Spanish cities, Barcelona’s tourist sector still estimates that it accounts for 70% of hotel occupancy. However, during this period the opening hours of shops and museums may be modified.

Summary of Holy Week (10 to 18 April 2022) :

Palm Sunday: 10 April

Holy Monday: 11 April

Holy Tuesday: 12 April

Holy Wednesday: 13 April

Holy Thursday: 14 April

Holy Friday : 15 April

Holy Saturday : 16 April

Easter Sunday : 17 April

Easter Monday : 18 April

Sports competitions in Barcelona in 2022 

In Barcelona, sport is very present. Indeed, the people of Barcelona are sporty and have competition in their blood! That’s why we are going to present you the main sports competitions taking place in Barcelona in 2022.

TRAM BARCELONA OPEN 2022 

📆 Dates : From 18.05.2022 to 22.05.2022

📍Place: Real Club de Polo de Barcelona – Av. Doctor Marañón, 17-31, 08028 Barcelona 

In order to show that sport is accessible to all and thus normalize disability sport, one of the most important events will be present in Barcelona for the 5th edition. This sports competition is an international tennis tournament for people in wheelchairs. The Tram Barcelona Open highlights the surpassing of oneself, the efforts and also the perseverance in spite of some differences. The tournament is hosted by the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. 

E-DREAMS: MITJA MARATÓ OF BARCELONA 

📆 Dates: 03.04.2022

This is the eDream half marathon of Barcelona. It takes place in the center of Barcelona and passes through the most famous avenues of Barcelona. This sporting event brings together runners from all over the world, from different countries, of different levels, to spend a great time in the beautiful city of Barcelona.

45th INDOOR TRIAL OF BARCELONA 

📆 Dates: 10.04.2022 – 17h00

📍 Place: Passeig Olímpic, 5-7, 08038 Barcelona 

The Trial Indoor Barcelona is the best Indoor Trial for men and women. This event takes place once again at the Palau de Sant Jordi in Barcelona for a round of the FIM X-Trial World Championship 2022. 

On the program: Obstacles, jumps, and acrobatics. The best riders in the world will compete to offer a show as beautiful as impressive.

ZURICH MARATON OF BARCELONA

📆 Dates : 08.05.2022 

It is the 44th edition of this marathon which is very famous in the European continent. It is a great civic celebration in which runners from all over the world come together. Indeed, the circuit of more than 42 kilometers is one of the most spectacular in the world!

FORMULA 1 FIRST GRAND PRIZE OF SPAIN

📆 Dates: 20.05.2022 to 22.05.2022 

📍 Place: Circuit of Barcelona, Catalonia, Mas “La Moreneta”, 08160 Montmeló

The Formula 1 invites itself to the circuit of Barcelona in the year 2022. It is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year in Barcelona. It is the fifth race of the F1 championship season.

It’s up to you, the enthusiasts, to come and support your favorite athletes!

The festival of Sant Jordi in Barcelona

The festival of Sant Jordi, known as the Diada of Sant Jordi, is a very famous festival in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia! It is celebrated on 23 April 2022, the day on which the patron saint died in 303. He is considered the patron saint of many places such as Bulgaria, England and Portugal. In Spain, he is the patron saint of Catalonia and also of Aragon.

Traditions of Sant Jordi’s Day

It should be noted that this day is also considered to be the day of lovers. Therefore, there is a tradition of giving a rose and a book. At first, the rose was intended for women and the book for men. But many men give a book as well as a rose. Normally, the rose should be red but this varies and you can even find multi-coloured roses!

Giving a rose is a distant tradition from the Middle Ages, while giving a book is a much more recent one: this initiative was started by Vincent Clavel, a writer and publisher from Valencia who lived in Barcelona. Since 1930, this day is also the International Book Day.

But why a rose?

According to legend, a dragon terrified the village of Montblanc. The inhabitants started to feed the dragon with their own animals so that it would not harm the inhabitants. As the animals in the village were not infinite, once there were only the villagers left to devour, they had the idea of organising a periodic draw. This draw involved all the villagers as well as the king and princess. Whoever was drawn would be devoured by the dragon.

Then came the day when the princess was drawn. As she was about to be eaten by the dragon, a knight on horseback fought with the dragon. After a long battle, the knight defeated the dragon with his lance. Then the spear pierced the dragon, its blood gushed out and from it a rose bush sprang up from which a rose sprouted. The knight offered this rose to the princess.

How is it celebrated?

It has become a tradition for writers to sign their books on International Book Day. That’s why you will find stands with writers and their books for you to sign at several places.

Secondly, the promotion of books is also in the spotlight. For this reason you will find public readings organised. For children, there are puppet shows that tell the story of the evil dragon!

Stands of books for the Saint George

Are you convinced? Don’t hesitate to come and see the Sant Jordi Festival in Barcelona and rent bikes at the same time!

The festivals of March in Barcelona in 2022

In this month of March 2022, you will not be bored! You’re going to get an earful!

Indeed, many festivals are planned and organized this month and there is something for everyone. Jazz, classical music, cinema, humor and so on.

Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival & Obertura City + 

The Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival is a classical music festival that highlights great international performers. The festival is in collaboration with the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Auditorium. The Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival also takes place in major emblematic places of Barcelona such as the Casa Batlló, the Museum of Music, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, the Joan Miró Foundation and others. 

For this year 2022, the festival wants to highlight women composers who have been forgotten only because they were women.

41th International Jazz Festival of Terrassa 

In this year 2022, the 41st edition of the International Jazz Festival takes place in the city of Terrassa and the Vallès Occidental region. 

In fact, several concerts and artists will perform in the squares, courtyards, terraces, or parks of the city and on the stage of the famous Nova Jazz Cava. The festival will organize various activities, competitions, film screenings, workshops, or swing sessions! 

It’s a great way to discover Jazz and you won’t get bored!

In Risus Festival 

This year in Barcelona you can enjoy one of the most entertaining festivals, the In Risus Festival. Indeed, you can enjoy great comedians and masters of monologue who will perform on the stages of several theaters and halls in Barcelona. 

Artists such as Berto Romero, Ana Mogarde, Charo López, or David Fernández will be present on stage. 

Laughter is at the center of the festival for our greatest pleasure! And yes, the month of March rhymes with farce and it is not for nothing!

XXIV Mecalpro Festival 

The Mecalpro Festival is an international festival that aims to present more than 5000 short films by international directors in Barcelona. Its objective is to promote new talents and thus to bring together creators and distributors.  

It consists of audiovisual screenings divided into 4 sections, other diverse activities are also organized including themes, genres, authors and different eras.

This month of March promises to be full of discoveries !

Don’t miss the Barcelona rally !

The Barcelona Rally returns in 2022 for its 64th edition. It will take place on 19 and 20 March 2022. The participating cars and motorbikes come from various national locations and will run from Barcelona to Sitges. The only condition to participate is their production date! Up to 1928 for the cars and 1938 for the motorbikes. Some of them will be a hundred years old!

Did you know that? The rally is considered as an Event of National Tourist Interest! 

2022 poster:

This year’s poster pays tribute to the French brand Amilcar, which produced 3 or 4-wheeled vehicles weighing up to 350 kg.

