Live the Barcelona’s Parks

November 23, 2020

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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

If you want to know more about bike rental you can stop by our store
Born Bike Tours Barcelona
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
A 50 metros estación metro Barceloneta L (4) amarilla
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲(+34) 93 319 00 20

 


 

Gaudí’s Barcelona

November 9, 2020

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.

 

Like the ones we list here:
  • The Fountain of Hercules
  • The Pavilions of Finca Güell
  • The gate of Finca Miralles
  • The pavement of Sant Pacià
  • The Bellesguard Tower
  • The Vicens House
If you want to know more about the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí you can do a bike tours with us.
Born Bike Tours Barcelona
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
50 meters away from the Barceloneta L (4) yellow metro station
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲 (+34) 93 319 00 20

Walk around the Arch of Triumph by bike

November 2, 2020

 

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 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 Arc de Triomphe was not only the access to the Universal Exhibition of 1888, but also the symbolic entry of Barcelona 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 Companys, 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.

 

 

If you want to know more about the monuments in Barcelona you can visit our place
Born Bike Tours Barcelona
📍Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
A 50 metros estación metro Barceloneta L (4) amarilla
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲(+34) 93 319 00 20

In our tour in Spanish we arrive at Plaça Sant Felip Neri

October 26, 2020 
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.

 

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.

 

 

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

 

Ciutadella Park

October 19, 2020

 

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.

 

 

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
50 meters away from the Barceloneta L (4) yellow metro station
✉️info@bornbikebarcelona.com
🔹www.bornbikebarcelona.com
📲 (+34) 93 319 00 20

Tours around Barcelona

October 12, 2020.
We continue with our tours in Spanish and we tour Barcelona by Bike.

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.
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

Tours in Spanish

Monday, October 5

 

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
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

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
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

Cathedral of Barcelona

September 21, 2020.

 

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.
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.

 

If you want to know more about the cathedral of Barcelona, ask about our tours and we will tell you everything we know about it.
📍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

Spanish village in Barcelona

September 15, 2020

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.

 

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.

 

 

Born Bike Tours Barcelona
Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona
At 50 Mts. from the Barceloneta L (4) yellow metro station🚇

Free museums in Barcelona

September 7, 2020

 

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.

 

 

  • 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

 

 

 

BikeBorn Bike Tours Barcelona
Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona

 

bike tours in Spain

August 31, 2020

 

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

 

 

You can find them in Calle Felipe IV, 10 28014 Madrid, Spain
Or by phone (+34) 911 484 967 – (+34) 686 178 462
contact@rentandroll.es / https://rentandrollmadrid.com/

The best views of Barcelona

August 24, 2020

 

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.

 

 

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

Get your bike ready and enjoy Barcelona

August 17, 2020

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 Frente 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 enjoy 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 glera, the delta area and the Collserola Park.

Bicycle Routes

August 10, 2020

 

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.

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.

A bicycle, a companion

August 3, 2020

We cheer you to take out that stored bicycle and rediscover the city on wheels, with its more than 200 km 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.

If you want to know more about Barcelona and its stories

don't forget to stop by our website www.bornbikebarcelona.com

or write to info@bornbikebarcelona.com

BikeBorn Bike Tours Barcelona

Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona

At 50 Mts. from the Barceloneta L (4) yellow metro station🚇

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.

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

You can find the Barcelona´s Head a few steps from our Born Bike Tours Barcelona location, at the L4 (Barceloneta) metro stop

You can visit our page www.bornbikebarcelona.com

Or write to info@bornbikebarcelona.com

📍 Born Bike Tours Barcelona find us Carrer de la Marquesa Nº 1 08003 Barcelona A 50 Mts. from the metro station Barceloneta L (4) yellow🚇

Revolutionize your life pedaling through Barcelona

January 1st, 2020

Although the bicycle’s history starts in the 1790, in Paris, nowadays this vehicle can help you in a lot of differents aspects in your life.

Photo by Free-Photos in Pixabay

New year, new life. Or have you already forgotten the list of the New Year’s resolution? 

