Barcelona Bike Tours – The Best Way To Go About Barcelona For Sightseeing!
Barcelona is a city of architectural wonder. The monumental historic places are feast to the art lovers. The best way to go about Barcelona for sightseeing is to take the famous half day bike tour around the city.
Barcelona bike tours are ideal for lone travelers and groups. Most of the Barcelona bike tours are guided and the guides speak different languages, so communication will not be a problem. Since there are not any tedious hills or slopes, the ride is very relaxed and informative.
Barcelona Bike Tours Features
Most often, any of the Barcelona bike tours take roughly 4 hours to complete and covers around 11 km. It starts from the Barri Gotic. At the end of the ride, bikers get to meet fellow bikers at beach side bars where the bikers can relax and have sip of relaxing cold beer.
People prefer the bike rides because bikers can take their own time to enjoy the places, take photos leisurely and not be hurried by the guides. The bikers will have all day to cycle through the city.
Some of the Sight Seeing Attractions and Best Organized Tours in the World Covered By Most Barcelona Bike Tours
The Barri Gotic – The Barcelona Barri Gòtic area is also known as the Gothic Quarter and is the area in which the old town of Barcelona is situated. As you will see from the following photos the streets vary considerably in style but the old quarter is generally characterized by narrow cobbled streets with tall old buildings.
Picasso lived and worked in Barri Gòtic from 1895 to 1904 and Joan Miró was born and lived here during his youth.
Barri Gòtic is situated on the right hand side of the La Rambla as we look toward Plaça de Catalunya. For those of you who are new to Barcelona, La Rambla is the famous 1.2 km pedestrianized walkway that is consider to be the very centre of Barcelona.
Plaza Sant Jaume – This plaza was the power house of the Catalan government and the city hall. The place where this plaza is located was originally a roman settlement. On one side there is the Palace of the Generalitat (the government of the Autonomous Community of Catalunya) and on the other stands the City Hall. This square has been witness to some of the most important events in recent Catalan history, such as the proclamation of the Catalan State in 1931 or the return of Josep Tarradelles from exile in 1977. On Sunday mornings, people come to dance the Sardana, the national dance of Catalonia — it’s a very Catalan moment and worth checking out during your Barcelona bike tours.
Plaza dei Rei – Plaza of the royal or the royal courtyard is one of the most preserved architecture in the city. This is believed to be the plaza at which Christopher Columbus was received after completing his journey.
The imposing royal palace, the Palau Reial Major, rises up at the back of the Plaça del Rei in Barcelona, with the Watchtower of King Martí on one side. The palace was the residence of the Catalan counts from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, and the history of the building can be traced back to the Barcelona of the 11th century, although its current appearance is the result of alterations carried out in the 13th century. This means that the building is predominantly Gothic in style, although the base of the building features Visigothic and Romanesque elements. Inside, the Great Hall, or Saló del Tinell, with its round arches, is the most representative and beautiful room in the Palau Reial Major.
On one side of the building, on top of the old Roman wall of Barcelona, you can see the 14th-century royal chapel of Santa Àgata, which contains the valuable Contestable altarpiece by Jaume Huguet. The building opposite is the 16th-century Palau del Lloctinent, or Lieutenant’s Palace, which has a beautiful Renaissance courtyard and is currently home to the Archive of the Crown of Aragon. Closing off the Plaça del Rei is the Casa Clariana-Padellàs, the home of the city’s history museum, the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat de Barcelona, which contains the archaeological remains of Roman Barcelona. Your Barcelona bike tours won’t be called complete if you skip this marvelous site.
La Cathedral – In the center of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), the heart of Barcelona, is the city’s Gothic cathedral, known as La Seu. This Gothic cathedral is one of the revered religious places in the city and contains the tomb of Saint Eulalia, who was the first saint of Barcelona.
The first stone of the current church was laid in the thirteenth century, but it would last until the early twentieth century before the cathedral was fully completed. The church was named after Barcelona’s patron saint Eulalia; its official name – Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia – is Catalan for Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. The commonly used name La Seu refers to the status of the church as the seat of the diocese.
If you are interested with history and religion related to Barcelona, then this site is going to be a major highlight to your Barcelona bike tours.
La Sagrada Familia – La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (that’s not a typing error!) and it’s not expected to be completed for some time yet.
Much controversy surrounds the building of the Sagrada Familia. Today new construction materials are being used which, some feel, Gaudí himself would not have used.
When you visit the building you will see the contrast in the stone colour between the front and back of the building. Also the actual style of construction appears somewhat different between the new and old parts of the building.
There is a lot to view at this building, just make sure any of the Barcelona bike tours you pick does pass at this location….not to miss the wonderful work of Barcelona.
Barcelona zoo (Parc de la Ciutadella) – This literally translates into the park of the citadel. This park was earlier a fort and was converted into a park containing a zoo, lake and a garden. Gaudi’s artistic touch is seen in a fountain contained in this park.
Barcelona Zoo occupies over 14 hectares inside the Parc de la Ciutadella. It was founded in 1892 and located in buildings that had been used for the 1888 Universal Exhibition. The first fauna housed in the zoo came from the private collection of Lluís Martí Codolar, who kept them on his estate in the neighbourhood of Horta. Barcelona Zoo has been extended and redesigned over the past hundred years, with priority being given to the upkeep and reintroduction of species under threat of extinction and the improvement of the animals’ living conditions.