Waiting for the start of the Barcelona – Sitges rally…

From 7 to 19 March, to keep you waiting, you will be able to see many vintage cars on display, open to the public!

The rally program 

On the program on Saturday 19 March : 

9:30 am: Cultural Gymkhana. 20 cars (Porsches) will participate in this gymkhana which will start in front of the ME Terramar Hotel in Sitges. The route ends at 14:00. The cars will then be on display at the Fragata until mid-afternoon.

10:00 – 17:00: Inspection and control of the vehicles and their display at Avenida Diagonal. For an atmosphere in keeping with the era of the cars, a music group will play jazz from the 1920s which will be danced by members of the BCNswing association.

On the programme for 20 March :

Arrival of the participants at the plaza de Sant Jaume at 8:30 am sharp!

The drivers and passengers of the cars will be dressed in the same way as they were when their car/bike was designed, often in collaboration with Menkes (a specialist in the craft of clothing and shoes).

The start will be at 10:30! The route is as follows :

Barcelona (Pl. Sant Jaume – Ferran – Rambles – Pl. Catalunya – Ronda Universitat – Ronda Sant Antoni – Sepúlveda – Paral-lel – Pl. Espanya – Gran Via – Badal – Constitució), to L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Santa Eulàlia – Enric Prat de la Riba – Barcelona), Cornellà de Llobregat (Carretera de L’Hospitalet – Av. de la Fama – Tirso de Molina – Av. Baix Llobregat – Connection with the C-245), Sant Boi de Llobregat, Viladecans, Gavà, Castelldefels, connection with the C-246, Costas del Garraf and arrival at the port of Sitges-Aiguadolç around 12:30.

Meanwhile, around midday, a music and dance show will begin with the group Apocadixie Cotton Pickers accompanied by dancers from Swing Garraf. The show lasts until the arrival of the Ral Oleo caravan.

They depart again at 13:30 pm :

This time from the port of Sitges to the Fragata, the cars will be on display until 17:00 once they arrive at the Fragata. 

The itinerary of the route is as follows: Av. Puerto de Aiguadolç – Emerencià Roig and Raventós – Av. Balmins – Puerto Alegre – Rafael Llopart – Jesús – Cap de la Vila – Parellades – Marqués de Montroig – Plaça de l’Industria – 1 de Mayo – Pº de la Ribera – Balsa Redonda – San Antonio – Avda Sofía and Paseo de la Ribera to the Fragata.

Then, the passions, the amateurs or the curious one awaits you numerous! 🏁

Street art, a modern art

Very common in Barcelona, street art is still growing. “Street art” means Urban Art, it is a contemporary artistic movement that appeared at the end of the XXth Century. It is present in the streets, on the walls, in public places. It comes in different forms: graffiti, poster creation, stencil graffiti, pastel and video projection.

If you want to discover street art, Barcelona is for you! In this article we present you the 5 graffiti not to be missed, but you should know that there are some on almost every street corner !

The Carboneria of Sant Antoni : a place full of history

The old abandoned coal factory is now transformed into a squat. It is one of the spaces where we find the most street art. Long threatened with demolition, the coal factory is now one of the most emblematic places of street art. Indeed, the *okupas have made a fresco on the facade of the charcoal house, making it of historical and artistic interest and avoiding its demolition.

*People who occupy and take possession of unoccupied places to live in.

📍 Address : Carrer del Comte d’urgell 30 08011, Barcelona

The face of Rosalia : the Barcelona pop star 

Originally from Barcelona, Rosalia has been known worldwide since 2018 thanks to her songs and duets with international stars. Supported by the citizens of her hometown, the Catalan singer has been represented on the walls of the city by the famous artist Uriginal, in the district of Sants to immortalize the face of the new voice of flamenco!

📍 Adress : 32 calle Creu Coberta, 08014 Barcelona

El Pez : an explosion of colors 

Renowned worldwide, the Barcelona artist is one of the greatest figures of street art. He has created works all over the world: Barcelona, Lyon, Paris, Oslo, Miami, Bogota, etc. His works are easily recognizable because he always represents smiling fish with bright colors.

📍 Adress : Mia Festival Barcelona

Pablo Picasso : youth has no age 

Portrait of Pablo Picasso by #myhoodisgood with the phrase “youth has no age.” This phrase is dedicated to Picasso’s adolescence and early adulthood in Barcelona, where he met his lifelong friends. It also expresses the youthful spirit of the famous painter who died in 1973.

📍 Adress : Carrer de l’Agricultura, Barcelona

The agora : street art pays tribute 

This work is a tribute to Juan Andres Benitez, who died in 2013 during an altercation with the police that degenerated in the Raval neighborhood. Several artists wanted to honor his memory by telling his story through street art. This place is called the Agora and is a space for meetings and exchanges.

📍 Address: Carrer de l’Aurora, Barcelona

Don’t hesitate, come and discover the street art in Barcelone !

To see more, here are the artist’s Instagram accounts :

@pezbarcelona

@uriginalbcn

@myhoodisgood

5 events not to be missed in Barcelona in 2022 !  

Exhibition of Adolf Mas “the eyes of Barcelona” :  

Major Catalan figure of the photographic reportage, he allowed through his pictures to see the evolution of the city of Barcelona during some decades of the XXth Century. Through 200 photographs you will have the opportunity to discover the urban, political, socio-cultural and artistic transformation of Barcelona.

Where? Centro de Fotografía KBr Fundación MAPFRE

When? From 18/02/2022 to 15/05/2022

Photographies of Adolf Mas

The Ou Com Balla :

A traditional festival in Barcelona, the Ou Com Balla consists of dancing an egg. The egg is balanced on the jet of water in pools located in cloisters, patios and gardens. On this occasion, you can admire the fountains decorated with flowers and fruits. This Barcelona festival commemorates the institution of the Eucharist. 

Where? Different areas of Barcelona

When? 16/06/2022 – 19/06/2022

Banksy, the art of protest :

A renowned street art artist, Banksy’s identity is still unknown. However, for the first time, Banksy is coming to Barcelona to exhibit more than 80 exclusive pieces from international private collections. During this exhibition, you will have the opportunity to live a multi-sensory journey thanks to the installation of immersive multimedia present for this event. The allocation of a free audio guide for smartphone will allow you a better understanding of the different Banksy. 

Where? Museu del Disseny (Design Museum)

When ? 12/11/2021 – 13/03/2022

Barcelona Design Week :

The BDW’22 has been an unmissable event in Barcelona for a few years now, putting art, design, gastronomy and creativity at the center of the project. During one week, design is made accessible to all the city’s inhabitants. Barcelona Design Week also includes Food Design Week, which highlights local food designers and gastronomic experiences. In fact, it is a new edition of the event Disseny en Diagonal that takes place on the main avenue of Barcelona. 

Where? Several areas of the city

When?  October 2022

101 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya :

On the occasion of the 101st edition of the Vuelta, the world’s biggest stars will compete in different stages through the 4 provinces of Catalonia. That’s why the route is specially made for high level athletes! Although the vuelta does not pass through Barcelona, it is a major event in Spain!

Where ? In Spain

When ? 21/03/2022 – 27/03/2022

Carnival in Barcelona, come and discover the masked city!  

