Barcelona Part 2
Part one of our Barcelona travel post was all about the delicious vegan food. Part two focuses on hiring a bike, various neighborhoods to check out and the beach.
Barcelona Part 2
The only way to get around Barcelona is by bike. Before the proliferation of bike hire companies you had “El Bicing” (pronounced “bee-sing”), which tourists and locals could use alike. The bike scheme was a huge success, but many of the bikes were not maintained well, were not put back in the docks and some even went missing. So now, you can only use the Bicing if you are a resident of Barcelona. Which is a shame really as the convenience of being able to drop off and pick up a bike from any of the 420 bicing stations is pretty cool. Inconvenience for some brings opportunity for others because when I last checked there were at least fourteen bike hire companies in Barcelona and I’m sure there is room for more. We rented bikes from Barcelona Rent a Bike – www.barcelonarentabike.com as the nearest location, Plaça Catalunya, was just a short walk from where my sister lives. We happened upon My Beautiful Parking – www.mybeautifulparking.com as it was next to Cat Bar and we noticed many other tourists on the orange Budget Bikes – www.budgetbikes.eu
After picking up the bikes we headed straight for the beach. The idea was to get there before mid-day when the sun is at it’s strongest. I took my sandals off and walked along the shore. It was nice to have the cool water lapping at my ankles, but when we were ready to head back to the promenade I could barley stand to walk across the sand – it was burning hot. While you are down at the beach, you should check out Born neighborhood.
Next, we made our way up the hill to Parc Güell. Even though I have visited a few times now, Parc Güell is always worth a trip for the sculpture and the views.
Before you make your way back down you should hang out in Barri de Gràcia as it’s adjacent to Parc Güell. The squares are great spaces to mill around in and if you are lucky musicians sometimes rock up to perform in concert. There is a great Ethiopian restaurant up there too.
As you cycle back down and take Passig de Gracia, you will get to see a few more Gaudi creations on the way.
Keep heading down and you’ll hit La Rambla (there is a Maoz here) turn a corner and you will be in La Boqueria. Last year I visited Barcelona for the Sonar Music Festival. I happened upon Richie Hawtin playing a set in La Boqueria.
I hope I’ve convinced you to hire bikes the next time you head to Barcelona.