RTW Trip Barcelona Day 12 : City Cycling
In Barcelona, we found out their city bike program was only for residents of Barcelona, so we were a bit bummed to find out we would have to take trains and buses all over Barcelona. Luckily, we found Ajo, a local bike rental company that was really affordable!
Barcelona is great for cyclists, as there are a lot of bike trails, but beware of cycling up to Park Guell. It is super steep! Park Guell has some of Gaudi’s great psychedelic, architectural work, and you can see a lot of it without paying their entrance fee.
Another one of Gaudi’s trippy masterpieces, is the Casa Batllo. Like all sights in Barcelona, it will be flooded with tourists, but worth a peek.
No visit in Barcelona can be complete without a visit to Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is probably Barcelona’s most famous sight, and from a distance, looks a lot like a dripping church. The lines to get tickets, and then to enter were both really long, so we just decided to look at it from afar – I really don’t think it is necessary to go inside, since the wow factor comes from the exteriors.
We picked up some picnic items to have a cheap tasty lunch in a park directly in front of Sagrada Familia. The park was definitely crowded with tourists taking shots, but there are a few great benches to sit and look at the exterior of Segrada Familia. Good luck getting shots without construction – I think I heard that the renovations for Segrada Familia would be complete between 2020 and 2040.
We also cycled by the beach, which was nice for a city beach. There were bike trails lined with palm trees, with a bunch of restaurants along the way. In the evening, we cooked at home again, and then went out for some cheap one euro patatas brava (pan fried potatoes, mayo, and a spicy red sauce) and beer.
Costs for the day: €20 bike rental for 2 days at Ajo
€5.30 for apple juice, mortadella, baguette, chips, chocolate, bananas, and nectarines from Lidl (another cheap grocery store!)
€5.74 beer, coke, chips, pizza, yogurt, oranges
€4 water, beer, patatas brava
Total costs: $83.91 / 2 =$41.96 per person
What I learned: Ajo bike company was closed on a Tuesday, so they had a great deal to rent a bike for 2 days for only €10. We had seen several bike companies all over the city, but Ajo was by far the cheapest!