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!

If you have a bad atmosphere at work…Go for a stroll on your bicycle!

Sometimes the routine stress of work can get us to pay our bad ways against the people nearest us: our workmates, although they don’t deserve it.

Surely, most of us have spent a period of time being a bit more stressed than usually at work, and it could be because of a project that failed, or because of a personal situation, or, simply, because we don’t feel as motivated by our job as at the beginning. When this happens, very often, the relationship with workmates can make us tense, and we get to separate from them, when the best would actually be to keep united.

born bike tours - Barcelona - CiutadellaSo, why not try to return to the starting point with other kind of activities? Start again getting to know your mates, away from the work environment, finding out about their personal life and/or personal motivations. All these actions can help to recover the mutual confidence and that’s always useful in our daily life.

Searching for activities during the weekend, which don’t mean a long trip and which are easy to organize, could be so effective in order to improve our relationship, especially if our activities are planned for a group and in a natural environment, the opposite of the condition in the office.

For us, nothing better than to go for a stroll through the streets of Barcelona by bicycle to clear up our ideas, feeling free of complications and starting again with our friendships.