One more year, the fiesta of La Mercè arrives in Barcelona

September 17th, 2019

Although the popular fiestas in Barcelona are present during the whole year, the fiesta of La Mercè is, with difference, the one celebrated on a largest scale.

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The Mercè Virgin is the patron saint of Barcelona, so the city organizes a fiesta in order to pay homage as she deserves: giants, Castellers, bastoners’ dances, Sardanes, etc. The Catalan tradition distributed through the streets of the city, in order to everybody, specially the ones who live in Barcelona and make it so special, can enjoy the celebration.

At the City Hall web, you will find a very dynamic program with all the activities of this fiesta. If you don’t want to miss anyone of them, we advise you to take the best, cleanest and fastest means of transport: the bicycle. Pedaling through all the bike lanes of Barcelona, you will be able to arrive everywhere.

Take advantage of this fiesta accompanied by the best Mediterranean weather and experience the city in the most integrating way.

This fiesta gathers between 1,5 and 2 million of people every year, are you going to be the one who misses it?

Experience Barcelona from one fiesta to another one during this August

August 12th, 2019

We have to insist, the best way to get to know a city and all its culture, tradition and gastronomy is through the popular fiestas of its neighborhood.

Let’s start with Gràcia

The streets of the friendly neighborhood of Gràcia, in Barcelona, are already in their maximum peak. Not only because all the activities that we can enjoy during day and night, but also because of the most typical characteristic of this fiesta: the multi-coloured costumes with which the neighbours dress the streets. Every year, the streets of the neighborhood compete for being the most original one in decoration. Thanks to the perfection of years and the passion of the people who participate, the streets become pieces of work of art.

Continuing on Sants

If you are not going to be in Gràcia during these dates, don’t lose hope. Starting at 18th of August, the magic will continue in the neighborhood of Sants. Again, you are going to be able to enjoy the variety of the traditional activities celebrated during day and the music of the concerts during night. And, again, you will be able to see the work of art made by the neighbors in the streets.

And don’t miss to stop in the Gòtic

This 14th of August, the oldest fiestas of Barcelona are going to start, the fiestas of Sant Roc. And they are not only the oldest fiestas, the streets of this symbolic neighborhood in the center of Barcelona are very antiques too. Walking through the streets of the Gòtic, any day of the year, is going to fill you of history, imagine doing that during a popular fiesta.

Please, remember that these fiestas are very special thanks to the effort of all the local people who participate, so, try to help keeping this tradition by the respect and the living together.

This August the only thing that we are going to miss in Barcelona is the boredom 😉

Sharing Barcelona by bicycle during this summer

July 9th, 2019

Before reading this post, we think that remembering the first values of the ecotourism is very important: making our visit through the city the most positive and sustainable one, in addition to creating the best memories for you and the rest of the local people who live in the city and who make it so amazing.

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Barcelona is a big city full of corners that you will love to get to know. For this reason, during summer, a lot of people come here and, also, for this reason, knowing how to share these corners is very important.

The City Hall of Barcelona has published a marvelous video -marvelous, specially because we have enjoyed the images very much- where, through the most quotidian images that this city can give to us, it shows us who has priority, in which zones and with which vehicles. Of course, the bicycle has a leading role because of its respect for the environment, the people who live in the city and because of the comfort that it gives us when we are moving around the city.

This summer, everybody should practice ecotourism and share Barcelona by bicycle.

Don’t let the hot weather stop you from riding your bicycle through Barcelona during the holidays

July 2nd, 2019

Although the City Hall has deactivated the hot weather alarm in Barcelona, the high temperatures can be a reason of doubt when we are going to leave our homes to enjoy our day. For this reason, here you have a guide for keeping you pedaling.

