Being a tourist in my own city – Barcelona Part 2
As you might recall a few weeks ago I wrote a post about being a tourist in my own city, were I joined the Free Barcelona Tours by Original Europe Tours on one of their Free Walk Tours around Barcelona city centre (link to post).
After Original Europe tours Barcelona asked me about my experience, and I could only say the truth, I loved it! 3 simple reasons: the guide, well prepared and enthusiastic. I learned new things about Barcelona and it´s history. I got to rediscover my hometown.
So when they asked I would be interested in joying them on their Free Bike Tour, of course I said yes!
The Free Bike Tour covers a bigger area of Barcelona then the Free Walk Tour, by bike it´s easy to move greater distances within the same time span and the tour will give a great all over view of the city.
Important to point out that the Free Bike Tour doesn´t include entrances to any attractions, if you want to entre a certain establishment it must be done once the tour is finished.
The tour starts out at La Rambla with Pelayo, it´s easy to identify the guides as they carry a green umbrella with Free Tour printed.
When the whole group was gathered we walk 10 short minutes to Bikes & Rentals on Sant Pere Més Alt 57. Here we get to pick out a bike that will be our partner in crime for the next 2,5 hours.
Our guide Vlademir, whom is a historian, gave us clear and easy instructions on how to behave on our bike.
The first stop on the tour were the The Arc de Triumf, which doesn’t´t have the same history as other famous arches around Europe.
From here we turned our bikes northeast towards Monumental, and we really got to practice our bike knowledge. I will say Free Bike Tour is more of a challenge then the Free Walk Tour, but not to worry, you don’t have to be a Tour the France champ to do it.
The tour had many stops were the guide tells interesting facts and the history of Barcelona, were you get to relax your legs and sip on some water.
The day I took the tour it was closer to 30 degrees Celsius and not a cloud in the sky (yes, I were literary dripping when we were done), all the participants of the tour got a bottle of water from the guide, which we could refill in the water fonts around town.
On the tour we got to see many famous landmarks of Barcelona; Sagrada Familia that is still under construction. Our guide Vlademir told us that it will be finished by 2026 for the celebrations of the centenary of the architect Antoni Gaudí, the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism.
Sagrada Familia is a building that will easily blow your mind, the ideas and inspiration Antoni Gaudí must have had to create something so rich in details and majestic, very impressive.
On the grand street Passeig de Gracia we visited La Perdera and Casa Batlló, both designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí. Two truly amazing buildings!
From here we headed towards the sea and the port in Barceloneta, to get there we passed by the multicultural neighbourhood Raval and MACBA – museum of modern art.
At the port we stopped to get a better look at the Columbus monument that stands 60m tall at the lower end of La Rambla. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (in the year 1888) in honour to Columbus first voyage to the Americas
Once down by the beach I was really tempted to throw myself in blue Mediterranean sea!
The last stop on the Free Bike Tour was Ciutadella park. One of the monuments that were built for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona in 1888.
The park now is one of the biggest green lunges in the city, here people come to people watch, exercise, visit the zoo or just relax on the green grass.
As Vlademir safely took us back to the Bike & Rentals shop, we got a last glimpe of the Arc de Triomf.
The tour was great fun, full of interesting anecdotes about Barcelona, it´s people and history. I would truly recommend everyone (except small children) to take Original Europe tours Free Bike Tour in Barcelona.
The tour it self is free of charge, there will be a charge for the rent of the bike. At the end of the tour make sure you tip the guide, because that’s how he/she earns his/her money.
Check out their new Alternative Graffiti tour as well, read about it here.
Free Walk tour by Original Europe tours- when?
10.30 and 14.30
Corner of Mcdonalds and Burger King at the beginning of La Rambla /Calle Pelayo, 62, Barcelona, Spain, 08001
** I was invited to as a guest to Free walk tour by Original Europe tour, all word and opinions are my own.