Escape rooms in Barcelona: will you survive the adventure?

Choose your favorite escape room!

The escape rooms are an activity that has become fashionable for some years now and in Barcelona many and many different types can be found. At Photo Bike Tour Barcelona we have chosen four different room escapes, because if these days you are in the city, take advantage of it to spend a bit of adventure, wit or terror. You choose!

Try not to die of fear in Saw’s escape room

Based on one of the most macabre horror sagas in the cinema, Saw's escape room will revive the evil of Jigsaw puppet. You will start locked in the toilets of an old factory, and from there you will have an hour to leave them alive. You will have to use ingenuity and intuition to solve the tests and enigmas that you will find inspired by the movies. This room escape from Barcelona is designed for groups of 2 to 8 people. Will you be brave enough to face Jigsaw and survive?

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Experience your own death in Catalepsia room escape

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From the same company as Saw room escape, Horror Box, you will find the most extreme adventure in Barcelona: live your own burial. Catalepsia is designed for two people, who will be put in a coffin for half an hour. In this time you will be completely dark and you will hear how your family members tell you the last word, how do you make a farewell ceremony, lay or religious, or how they take you to the funeral home. This extreme experience can be completely customized, and you can even choose the tanatoesthetics service. Dare to survive your own death.




A mayan adventure: Tolok

But we leave the extreme terror and look for more peaceful adventures. Not all Barcelona escape rooms are meant to be scared! Tolok will enter into a living and savage atmosphere inspired by the Mayan tradition, where you will have to solve enigmas and decipher symbols to escape. An adventure for groups of 2 to 6 people unique and original that will make you feel like an authentic Mayan.

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Simulacre Vuit, variety of escape rooms

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Simulacre Vuit's group of escape rooms in Barcelona offer several room escapes for all types of groups. For groups of up to 6 people you can experience an adventure in the jungle with Amazonas or travel to the world of magic with Andana 9 ¾. Or if you prefer, you can also become researchers to resolve the case of a kidnapping with the escape room The Rescue. Here you will also find adventures for very large groups, up to 150 people. You can choose between saving a victim to Victima 17 or traveling to the Far West to catch Billy Joe. Simulacre Vuit, in addition, have a room escape designed for children only called The power of the future. Children must use logic, intelligence and deduction to save the planet. As you can see, it is one of the most complete escape room groups in Barcelona.

These are just some of the hundreds of escape rooms in Barcelona, but if you want to discover many other experiences you can check this room escape radar. Find yours!



Gardens of Barcelona: a breath in the middle of the city


A walk through the garden

Barcelona is a city full of places to discover, such as its gardens. The gardens of Barcelona are ideal places to take a walk and to disconnect from the frantic rhythm of the city. There are many, all different and unique, distributed throughout the city. Surely the best known and touristy is Park Güell because of its relationship with Gaudí, but there are many other gardens worth knowing because of its beauty and originality.

Another Gaudí work: Park Güell

Parc Güell, located at El Turó del Carmel, is a large garden with more than 100 years of history since it was built between 1900 and 1914, and it was opened in 1926. The park, which was first conceived as a great luxury urbanization, was commissioned by Eusebi Güell to Antoni Gaudí, who had already done other assignments, that is why the architecture of Parc Güell is completely modernist. The entrance to the park is sure to be the most emblematic space because the salmandra made of trencadís in the middle of the large stairway. The stairs lead to the Hypostyle Hall, a columned forest with the roof decorated with trencadís panels made by Josep M. Jujol. He himself decorated the railing of the Nature Square, one of the busiest points in the park and from which you can see magnificent views of Barcelona. One of the places worth visiting if you are at the Parc Güell is the Casa del Guarda. Initially it was the house of the porter of the enclosure, but now it is part of MUHBA (Museum of History of Barcelona) and you can see the exhibition «Güell, Gaudí and Barcelona. Expression of an urban ideal».

