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Off The Beaten Path Architecture Ride

Barcelona, Spain

Experience hosted by Xavi

3 hours
Includes drinks, transportation
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This bike ride is the perfect way to discover parts of Barcelona that most tourists will never get to know about. We will combine interesting architecture and city history with visiting the quaint and non-touristy Poblenou neighbourhood where we will get to enjoy a delicious orxata or leche merengada - locals favourites!

Some of the architecture that we will see will include a 14th century gothic cathedral, a historical market, a park with a very interesting hidden treasure, as well as some of the newest contemporary architecture and urban transformation from recent years.

On the way back we will get to see and enjoy the Barcelona beach and promenade from top to bottom in a very scenic and relaxing ride.

If you don't see availability for this experience on your desired date, please get in touch with me to schedule a private booking.
Other things to note
- There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera.
- If you are more than 6, I can arrange for larger groups, get in touch!
This bike ride is the perfect way to discover parts of Barcelona that most tourists will never get to know about. We will combine interesting architecture and city history with visiting the quaint and non-touristy Poblenou neighbourhood where we will get to enjoy a delicious orxata or leche merengada - locals favourites!

Some of the architecture that we will see will include a 14th century gothic cathedral, a historical market, a park…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Orxata or leche merengada. Locals favourite. Or coffe if it's cold. Non-alc...
  • Transportation
    Bike
From $67
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Xavi

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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Born and raised in Barcelona, I am an architect with a passion for my city, and I would love to show you around. I have lived abroad in five different countries and have also traveled the world. My other passion is food. I love discovering new cuisines, eating out, and cooking new dishes as often as I can.
As an architect, I worked in Shanghai were I designed projects of all types from urban planning, to offices, to boutique hotels. I also worked on the refurbishment of an old country house in Mallorca.
I really love understanding the urban growth of cities over centuries, specially Barcelona!
Born and raised in Barcelona, I am an architect with a passion for my city, and I would love to show you around. I have lived abroad in five different countries and have also traveled the world. My other passion is food. I love discovering new cuisines, eating out, and cooking new dishes as often as I can.
As an architect, I worked in Shanghai were I designed projects of all types from urban planning, to offices, to boutique hotels. I also worked on the refurbishment of an old country house…
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Where you'll be

We will start at the Gothic quarter, ride through Born and then all the way to Poblenou through the Ciutadella Park. From there, and after a refreshment, we will make our way to Barcelona's unique Forum Park. Finally we will ride all along the beautiful Barcelona beach all the way to Barcelona and back to our meeting point.
Staci
January 2020
Great Tour. Always love hearing it from locals who are passionate about their city. He took great measures to try to ensure our safety on the bikes too. Loved the flea market and the buildings he showed us were awesome.
Janet
November 2019
The tour was perfect for us. We went to places that we would not have know about otherwise. I would suggest taking this tour early in your stay because you will find places you will want to go back and spend more time at. It also gives you a better understanding of the area. Xavi was wonderful extremely knowable and very personable.
The tour was perfect for us. We went to places that we would not have know about otherwise. I would suggest taking this tour early in your stay because you will find places you w…
Rose
September 2019
This was such a great experience! I love getting a little off the beaten path and hearing about topics from someone with passion - Xavi delivered just that! I never would have given much thought to the architecture Xavi pointed out and I also loved passing through one of the less-touristy, charming little Barcelona neighborhoods. I would have returned to the area if I’d had more time! I also recommend trying the Spanish Horchata if it’s warm enough out to enjoy a cold drink! It has such a unique flavor! The intensity of the biking is quite accessible for most bodies who are comfortable riding a bike. There are many stops along the way so I never felt winded or fatigued. I also felt very safe as we were either in designated bike lanes or on wide sidewalks for nearly the entire ride.
This was such a great experience! I love getting a little off the beaten path and hearing about topics from someone with passion - Xavi delivered just that! I never would have give…
Diane
September 2019
We were fortunate to experience this with Xavi as our personal guide. He has great knowledge of his Barcelona and it was wonderful to have him share with us. The bike trip was excellent and he was careful to keep us riding safely. I was a little anxious about the journey but it was awesome and felt extremely comfortable. Thank you Xavi and also for the dining recommendation which we did on our way back to the apartment. It was excellent and a perfect ending to a lovely afternoon !
We were fortunate to experience this with Xavi as our personal guide. He has great knowledge of his Barcelona and it was wonderful to have him share with us. The bike trip was ex…
Kari
August 2019
Xavi is HIGHLY educated and provided a unique experience of Barcelona. Besides being a local and architect, he has worked and lived all around the world. It was fascinating to hear the difference in architectural styles of not just Barcelona, but other parts of the world. My husband and I very much enjoyed getting off the beaten path and seeing a different side of Barcelona. HIGHLY recommend Xavi. He's a great tour guide and kind man.
Xavi is HIGHLY educated and provided a unique experience of Barcelona. Besides being a local and architect, he has worked and lived all around the world. It was fascinating to hear…
Leyla
August 2019
Xavi is an architect himself, and he offered invaluable insights! The tour was fantastic! Xavi was outstanding: a very knowledgeable and super friendly person willing to share his insights, with a generous beautiful soul! Thank you for the unique experience, Xavi!
Xavi is an architect himself, and he offered invaluable insights! The tour was fantastic! Xavi was outstanding: a very knowledgeable and super friendly person willing to share his…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes/footwear

Water