Explore Barcelona with a Sidecar Tour
Barcelona is such a lovely city, rich with history and arts. There is so much to see, and not enough time to to see everything. Many of the top tourist sights are not neatly located together, and it takes precious time to take public transportation or cabs to each neighborhood. Unless, of course, you plan a Barcelona sidecar tour. (Yes, you are sitting in the sidecar of a motorcycle for this tour!)
For our tour, we chose BCN Sidecar and could not have been happier with our experience. It was the first time that my husband and I had been on a vacation alone since we had children, and we didn’t really want to have too structured of a trip. We took the sidecar tour early on in our 7-day stay in Barcelona, and it allowed us to accomplish two important vacation goals:
1. Visiting the “must see” attractions in Barcelona that are hard to access on foot, or places that you really want to see, but only for a couple minutes to get that photo opportunity.
2. Learning some firsthand history about the city from a Barcelona resident and seeing parts of Barcelona that may not have been on our list, but have a local importance.
Barcelona Sidecar Tour Itinerary
Our tour guide, Nuria, picked us up at our hotel and allowed us to take all of the pictures that we wanted of her super cool World War II era URAL replica sidecar. She graciously didn’t tell us that we were going to have much more picturesque photo backdrops later in our tour.
Although we had selected the two-hour Barcelona Treasures itinerary when we booked, Nuria asked what areas we had already visited in the city, so we didn’t see any sites we had already visited. She explained a little about the motorbike and gave us Bluetooth enabled helmets so we could all talk together on our ride.
The tour price included admission for one or two passengers for the same price, and you can switch seat positions half way through so you get to experience the bike and the sidecar. For our tour, it was my husband and I on an anniversary getaway, but the tour would definitely be appropriate for a parent and a child.
Nuria expertly navigated the busy major streets and narrow side streets of the city, and as we saw Barcelona from the eyes of a local, my cheeks began to hurt from my perma-smile. We stopped at the Olympic Stadium for a few pictures, lingered on the steps of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya to take in the sweeping city views, and rode through Barceloneta to the pier.
The two-hour tour was over much too quickly, but I was amazed with how much we saw within the time frame. Some of the highlights included Palau de la Música, Paseo de Gracia, Placa de España, Les Arenes (a shopping mall that used to be a bullfighting arena), along with the major Gaudí sites such as La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, and Casa Calvet. We didn’t visit La Sagrada Familia because we had already taken the tour on our first day.
Best Tapas Restaurant in Barcelona
In addition to seeing the sights, Nuria gave us some excellent restaurant recommendations and ideas for some trips on our own. Her tapas recommendations in the El Raval neighborhood were not on the TripAdvisor top 100 but seemed to be where the locals ate.
One of our favorites was Pinotxo Bar in La Boqueria. I thought it was really unique that there is no menu, and you just kind of tell the server what you’re in the mood for and they make it. We sat at the bar, and simultaneously enjoyed cava (a Spanish wine) and lattes due to our indecisiveness and lack of responsibility. We told our server that we were in the mood for fish and were brought a delicious pan fried filet of cod with crispy slivers of fresh garlic. Our second dish was a traditional Catalan sausage served with a micro-greens and arugula salad dressed in vinaigrette. We saw other patrons with dishes that looked just as fresh and tasty.
Usually when a vacation comes to an end, I wish that I had just a couple more days to relax and explore. When we were leaving Barcelona, thanks to our Barcelona sidecar tour, I felt like I had done everything and seen everything that I needed to see (on this trip, at least). I left feeling perfectly refreshed and ready to take on the world. If you are in Barcelona, want to see it all, and get inspired for the rest of your trip, I highly recommend checking out BCN Sidecars.
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Main sidecar motorcycle photo from BCN Sidecar
Rachel is from Peoria, Illinois. She works full-time as a software implementation consultant in the healthcare field. Her family includes her husband Justin, also an IT professional,…