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Get lost in the Horta Labyrinth

If we talk about the gardens of Barcelona, we can not forget the oldest one that is conserved in the city: the Horta Labyrinth. Located in the district of Horta-Guinardó, it was the work of the italian architect Domenico Bagutti. This park includes a 18th century neoclassical garden and a romantic 19th century garden. Inside the neoclassical garden is where the labyrinth is named after the park, and in the middle there is a sculpture of Eros surrounded by cypress trees. The theme of this part of the garden revolves around love, and you can stroll among italian style temples, sculptures and inscriptions inspired by classical mythology, and neoclassical style ponds.

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The other part of the garden of the Horta Labyrinth in Barcelona, the romantic garden, on the contrary that the other, is inspired by death, and there was even a replica of a medieval cemetery, which today is no longer keep it. In fact, there is little thing about the original design of this part, but you can still walk between fountains, waterfalls and parterres in a particularly shady area. The combination of the two environments makes the Horta Labyrinth one of the most interesting gardens in Barcelona to visit.

The largest garden in Barcelona: Ciutadella Park

One of the indispensable gardens of Barcelona is the Ciutadella Park. Located in the ancient lands of the fortress of Ciutadella, between the Estació de França, the Arc de Triomf and the Olympic Village, it is one of the largest parks in the city. This park houses the building of the Parliament of Catalonia and also the Barcelona Zoo, as well as the Geology Museum and the Zoology Museum. One of the main attractions of this park, as well as the ideal landscaped areas to stroll, is the great lake where you can browse with oar boats. There is also a monumental waterfall designed by Josep Fonserè and in front there is a musical gazebo. Throughout this Barcelona garden there are sculptures and statues that make it an open-air museum. One of the most emblematic is the Desconsol, by the sculptor Josep Llimona. The diversity of spaces in the Parc de la Ciutadella is perfect for doing all kinds of social and cultural activities.

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Moorish inspiration: Laribal Gardens

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On the Montjuïc mountain we find another of the most impressive gardens in Barcelona. Constructed between 1917 and 1924 on the occasion of the International Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929, Laribal Gardens are the work of Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier and Nicolau Maria Rubió i Tudurí. These gardens have a unique structure since they are formed by terraces at various levels joined by steps and paths. The inspiration for these gardens is hispanoarabic, and brick, stone, fountains, tile ornaments and flowers are elements that stand out in the entire park. In the gardens of Laribal, there is the famous fountain Font del Gat, from where the water comes from the head of a feline, designed by the sculptor Josep Antoni Homs, and other sculptures that give it an artistic touch as well as a landscape. Within these gardens, the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona is located.

Visiting all these gardens in Barcelona can not only be an activity of leisure and relaxation, but we can turn it into a cultural activity to know the fauna and flora typical of Catalonia. Book any of our e-bike tours to visit these and other places in Barcelona that you can not miss!

 

An astonishing exhibition in Barcelona: the Zone of Hope

Barcelona is a city plenty of exhibitions of all kinds and you can always find one to visit. But if you're in the city during these Christmas days and looking for things to do, you're in luck. Since the beginning of the year, the exhibition The Zone of Hope has been installed at the Reial Cercle Artístic of Barcelona, a unique experience in Europe that will not leave you indifferent.

Barcelona in virtual reality

The Zone of Hope exhibition is an immersive virtual reality experience that will take you to Barcelona in 2068 to see and live the consequences of climate change. What makes it unique is the revolutionary Hyper VR technology that makes the real space be combined with the virtual. Equipped with virtual reality glasses and sensors at hands and feet, you can move freely through space and interact with it. Everything you see through the VR glasses will be so real that you can touch it and see it in the first person thanks to Hyper Sense and Hyper Screening technology. In this way you will experience rooms where it will become cold, others where it will be very hot, you can touch all the virtual objects you find and you will be surrounded by sounds and movements that will become real. The total immersion will be able to immerse yourself in a deformed reality with the aim of removing consciousnesses and provoking a positive change to avoid climate change.

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Hope, the message of The Zone of Hope exhibition

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This exhibition in Barcelona, which will be open until May 31, 2019, is designed so that visitors can become aware of the impact our actions have on climate and the environment. The different rooms where you will enter show the fatal consequences over time of a bad management of energy, resources and waste. But a final video reminds us that if we all collaborate, there is still hope. Once the experience is over, visitors are invited to engage with the future of the planet, choosing all the actions that can be done individually to reduce and avoid climate change.