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During the morning a combination of the breeze from the beach and the calm shade in the parks

If you are going to move around Barcelona in the morning, maybe it’s better if you don’t go through the sunny spot of the Eixample. There are some shades, but the accumulated hot weather, especially from the motorized vehicles, are going to make you feel tired. Going to the beach or to some of the great parks in Barcelona will be a better option. With the breeze or the fresh air that comes from the plants, you are going to feel much better. Go to the Sagrada Familiar or to the great modernist works of Passeig de Gràcia in the afternoon, when the sun has gone down a little.

A very recommended tour is the one that goes from the port of Barcelona to Montjuïc.

Take cover in a tapas bar or restaurant

The worst hours of the heat are at midday, so, at this hour, you should look for a bar or restaurant -especially if you are at the beach- where you could find refuge from the worst sun rays and taste some of the delicious food from the gastronomy of Barcelona.

A tapas tour will never disappoint you.

You shouldn’t stop hydrating yourself

A continuous hydration, especially if we are moving around by bicycle, is essential in order to avoid sickness. Always take a bottle of water with you and put a little bit of lemon inside it. It will make you feel great!

In addition, you will always find an ice-cream parlor and you will be able to refresh yourself with your favorite flavor.

Getting to know Barcelona by bicycle

May 10th, 2019

One of the best ways to get to know a city is at street level.  In order to get to know Barcelona -or anywhere- we suggest you to take a map of the bike lane and to get fit with your bicycle, the best means of transport to go into its streets.

Photo by Alex Blajan

Spring is a season when a thousand of ideas explode and we are sure that you have an important one for your holidays. For this reason, today we want to remember some tips that we have set out in the blog, because we think that they are very important for achieving the best experience in Barcelona.

Bring us close to the city people through their culture, their history and their social habits is a basic thing and, for achieving this, to move us at street level is very important, in order to don’t miss any detail.

When we know exactly our means of transport, the next more important thing is the destination. And for this part of the planning is very important to get informed before to leap to our trip. Be informed about the greatest monuments, to explore some more specialized corners and, above all, try to coincide with some popular celebration.

If you achieve getting into the plane, bus or train – whatever it is the means of transport that you use to come to Barcelona- knowing all the lessons, your trip will be incomparable. If you don’t have enough time for that, keep calm, the city is full of services where we can help you sharing all our knowledge.

Are you going to spend the Easter Week in Barcelona? Take a bike and start pedaling!

April 19th, 2019

You have some free days so, which one could be a better way to take advantage of them than in an active way? Do some exercise and learn more culture spending time riding a bicycle through the streets of Barcelona.

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Discover its parks and gardens

From La Ciutadella to the Horta’s Labyrinth, going through Montjuïc. A triangular tour for getting to know the three biggest city’s green areas, fresh zones with a lot of history.

And, after that, if you are not already tired, you can go up through the Park Güell and continue going up to get to the Collserola mountain, in order to do another route there.

Gastronomic tour

Gastronomic tour

If you are hungry after going up so much, you can also take the gastronomic tour. Riding through the streets of Barcelona and tasting its delicious tapas –appetizers-. The culinary fusion which this city is experiencing is magic. You will be able to find from the most traditional cooking, with the “pà amb tomàquet”, to the mixtures with Asiatic, Latin and so on tapas. Everything is possible.

A ride through the beach

A ride through the beach

If you are not sure about which one of the other two plans you want to choose, maybe a ride through the beach is the better choice for you. The promenade is a perfect place for pedaling and enjoying the fresh air. In addition, the zone of La Barceloneta has a great number of places where to stop to rest and order some tapas.

So, which one of these plans are you going to choose?

Born Bike Tours Barcelona is 10 years old!

April 4th, 2019

After 10 years of pedaling through the streets of Barcelona without any rest, we are extremely proud of all the things that we have learnt about the city, about the people who live here and about all the people who have decided to visit it with us, that is to say, visiting it from another point of view: at a street level, riding a bicycle and enjoying every single experience firsthand.

During these years, we have told you a lot of times how much we enjoy our job, because the best way to experience it is sharing this experience, showing, advising and accompanying all the people who have come to our shop. Because of that, we want to thank them for all we have received and how much we have grown professionally.