Like every year during Carnival the city of Barcelona transforms itself to offer the inhabitants a show of colors, lights, disguises, imagination and creativity.  

Carnival is one of the longest celebrations of the year.   

This festival is present all over the world but includes important particularities in some countries or cities, which makes it unique. Carnival called Carnestoltes in Catalan is originally a pagan or even Egyptian festival.   

Carnestoltes: It is a Latin word that means Carne levar and Carnes tolendas which means period of youth and abstinence from meat. However, during Carnival, some rules are lifted, leaving room for caloric and abundant food, such as the Coca de Llardons or the Butifarra de huevo.   

On this occasion, the food is the center of the party, it allows to gather to party.   

The dates of this festival vary each year because Carnival is a lunar festival. In fact, it is anchored in the cycle before the Karem and begins 7 weeks after the first moon of the winter solstice !   

During this festival many activities are present in the city.   

THE PROGRAM OF THE CARNIVAL 2022 IN BARCELONA   

 DIJOUS GRAS aka Shrove Thursday   

Carnival begins with the “Dijous Llarder” or “Dijous gras” (Catalan).  During this day there is first of all the arrival (Arribo in Catalan) which is the opening event. Thus, during this event there is the presentation of the King: “El Rei Carnestoltes”, the main character of this festival who is responsible for firing the gun that opens the Carnival in Barcelona.  

This event is present in the following districts of Barcelona: Gracia, Horta, Les Corts, San Andreu, Sant Martí, Sarrià.   

WHEN : February 24, 2022 at 18:00  

WHERE : From Plaça Reial to Boqueria and Palau de la Virreina through the main avenue of La Rambla.   

TARONJADA :

This event present at Carnival is actually an old tradition including dances, the presence of King Carnestoltes, a camp battle with oranges and also the Sarau de la Taronjada which is a traditional mask dance.  

WHEN: Mardi Gras – February 24, 2022 at 18:45 

WHERE: Palau de la Virreina (La Rambla) 

CARNIVAL PROCESSIONS AND PARADES: 

At the initiative of the inhabitants, colorful and festive parades are organized in the different districts of Barcelona. In each parade 7 ambassadors are present in addition to the king.  

Indeed, Saturday is the day when the atmosphere is at its maximum, activities are present throughout the city so that everyone can enjoy the party.  

WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2022 

WHERE: Different areas of Barcelona  

BURIAL :  

Known as the burial of the sardine, it is the imposition of ashes which symbolizes penitence and repentance for the crazy days of Carnival (apologizing for their excesses during Carnival). 

This burial is a religious devotion that serves as preparation for the celebration of Easter. In addition, in some neighborhoods of Barcelona, associations or organizations organize a common meal to meet.  

WHEN: March 12, 2022  

WHERE: Different areas of Barcelona 

NIGHTLIFE DURING THE CARNIVAL:  

During this festival much of the atmosphere is present at night. In fact, Barcelona’s discotheques set up themes every night for Carnival. 

For more information : ▷ BARCELONA CARNAVAL 2022 – Dates – Programme événements | irBarcelon

Discover the festival of Saint Eulalie

The festival of Santa Eulalia or “La Laia” is a major festival of the winter season in Barcelona. It takes place on February 11, 12 and 13, 2022 in all the city’s neighborhoods with various activities. Its purpose is to commemorate Saint Eulalia, the co-patroness of Barcelona.

WHO WAS SAINT EULALIE?

She was a Christian and practicing child, born between the end of the 3rd century and the beginning of the 4th century. When she was 13 years old, this young girl faced the repressions directed by the emperor Diocleciano towards the Christian community. She then decided to address the governor of Barcino (modern Barcelona) to contest these acts. Despite her young age and her convictions, the governor did not wish to act. Indeed, he forced Saint Eulalia to renounce her religion. Not wanting to give in, she was sentenced to 13 martyrdoms for her 13 years of life and was finally crucified.  She is buried today in the Cathedral of Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia in Barcelona.

MAIN ACTIVITIES OF SAINT EULALIE :

Most of the activities take place in the Plaza de Sant Jaume. This is where the inauguration and the famous castellers of Barcelona take place! Also organized are the “gegants” (giant walk through the city), the “correfocs” (fire show) and the sardanes (traditional dance). Music groups also travel through the city following different routes. The Saint Eulalia is for young and old alike!

CASTELLERS: HUMAN TOUR 

As in all the great Catalan festivals, the castellers stand up to offer you an incredible show. Casteller comes from the word castell which means “castle, human tower”.

It is a Catalan tradition that represents an acrobatic prowess recognized by UNESCO as part of the cultural and intangible heritage of humanity. These towers are performed by people of all ages, all types, and all physical conditions. Each of them has an indispensable role. Indeed, the tower is composed of 3 parts:

The Pinya (=pine cone): it is the base of the tower, it is on it that all the weight rests and it has for role to absorb the possible falls.

The trunk: is the part that is between the base and the top of the tower whose role is to ensure their connection.

The pom de dalt (= apple of the top): often ensured by children thanks to their flexibility and their lightness which allows them to climb on top of the tower with ease. 

SARDANES: A MYTHIC DANCE 

Considered the national dance of Catalonia, men and women dance together to the rhythm of the music played by the copla, holding hands while forming a circle. Are you ready for a wild dance to the rhythm of the copla?

CORREFOCS, A SPECTACLE OF FIRE AND DEVILS 

Popular in Spain, this street show comes from a cultural activist group (1978) that wanted to create a fire show and a devil dance. Later, the public joined the show, which led to its popularity.

THE GIANTS

Attend the parade of Eulalia in the streets of Barcelona!

The parade of the giants is a tradition in the Catalan capital during which they move and dance. 

These characters of several meters are made of materials such as wicker, wood, worm, aluminum, or fiberglass and are supported by carriers.

Don’t hesitate, come to discover this emblematic festival in Barcelona! 

If you want more informations :

https://www.barcelona.cat/santaeulalia/en

The flower of Barcelona

As you walk or cycle through the streets of Barcelona, you will have noticed these little flowers on the cobblestones of the city. This motif has become one of the symbols of Barcelona, but do you know where it really comes from?

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Symbol of Modernism

From the middle of the 19th century, Barcelona experienced a strong economic and urban expansion. The industrial revolution that affected Europe at that time allowed the Catalan capital to enter the modern era. It began to build a new district, the Eixample, which means “the extension” in Catalan. Many modern buildings appeared. The streets, however, were not yet adapted: they looked more like dirt roads, sometimes covered with gravel.

The problem arose when it rained, as the streets turned into streams of mud that flowed down the mountain to the sea. To solve these urban problems, the town council decided to pave the streets. For economic and resistance reasons, concrete slabs measuring 20 x 20 cm were used. This type of paving is called panot in Catalan. Other very old slabs have also been found in the Montjuïc and Gòtic districts.

Five types of tiles were standardised: flower, calavera (four circles with a square in the centre), four concentrated circles, four squares and four squares with four circles inside. In 1916, the company Escofet y Cia won a competition from the town council to pave the town. It lined many streets with the five forms of panots.

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However, two paving patterns have become the majority. These are the four-square tablet and, above all, the Barcelona “flower”. Why these two symbols? Because the tablet is easy to make and practical if one or more tiles need to be replaced, as it can be subdivided. The flower, on the other hand, allows water to be stored in its grooves in case of rain and to walk without risk.