If you visit Barcelona, do not leave without experiencing the virtual reality experience of The Zone of Hope exhibition, one of the most exciting exhibitions you will find in Barcelona today.

Arc de Triomf: a legacy of the Universal Exposition of 1888

Must of the Barcelona attractions

Among all the Barcelona monuments, one stands out for its imposing construction: the Arc de Triomf. From the second half of the 19th century to the present day, universal expositions are celebrated worldwide with the aim of publicizing the culture and tradition of the different countries that participate. In Barcelona, a Universal Exposition took place in 1888, which will last from May 20 until December 9, and it was then that the Arc de Triomf was built, one of the tourist attractions of the city. Designed by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, it became the entrance to the Universal Exposition presiding over the Passeig de Lluís Companys, near the Ciutadella park. One of the main features of this monument in Barcelona is its civil character, marked by artistic, scientific and economic progress. This makes it different from triumphal arches of other cities, of a more military character.

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This Barcelona attraction is cataloged as a Cultural Good of Local Interest within the Catalan cultural heritage. In 1989, one hundred years after it was built, it was restored to give it all its magnificence.

Six scluptors, one Barcelona monument

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The Arc de Triomf is 30 meters high and is of Neomudejar inspiration, not typical in Catalonia. Although it also includes ornaments of the first modernism. It is constructed with exposed brick, that gives this red color so showy, and the most outstanding is the rich sculptural ornamentation. Up to six different sculptors participated in the construction of this attraction in Barcelona. Thus, the upper frieze, called the Adhesion of Nations to the Universal Contest, was conceived by Josep Reynés; Josep Llimona made the reverse of the top and called The Reward; on the right side of the Arc de Triomf Antoni Vilanova designed the allegories of Industry, Agriculture and Commerce, and to the left side Torquat Tasso was in charge of allegories of Sciences and Arts. Finally, in the monument there are twelve female sculptures that represent the Fames, sculptured by Manuel Fluxà and Pere Carbonell. The talent of all these artists created what is still one of the most visited tourist attractions in Barcelona.

As a curiosity, if you pass by, look over the Arc de Triomf, there you will see the shields of the 49 Spanish provinces presided over by the coat of arms of Barcelona. The Arc de Triomf has often served as a goal for some of the city's popular races, such as the Barcelona Marathon. If you want to know about this monument in Barcelona, book the 4 hour Discovering Barcelona Tour. We will pass through the Ciutadella park and we will see the Arc de Triomf.

Do you want to know Gaudí? This e-bike tour is for you

Barcelona’s treasure

One of the most interesting tourist attractions in Barcelona is undoubtedly the modernist architecture and its greatest exponent: Antoni Gaudí. Our All about Gaudí bike tour will take you to some of the most emblematic buildings of the Catalan architect to discover them closely. During a 4-hour tour we will guide you through the Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and, of course, the Sagrada Familia. Additionally, to complete the tour, we will also visit the Olympic Village, the Ciutadella Park and the Barceloneta neighborhood. And if you want to see more modernist decoration, don’t miss the Escribà pastry shop, in the Rambla of Barcelona.

Bike tour First stop: la pedrera

The All about Gaudí bike tour will take you to Passeig de Gràcia, corner with Provença street, to see the Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera. It was built between 1906 and 1912 by order of Pere Milà and Roser Segimon, and consists of two blocks of houses organized around two large courtyards that fill the building with light. The façade is the most striking element, and is made up of more than 6000 blocks of stone. Its particular structure that now awakens passions to tourists and pedestrians, at that time was the subject of criticisms and cartoons in satirical newspapers, which compared the building with a landing strip for airplanes. On the fourth floor of La Pedrera there is a sample apartment where you can take a guided tour. On this floor you can see ornamentation full of historical, legendary and fabulous motifs inspired by the free movement of nature that Gaudí liked so much.