To experience Barcelona from its culture, tradition, architecture, gastronomy and from the ecotourism is something that doesn’t have a price and 10 years of experience of all these branches have made us really rich.

Because of that, we are waiting with open arms for all the new experiences which are coming, in the same way that we are waiting for all the people who we will meet riding the bicycles of Born Bike Tours Barcelona.

Ready for the Great Winter Fiesta in Barcelona?

February 7th, 2019

From the 8th to the 12th of February, one of the greatest fiesta of the city will be celebrated: Santa Eulàlia.

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Castellers, correfocs, giants, sardanes, bastoners, concerts… and every kind od activities for elder and young people during the saint and the daughter of the city fiesta: Santa Eulàlia. You can consult all the activities in the official program clicking here.

The Great Winter Fiesta of the city is the perfect opportunity to get to know a great part of the popular culture and tradition of Barcelona, together with all the local people who make it possible.

In addition, most of the activities are going to be celebrated through the old and magic central streets of Barcelona: in Ciutat Vella and the Gótic -where, we can assure you, it is better to circulate by bicycle than by car or motorbike-.

As we always say, the fiestas are the best option to get to know the popular culture of a city. So, you shouldn’t miss that one!

Experience the culture and the tradition of Barcelona while you are pedaling through La Mercè 2018 festivity

September 20th, 2018

Photo by Feradz

From the 21st to the 24th of September, you have a very important date with Barcelona, in order to enjoy the cultural activities that the city has prepared only for you -well, and for other miles of people too-.

As we always say, the best way to get to know a city is introducing yourself in its festivities, because popular celebrations are the best show of the local’s environment, their culture, their tradition and their gastronomy. In Barcelona, the most remarked festivity -because each neighbourhood has each own festivities- is La Mercè celebration. And this year it will be celebrated from the 21st to the 24th of September.

From expositions, “cercaviles”, castellers, giants, sardanes to the night concerts and light shows.

You should be fit riding the bicycle, if you want to arrive at everything!

Take a look to the daily activities programming in https://www.barcelona.cat/lamerce/en and take the most advantage of this celebration. You only can enjoy it once a year.

 

The Great Fiestas time is here, the best way to enjoy Barcelona

August 16th, 2018

If this summer you are ridding a bicycle though the streets of Barcelona, you shouldn’t miss to get to the Great Fiestas, the best show of culture and tradition in the city.

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During summer, Barcelona doesn’t stop, on the contrary, that’s really strange to find a week without any Great Fiesta. Next, a brief calendar with which you can check if your trip to Barcelona coincides with a neighborhood’s festivity.

Festes de Sant Roc from the 14th-18th of August.

Festes de Gràcia from the 15th-21st of August.

Festes de Sants from the 20th-28th of August.

Festa Major de la Bordeta from the 28th of August to the 15th of September.

Festes de Vallcarca coincides with the first two weeks of September.

Festa Major del Farró from the 7th-11th of September.

Festa Major de la Barceloneta, coinciding with the Sant Miquel festivity, around the 29th of September.

Festes de la Mercè from the 21st to the 24th of September.

Try to confirm this calendar in the City Hall web site, when the date comes closer. Some variations could be possible.

And, above all, enjoy this amazing fiestas!

 

Integrate yourself in Barcelona by bicycle

June 14th, 2018

One of the best ways to grade our trip experience is through the integration level.  In order to reach the maximum grade in Barcelona -or anywhere- we suggest you to take a map of the bike lane and to get fit with your bicycle, the best means of transport to enjoy the city at street level.

Photography by Alejandro Lopez

Photography by Alejandro Lopez

June smells summer and, with the arriving of summer, we cannot avoid to start to think about our well-deserved holidays. For this reason, today we want to remember some ideas that we have set out in the blog, because we think that they are very important for achieving the best experience in Barcelona.

