FEEL THE SPIRIT AND MEET THE CITY’S MEDIEVAL PAST
Barcelona is known as a bike-friendly city. There are bike rental shops at each corner, so in just a few hours you can see a great part of the city and experience some treasurable moments on this unique Barcelona tour.
Hop on your bike, bring your camera, a bottle of water, sunscreen and start your sightseeing in Barcelona at Plaça Sant Jaume. This is a square in the heart of the Old Town, the administrative centre of Barcelona and Catalonia as the City Hall (Ajuntament de Barcelona) and the Palau de Generalitat of Catalonia are located here. Generalitat was built in 1532 with its interior in Gothic style hidden by the neo-classical façade. It’s possible to visit this place on Sundays.
Then take a ride to the Plaça del Rei, a 14th century square in the Barri Gòtic. Here you can feel the real spirit of the city’s medieval past. Palau Reial Major or the Royal Palace at the back of the square was the residence of the Catalan counts from the 13th to the early 15th century. This is a breathtaking Gothic-style building with some Visigoth and Romanesque elements. Next to it, there is the 14th century Royal Chapel of Santa Agata and opposite to it there is the Palau del Lloctinent with a stunning Renaissance courtyard. Here you can also see the Casa Clariana-Padellàs, the city’s history museum which contains the archaeological remains from the Roman period.
The next stop on our bicycle tour is the Barcelona Cathedral. This magnificent Gothic cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona was built from the 13th to the 15th century. The roof is wide-known for its gargoyles presenting domestic and mythical animals. It has an impressive interior with 25 side chapels, gorgeous cloister, incredible stained-glass windows that fill the cathedral with light.
ART, MORE ART AND THE BREATHTAKING SIGHTS AT THE SEAFRONT
We go further to the Palau de la Musica Catalana, located in the Ribera district. This is a picturesque Art-nouveau building, constructed between 1905 and 1908 for the Catalan choral society. This architectural jewel is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its façade incorporates Spanish and Arabic architectural elements, with some rich details, exposed red brick, iron, mosaics, the stained glass and the glazed tiles.
The tour leads us now to one of the city’s iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomf. This triumphal arch was constructed as the main access for the 1888 Barcelona World Fair. It’s built in red brick and decorated with sculptural motives evocative of the neo-Mudejar style. The whole monument is an allegory of the Barcelona’s respect for the nations taking part in the exhibition.
The ride takes us further to the Parc de la Ciutadella. This amazing green lung of the Barcelona city hosts a sustainable zoo, the Parliament of Catalonia, a lake, museums and a splendid fountain.
After spending some time surrounded with peace and greenery, BarcelonaEye, your Barcelona tourist guide, suggests visiting one of the highlights of all tours in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s iconic unfinished masterpiece. Located in Barcelona city centre, this extraordinary basilica combines gothic and art-nouveau forms. It has three grand façades: the Nativity façade to the East, the Passion façade to the West, and the Glory façade to the South. Gaudi’s original plan was to build a total of 18 spires and there is a projection that anticipates construction completion around 2026.
Our final destination is the old harbour, Barcelona’s Port Vell. This is a real gem on the Mediterranean coast. A pedestrian walkway, Rambla de Mar, connects this focal point of the city to the Barcelona Ramblas street. Stretching from the Columbus Monument to the Barceloneta, it offers some fantastic possibilities to enjoy your leisure time. There is a Maremagnum complex and world-known Barcelona Aquarium, Europe’s largest aquarium. Landmark buildings and monuments of the Port Vell make it a real pearl among city’s tourist attractions.
This unique Barcelona city tour by bike is an amazing way to meet the best of Barcelona in just a few hours, so take a bike and admire the city from another perspective.