The roof is the other must-see space for the Casa Batlló visit. There you can stroll among chimneys and ventilation towers decorated with the typical “trencadís”, fragments of ceramic, stones or marble. Their forms remember elms of medieval knights.

In 1984 the Casa Milà was declared World Heritage by UNESCO, and in 1996 it was restored to open it to the public. In addition, since 2013, the building houses a cultural center of reference in Barcelona.

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Bike tour second stop: Casa Batlló

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Continuing with the bike tour, at Passeig de Gràcia, we will stop at Casa Batlló, another essential building of Gaudí. Its façade is the main attraction for the symbology of its elements. It is said that the roof, made up of large color scales, represents the back of a dragon, and the tower from which a large four-arm cross stands out, symbolizes Saint George's knight. In the group, we wanted to see the legend of Saint George represented killing the dragon, very typical of the Catalan tradition. The balconies of the Casa Batlló look like human bones, which could represent the victims of the dragon, according to this interpretation.

Another interpretation of this façade so full of fantasy is that it could symbolize an aquatic landscape, with water lilies of colors made of glazed ceramics and pieces of broken crystals. In any case, if you visit Barcelona you must add a guided tour to this jewel of Modernism designed by Gaudí.

Sagrada Família

The bike tour finally arrives at the most special and awaited stop: the Sagrada Familia. This monumental temple, which began to be built in 1882, is an essential visit of all guided tours in Barcelona. Based on the tradition of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals, Gaudí unite beauty and religious belief in an innovative architecture full of symbolism. Externally, the Sagrada Familia is composed of five naves and three façades that represent each of three culminating moments of the life of Jesus. When it is finished, you can see 18 towers with different symbolisms each. The interior is an explosion of light and color thanks to the stained glass windows and the skylights that illuminate the temple and fill it with natural light. The color, said the Catalan architect, is the representation of life, and this is the case in the Sagrada Familia. The columns inside represent a forest where Gaudí wanted to invite to pray to everyone who entered. The complex is full of religious symbolism with sculptures and reliefs that represent various passages of the Gospels, as well as the reasons for natural inspiration that never fails in the architecture of Gaudí. The Catalan architect devised a temple of marked verticality where the beauty of its forms was the way to reach God. La Sagrada Família is built exclusively thanks to donations and public contributions, and is expected to be finished in 2016. But although it is not yet finished, the visit is obligatory to understand the work of Antoni Gaudí, and with our bike tour will stop by to contemplate, photograph and enjoy it.

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Pastisseria Escribà: the sweetest pastry shop in Barcelona

Unforgettable place to eat, will you miss it?

If there is a pastry shop in Barcelona for a must, this is the Escribà pastry shop. Located on la Rambla of the city between the Liceu and the Boqueria market, Escribà pastry shop is a small and cozy place that is always crowded. The building draws the attention of everyone who is passing by. It is an old pasta factory, the former Casa Figueras, decorated in 1902 by the painter and the designer Antoni Ros i Güell. The corner that occupies the house is decorated with a great sculptural relief that represents a woman who mowing, a tribute to the work that was done before at the factory. The façade of this pastry shop in Barcelona is modernist, with the centerpiece arches and the windows full of polychrome mosaics, stained glass and wrought iron. The Escribà pastry shop, as well as being one of the best places to eat in Barcelona, is also a tourist attraction to contemplate it from the outside. In 1906 the building became a pastry shop when Mateu Serra i Capell opened the Forn Serra, beginning with the tradition of this pastry shop in Barcelona. At that time, he contracted a pastry chef, Antoni Escribà Cases, and with him began the generation of Escribà pastry chefs, which has come to this day with internationally renowned chef Christian Escribà at the head of the fourth generation of the family.

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The best pastry shop all year long

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The slogan of the Escribà pastry shop is "to excite, to surprise and to create unique moments" and they obtain it with unique and original creations devised by a team of pastry chefs of first level.

If you are looking for places to eat in Barcelona, this pastry shop is essential. Now that the Christmas days approach, you can find wafers and nougats, and if you are in Barcelona for Easter, you can taste the traditional “mona de Pasqua”, a typical Catalan cake for that days.