An influence of Josep Puig i Cadafalch?

Legend has it that the flower motif was inspired by one of the city’s most important architects, Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

In fact, a four-petal flower-shaped slab was first used to pave the entrance to the Casa Amatller, a modernist house on the Passeig de Gràcia, built between 1898 and 1900. However, this flower design is not exactly like the famous Barcelona flower. The link between the architect and the Barcelona cobblestones is therefore not proven.

Feria y Mercado de Navidad/ Christmas Fair and Market

December is just around the corner, which means that the Christmas celebrations are starting!

Can you think of a better way to gradually get into the magic of Christmas than by taking a walk through these famous markets and fairs? From the smell of Christmas trees, to the colours and lights of the decorations, to the products of the local craftsmen, it’s a real immersion in the heart of this festival that awaits you.  Barcelona has many Christmas markets and fairs, both old and new, with their own history and identity. Among all these events, there are three that are part of the city’s history.

Feria de Santa Llúcia:

This is the oldest fair that revolves around the world of nativity scenes and Christmas traditions. It is therefore the most authentic fair in Barcelona. It was founded in 1736, so this year we are celebrating its 235th anniversary. For this reason, the organisers have gone to great lengths to put up more than 20 illuminated Christmas trees.

Located in the Avinguda de la Catedral, it has a total of 170 stands. It is the only fair in the world where you will find more than 140 spaces for the sale of strictly Christmas products, such as cots, figurines, foam, Christmas trees, accessories for your home and many others. In addition, you can also enjoy more than 25 spaces dedicated to gift items, such as textile accessories, ceramics, jewellery, leather, etc.

It runs from 26 November to 24 December!

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Feria de Reyes de la Gran Vía:

As it has every year since 1877, the Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes will host the Epiphany Fair (Feria de Reyes), which will open its doors from 17 December to 6 January 2022. It is the second oldest Christmas fair in Barcelona.

Initially, the 18 stands of this fair were dedicated to the sale of toys and sweets. Today, the number of stands has increased and diversified. You will of course find the famous traditional toys and stuffed animals, but also many traditional and handicraft products or various stands of Catalan crafts. This market is therefore perfect for finding last minute gifts!

Don’t forget to stop at the famous Churrerías, spread throughout the fair, to try the famous “churros con chocolate caliente”, which will warm you up while stimulating your taste buds!

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Feria de la Sagrada Familia:

Celebrated for the first time in 1972, the Feria de la Sagrada Familia is the most recent of all the Christmas fairs in Barcelona. It takes place on the same dates as the Santa Llúcia fair, and this is not by chance. In fact, it was created when there was no more room for stalls in Santa Llúcia. Several craftsmen decided to set up shop next to Gaudí’s masterpiece.

This fair has a lot in common with its two “big sisters”. You will find all kinds of figures and elements for nativity scenes, Christmas trees and plants, gift items, food and sweets. On the food side, the “churrerías” will naturally be present, and you will also find a chestnut and sweet potato stall.

In addition, there are free family activities such as competitions, workshops, music and theatre.  They also have a photocall with a giant “Tió” and a “Caganer”.

Don’t hesitate to take a walk through one of these Christmas markets!

Why should you cycle on holidays?

Is good for your mood !

Our main aim when we go on holiday is to relax and clear our heads.     If your goal is to forget about your daily worries for a few days, then cycling is for you. As well as giving you a great deal of oxygen, which is very good for your brain, cycling increases the level of certain neurotransmitters, in particular dopamine and serotonin, which are mood regulators. This triggers a feeling of psychological relaxation, pleasure and euphoria. In short, everything you want during your holidays!

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The best way to explore a city

Getting around by bike during your holiday means taking more or less known roads. Unlike the metro, bus or car, you are outside all the time. In addition to allowing you to perfect your tan, cycling gives you the opportunity to observe the landscape, monuments and architecture around you more closely. It can also lead you to take lesser-known roads, and thus make discoveries. This is the best way to explore a city!

Allows you to be physically active during your holiday

Cycling during your holiday allows you to maintain your physical health and avoid a sedentary lifestyle! As well as being good for your heart and breathing, it is a non-weight bearing exercise, which is ideal for people with joint pain or injuries. A sport that can be practised at any age, whether you are a great sportsman or not!

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More ecological, cheaper and easier!

Unlike the car, public transport or scooter, the bicycle has a neutral ecological footprint, which is a very important concept today.

Moreover, the car can be a considerable waste of time. Between the traffic jams, the traffic problems, or the ordeal to find a place, it is a real waste of time! In Barcelona, you can find 240 km of cycle lanes, which allow you to move around freely, avoiding traffic problems.

This mode of transport also has the advantage of being inexpensive. At Born Bike Tours Barcelona, you can rent your bike for only 18€ for 24 hours, which is on average double the price of a scooter!

So don’t hesitate any longer, and come and rent a bike for your holidays!

Palao Market Fest

Palao Market Fest is an atypical market/festival, which takes place every first weekend of the month. It’s an atypical and modern concept that the organisers offer us: it’s not just a simple craft market with different food trucks, but a real dynamic festival mixing different arts, so you can live a real experience. During the month of November, the organisers have decided to add a date on the weekend of 20 and 21 December for the “Cool Christmas Fest” to get us into the Christmas spirit.

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Far from the traditional markets that can be found in Barcelona such as the Boqueria or Saint Antoni, this market offers you the possibility of making artistic discoveries. Between jewellery, cosmetics, textiles or decoration, you are bound to find something you like. All the exhibitors are real craftsmen, and will make you discover their product with passion.

In addition to the exhibitors, you will also be able to find many Food Trucks of all kinds to eat, or simply to test! All types of cuisine will be present: Vietnamese, vegetarian, burger, pastry … The hardest thing will be to choose!

In order to live a real cultural experience and to make this event more dynamic, street concerts will be proposed. You will find the DJ set MIGUELITO SUPERSTAR and DJ set ZONZO on Saturday, and DJ set IVAN IVANOVICH and DJ set BUSA on Sunday. In addition, there will be 5 STREET MUSIC EXPERIENCES to make sure you have an unforgettable time.

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The market is therefore present this weekend of 20 and 21 November, but also the first weekend of December, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December 2021. Two time slots are available: from 12:00 to 17:00 or from 17:30 to 22:00. These times offer more opportunities to visit, but also two different atmospheres: one during the day and one at night. There is bound to be one that suits you!

The entrance fee is 5€, and it is recommended to book your place in advance on their website (https://palomarketfest.com/es/home), in order to be sure to have a place.

Regarding accessibility, you can get there by metro (SELVA DE MAR (L4)) or by bus (H14, H16/ N.BUS: 12, 29, 30). There is a bike park right at the entrance of the market, so don’t hesitate to rent a bike to get there!

5 reasons to visit Barcelona in November!

When we think of visiting Barcelona, the first idea we have is to go there in summer, to enjoy the beach, the sun and the eternal parties. You are quite right! But Barcelona is a real destination for all seasons, especially in autumn or winter, and we’ll prove it to you.