Maybe, you have some doubts about the relation between the title of the post and this New Year’s resolution. Well, there are a lot of relations. The most popular resolutions nowadays are: more exercise -a resolution which is motivated because of all the greasy and delicious food we have eaten during Christmas-, be more ecological, save money and travel more. And all this resolutions can be achieved just by pedaling daily. 

Going to work by bicycle, for example, can be the way for doing an exercise which, in addition to get us fit, will help us to be more active and inspired when we arrive at the office. 

At the same time you are getting fit, you are going to abandon the polluting vehicles because you are going to be using the most ecological means of transport, the bicycle.

And you are not only going to save contaminating gases to your city, in our case Barcelona, in addition, you are going to save the money of the fuel and of the gym.

And what can you do with all these savings? You can prepare a marvelous trip or taking more advantages of weekends continuing your pedaling through the streets of places that you haven’t already got to know.

Revolutionize your life starting to pedal. We started some years ago and we love it!

Postcard photos in Barcelona

August 22nd, 2019

Photo in Pixabay

Dear reader,

We are addressing to you from the nice city of Barcelona because after 10 years of experience pedaling through its streets, parks, gardens, beaches, port and mountains, we want to leading you by the hand during your trip through the city. 

We know its history, the greenest corners to rest and the best restaurants for the “tapeo” -for ordering some appetizers-. We can adapt ourselves in order to make your trip the best experience and in order to offer you the best remembrances. 

We assure you that when you come back to home and you review the photographies of the trip from your mobile phone, these are going to be worthy of a postcard and you are going to be able to share it with your most loved ones -or with anyone that you want to see green with envy-. 

Yours sincerely,

The Born Bike Tours Barcelona Team.

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.

Photo by Олег in Pixabay

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.

Are you traveling safety through Barcelona by bicycle?

June 27th, 2019

C&A España, an economic brand of clothes, has shared a very complete guide for helping people to get to know all the tips about security in order to enjoy to the maximum their bicycles.

Photo by Jarkko Mänty on Pixabay

Although the bicycle is one of the simplest means of transport and it can be almost ridden for everyone, there are a lot of elements that can complement itself and make it safer.

How can you know if your bicycle keeps to all these elements?

We have done a review with this marvelous post, that you can find in the blog page of C&A España, an economic brand of clothes -sorry, this is just in Spanish, but you can find a lot of images-, and it seems that our bicycles passes this review with a top score 😉

The fact that our bicycles keep to all these requirements is very important because it can avoid from a little accident to a serious fright. All together can make possible that the bicycle becomes the best means of transport for traveling through Barcelona, for this reason is very important to listen/read all the tips and keep us update.

Take a look at this 👉 guide and ride your bicycle safe and peacefully through Barcelona.

Barcelona and the spring, the perfect combination for pedaling

May 16th, 2019

With the best temperature for exercise and without the large influx of tourists, Barcelona, during spring, is the perfect city for riding your bicycle.

Photo by Walkerssk in Pixabay

Riding your bicycle through the mountain, near the sea, through the parks and gardens, around the monuments… Barcelona offers a lot of options and it’s hard to get to know everything. Because of that, using the bicycle for getting to one place to another will offer us a lot of advantages in mobility, accessibility and easy parking.

And what if you get caught by the spring rain?

There is no problem because storms usually don’t last a long time, so take advantage of tasting the marvelous gastronomic offer that you will find in every one of the neighborhoods of the city, without exception.

Take advantage, also, of pedaling during the twilight near the sea or through the mountain, either Montjuïc or Collserola. It’s an absolute certainty that the photos that you will take for remembering the moments will be fantastic.

Take the maximum advantage of this spring pedaling through the streets of Barcelona.

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.

Photo by Michal Jarmoluk in Pixabay

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?

30 days pedaling through Barcelona, you shouldn’t miss it!

April 14th, 2019

Photo by Michael Gaida in Pixabay.com

In case you haven’t heard about it, since the 1st of this month, a marvelous annual challenge has been developed. In this challenge everybody is happy pedaling in unison around the world.