Bring us close tot the city people through their culture, their history and their social habits is a basic thing and, for achieving this, to move us at street level is very important, in order to don’t miss any detail.

When we know exactly our means of transport, the next more important thing is the destination. And for this part of the planning is very important to get informed before to leap to our trip. Be informed about the greatest monuments, to explore some more specialized corners and, above all, try to coincide with some popular celebration.

If you achieve getting into the plane, bus or train – whatever it is the means of transport that you use to come to Barcelona- knowing all the lessons, your trip will be incomparable. If you don’t have enough time for that, keep calm, the city is full of services where we can help you sharing all our knowledge.

Spring activities in Barcelona for going by bicycle

April 18th, 2018

This weekend, the  21st and 22nd of April in Barcelona, you shouldn’t miss the great Earth Fair, which is celebrated at the Parc Central de Nou Barris.

Photo by Fran Priestley

In Barcelona, the Earth Day is celebrated with a great street market with handmade, ecological and proximity products and that intends to  report the bad behavior of our society with regard to nature.

A nice initiative, isn’t it?

Join it doing something good for environment, such as going to the great street market by the cleanest means of transport: the bicycle. In this way, you will add some more pedaling to the 30 days of biking, which are still active this month of April in Barcelona.

And, if after walking through this street market, you are still interested in something more, on Monday, the 23rd of April, Barcelona will be full of books and roses in order to celebrate the Sant Jordi’s tradition. Again, we insist that you don’t leave your bike at home. With the bicycle you will be able to move around in a comfortable way and you will avoid streets closed to traffic and the mass of people.

Barcelona doesn’t stop, keep its rhythm pedaling!

Come to the Pi’s Fiesta in Barcelona by bicycle

March 14th, 2018

Photo by Rang Oza

We never stop in Barcelona. This weekend the Pi’s Fiesta, also called Sant Josep Oriol’s fiesta, are going to start. We offer you some information in order to whet your appetite…

This Saturday, the 17th of March, the starting stroke, in this case, to the popular Pi’s Fiesta will take place at the center of Barcelona with a proclamation, sardanes -the traditional Catalan dance- and the popular four original Pi’s Giants dance. You shouldn’t miss that since it is only repeated once a year. Although the celebration beginning will not stop here. During the afternoon it will continue with the castellers and the theatre. And on Sunday, you shouldn’t miss the “Bestieses” event, a very original dance.

This fiesta is celebrated every year around the 23rd of March, with the arrival of the Spring. For this reason, the 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th of March are going to be days full of activities for every one and for every age.

The fiesta is a tribute to Sant Josep Oriol, who was born and who lived in the district of Ciutat Vella of Barcelona, during the second half of the XVII century.

If you want to get to know things about this saint, his popular celebration and its traditions, don’t doubt about coming by bicycle and experiencing that personally.

The future of Christmas is already present in Barcelona

20 de desembre de 2017

The end of the year is closer and with that our reflections about Christmas in Barcelona, pedaling our bicycles, increase.

You can contact with the Three Wise Man by email. Girls can order race cars and boys can order kids’ play kitchens. An original present is the one which is related to sustainability, education… There are a lot of examples about what we can find nowadays at Christmas, which shows that we are making progresses for a more equal and sustainable future.

In Barcelona, we are maintaining the tradition, but we also make aware about that, because this is not based on consumerism nor discrimination. So, in order to don’t miss this tradition, it is important to maintain the basic values, either at Christmas, at Carnival or Halloween.

So, we couldn’t avoid to do that, we have related a good Christmas with a bicycle.

The bicycle is for everyone, without regard gender or economic level, because we can find it with a very affordable price. It can be adapted to any situation easily. It is completely sustainable, it doesn’t contaminate or waste. And the energy that moves it is ourselves.

If you are agreed with these values, make the exercise of comparing your Christmas with your bicycle, what else do you want for your celebrations?