Pleasant weather and temperatures

Visiting Barcelona in summer means that you can enjoy great weather and high temperatures throughout your stay. However, when you want to do something other than go to the beach, this temperature can become a handicap. In November, temperatures hover around 12 degrees, with an average of 5 days of rain in a month. This makes the weather very pleasant, especially when compared to other European cities in the same season.  Visiting Barcelona in November allows you to enjoy the city without being too cold or too hot, while enjoying the constant sunshine!

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Less tourists

The most interesting thing about going on holiday in the low season is how few people are present in the tourist areas. This is especially true in November, as there are no school holidays during this period. It is therefore more pleasant to walk along Las Ramblas, the beach, or even your bike paths as you won’t feel like you are suffocating under the tourist rush. It’s also the perfect time to take beautiful souvenir photos without having a stranger come and spoil it!  This is also the same situation in the restaurants, you will not need to make a long queue to be able to taste good tapas. It is not uncommon to find yourself face to face with a local, in the restaurant or in the street, which is a real cultural immersion.

Enjoying the local gastronomy

Speaking of restaurants, November is the perfect month to come and discover the local gastronomy. With the sun setting earlier and cooler temperatures, an evening out at a good local restaurant seems like the perfect activity! From the ever-popular Paella to Arroz Caldoso and Fricandó, Barcelona has plenty of specialities to warm you up after a long day of exploring. If you want to take a sweet break, don’t hesitate to stop at one of the many chocolate shops in the city to enjoy a good hot chocolate or churros con chocolate!

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Many indoor activities

If you are unlucky enough to find that your holiday falls on the only rainy days of the month, or that the temperature is too low for you, don’t worry! Barcelona is full of indoor activities. Whether it’s the Gaudi houses, the Sagrada Familia, the aquarium, or one of the many museums (over 55!), you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you’re more of a shopping enthusiast, you can stroll through the Corte Ingles, the Maremagnum or the authentic Boqueria market while staying dry!

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Last but not least,the price

If, despite all these points, you are still sceptical about the idea of taking your holiday in November, you should know that this is one of the cheapest seasons. Whether it’s for transport or accommodation, it’s the opportunity to offer yourself a dream trip that you couldn’t afford in high season!

Don’t hesitate to visit Barcelona in November!

Llum BCN 2021

Created in 2012, the Llum BCN will be back on the streets of Barcelona on 5, 6 and 7 November 2021. Originally scheduled for February this year, the festival of lights has had to be moved to November, to the delight of end-of-year visitors. Poblenou, as it has been since the 2018 edition, has been chosen to host one of the most anticipated events in the city’s cultural calendar.

Llum BCN is a large-scale light show featuring international artists. For three nights, the festival will bring together these creative explorers from different disciplines: art, lighting design and interactive environments, architecture, extended audiovisual and performing arts. Attending this festival will of course give you the opportunity to fill your eyes with stars, but also to ask yourself questions, since its aim is also to challenge our preconceived visions of what urban space can be and to create new models of participation and coexistence in public space. During three nights, the public can also discover a new neighbourhood, as in many cases the doors of restricted spaces are opened for the first time. It is a unique event for its artistic singularity, like the great European festivals of light.

In previous editions, Llum BCN has welcomed leading creators such as Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, United Visual Artists, Luke Jerram, Julio Le Parc, Daniel Canogar and others. Like this year’s participants, they are part of the official programme with Barcelona’s design, architecture, art and lighting schools, in a coexistence between leading artists and works from the academy, a distinctive element of the Llum BCN model.

This year there are 31 proposals from 14 different artists, three of them international. Among the places or spaces where you can enjoy a show of light, music and colour are the Plaça de les Glòries, Les Encants, the façade of Disseny Hub Barcelona, the Pompeu Fabra University, Jardí del Sol, the Plaça de les Glòries…

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This year the festival pays tribute to the figure of the artist Eugenia Balcells. She will present two installations as part of “Light as the voice of matter”: the projection of the work Frequencies on the façade of the Museu del Disseny will show the chemical symbols of each element, and the work “From infrared to ultraviolet”, which will illuminate the neighbouring Glòries building and show the horizons of colour on an urban scale.

You will also be able to see the work of Jordi Mitjà, which is based on a ban: “Don’t look”, which is what his father used to say to him when he was welding, and he has taken this name to search for options and observations that allow us to get as close as possible to the light and, in the room, it is resolved by three video projections. You can wander around the visual and sound installation and get closer to the projected images in the Hangar space, Centro de Producción e Investigación de Artes Visuales (Carrer d’Emília Coranty, 8-16).

There is also a gastronomic area run by Van Van Llum where all festival visitors can enjoy a meeting and resting point where you can taste different hot dishes from the now famous food trucks parked in the area.

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How to book?

This edition of Llum BCN has limited spaces. The festival is free, but it is advisable to book in advance to reduce queues and to be able to plan the visit, choose the times and improve the quality of the experience.

La Castanyada: the international chestnut festival

This traditional and popular festival, deeply rooted in Catalonia, is celebrated on All Saints’ Day (1 November), but also the day before (31 October).

The tradition of this festival is to eat chestnuts. Chestnuts are traditionally eaten on the day before and the day of Castanyada, but they can be found at street vendors in Barcelona at any time in late October.

What is it?

Chestnuts are roasted chestnuts on charcoal grills and often sold wrapped in newspaper, perfect for warming company when it is cold in Barcelona. Panellets are also very common in Barcelona at this time of year. They can be described as small almond-flavoured balls covered with pine nuts. These snacks are served in coconut, lemon or chocolate flavours. They are beautiful and traditional, and you can find them mainly in local bakeries. If you visit Barcelona during this period, this is a must-have dessert, which can also be used as a souvenir!

If you have a salty palate, you can also find sweet potatoes during the Castanyada. These little delicacies will warm you up from the inside out, often accompanied by a glass of sweet traditional muscatel wine.

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Where does this festival come from?

Castanyada is a pagan tradition – like Magosto in Galicia or Asturias or Halloween in the Anglo-Saxon countries – whose origins date back to the 18th century. There are several legends that explain these beginnings. It is said that before All Saints’ Day, families gathered to watch over their dead. In order to survive, they stocked up on the first fruits of autumn, mainly chestnuts, legumes and sweet potatoes washed down with sweet wine (today’s Muscat). This custom gave rise to the emblematic figure of the “castanyera”, who prayed while the chestnuts were roasting.

Another theory is that the festival was for bell ringers, who rang the bells all night to remind the faithful of the need to pray for the souls of their dead. Whenever they rested, they regained their strength by eating what people brought them, in this case the fruits of autumn.

How is it celebrated?

Although most festivities in Catalonia include wild street parties, dancing, costumes and fireworks. The castanyada is more of a quiet celebration, with most families going to the cemetery to lay flowers and then spend time with their loved ones. If you are in Barcelona during this festival, do as the locals do and visit one of the city’s most beautiful cemeteries, the Poblenou Cemetery.

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New cycle paths in Barcelona to encourage the use of soft mobility.

Apart from being a leisure activity and a family sport accessible to all, cycling is becoming one of the best means of urban transport. More ecological than the car, healthier than public transport, and faster than walking, the bicycle is more than ever a sustainable solution to the ills of today’s society, and the Barcelona City Council has understood this.