#30DaysbyBike is a challenge which is developed in Barcelona and other cities during the month of April. It consists in taking advantage of all our trips through the city in order to ride the bicycle and promote the use of this marvelous means of transport.

The only thing you have to do is sign up on their web page (you can access it through this link 👈) and you will be collaborating with this great initiative. In addition, you will participate in the contests which make it more interesting.

Why do we try to participate in some ways every year? Because we are pedaling through Barcelona the whole year and we know that is a big pleasure getting to know its streets riding this clean and healthy means of transport. For this reason, we are sure about the fact that, if you are not pedaling daily and you start with this initiative of 30 days, after that your will not be able to stop it.

Don’t doubt! You still have time to sing up and take advantage of this healthy challenge 😊

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.

The best way to enjoy the Spring in Barcelona? For us, pedaling your bicycle

March 26th, 2019

Photo by toodlingstudio in Pixabay.com

Although the winter has come and passed unnoticed and it has given us nice trips through the city, spring continues being the favorite season for traveling on a bike.

Sunny days without being scorching ones

Hot weather can be an enemy, even worse than cold weather, for everyone who likes to travel on bicycle. Enjoying spring temperature will avoid the tiredness caused by other seasons of the year and, even more, it can give us a short break stretched out on the green of a park.

Colors that make the trip more pleasant

We are talking about the colors of spring, not only the colors from plants and trees which start to flower everywhere, but also the warm color tones of the sun over the buildings. If you like to take good photos of your trips, spring light, without burning landscapes as happens in the summer, will give life to your mementos.

The beginning of the festivities

Even though every season has its festivities and they are always reflected on the big city, during spring, the celebrations in streets with all the community are more common, taking advantage of the warm weather. If you are interested in getting to know new cultures during your trips, these kinds of celebrations are the best chance.

You cannot deny that these three ingredients are quite appetizing… 😉 So, you already know, get on your bicycle and go for savoring them!

Your trips can offer you great experiences, and you can also leave a positive trace practicing the ecotourism

March 20th, 2019

Culture, gastronomy, family trips… in B-Travel, the tourism fair of Barcelona, which is celebrated from the 22nd to the 24th of March, you can find the most suitable trip for you.

Photo by mumusu in Pixabay.com

It is March, and if this year you are thinking about doing a nice summer trip, it is time to start to plan all the details for a complete adventure.

The perfect place for this planning could be the B-Travel, the tourism fair of Barcelona which is celebrated from the 22nd to the 24th of March at the fairgrounds of Plaça Espanya, in Barcelona. A place where you will find a great quantity of offers for making the most suitable trip.

The condition that we want to suggest is that, during this perfect trip, you shouldn’t forget the ecotourism. Travel with responsibility, trying to leave your positive trace in the cities you visit, will allow you to interact more with the nature and the people who live in these places, something which will make your trip a unique experience.

Travel to this place which is so especial for you, discover it in all its splendor and take care of it in order that the next person who visits it can live as vital experience as yours 😊

Come to the activities in Barcelona during the month of August 2018 by bicycle

July 31st, 2018

Photo by Enes on Unsplash

Here you have a list of activities in Barcelona during this August, in order you don’t miss anyone during your trip.

Music in Barcelona!

2018.07.31 – 08.31 – Mas i Mas

The Mas i Mas Festival returns to Barcelona in the summer with jazz, flamenco, classic, techno and much more.

2018.08.10 – 11 -DGTL – Festival Barcelona

The DGTL Festival will make you dance in Barcelona at the rhythm of music house and techno.

2018.026.02 – 08.30 – Music in the Parks

This season, 2018, the program includes 49 concerts and all of them free. From June to the end of August you can listen to music in the parks of Barcelona. These have been taking place for the past 15 years and include best quality music. Not only this, it is also great for sitting in a pleasant place at night with good music, friends and family.

2018.07.01 – 09.16 Brunch in the Park

Take your picnic basket, your plaid table cloth and get ready to …. Dance without stopping until the 17th of September..

