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 😉

What do you prefer, sea or mountain? In Barcelona, we are capricious and we like both

July 29th, 2019

Photo by Joaquin Aranoa

You can move around Collserola and breathe the fresh air of the mountain or refresh yourself with the sea breeze.

We love to move around Barcelona by bicycle, in part because of its privileged location. If we wake up thinking about a swim during the morning, we can go to the beach by bicycle -although, our shop is very close to the beach, actually- and if, the next day, we prefer an adventure, we can be pedaling through the Collserola mountain. 

But, what if we wake up and we want both? 

So, we can take one of the sea and another one of the mountain. 

We can start our tour from the beach of Barceloneta and go up to Montjuïc by bicycle. And, if the next day we want to do a similar road easily, we can take a bike lane from the Guinardó to the beach of Nova Icària. 

And if we are back on the beach, we feel hungry and we can’t decide if we prefer a tapa of calamars or a tapa of Catalan sausage, we can have both, because we are on vacation and we deserve it after all the exercise. 

Days of vacation have to be full of these comforts, so get the best means of transport, the bicycle, and keep pedaling!

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.

Photo by Khusen Rustamov in Pixabay

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.

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?

It’s still summer in Barcelona

September 1st, 2018

Although the summer holidays have finished with the August’s month for a lot of people, for other ones, who have suffered the hot weather in the work place while they saw how the work mates departed to remote countries, the good time starts now.

Photo by Katerina Zhang

Barcelona is not going to disappoint all the people who have been waiting for the arriving of their well-deserved vacations. On the contrary, the activity of the city is not going to let anyone to get bored.

From refreshing ridings through the beach by bicycle, to the challenge of getting to the top of the hill of Montjuïc, where you will be awarded with the amazing views of the city. Everything with the nicest weather and avoiding the July and August build-ups –overbooking in hotels, in restaurants and, even worst! in the streets-.

And, if it was not enough, we cannot forget that the great fiesta of La Mercè 2018 is very close. A festivity that, as always, will get you closer to the culture and tradition of the city.

Barcelona is waiting for you with open arms, take your bicycle and come to pedal!

The end of August is arriving, but not the end of vacation on bicycle

August 30th, 2016

Photo by Alex Blăjan

With the ending of August we also say goodbye to the summer, but we shouldn’t forget that September is a perfect month for planning long weekends on bicycle. At least in Barcelona.

More pleasant temperatures

If in August the most recommended routes were the ones around the beach so that we could have a necessary swim, in September the degrees decrease so that we can get lost on our bicycle in any place.

Looking for routes on the weekends, be this in order to increase our culture or to the mountain to disconnect from the hustle and bustle, it’s the best way to get rid of the post vacation depression.

Less is more

Sadly, fewer people in the more touristic cities will allow you to move around easier and with much more economical prices. Something inevitable also has its positive part that we should take advantage of.

Take advantage of the increase in energy that we get travelling during vacation in order to continue enjoying different places during different weekend escapades.

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.

¿How could you win a good vacation by pedaling your bicycle every day?

Photography by Javier Calvo

JAE Ingeniería y Desarrollo, a company from Logroño, La Rioja (Spain), clearly knows how to take care of the workers who make themselves responsible for the environment: even one week of vacation can be earned by them for riding the bicycle to their work every day.

The importance of the workers’ motivation has been heard by a lot of companies and, each one looks for the best way to award the employees. This week we have found the company who, in our point of view, has won the first place: JAE Ingeniería y Desarrollo has thought up a system in which, for every day that you go to work with a non-motorized vehicle you accumulate 10 minutes of vacation and in this way until you have reached one week.

In conclusion, a great system to thank all the people who are concerned about the environment, about the city and about the tranquility of a lot of people, because, in the end, what is more tranquil, quick and less polluting than a bicycle?

This initiative is similar to the other one that the French government announced last October, which has not yet been put into practice, but which is planning to pay 0,25 cents for each kilometer ridden to work.

It seems that the bicycle is going to continuously win more allies and maybe we, using it, will be able to earn some paid vacation, but, of course, on bicycle.