In recent years, Barcelona has made a major effort to increase the city’s network of cycle paths and become a cycle-friendly city. From 2015 to today, the kilometres of cycling infrastructure have doubled to the current 240 kilometres of network. These steps are in line with the objectives set out in the 2024 Urban Mobility Plan (PMU), where the City Government commits to strengthening sustainable travel, moving towards a more sustainable, healthy and safe mobility.

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The need for sustainable mobility has been taken on board by city dwellers, even after COVID 19. The month of September saw an increase of 22.4% in cycling on working days, which proves this trend. In view of the increase in the use of this means of transport, the municipal government wishes to increase and improve the current network of cycle paths. In total, the new package includes 28 new actions that will take place between 2021 and 2023.  This includes 44.3 kilometres of the cycle network: 32.6 kilometres of new cycle paths will be created and 11.7 kilometres of the current network will be improved.

This means that by 2023, the city will have 272.6 kilometres of cycle network. To make this possible, Barcelona City Council is planning an investment of 30.8 million euros.

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Among the new cycle paths you can find

– Plaça Catalunya (Ciutat Vella – Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya)

– Còrsega (Freser – Castillejos)

– Vía augusta (Laforja to Bonanova)

– Fabra y Puig (avinguda Meridiana – plaça Virrey Amat)

– Escòcia (Arnau de Oms – Avinguda Meridiana)

– Independència – badajoz (Sant Antoni María Claret – Passeig Marítim)

– Mallorca (Clot Tarragona)

– Joan de Borbó (plaça Idrissa Diallo – Escar)

– Travessera de les Corts (Numancia – Joan Güell)

– Avinguda Roma (Tarragona – València)

And many more to discover on the website of the Barcelona City Council!

Vive Montjuïc

Vive Montjuïc, the cultural park, is a celebration in which, on 16 and 17 October 2021, the 22 cultural facilities that inhabit Montjuïc will offer their own and joint activities, with the aim of promoting the cultural offer of this very special place.

Considered the lungs of the city, Montjuïc Park is a hill overlooking the old city and the old port of Barcelona. Many buildings were constructed here for the 1992 Summer Olympics.  It is well known to tourists for its castle, its splendid view and its cable car. But Montjuïc is much more than that. It is a unique offer that combines forest areas with themed gardens, leisure, sports and service areas, but of course, culture.

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Due to the need to make all citizens aware of the particularities of Montjuïc Park and all the facilities it contains, the city has decided to carry out a joint cultural action aimed at both locals and tourists, in order to share the cultural wealth of the place.

This year will be the first edition of this event. The aim is to repeat the experience every year. This project is part of the Montjuïc Park Action Plan 2019-2029. It is a municipal plan that seeks to make the cultural activity of the Park visible, as well as to create new spaces, establish synergies between all the sites that make it up, all with the aim of recovering the spirit of the 1929 International Exhibition.

During the weekend of 16 and 17 October, you can enjoy over 70 activities for all ages. Guided and theatrical routes, participatory interventions, guided tours and treasure hunts, concerts, dance and theatre performances, etc. There will also be reserved areas for eating, drinking and resting. You can also visit the centres that will be holding open days – Castell de Montjuïc, Cementiri de Montjuïc, Espai Bombers and Jardí Botànic – or take a guided tour of some of the exhibitions currently on show in the institutions, such as the Coneix CaixaForum Barcelona. Modernisme modernitat at CaixaForum or Memòria de les Arts Escèniques at the Institut del Teatre. Some institutions even organise treasure hunts, such as the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Poble Espanyol.

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All activities are free of charge and you must register on the Vive Montjuïc website. : https://www.barcelona.cat/viumontjuic/es

Don’t hesitate, come and (re)discover Montjuïc Park this weekend!

CICLOBCN21

CicloBCN21 is a new international cycling event that will take place from 5 to 10 October 2021. This year’s slogan is “Pedalem ciutats i territori”, which means “We pedal cities and regions”. CicloBCN21 will include three bicycle congresses: the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism 2021 Congress, the 17th Iberian Congress “Bicycles and Cities” and the 7th International Bicycle Congress.

These three events will include exhibition areas, meetings between professionals, technical visits and activities in various public areas. Most of the events will take place at the AXA Auditorium. Their aim is to promote the central role of bicycles and to reaffirm the commitment of the city’s institutions and inhabitants. Indeed, the bicycle appears to be one of the best ways to face the current and future challenges we are facing, especially from an environmental point of view. This is why these kinds of events are crucial today.


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EuroVelo and Cyclotourism:

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism conference, organised since 2012, is the main forum on cycle tourism in Europe, promoted by the European Cyclists’ Federation. The event serves to highlight cycle tourism in Europe, and in particular the roll-out of the EuroVelo network, a set of fifteen transnational cycle tourism routes that cross Europe from one side to the other. The conference will bring together, among others, tourist operators from Barcelona, transport companies, universities, tourist organisations, public authorities and, of course, bicycle users.

In Catalonia, the development of cycling has many advantages. It allows us to participate in a more sustainable form of tourism, reaching a wide audience and, above all, being able to extend to all seasons. In addition, the project to extend and consolidate the EuroVelo 8 route between Cadiz and Cyprus, which passes through Catalonia, is a development asset that should not be overlooked.

7th International Bicycle Congress of Catalonia

The International Bicycle Congress is the main forum where public administrations, professionals in the sector, cycling organisations and users in Catalonia can discuss the latest developments and exchange experiences on the world of cycling.

The “Catalan Cycling Strategy 2025” will play a central role at this year’s congress. This is a document recently approved by the Government of Catalonia that proposes several actions to promote cycling as an active and sustainable mode of transport, both for daily travel and for leisure, sport and tourism. A strategy designed with the clear objective of gaining the support of the rest of the Catalan administrations and organisations linked to the bicycle sector.

 17th Iberian Congress “Bicycles and Cities”.

This congress is a joint initiative organised by ConBici, the national coordinator for the defence of the bicycle in Spain, and the Portuguese Federation of Cycle Tourism and Bicycle Users (FPCUB). Its objective is to present the most important news and experiences related to cycling in Spain and Portugal. A congress organised by cycling organisations, with a special role played by social initiatives related to the world of cycling.

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Fiesta Mayor de la Barceloneta

Every 29th September since the 19th century, the city celebrates the Barceloneta district with its Fiesta Mayor.

La Barceloneta is the fishermen’s district of Barcelona, although it also has an important working-class and artisanal past. Why is it celebrated on 29 September, you may ask? Quite simply because it is the day on which its patron saint, Sant Miquel del Port, is celebrated. For this reason, there are many churches in the district bearing his name. The festivities began in 1855, on the centenary of the district. Every year since then, the Barceloneta Neighbours Association has organised a traditional 3-day festival to honour their neighbourhood.

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A rich programme is planned for this occasion. With traditional cultural demonstrations, activities for young and old and concerts, there is plenty to keep you busy during the three days of festivities

Don’t miss the famous Canyon Parade, which will take place in all the streets of the district on Saturday 2 October. A man dressed as a Napoleonic general, accompanied by his “big head” (capgros). With his cannon, he shoots sweets all over the city.