Outdoor movies in Barcelona

2018.07.06 – 08.31 – Mecal Air, outdoor movies

In summer we all want to spend a lot of time outdoors -and what a better way than watching short films with friends while having a glass of wine. Mecal Air is a summer alternative to the classical cinemas, It is the one preferred by the Barcelona neighbors. The good part is that there is a combination to “short films” and a gastronomical offer. The entrance is free.

2018.06.29 – 08.03 – Outdoor movies – Sala Montjuïc

Important recent films and concerts that take place outdoors.

2018.06.28 – 08.02 – Free films t the Barcelona beach

Free movies at the beach during the summer nights.

Other events

During summer from Thursday to Sunday from 9:00p.m to 11:30p.m. – The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

In the summer from Thursday to Sunday from 9:00p.m to 11:30p.m. the spectacles take place every half an hour.

2018.08.09 – 19 – Circuit Festival

Don’t miss the most fun gay Festival in Barcelona.

2018.08.05 – 05 – Joan Gamper Trophy from the FC Barcelona

Experience the Barcelona Football Club Joan Gamper a the Camp Nou!

Have a good time!

A new bicycle route from the sea to the mountain in Barcelona

July 26th, 2018

With the inauguration of the bike lines in the streets of Bilbao and Jonquera, which have been added to the street of Navas -look at the map and you will understand it better 😉-, the axis which will allow us to go from the Parc del Guinardó to Marbella beach is completed.

Something very especial from Barcelona that we always try to remark is that this city is a sea and mountain city, where the landscape and the environments are very varied and it allows us to enjoys its different modalities.

Up to now, a very important bicycle route was the one where you can go from the Port Olimpic to Montjuïc mountain in the Sants-Montjuïc district. In just one day you can enjoy the sea breeze and the mountain views. Now, to this amazing route, we have to add another one from Guinardó to the Marbella beach, so we have a new one for changing the views and the environment of the beach.

The most important thing of these routes is the fact that now we can do that in a safe way thanks to the extension of the bike lane in Barcelona.

This summer experience Barcelona to the maximum and discover the last of its corners by bicycle.

A bicycle as your best trip mate

Photo by Autumn Studio

July 27th, 2018

This summer you shouldn’t forget your bicycle at home. It will be your best trip mate.

If you have kept yourself fit all year getting around everywhere by bicycle, this summer you cannot waste all this effort. Moving around the cities by bicycle is the best investment that you can make.

With the bicycle, you can get to know all the cities at street level, without any problem when you decide to park, and enjoying the city environment directly.

The respect for the environment, the noise and the neighbors are synonyms of bicycle. This will make you earn points with the local people who are sharing the city with you.

Flexibility of movement, especially in Barcelona, city of sea and mountain. By bicycle, the moment you wake up, you can decide if this a mountain or a sea day. It will make you enjoy the trip and allow you to stop anywhere you want. It doesn’t matter if you want to immortalize the moment by taking a photo or if you want to have some tapas -Spanish appetizers- in a bar that you like.

All these advantages, combined with the bike lanes which the city is taking from the space of the cars, make the bicycle the best trip mate during our summer adventures.

This summer, let’s share Barcelona by bicycle

July 3rd, 2018

We have to insist that the best way to travel is by the ecotourism, achieving that our passing through the city be the most sustainable and positive possible, and generating the best memories for us and for the people who live in the city and who turn it into a marvelous place.

Photo by Sergi Larripa

The City Hall of Barcelona has initiated a new campaign this summer: ‘Compartim Barcelona’ -Let’s share Barcelona- where they gather some tips for everyone who visits and lives in the city. We feel very identified with them, because they are something that we try to transmit in many of our mails.

Sharing the public places, taking care of the urban furniture, not obstructing the life’s rhythm of the people who live in the city, not making noise after a celebration and, in general, controlling the volume… these are some basic tips from the web site. It seems very logical, isn’t it? Well, these are annoyances that the people who live in Barcelona are experiencing continuously, and which complicate their day-to-day. For this reason, we are sharing it in our blog, in order to do our part to achieve a more habitable city for everyone.