One of the main characteristics of this pastry shop is the innovation and the originality of its products, which makes them stand out among the rest of pastries in Barcelona.

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They are specialists in creating all kinds of shapes and figures with fondant and also with chocolate, and in that sense their red lip chocolates are famous, or their personalized pastries for special occasions.

This pastry shop is so well known in Catalonia that even a reallity show was made in the Catalan television.

If you are visiting Barcelona, do not miss the Escribà pastry shop, the best pastry shop in the city. You can make a coffee or a tea by tasting the most delicious cakes.

You can take advantage of our VIP tour to mark this pastry shop as a place to visit!

Are you in Barcelona? Don't miss this 5 things to do in!

Travelling to Barcelona? Get a plan!

If you travel to Barcelona you will find a multitude of things to do and occupy your time discovering the city and knowing its traditions, its people and Catalan culture. At Photo Bike Tour we propose five things to do you can’t miss if you are on holiday in the Catalan capital, from cultural activities to traditions and unusual routes for the city

Barcelona musical shows

If you are a musical lover the city offers a wide billboard with very different styles and genres. Now that Christmas dates are approaching, a musical that has become a classic is El petit Príncep, based on the story of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. You will find it in the Sala Barts. For fans of the King of Pop, at Coliseum Theater you will find Forever. The best show about King of Pop, which makes an exciting journey through music and the career of Michael Jackson. To discover the essence of the Catalan musical, you can’t miss a show by the company Dagoll Dagom, one of the most emblematic of Catalonia, and at Teatre Poliorama you will find Maremar, his latest project. In Tívoli Theater you will find Flashdance for those who like to dance and enjoy mythical songs like Maniac or What a Feeling. And for children the offer is very varied and we can see Alícia al país de les meravelles at the Romea Theater or Tadeo Jones, una aventura musical at the Teatre-Auditori de Sant Cugat.

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Barcelona second-hand markets

If you only spend a weekend in Barcelona you can visit the second-hand markets where you will find original items at very affordable prices. One of the most consolidated is Lost & Found market, a mix between the Queensday in Amsterdam and the garage sales in the United States. In the Raval district there is Fleadonia, a street market full of clothes, books and second-hand music in very good condition. And the Palo Alto Market is a creative market with contemporary and vintage art, food trucks and a really nice atmosphere.

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Barcelona music festivals

One of the most powerful reclamations in the city are the innumerable music festivals that are held throughout the year. Some of the most internationally known are Sónar, the most important electronic music festival in Barcelona, and Primavera Sound, with local and international groups for all tastes. But there are festivals for almost all musical genres, so if you are jazz lovers you can go to the Jazz Festival of Barcelona, or if you want to discover flamenco you have the festival De cajón! And if you travel to Barcelona in summer, you can’t miss the Barcelona Beach Festival which takes place at the Parc del Fòrum and La Platja de la Pau.

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Catalan Christmas traditions

If you are in Barcelona at Christmas time you can’t miss the Catalan Christmas traditions. In the square of the Cathedral of Barcelona, there is the Santa Llúcia market, a market where you can buy all kinds of Christmas objects and decorations. There you will discover the most emblematic figure of the Catalan nativity scene: the “caganer” (literally, the man who poo). Traditionally, the figurine was a shepherd with “barretina” (typical Catalan hat), but to internationalize it there were “caganers” of world-famous characters such as Leo Messi, Donald Trump or Woody Allen. Another Catalan tradition that you can’t miss is the “tió”, a tree trunk with legs and a smiling face that children expect every Christmas with enthusiasm. At the Santa Llúcia market you will find all sorts of “tions”, “caganers” and Christmas stuff.

Hidden Barcelona

Barcelona is much more than it appears in tourist guides and travel books. The Catalan city hides secrets and corners waiting to be discovered by the most curious eyes. If you want to know Barcelona from a different perspective, Other Eyes offers four unique and one-hour and half routes. With the Night route you will discover the darkest streets and the dark stories that hide. The route of the Civil war will take you to places where the marks of this conflict are still visible. The Gothic route strolls through the historical and even magical legacy of Barcelona that often goes unnoticed. And the The Language of Stones route will show you the messages that hide stones and walls that we often face but with which we do not pay the attention that deserve.