Barcelona Zoo offers a number of educational programmes for children and adults designed to give them a greater understanding of wildlife. At the zoo you’ll be able to see a dolphin show, observe how mandrills and titis (the world’s smallest monkeys) live, laugh with the seals and discover tropical birds. The kids can enjoy the petting zoo, where they can come into contact with farm animals, ride a pony or play in the large children’s park. As you walk through Barcelona Zoo, you’ll come across modernista treasures, such as the fountain crowned by Joan Roig i Solé’s sculpture, La Dama del Paraigües (The Lady with the Umbrella -1885), one of Barcelona’s most exquisite and best-loved symbols.
If you are on Barcelona bike tours with family and especially young children, then this will be a perfect place to stop by.
Sightseeing not reached by bike
Port Vell: This was a port earlier, but is a hotspot for leisure activities, shopping center, and Barcelona aquarium. Port Vell commences at the end of Barcelona’s La Rambla, by the Columbus monument, a major city landmark since 1886. At the top of the column, 50 metres above city, a viewing gallery boasts breathtaking views of the sea and the famous boulevard. On one side, the 14th-century medieval shipyards, the Drassanes Reials, provide the opportunity to visit Barcelona’s Museu Marítim, and if you head for the waterfront, in the Portal de la Pau, you’ll be able to see the historic schooner, the Pailebot Santa Eulàlia, which was built in 1918 and named after Barcelona’s co-patron saint. This is the departure point for the traditional pleasure boats, the “Golondrinas”, which operate harbour rides around the Port Vell.
Here, the wooden walkway, known as the Rambla de Mar, leads to the retail and leisure complex Maremagnum, Barcelona’s L’Aquàrium. Art works also add a splash of colour to the Moll de la Fusta in the shape of a polychrome sculpture by the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, and, still in Port Vell but bordering Barceloneta, the building of the old harbour warehouse, Magatzems Generals de Comerç, reminds us of the area’s mercantile past. Under the name Palau de Mar, the red-brick building now houses one of Barcelona’s most interesting museums, the Museu d’Història de Catalunya. This site is definitely worthy stopping by during your Barcelona bike tours.
La Barceloneta: Up north of port Vell is the Barceloneta, previously fisherman’s living quarters. The point where Barceloneta meets the sea is the place where you will find some of the best sandy beaches of the world.
Montjuïc: Montjuïc is a small hill on the southwest of the city, overlooking the entire Barcelona. The trek up the hill is worthwhile for it gives a spectacular view as reward. In a courtyard here is the La Font Magica: The fountain of magic.
Barcelona Bike Tours During The Night? Yes….You Can!
Barcelona has diverse activities for the daytime, but for the nightlife, you head only to the bar for that is where all the action is. However, for those who want to remain sober, Barcelona has other things to offer; a bike tour of Barcelona under the moon.
Bike tour at night
The night Barcelona bike tours start at around 7:30 pm. There are various tour companies in Barcelona that offer guided tours and hence it is perfectly safe to ride in the night. Though some of the visitor’s attractions will be closed by the night, you can enjoy the surreal feel only in Barcelona bike tours. Unlike what you imgine, the nights are just as buzzing as the day with people flocking around the bars, restaurants and bike tours.
The sunset bike tours are just as enjoyable. These Barcelona bike tours typically last for 3-4 hours. There will be regular stoppages for drinks at beach side pubs and canal side cafés. The streets are calmer, though not deserted, and the breeze is cool. The cycling is thus easier. The multilingual guide keeps giving you descriptions of the various places of interest that fall your way, talking and taking you through the Barcelonan heritage.
These rides interest new tourists the most, though there are people who never miss a chance for the bike tour whenever they visit Barcelona. The cost for renting the bicycle for half a day is a maximum of 24.
When tired biking, if you want to experience the Barcelona’s night beauty in style, then order a limousine for a ride around the city. Costs are 200 to 500. Maximum of eight people can be catered for.
Nightlife in Barcelona
Barcelona and fiesta are synonymous. There are pubs open all through the night. There are Irish and British pubs here that are stag and hen friendly. Some of the bars do not entertain large groups of men or women and the bars will make it very clear by not serving drinks. Hence, respect it and avoid such places.
Barcelona being a very popular and cheap foreign vacation spot is flocked by tourists during seasons. Hence, the bars and pubs will be jam- packed. Reservations for stag and hen party groups we be an ideal thing to do.
The Las Ramblas is the heart of the action with many famous nightclubs and themed bars. Some of the city’s best drinks and best bites are located around this square. For more exclusive nightclubbing, Gothic square is the place to be visited. This is excellent for bar crawl with chains of bars that can be covered in foot. Raval is another glamorous district of the city and comprises of more hip bars than the traditional ones back at the square.
Enjoy the Barcelona weekend with gourmet food along the beach side restaurants, night bike tour, night limo tour and happening nightclubs.
Overall, Barcelona is a city of beauty whose beauty is to be drunk in with eyes. Take any of the available Barcelona bike tours to enjoy the city’s sensuality.
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