To all these tips, obviously, we want to add another one: riding a bicycle when you visit the city. This means of transport doesn’t make noise, doesn’t dirty it and, thanks to the extension of the bike lane, we can practically move around the whole city in a safe way for us and for the pedestrians. Of course, in order to make this idea a reality, we need your help by respecting all the traffic sign, the places to stop and park and this rhythm of the people who live in the city that we have talked about. Because, they are sharing their bicycle routes, so try not to obstruct the rhythm of these.

Take these tips with you and enjoy Barcelona by bicycle!

This holidays you can practice the ecotourism in Barcelona by the best means of transport: the bicycle

June 19th, 2018

Summer is very close and we cannot avoid to remember you some tips that will help you to plan an unforgettable trip, respecting the environment and people who you are going to visit.

Born Bike Tours Barcelona are very fans of ecotourism, this combination of activities that allow us to travel respecting the environment and the people who live in this place. But, although this point of view comes from the respect, ecotourism is much more. We are going to sum it up in the 8 tips presented by the International Ecotourism Society:

  1. Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
  2. Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  3. Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  4. Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  5. Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
  6. Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
  7. Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
  8. Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.

You are going to see that a lot of these points are easy to resolve if you visit the place by bicycle 😉

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.

Blogs and guidebooks, windows which show us the cities that we want to get to know

January 16th, 2018

This week, we have wake up with this marvelous mail’s blog from Silver Stories, by Caroline, where she explains its riding by bike through Barcelona together with Born Bike Tours Barcelona.

Photo by Judit Aranda

Before start a trip, long or short, it is essential to inform us about which kind of things are we going to find in our destination. This information that we used to find in guidebooks, now, we can also find it in an unlimited number of blogs, where people show their own experiences while they were traveling.

Just as when you visit a specialized bookstore looking for the guidebook which show you all the things in the littlest possible space, which has been actualized during the last year and which allows you to move as a local when you arrive at the city, more and more, people look for this specialization in a blog. Recently blog entries, updates and the experience of the person who has written it are the elements which give us the confidence to accept their tips and write it down in our trip’s notebook.

This is something that we find in blogs, as Silver Stories, where you quickly see that Caroline has a great experience traveling and, in addition, she loves it.

Always is a pleasure to meet people like she, for this reason we love our job.

These holidays, experience Barcelona like a local person

July 25th, 2017

barcelona-838716_1920

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 keep in mind before doing a tour through Barcelona by bike during these summer’ holidays?

July 12th, 2016

During the summer, you can visit Barcelona in a thousand different ways. We want to give you some options, riding your bicycle, with which you will enjoy the hot weather.

30ºC of temperature (86ºF) can be a bit suffocating, especially if we are riding a bicycle. For this reason, there are two very interesting tours for these summer days, with which we can enjoy the landscapes and the culture of Barcelona (especially the gastronomic one) in a refreshing way.

Tour through the beaches of Barcelona

Barcelona has a long coast and with it a great diversity of beaches, which have been transformed throughout the years. Going through them by bicycle, discovering their history and breathing the sea breeze is something unique during the summer.

¡Now, of course! You should not forget a good sun-cream and wearing cool clothes.

Tapas Tour through the most symbolic neighborhoods

Close to the beaches, we can also find the most antique neighborhoods of Barcelona and they have a notable gastronomic variety, so you should not conform yourself with only one of them. The bicycle will allow us to go through these streets and stop at every one of the different terraces, in order to enjoy of a fresh drink with its respective tapa. You will get to know from the most traditional tastes to the most experimental ones. You or your stomach set the limit.

The best experiences for a refreshing Barcelona!

4 reasons for visiting Barcelona on bicycle this summer

July 05th, 2016

If you are someone of last minute planning and you don’t know where do you want to go these holidays, here you have 4 good reasons for coming to Barcelona and enjoying it by bicycle.

barcelona-838716_1920

Mediterranean city

Weather, gastronomy, tradition… Barcelona doesn’t let determinants to chance. Whatever makes you travel, here you have a lot of everything. If you don’t want to ride your bicycle under the rain or under extreme weather conditions, this is your city. If you want an unlimited number of restaurants and bars where you can go to fill up on energy with a good price and a good taste, this is your city. If you want to get to know something different every time you go through a street, this is your city.