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The full programme of festivities can be found here: https://media-edg.barcelona.cat/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/21122113/Programa_FMBarceloneta.pdf

Extreme Barcelona 2021

This 25th and 26th of September 2021 the Extreme Barcelona will take place. The magic of urban sports and culture returns to the Parc del Fòrum. After a year of closed doors, the public can once again watch their idols fight for medals.

New content will be added to this great event, such as 3*3 basketball. Of course, you can also find all the other usual disciplines such as the World Scooter Championship, skateboarding, BMX, break, cockfights, live concerts, graffiti, mega ramp …). There are also more than 10 grand finals prepared to delight the public.

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Sport and culture

One of the bases of urban culture is of course art. One of the spaces at Extreme Barcelona has been turned into an avenue where artists can express themselves as they wish during the event.

It will be a meeting point for unknown and 100% local artists who, eager to share their passion with the Extreme Barcelona audience, will create a new stage where you can enjoy a live show. Different styles and personalities with the same passion, street art. More than 20 invited artists will exploit their creativity by giving colour to the Espacio de Columnas, transforming it into their own mini-city.

This year we are embarking on a journey that we are particularly excited about. A strong commitment to music with a strong presence in Extreme Barcelona.

Music also plays a key role. The event has created a line up full of emerging artists from the local scene, who will have the opportunity to show their talent in the most powerful spaces of the event, the Skateparks: Central Park and Street Plaza. Rap, Trap and Hip Hop, become our new protagonists of an event where from this 2021 will breathe culture at the same level as sport.

skate bord long board chaussure sport planche

Looking is good, but trying is even better!

This year, a new concept has been imagined: ENJOY. This space has been designed to give spectators a total experience. It has plenty of possibilities for fun, designed for all ages and levels, and with many options for you to try out the latest trends in the world of outdoor leisure. These include a children’s park, a youth park, a mini ramp and a wooden wave. Competitions will also be organised, and you can take part in them regardless of your age and level.

There is not much time left to book your place, so don’t hesitate!

European Mobility Week 2021

 From 16 to 22 September 2021, European Mobility Week will be held. In all major European cities, there will be events and activities to raise awareness of the importance of soft mobility today.

This year’s slogan is “Be healthy. Move sustainably”. Its theme therefore revolves around health, both mental and physical. This is a very topical theme, as health is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives, especially since COVID.

children bikes school mobility

Friday 17 September is Park(ing)day. On this day, most of the city’s car parks will be transformed into parks, gardens and other forms of public space.

Sunday 20 September is ‘Car Free Day’. Various organisations and facilities in the city are organising numerous activities in the street, where vehicle traffic will be replaced by, among other proposals, open to all (workshops for all ages, exhibitions, children’s bike circuits, ballooning, races, zumba and body combat courses and workshops…).

roads without cars tree

As you can see, all its activities will aim to raise awareness of the need to reduce the use of motorised vehicles, but above all to promote more sustainable means of transport (walking, cycling and public transport), in order to achieve a less polluted city.

National Day of Catalonia

The National Day of Catalonia, known as Diada Nacional de Catalunya (National Day of Catalonia) Diada de l’Onze de Setembre or La Diada in Catalan, is the bank holidays of Catalonia and celebrates its autonomous status as its national symbol. It is a commemoration of the fall of Barcelona on 11 September 1714 and has been celebrated annually since 1886. It was celebrated in secret under Franco’s government. It is a bank holiday, so it is a public holiday throughout Catalonia.

National Day Of catalonia

On the National Day there are several celebrations such as: official speeches, flying the flag of Catalonia, floral offerings, independence demonstrations and patriotic songs.

flying the flag of catalonia in the national day of catalonia

Since 2000, more than 200 civil organisations have celebrated Catalonia’s National Day, which is a “Day of Freedom”, proclaiming Catalonia’s independence. It includes civil, social and cultural protests. Diyada has become increasingly important in 2015, as Catalonia votes for independence (it has already done so).

Independence demonstrations on Catalonia's national day

Fiesta Major of Sants

Today on the blog we are going to talk about the Fiesta Mayor de Sants which is celebrated in the Sants neighbourhood of Barcelona.  Just like the festival in Gràcia, the Festa Major is known throughout Barcelona.

prospectus of fiesta major in barcelona

This festival is held in commemoration of the town’s patron saint, Bartomeu. According to Barcelona legend, in the time of the Roman emperor Diocletian, this martyr lived in Sants, as did many other Christians in the area. Saint Bartholomew was flayed, which may explain why he is the patron saint of leather workers, such as skinners, refiners and tanners.

The festival started three days ago, on 24 August, and will end on 29 August 2021. The festival will be adapted to the health situation and all necessary protocols will be put in place to ensure maximum safety for all participants.

During the pandemic, two key departments will be the focus of attention: the health department, Marta Sorribes, director of CABO Numancia; and the commercial department, the pastry chef Joan Galimany, owner of one of the oldest and most emblematic establishments in the region.

Every year the main activities take place in different parts of the district; this year they are held in the gardens of Can Mantega and in the streets near the garden.

garden of can mantega in barcelona sants

During the festival, we will maintain a garrison in the streets, this year it will be an aerial garrison with only eight squares and no competitions, as well as the traditional offerings in San Bartolomé, the church of Santa Maria de Sants and the neighbourhood market. Vehicle traffic will be restricted so as not to obstruct or hinder pedestrian traffic, thus avoiding crowds.

church of santa maria de sants in barcelona sants

One of the main features of the festival is the decoration of the streets and squares by the neighbourhood associations. But popular culture is also very important and exists in various forms, including huge festive images of giants, castles building human castles and demons. Sants has numerous associations and organisations that promote these activities. And, as with any festival display, there is no shortage of dancing, sumptuous communal meals, Cuban songs from Havana, children’s workshops and street fairs, to name but a few.

We hope you enjoy this Fiesta Mayor!

La Mercè 2021

Every 24 September, Barcelona celebrates Mercè. These major summer festivals in the Catalan capital commemorate the Mare de Déu de la Mercè (Our Lady of Grace), and large celebrations take place throughout the week (including 24 September). Since 1871, this religious celebration has been held in the Catalan capital. Our Lady of Merced is the patron saint of Barcelona, while Santa Eulalia is the patron saint of the city. In Catalan, the word mercè means service, help and means compassion and kindness. The Mare de Déu de La Mercè reminds believers to remember those who are unfortunate. In Barcelona’s Barri Gòtic, a basilica is dedicated to La Mercè.

Festival La mercè in Barcelona

In 1687, Barcelona was attacked by locusts. In order to fight the insects, the people of Barcelona prayed to the Virgin. At the end of the invasion, she was named patroness of the city of Barcelona, although she was not recognised by the pope until 1868. Since then, every year around the 24th of September, this festival is celebrated. de la Merce.

It is a series of cultural, folkloric and leisure activities that take place according to relatively unchanged rituals. Every year there is the pregó (celebratory speeches initiated by personalities from the cultural world), the art of fire (fireworks), giant Catalan dances and numerous concerts, as well as exhibitions and open days.

shows in barcelona during in the Mercè

This year, La Mercè 2021 launches the 150th anniversary edition On 23, 24, 25 and 26 September, the city will host a La Mercè, marked by a celebration of a century and a half since the inauguration of City Hall. This year, activist, feminist and community leader Custodia Moreno will give a speech, and one year after the pandemic stopped, Havana will become a guest city.