The best great fiesta of summer is comming, the great fiesta of Gràcia

August 8th, 2017

If you like getting to know the popular culture of the places where you travel, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity of enjoying the great fiesta of the district of Gràcia, which will be celebrated from the 15th to the 21st of August.

Every year we dedicate a mail about this very special fiesta and this year we cannot fail because it is going to celebrate its 200 anniversary and nobody looks better at this age. Although, the fiesta starts some days away, you can see some neighbors preparing the details which will dress the streets of different themes for the annual competition. You can feel the festivity in the ambient.

If you are in Barcelona from the 15th to the 21st you shouldn’t miss the activities which will be celebrated during the day nor the concerts of the night. You will enjoy the popular culture very near: sardanes, castellers, giants…

For sure, you will find all the streets closed to the traffic, so the best you can do is get there by bike, you will arrive more away and you will not find problems to park 😉.

If you are not here during these dates, don’t worry, you will have another opportunity the next week with the great fiesta of Sants.

Do you already have the Sant Jordi’s book and rose? Get close to the culture by bike, pedaling through the streets of Barcelona

April 19th, 2017

This Sunday, 23rd of April, Barcelona is going to relive the Sant Jordi’s legend with hundreds of books, roses and activities distributed through the whole city.

Bookshops, florists and, also, all kinds of entities are going to take the stands out to the streets this 23rd of April, adorning the sidewalks of Barcelona with their decorated roses and the best sellers of the year. So, if you are nearby, you won’t be able to resist the temptation of stopping there and buying some of the literary wonders which are hidden among the piles of books, and you will leave taking away roses for all your loved ones.

On the other hand, remember that the Sant Jordi’s tradition has progressed. Now, it isn’t a rose for the lady and a book for the gentleman. Luckily, these differences have been left behind, but not the spirit. Culture and beauty are now joined together, in order to create one of the best presents of the year among the people who really want to participate.

If you want to enjoy this day 100%, you also need to leave the car behind. The streets of the center in Barcelona, with a complex access for motor vehicles, are going to be fuller of people this day. Our tip? Take a bike and also enjoy the pedaling to the center.

Bike tours through the popular fiestas in Barcelona

March 14th, 2017

From the 16th to the 26th of March, the fiesta of Sant Josep Oriol will be celebrated in the center of Barcelona. Catalan tradition and culture.

Photo by Chris Lawton

This week, the streets around the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi are preparing themselves to celebrate the famous Father’s Day, a fiesta which is going to be concentrated between the 18th and the 23rd of March.

Giants, grallers, cercavida, popular music and a lot of activities offer the opportunity of enjoying this great fiesta of the Barri del Pi in Barcelona as an authentic local. Couples, young and elderly people, families… everybody can find the most suitable activity and enjoy them with everybody.

Again, remember that the streets of the center, in addition to be closed to the motor vehicles, are narrow streets due to their historic structure. So, the best means of transport for these days is the bicycle, with which you will be able to move around with complete freedom, going to places very fast and avoiding yourselves the parking problems.

Enjoy the fiestas of Sant Josep Oriol with the people from Barcelona!

Barcelona is going to be dressed up by the Carnival this week

February 21st, 2017

From the 23rd of February to the 1st of March, this fiesta of the popular culture is going to be present in the city, with a great number of performances and activities for all ages.

Carnival is a great date for going to visit other cities, because it is a fiesta which is enjoyed and, at the same time organized, by a lot of entities of the local society. A fact that turns that into a unique piece of popular culture.

From costumes, your Most Gracious Highness the King of the Carnival, to the Catalan sausage -made with egg, which is typical of the “fatty Thursday”, because gastronomy also enjoys this fiesta. All in all, it’s a combination that you will not be able to resist.

Take your bike and take a ride through the different activities of the neighborhoods. Go into the markets and taste the diverse varieties of the Catalan sausages. And, specially, go to one of the two great events of this Thursday: at 6 p.m. at the Palau de la Virreina, the Seven Ambassadors. At the same time, at the Plaça Sant Jaume, the arrival of the King of the Carnival with animation will take place.

