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 😉

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.

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?

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

September 20th, 2018

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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 Easter Week, some perfect days to pedal through the streets of Barcelona

March 27th, 2018

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This Easter Week say goodbye to the umbrella and prepare yourself for a tour through the activities in Barcelona with your bicycle. Here are some suggestions.

Park and garden tour

Barcelona is a beautiful city because of its beaches, its architecture, but, also because of its parks and gardens distributed through different points of the city. One of our favorite parks is the Parc de la Ciutadella. By bicycle or walking, this lovely and immense park, in the center of the city, is one of the most passed through parks.

But, if you feel more courageous, you can go to the Laribal’s Gardens by bicycle, in the district of Sants-Montjuïc, away from the center, but with incredible views.

And, in order to close the triangle, in the other extreme of Barcelona, we have the Horta’s Labyrinth, the oldest park of Barcelona.

One of beaches, please.

Pedaling through the Passeig Maritim, you will enjoy the tranquility of these days at the beach. Although you could think that this is a perfect destination for summer, these days the beach is also beautiful and very, very calm. So, it is one of the best moments to enjoy its breeze.

Gastronomic tour.

From the beach to the center is a nice pedaling experience by bicycle, without hills and full of bars and restaurants where you can rest, refresh yourself and eat some tapas –the typical Spanish appetizers-. But, if we are talking about eating during these days, above all, you shouldn’t miss the famous Easter “mona” cake. Although it is supposed that it has to be a present for our godsons and goddaughters, these cakes are delicious and this is a dessert that we should enjoy.

Haven’t you you decided yet? Come to Born Bike Barcelona Tours, we are going to help you 😉

These holidays, experience Barcelona like a local person

July 25th, 2017

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Fiestas, gastronomy and architecture are the three keys that will help you to enjoy Barcelona as though you had lived here all your life.

Barcelona keeps its high level of activities during the whole year, but, during summer, coinciding with the fiestas of some of its districts is much easier.

During these fiestas, all families in the neighborhood work in the organization and in the celebration. For this reason, if you are looking for typical elements of the popular Catalan culture -sardanes, grallers, giants, music…-, in these fiestas, you will find them.

During the next weeks we will announce them.

Gastronomy is another one of the essentials keys, in order to get to know the culture and, in addition, this is one of the best pleasures which we can access easily. In Barcelona, walking through the narrow streets in the center, at the Gòtic or the Born, at the port or, even, in other neighborhoods like Gracia or Sants-full of pedestrian streets and squares- we will be surrounded by restaurants and bars, where we will be able to eat some tapas -Spanish appetizers.

Finally, architecture, the one which we can find walking at the street level, is the key that has converted Barcelona into the most important modernist city. You shouldn’t miss that.

The best of all of this is that you can achieve all these key points while you are riding your bike placidly around the city.

What should you eat if you are visiting Barcelona? The most popular gastronomy

May 16th, 2017

Photo by Javier Lastras

Barcelona gathers the most traditional food of the Catalan cuisine. The major part of the bars of Barcelona have menu which combines sea and mountain foods perfectly.

In order to get familiar with a city, its people and its culture, getting close to the bars and restaurants which offer us the popular gastronomy of the place is essential.

Barcelona is not different in this aspect, and all its tapas (Spanish appetizers) and menus are characterized by their perfect mixture of sea and mountain. So, in this case, bars, restaurants and markets are an obligatory visit.

You cannot only eat the “pa amb tomàquet” (tomato rubbed on bread). In spite of being one of the best inventions of our gastronomy, you shouldn’t miss combining it with some cold meat (fuet, llonganissa, cheese, ham…) or with fried squid or with some “seitons” (anchovies) in vinegar.

When you choose the menu, you should be guided by the seasonal food. During winter, you will be grateful for a good stew, a Catalan “escudella” or a fricassee. At the beginning of spring it should be some “calçots” with romesco sauce. During summer the “coca catalana” (Catalan tart) or the “escalivada” with cheese will help you renew energy. For autumn, a soupy rice with mushrooms. And the jack of all trades during the whole year is the Catalan sausage with beans.

Obviously, to base the typical Catalan gastronomy only on these dishes is miscalculate the Catalan food, but a list with all the typical Catalan dishes won’t fit into only one blog post. So, you should get a good gastronomic guide which will help you not to miss any of the delicious morsels that Barcelona offers.

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!

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.

‘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.

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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?

Tips about how to enjoy Barcelona as a local person

August 9th, 2016

There are three key elements to guarantee that your visit to the city will be worth while

The fiestas
As we already explained some weeks ago, summer is the time when the major fiestas of Barcelona’s neighborhoods find place (you can consult the dates and places a few articles further down). The fiestas are a concentration of tradition and culture that gathers the local people and is even organized by them. Human towers, fok musicians, giants, Catalan music and sardanas are elements that are usually always present.

The food
Barcelona is full of restaurants and bars, from the busiest zones with a lot of people, as well as the harbor and the beach, passing through the neighborhoods with squares and the best atmosphere, like Gràcia and Sants, to the most residential ones or full of offices, such as Poble Nou or les Corts (the list, in reality, is interminable, because we have found good places to have appetizers or a good daily menu in all parts).

The architecture
Right on the street and totally free, you have real modernist jewels spread through the entire city. From buildings you can enter (and here you do have to pay) to markets full of local products, that you definitely shouldn’t miss if you like to go shopping.
Everything is perfectly connected through the bicycle lane so that you don’t miss anything and take maximum advantage of your time in the city using the best transport – the bicycle.

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.