We hope to see you there very soon to make the most of all these festivities !

Barcelona, world capital of architecture in 2026

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has decided that Barcelona will become the UIA-Unesco World Capital of Architecture in 2026. The city was already the capital of this event in 1996.

The Catalan city outperformed Beijing by 147 votes to 129. The decision was made in Rio de Janeiro, which currently holds the title of World Capital of Architecture. Rio de Janeiro will retain this title until 2023, when Copenhagen will hand it over. The Danish capital will pass the title to Barcelona in 2026.

Sagrada Familia In barcelona

The architecture, the landscape and the urban planning of the city of Barcelona will make the city a world architectural reference.

Throughout the year, cultural events on architecture and town planning are organised in the Catalan capital to convey to citizens the importance of these fields.

Park Guell in Barcelona

These events will strengthen the city’s role as a centre of production and also of thought in contemporary architecture and urban design. The city will also deepen its ability to improve the lives of its citizens.

The relationship between the city and the city’s arhitecture is recognised worldwide and allows us to think about a viable and sustainable future.

Green spaces in Barcelone

We hope to see you in 2026 to make the most of the city of Barcelona with events that will blow your mind!

Three gold medals for Spain at the Olympic Games

Last week we made a small summary of the results of the Olympic Games of the Spanish. Since a week ago, the Olympic Games continue very actively and will end in two days, on August 8, 2021. It will have been a very beautiful season. Let’s go back to the results of the Spanish this week, which are exceptional.

First of all, we can congratulate the very young sportsman of 18 years, Alberto Ginés Lopez, who won against Nathaniel Coleman, a formidable opponent, a wonderful gold medal in climbing, so it is the first gold medal won in this discipline that has just entered the Olympic Games.

Alberto Ginés Lopez in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2021

In karate, Sandra Sanchez won a magnificent gold medal against the Japanese Kiyou Shimizu.  It was a magnificent fight and the Spanish deserved this beautiful victory. It is the first gold medal in the history of karate, which was registered for the first time in the Olympic Games but which will not be there in 2024 during the Olympic Games which will take place in Paris.

 Sandra Sanchez at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021

Finally, the third gold medal that Spain won this week was won in the category Mixed Shooting by Fatima Galvez and Alberto Fernandez who showed great precision and skill.

Fatima Galvez and Alberto Fernandez at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021

We can congratulate Spain that have made incredible performances this year at the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2021

GRACIA DISTRICT FESTIVAL

Today in the blog we are going to talk about the famous Gràcia festival, more precisely called Fiesta Major de Gràcia, which is a free festival that takes place in the streets of the district every year in August. This year, the festival takes place from Sunday 15 August to Friday 21 August 2021. This festival is open to the public, so it is not necessary to buy a ticket. You can go at any time to enjoy this wonderful moment with your loved ones. This festival is very well known throughout Barcelona, especially among children, as there are countless activities in which they can get involved while enjoying themselves and having fun.

Street in the Gracia district during the annual festival

During this week, the streets of this very bohemian and relaxed neighbourhood come alive with numerous shows and concerts. The concept of this vibrant festival is that the streets of Gràcia must compete to win the prize for the best decorated street. This is why you can see streets full of festivities and flamboyant, sparkling decorations that will blow your mind!

street decorating gracia during the festival

The Gràcia district takes rivalry very seriously as the standards are very high. There is a different theme for each street and any subject can be represented, which gives us a colourful and very diversified show. Take a walk through the streets of Gràcia and you will be amazed by the canvases of colourful decoration that are above you and the creativity and originality that each street demonstrates.

Street decoration in gracia

The district also offers numerous events such as giant processions, devil dances and a large fireworks display.

processions of giants during the festival de gracia in barcelona

In order to inform you in advance about the different performances that the Gràcia Festival offers, here is the link to the official website of the festival with all the programmes that this wonderful week has in store for you: https://www.festamajordegracia.cat/

We hope you will be able to come and enjoy this unique and magical moment with your family and friends!

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Last week we have presented you the results of the Tour de France 2021 where some of our cyclists have stood out more than others. This week we will do a retrospective of the first week of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the truth is that we Spaniards didn’t light up much…

At the end of the first week Spain is in 40th place with only three medals, two silver and one bronze.

With only 17 years old Adriana Cerezo Iglesias brought the first medal for Spain, the silver one. In the final of Taekwondo -49kg on Saturday July 24th the young girl managed to defeat the Thai Panipak Wongpattanakit, current world champion.

Adriana Cerezo Iglesias at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

A few days later, on Monday July 26, David Valero won the second medal for Spain, the bronze in the discipline of Mountain Bike. It was an unexpected moment. After finishing the first lap in 30th position, the fight for any medal was far away. In the second lap fell the favorite Matthieu Van der Poel which gave a total turn to the race, it ended with a podium in which we had Thomas Pidcock for the gold, Mathias Flückiger for the silver and after an incredible comeback to David Valero for the bronze.

David Valero at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The last silver medal for Spain was thanks to Mailalen Chourraut on Tuesday July 27th in the Canoe Slalom discipline. Germany’s R. Funk finished with a time of 105.50 while Mailalen finished with a time of 106.63.

Mailalen Chourraut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

But that’s not all! There is still a week of Games left and several medals to be won. Let’s not stop supporting our competitors, they need it and deserve it!

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?

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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.

this picture is a foto of a violet bike in front of the beach, it was taken in the Llobregat River mouth

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?

this picture shows the blue bicycles that we have in Born Bike Tours Barcelona

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
this picture shows the bicycle forbidden's signal

Bicycle forbidden: entry or access to all types of bicycles is forbidden.

this picture shows the cycle lane or lane reserved for bicycles' signal

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

this picture shows the end of lane reserved for cycles or cycling lane's signal

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

this picture shows the cycle path's signal

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.

this picture shows the destination sign for a bicycle lane or cycle path's signal

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

this picture shows the cycle lane or cycle lane attached to the roadway's signal

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

this picture shows the cycle lane marking

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.

this picture shows the cycle marking

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…

Browse our blog!

https://www.bornbikebarcelona.com/es/blog-2/

Do not hesitate to consult and create your tours with our team by mail!

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.

To book a tour or rent a bike nothing simpler, contact us
Born Bike Tours Barcelona
Carrer de la Brandsa n ° 1 08003 Barcelona
50 meters from Barceloneta metro station L (4) Yellow
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com.
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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.

Photography by Barcelona.cat

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?

To reserve the Tour or rent a bike nothing simpler, contact us
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📍Carrer de la Marquesa No. 1 08003 Barcelona
50 meters from Barceloneta metro station L (4) Yellow
✉️Info@bornbikebarcelona.com.
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📲 (+34) 93 319 00 20

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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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 

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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. 

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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.

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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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📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
A 50 metros estación metro Barceloneta L (4) amarilla
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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

Discover our new partner! Visite our web : https://itineraplus.com

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 district

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

Booking


    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.

    Historical & Modernist Tour

    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.

    Read more about our Bike Tours

    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).

    Read more about our Bike Tours

    Montjuïc : Magic & Art

    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.

    Read more about our Bike Tours

    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”.

    Read more about our Bike Tours