Take your bike and pedal through the dressed-up streets of Barcelona!

Why you should visit Barcelona by bike this weekend? Because it is going to celebrate Santa Eulàlia’s fiesta

February 7th, 2017

Photo by José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro (CC BY-SA 3.0)

This Friday, the narrow streets of the city center are going to be full of life with the co-patron of Barcelona, Santa Eulàlia. This is the second great fiesta of Barcelona and it will light up its streets in the middle of the winter.

If you are thinking about visiting Barcelona, again, it brings you a great opportunity during this weekend. With Santa Eulalia’s fiesta, from kids to the most elderly will find activities which are adapted to them and which are spread out in the city center.

Giants, cabezudos, colles de castellers, sardanes, correfoc… a little of everything to taste Catalan culture in its entirety.

All the information and the map of the activities are in the event web page. You can visit that clicking here.

Now, of course, although it is not emphasized in the web, we advise you to go to the fiesta with the best means of transport: the bicycle. The streets in the center of Barcelona are very beautiful and full of history, but, they are also very narrow. Forget the car or the motorbike for going to the activities, they will only cause you a headache, especially if you want to park close by.

As we always say, fiestas are the best way to get to know the popular culture of a city; so, you shouldn’t miss that!

Pedaling through the activities in Barcelona during this weekend with the fiesta of Sant Antoni

January 24th, 2017

On the evening of this Saturday, the 28th of January, you will have work if you want to celebrate this fiesta of Sant Antoni with the best traditions.

On one hand, the streets of the lovely neighborhood of Gràcia will be full of life with this Majorcan fiesta: els Foguerons, which is reaching the 25 years of celebration in Barcelona. A tradition which comes directly from Sa Pobla and gathers its community with the people of this neighborhood around a bonfire.

Don’t arrive late. Music, gastronomy and dancing will start at 9.30 p.m.

On the other hand -and unfortunately, at a very similar hour-, the neighborhood of Clot will celebrate Sant Antoni too.

In this case, the theme will be focused on a very special pork: the capgròs del Pork del Clot, a large-figure of the head of a Pork- This fiesta, which has been celebrated during the last 3 years, doesn’t leave you hungry. Its main course? A degustation of delicious tapas -appetizers-, every one of them prepared, obviously, with pork meat.

This fiesta starts at 6 p.m. and finishes at 10 p.m. -and it only costs 5€-, so, if you are still hungry, at 9 p.m. you can go directly to Gràcia. The communication between these two neighborhoods is very simple. Go to Plaça de les Glòries, start to pedal there through Avinguda Diagonal until you arrive at Passeig Sant Joan, and there burn some fat with its ascent for arriving at Gràcia. All this journey is connected by a comfortable and safe bike line.

If you are going to travel during Christmas, remember some of the main points of ecotourism

December 12th, 2016


During Christmas, there are a lot of people that bet on knowing these dates from other cultural perspectives. For achieving this purpose, it’s essential to keep some main points in mind in order to leave a positive mark at the place  

  1. Minimize the negative impacts on the environment and on the community

Get a bicycle and enjoy the city from the best perspective, helping to not increase pollution and noise.

  1. Respect the environment and the culture

With your bicycle, you will be able to enjoy a lot of places at a street level, something essential for experiencing the culture of a country. If you have never been there, you should look for some information about its traditions in order to avoid slip-ups.

  1. Positive experiences for visitors and hosts

If you are respectful with the environment and culture, you will achieve a better atmosphere with the local people. If the people of a country are happy with you, you will achieve a unique experience and, what are we looking for when we travel, if it’s not this?

  1. Direct financial benefits for the local people

Being Christmas, probably, you will not be able to avoid buying some souvenirs. Try to keep away from the big chain stores, which you can find everywhere. The local commerce is unique. In this way, you will be able to buy the most original presents.