Sea and mountain

You can go through beaches and port by bicycle, but if you keep yourself pedaling you can go to the mountain. Everything in a day, from the Parc del Fòrum to Montjuïc and if it is not enough, you can lose yourself in Collserola. Every one of the views are amazing.

Almost 200km of bike lane

In order to make your visit as comfortable as possible, you can access practically every corner in the city easily. In order not to miss anything at street level, because, according to our philosophy, this is the best way to get to know a place from within.

Events, concerts and parties, almost every day

If your holidays don’t coincide with one of the neighborhood celebrations, you can enjoy, in a live way, the culture of the city in many other centers, theaters, museums and bars. Barcelona always has a good plan.

Moving around by bicycle, a way of life

June 28th, 2016

Everyone who uses a bicycle in his daily life to go to work, to shop, to take the children to school… They cannot leave it during the holidays.

Some people start to use a bicycle to avoid the sedentary life in which we live; some others use it because they have become sensitive about the problem of the high levels of pollution in the cities; others because of both reasons or, simply, because they love moving around without traffic jams, with a bit of fresh air and enjoying the views.

Whichever is the reason that pushes us to start pedaling in our daily life, it finally accompanies us everywhere. For this reason, leaving the bicycle during vacation is very difficult and, actually, there are no motives for doing that. Getting to know other places at street level, close to the people, stopping everywhere we want, moving fast through every corner… Practically, everyone who tries it, finally, transforms it into a way of life.

If you don’t yet see it clearly, take advantage at this beginning of summer to discover new and old places and, surely, without realizing, you will transform that into your best habit.

The greatest historical celebrities like (or liked) to ride a bicycle

A bike is the best means of transport for almost everyone, so, it is not strange that the greatest historical celebrities consider the bicycle as something else than a simple way of travelling.

If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on”, Lance Armstrong –professional cyclist-.

A tip which can help us during many moments of our life and, in addition, it is really illustrative: the person who gives us the advice has spent a half of his life on a bicycle surpassing challenges and almost every one of us, at a certain time, have taken the risk of riding a bicycle in our lives.

If in case of doubt we feel scared, the best thing we can do is remember the day we launched ourselves down the street on two wheels.

Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond the existence as mere clients and consumers, those people ride a bike”, Wolfgang Sachs – researcher, writer and teacher of environment, development and globalization.

If someone, who has dedicated his career and his life to theorize a more sustainable development, has said that, maybe it is true that the bicycle transforms us and make us freer from the consumption system in which we live.

Only the people who pedal to work daily can feel the sensation of well-being with the environment and with oneself, a sensation that is accentuated when you see what you save on petrol and the gym.

Albert Einstein riding his bicycle.  Santa Barbara, 1933

Albert Einstein riding his bicycle.
Santa Barbara, 1933

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them”, Ernest Hemingway –journalist, writer and traveller-.

The contours and all the cities’ corners of the country. From BornBike we confirm this fact every day of our work. With the bicycle you will live an experience which is impossible to appreciate through another kind of vehicle.

And in order to keep up the level, here you have the last famous quotation which, we think, doesn’t need an explanation:

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”, Albert Einstein –the most acknowledged scientist of the 20th century-.

The Carnival arrives in Barcelona

carnival festivitieIf you are thinking about taking advantage of some days and coming to visit Barcelona, you cannot miss the opportunity of meeting the Reina Belluga (Belluga Queen).

From the 4th to the 10th of February, Barcelona dresses up its streets with activities and popular parties, starting with L’Arribo, a tour through different streets of the city, which will start at the Sant Cugat Square at 6 p.m. on the 4th day, in order to receive the Reina Belluga with music, giants and fireworks. With this welcoming, the Queen of this Carnival will initiate all the events which will take place in a lot of centres, associations and institutions of the city.

