Remember, it’s free to roam the city at your own pace!
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with a variety of unique attractions. Needless to say, there’s much more to see and experience than the city center. To me, based on my experience with souvenirs stores, restaurants, tours, and events occurring at or near to these places, Barcelona tours should follow this general pattern:
- The Gothic Quarter
- Sagrada Familia and Sant Pau
- Park Güell
- Plaza de España and Montjuic
- Gracia Neighborhood
- Passeig de Gracia, Plaça Cataluña and Las Ramblas
- El Born
- La Barceloneta
Thing is, visiting Barcelona is about much more than seeing a museum, church or house. I think it also means enjoying the weather, having the sun on your face, the sandy beaches, the architecture, the narrow streets, meeting the people and, of course, taking the most beautiful route from one attraction to the next. And, in my opinion, the best way to enjoy Barcelona is with a bike! The city offers an intricate network of bike lines, making it a great (and safe) place for cyclists of any skill level.
Even better, there are plenty of vendors offering bike rentals at affordable rates. Here, I’ll quickly list a few near the one historic sites I mentioned earlier so you can plan your own Barcelona bike tour. Note: there are some bike rental shops near places like the Park Güell and Montjuic that I don´t recommend. If you rent there, you’ll be riding uphill and get exhausted long before you’ve seen everything that Barcelona has to offer. I’ll also organize them by reviews so you can choose the best shops for your needs.
In the Gothic Quarter (Las Ramblas included):
Near Sagrada Familia:
Near Plaza de España:
Near Gracia Neighborhood:
Near Plaza Cataluña:
Near “El Born”:
I hope this blog post was useful in helping you choose the best way to explore Barcelona.
See you in my next post!