Enjoy your trips during Christmas or during any other time of the year following these basic tips.

The International Cyclist Cinema Festival of Barcelona is nearing

October 4th, 2016

The 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of this month of October, at the Texas Cinema in Barcelona (Bailén street, 205), Rueda, an international film festival that revolves around bikes, will take place.

If you are a lover of this two wheel vehicle, you shouldn’t miss this ode to the bicycle, with which you will enjoy films, short films and other activities which will be celebrated in the city during these dates.

For these four days, the Texas Cinema has prepared a selection of 10 films and 15 short films. In addition to the projection of the Rueda Kids, during Sunday morning, there will be a selection of short films for the smallest ones of our homes, in order for them to “start to dream with cyclist adventures”.

But not only the cinema will be the meeting point during this event. The Nautical Base at the Playa de la Marbella in Barcelona will be another place with a lot of different activities such as cycling races bike polo and street markets.

We are sure that you will not be able to find a better excuse for leaving home to go pedaling this weekend.

‘La Mercè’, the great fiesta in Barcelona, is coming

September 20th, 2016

Tradition, culture, music, gastronomy… everything you want to know about Barcelona is summed up from the 22nd to the 25th of September.

Photo by: Feradz

One more year, Barcelona will celebrate its great fiesta, La Mercè, which, this year, is going to be celebrated from the 22nd to the 25th of September. And we will never get tired of repeating that: if you really want to experience the city the same as an authentic local person, a celebration like this one is the best opportunity for achieving this. So, if you are visiting Barcelona this days, you shouldn’t miss this.

During the day, you will enjoy all the activities that you can imagine for all the family in the streets of the city. During the night, you will have the best local and international music concerts. A lot of people are going to come these days in order to enjoy and keep this amazing fiesta alive, are you going to be one of them?

Remember, the 22nd is going to be celebrated as the Day Without Cars in Barcelona and the bicycle will take over all the importance in this city, maintaining it clean of fumes during this first day of the festivity.

Are you going to come with us to pedal during the fiestas?

Experience Barcelona from one celebration to another

July 18th, 2016

As we always say from BornBike, there isn’t a better way to enjoy the city than introducing yourself directly into the traditions and the culture, and, where is a major concentration of these two ingredients? In the festivities. Summer is the season of the different celebrations in the neighborhoods of Barcelona per excellence.

Photo by: Feradz

The 16th of July the Festa Major of Poble Sec, in the district of Sants-Montjuïc, was inaugurated, but if you haven’t had time to enjoy the activities, you have the opportunity to do it until the 24th of this month of July. Coinciding with these dates, the Clota’s fiesta is also going to be celebrated, in the district of Horta-Guinardó, a place a bit further away from the center of the city.

From the 22nd to the 16th of August, Sant Roc, the Festa Major of the Gótic neighborhood in Ciutat Vella, is the most ancient celebration of Barcelona with more than four centuries of history. You can find it easily, because it is centered mainly in the Nova square.

And we love the Gracia fiesta, this year it will be celebrated from the 15th to the 21st of August. We love it for its activities, but, especially, because of its neighbors making works of art in every one of its streets. Although, if you want to avoid masses of people, the best for you is to wait for the Sants celebration, from the 20th to the 28th of August, it also is a great example of a good team work between neighbors.

If you are the kind of people who prefer to travel during September, you also have the opportunity to enjoy the celebrations of Vallcarca, Horta, Poblenou and the great fiesta per excellence: La Mercè.

Dances around a bonfire and quick nightly swims on the ‘Sant Joan’ night in Barcelona

June 23rd, 2016

Sant Joan

One more year, we have the opportunity of celebrating this tradition during the shortest night of the year.

At BornBike, we love summer: riding our bicycle through the city, through its green zones and through its beaches. So, we couldn’t miss its welcome.

