Biking Through Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Biking through my favorite city in Spain, to see the Mediterranean Sea and Parc de La Ciutadela

Summer 2012

Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

Biking through one of Barcelona's many famous parks

Biking through one of Barcelona’s many famous parks

My A.C.I.S. travel group and I took a bike tour of Southeastern Barcelona. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip, and I got to see a lot of different perspectives on the city.

We started out in a little side street, surrounded by old brown walls, wrought iron lamps, and stained glass windows. Our tour guide’s name was Dulce, and she lived up to her name by being charmingly sweet.

Streets of Barcelona

Streets of Barcelona

We crossed a few streets and made it to Parc de la Ciutadella, a green oasis in the middle of the colorful city.

Through the park

Through the park

Pond running through Parc de la Ciutadella

Pond running through Parc de la Ciutadella

We spent a significant time in this park, before and after this bike ride. One of the days, we went into a local market to buy lunch. I got a baguette and some apples, and we picnicked on the cool grass. The majority of the bike ride was spent riding, but we did stop to snap a few pics.

Photo stop

Photo stop

Central fountain of the park

Central fountain of the park

The park was littered with statues, fountains, gardens, ponds, and people. Locals and tourists shared the shade of the lush green trees, and everyone seemed to wear bright smiles.

Wooly Mammoth statue within the park

Wooly Mammoth statue within the park

Eventually, we rode out of the park and back on to the streets toward the ocean, where we could view the spectacular city skyline.

View of the beach, with "W Barcelona"/Hotel Vela in the background.

View of the beach, with “W Barcelona”/Hotel Vela in the background.

Unfortunately, I’m not a master of photography while pedaling a bike, so I don’t have many pictures of all the gravity-defying architectural marvels along this strip of road, but rest assured, they were awesome.

Here, we got off of our bikes, took off our shoes, and got to  dip our toes in the golden sand.

Dock leading into the Mediterranean

Dock leading into the Mediterranean

This was my first time feeling the waters of the Mediterranean sea, and I was not disappointed. It was warm, and we wished we had brought our bathing suits.

The entire experience was exciting, a great form of excercise, and a perfect way to see the beauty of Barcelona. Not only was it a definite must-do excursion, but I wouldn’t mind going on another bike tour if I ever come back.

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