Three other important activities which you cannot miss (and which will be held very close to our BornBike premises are El Ball del Molinet (The Little Mill Dance) on the 5th at 7 p.m. at the Born Cultural Centre; the Taronjada on the 7th at 4.30 p.m., which will start at the Comercial Square, it will be perfect for all the family members; and the carnival streets, there will be 30 of them distributed through the different districts of the city. You will need to pedal strongly if you want to see more than one.

Start looking now for the best costume in your wardrobe for this festivity, because the level will be very high.

¿Why #BarcelonaInspire?

Photography by Joaquin Aranoa

#BarcelonaInspire is one of the most popular hashtags used in the social networks by everyone who experience and visit this incredible city.

If we are planning a trip, taking a look at the social networks could be a great way to find all the happenings which we want to experience. With a simple hashtag we will achieve an infinite number of comments, videos and a lot of photos about the places that we want to visit.

Something similar happens with #RTW (Round The World), this is used for everywhere in the world, or #TTOT (Travel Talk On Twitter). Although if we are interested on the opinions about places for eating, the best is: #FoodTravelChat.

But, what does usually happen in the social networks…? Between the retouches and the happy faces, a lot of times we are far away from the reality which we finally find. If you want to avoid this, #NoFilter is your best hashtag. Here, no matter how good the photography is, there is no trick.

So, now you know, for your next trip to Barcelona, apart from being sure that you have a bicycle to pedal, take a look at the social networks to see why Barcelona inspires so many people.

The keys of the ecotourism

Although we have the sensation that an eternity has passed since we were on holidays, surely it has been only a month and a few days, enough time to get away from our experiences and analyze our trip in a critical way.

by Diogo Tavares

by Diogo Tavares

For this analysis, the definition and the seven principles on which The International Ecotourism Society bases itself can be a help for us. So the Ecotourism is not any other thing than: “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. In order to achieve this we have to:

1. Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts:

Obviously, at this point we cannot stop insisting on the kind of means of transport that we use. We, of course, prefer the quick, efficient and non-contamination bicycle, always knowing and respecting the each city‘s regulations.

2. Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect:

And an interesting way to do that is moving around the city to the maximum in order to get to know its history, its art and it culture, in addition to its surroundings, especially if they are a source of nature and always leaving a minimum physical trace of our visit.

3. Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts:

Knowing local people and sharing experiences with them will always make our trip so much richer. In order to do that, it is usually enough to be respectful and friendly.

4. Provide direct financial benefits for conservation:

Collaborating, as well as possible, with these places which we love to visit.

5. Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry:

To go and use local shops and services will get us closer to the people of the place and to the way that they live together. So, why do we have to go to the same shops, which, surely, are also in our city?

6. Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates:

The present context will indicate so much about the place and the people that we are getting to know.

7. Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities:

Something so basic that we surely will always intend to comply with it in our daily life.

8. Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment:

Something so basic that we surely will always intend to comply with it in our daily life.

So, now we have to ask ourselves: At how many points we have implemented these on the last holidays? And, in this way, trying to improve in each one, our next holidays will be have 10 points!

 

Convert yourself into one more citizen of Barcelona pedalling the bicycle

Getting closer to people of a city in a cultural, historic and social way is what will transform our journey into a unique trip. How should we do this? Get carried along the streets by someone who really knows them!

When we travel to new places, apart from breaking the routine, usually, we look for getting to know the city in detail. We look for all the information through guides and internet and, we leave with thousands of routes in our head to experience and to pass through. But all architectonic works, museums and corners of the city lack sense if we don’t know their history fully and, finally, we just forget them or we mix them up with memories of other trips.

In order to avoid this, the best choice is to look for a trip mate who knows all the details of the history, because he or she has lived with them all his/her life.

By travelling with local people, we will have a great opportunity to live a new experience, much richer and more authentic than all the notes that we could compile before and during the trip.

This, together with the opportunity of going through the streets on a bicycle, a vehicle which allows us to move through all the streets easily, much quicker than walking and appreciating more details than going by car, will be the perfect combination for assuring us that we are using our trip up to the limit.