Photo by Tamorlan

Photo by Tamorlan

From the tour of the flame which never extinguishes, the Canigo’s flame; making a pause for dinner and the “coca de llardons” (a sort of flatbread with pork rind) which we love eating with chocolate; to enjoying dancing around a bonfire with the rhythm of a live concert. And, if it is possible, we should do all of this close to the beach so that we can take a swim which will dispel the bad spirits and refresh us before the coming warm months.

It sounds good, doesn’t it?

And the best thing is that this traditional celebration, as almost all of them, comes with some stories of our culture.

Do you want to get to know them? Don’t miss it. We, if you wish so, can accompany you by bicycle, of course.

Getting to know the Catalan culture, dancing ‘Sardanes’

June 14th, 2016

From the 15th of June to the 3rd of July, every Friday (except the 24th of June) you can enjoy one of the most typical things of the Catalan Culture: Sardanes, with the people dancing to the rhythm of the ‘Les Cobles Rambles” and ‘Baix Llobregat’.

As we always say, one of the best things for getting to know a country’s culture is introducing ourselves in its history, its traditions and its festivities, because we will be able to talk easily with its people and we will feel like a citizen more of this land. So, following this premise, you should not miss the opportunity of experiencing the Sardanes’ dance and music.

sardana-1313942This is a tradition with an unknown origin, danced and played around all Catalonia (it is its national dance) and, practically everyone who wants to dance it, can try it. Your age doesn’t matter, it is for elder and young people.

So if you would like to know more about it, you should take your bicycle and go to Vapor Vell Passage (number 2) in the district of Sants-Monjuïc any Friday (remember: there are no events on the 24th of June) from now to the 3rd of July at 7.30 p.m.

Enjoy it!

The markets of Barcelona, gastronomic culture and tradition

May 23th , 2016

Last days for “Love your market” in the International Week of Markets, which has been held since the 15th of May and which is going to finish next Thursday, the 31st.

Under the motto “Choose the market, choose health”, from the 15th, the 3rd edition of this initiative, the International Week of Markets, has been held and which has been joined by municipal markets of Barcelona and other ones of the province.

As we have insisted in other blog entrances, a perfect way to get to know Barcelona in a gastronomic manner and to go to shopping is visiting the incredible markets of Barcelona, which, at the same time, are architectonic jewels. But, these days, in addition, we have the incentive of the activities which are being held in these places for everyone in the family: workshops, talks, gourmet samplings and gastronomic competitions.

barcelona-market-1319601All of these activities pretend to foment the promotion of responsible, safe and healthy nutrition. At the same time, they also aim to promote the market products, fresh and high-quality products.

If you are from Barcelona or you are spending some days here, you don’t have any excuse not to take your bicycle and come to take a stroll through one of these city markets.

 

Live music in ‘The spring in the neighborhoods’ in Barcelona

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Photo by Oscar Keys

May 16th, 2016

A musical initiative from Barcelona city to energize the cultural life in some of its districts which has been celebrated from the 5th to the 26th of May, each Thursday of the month.

In the second edition of this festival: “The Spring in the neighborhoods” 12 concerts have been prepared along the different districts of the city, emphasizing some of them, where don’t usually have a lot of this kind of activities, such as Marina de Port, Parc and Llacuna of Poblenou or the Turo de la Peira.

These concerts are in the line of the Primavera Sound Festival (which will be held from the 1st to the 5th of June in Barcelona) and they are an introduction for the new musical groups of the city. In resume, a perfect opportunity to get to know the city in a musical way.

The performances are free and they start at 7.30 p.m. every Thursday in different municipal centers, such as youth or civic centers.

If you haven’t attended any one yet, you will have the opportunity to do this Thursday the 16th of May at 7.30 p.m in the Parc Sandaru (a civic center in Poble Nou) or the next and the last one (Thursday the 26th) in the Tomasa Cuevas (youth center of Les Corts).

Don’t miss them!