Everyday rhythm of Barcelona

Your advantages with Rodamon:

  • Barcelona by bike
  • The Born district – where the city looks out to the sea
  • Raval – the turbulant old city
  • Tibidabo
  • Like in the movies

On the bicycle we get to know Barcelona from a different perspective and get a feeling for the rhythm of the city in the maze of its streets.

From the old town we cycle through the Raval, the melting pot of Barcelona, and continue to the former universal exposition site near Plaça España and onto the Montjuïc mountain. The Olympic park and breath taking views over the city beckon.

We cycle downhill to the old port and continue to the city beaches where we enjoy  refreshments in one of the Chringuitos. Invigorated, we investigate some of the architectural icons in the curious neighbourhood 22@. We pass through the luscious green Parc de la Ciutadela and the triumphal arch on our way back to the starting point.

From the perspective of our bikes we experience the city at close range and encounter all periods of its rich history.

4 hour bike tour (E-bikes possible)
Drinks and bike hire not included

This tour is all about craftspeople, seafarers and the highest levels of Catalan politics as seen by a part of the city which was influenced by the sea.

Santa Maria del Mar, a church financed by the guilds, and masterpiece of the Catalan gothic period, is the proud symbol of a rising artisanal district in the Middle Ages, the Born. The Llotja trade hall and other imposing palaces of the once powerful seafarers offer views into the vibrant city of the past.

Every corner tempts us with gastronomic delights: hearty butifarras, sweet Coca, Orxata or perhaps the charcoal roasted hazelnuts of a rustic grocers’ shop?

We walk through the recently opened cultural centre Mercat de Born and pop into the Parc de la Ciutadella which is home to the Catalan Parliament and the Zoo.

Along the old port we reach Barceloneta, the “little Barcelona“, Europe´s first social housing district just in front of the brand new artificially created beaches. 4 kilometres of beach bliss for anybody who loves the Mediterranean.

4 hour guided walking tour
Interior visits possible, entrance fees not included

Away from the usual routes we explore behind the medieval city walls through the lower city on the other side of Las Ramblas.

For over 1000 years the Raval has developed in waves and reinvented itself. It has blossomed from a working class neighbourhood and red light district, Barri Xino, into an alternative, trendy neighbourhood with a colourful mixture of traditional shops, second hand boutiques, Moroccan tearooms and Pakistani tailors next to chic wine shops. Catalyst for this change is the Rambla del Raval. In the past a collection of smelly streets– now a broad boulevard inviting visitors and locals to take in the sun.

Architectural contrasts are offered by Sant Pau del Camp, the oldest convent church of Barcelona, the Gothic hospital, the medieval shipyard, the breath taking city palace of Gaudí´s patron Palau Güell and the MACBA, museum for contemporary art and meeting point of Europe´s skater scene.

4 hour guided walking tour
Interior visits possible, entrance fees not included

This guided tour is made for devotees of the unusual, for habitual visitors who would like to see Barcelona as the locals see it on their Sunday afternoon walks.

We start in Pedralbes (White Stones) a Gothic nunnery which the widowed Countess Elisenda had built to get away from the political crossfire of the court. A place of quiet dignity.

Crossing distinctly aristocratic residential neighbourhoods we visit Gaudí. We see his fantastical dragon gate at the entrance to Finques Güell, which is still a private residence today, and Torre Bellesguard – Art Nouveau inspired by the Middle Ages. When you climb up to the roof terrace you understand why this building is so named.

Now we head to a romantic labyrinth garden which is dedicated to all things related to love. If you have a good sense of orientation you will find the Eros statue in the centre of the maze.

The tour ends on the 512 meter high Tibidabo mountain. Enric Sagnier built his church on the highest point dominating Barcelona and shares this stunning viewpoint with the oldest funfair of the city. A stark contrast.

4 hour guided walking tour, using public transport and funicular
Interior visits possible, entrance fees not included.

Tips:

  • Book a room in the fantastic ancient summerhouse high above the city, at the 5-star luxury hotel La Florida.

Two film directors and a novelist show us three snapshots of Barcelona, three perspectives on a city.

Our walking tour through the old city blends background information and first hand anecdotes on the making of these movies with some entertaining behind the scenes insights.

We follow Grenouille “Perfume” (2006) in his search for beauty in a gloomy and filthy 18th century city. We discover how Barcelona was disguised as Paris: with a production budget of over 50 million Euros Tom Tykwer was able to use fantastic resources.

In the Novel “The Shadow of the Wind” (2001) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón we come across the mysterious Barcelona of the post war Franco dictatorship. Where is the cemetery of forgotten books? Is Barcelona really “a sorceress who steals your soul without you noticing?”

Woody Allen brings us back to a cheerful, colourful and tempting postcard city in “Vicky, Cristina Barcelona” (2008). He shows us Barcelona through his eyes. But, as an American tourist, does he see everything clearly?

4 hour walking tour

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