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La Boqueria: a touristic market in Barcelona

La Boqueria market: from convent to market

On the Rambla of Barcelona, close to the Liceu, we find the Sant Josep market, popularly known as La Boqueria market. The name of Sant Josep comes from the old convent that founded the order of the Carmelites barefoot in 1586. As the Rambla became important as a walk through the 18th century, the slaughterhouses were taken out which was on his way and they were located in the orchard of the convent.

But on July 25, 1835, the convent of Sant Josep and others in the area were assaulted and set on fire during an anticlerical riot instigated by liberal politicians of Barcelona, and after this fire the convent was overthrown. In its place, a square with large columns surrounded by arcades was built that became the largest in Barcelona. La Boqueria market, as we know it today, was inaugurated in 1840, when finally, the stands that street vendors and farmers from nearby farmhouses were outside the walls to save taxes were absorbed by the growth of the city. That same year the works on the roof began, just on Saint Joseph's day.

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La boqueria: A modern and exotic market

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La Boqueria market has an area of 2583m2 and has more than 300 stands. The metallic roof, which was so characteristic of the building, was opened in 1914, and the last architectural modification of the market took place in 2000.

The modernist arch that attracts the views of locals and tourists was restored in 2012, almost 100 years after its construction.

Architect A. Falguera designed an arc decorated with blue, yellow and brown geometric stained glass windows supported by two columns decorated with ceramics, and is now again seen as the first day.

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In La Boqueria food market more than 300 market stands offer a wide variety of local and exotic products, and are sold to both private buyers and restaurateurs in Barcelona.

There are more and more stops run by sellers from Japan, Italy, Greece or the Arab countries, which offers a great cultural diversity in La Boqueria market and makes it an indispensable place for tourists.

It is the largest market in Catalonia, and its architecture, its location and its diversity make it a must. You can visit it by bike with our tours.

Santa Maria del Mar: a church for the village

The church of Santa Maria del Mar is located in the Ribera district of Barcelona, near the port, and was built in the 16th century, between 1,329 and 1,383. The neighborhood was the nerve center of merchants and unions, and it has always been considered that this church must belong to the people of the neighborhood because it was they who, either at work or with money, made it possible to build the temple. The first stone of Santa Maria del Mar was put on March 25, 1,329, and the last keystone on November 8, 1338.

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The great heroes of this church were the “bastaixos” (or porters), workers who carried enormous stones for the construction of the temple one by one. They were taken down from the royal quarry in Montjuïc, or they were also transported from the beach, where boats with large rocks landed. At the front door of the church you can see an image that pays homage to “bastaixos”.

Santa Maria del Mar is the most emblematic example of the 14th century Catalan Gothic style. It is characteristic of this architectural style the horizontality of the buildings, and this church is a good example with the 16 octagonal columns that one can see just entering the temple.

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Destruction and reconstruction of Santa Maria del Mar

The church, however, has been the victim of heavy ravages throughout its history. In the year 1,428 an earthquake that affected Catalonia made the rosette fall, and the collapse caused some deaths. Later, in the 20th century, Santa Maria del Mar suffered a devastating attack in 1,936. On July 19 of that year the church was burned down and burned for eleven days in a row, causing the destruction of the baroque altar and all the images and archives that were in the temple. The subsequent reconstruction emphasized the gothic architecture with a sober and elegant style.

Sant Maria del Mar to fiction

The church of Santa Maria del Mar has transcended the earthly plan to inspire the creativity of the artists. Thus, the writer Ildefonso Falcones wrote the novel La Catedral del Mar (2006), which was later adapted to television fiction with a series of homonymous title.

Find out how to discover Santa Maria del Mar and more other emblematic places of Barcelona with our e-bike tours.

La Casa de les Punxes by Puig i Cadafalch

In the middle of the Eixample, between two emblematic modernist buildings such as the Casa Milà and the Sagrada Família of the catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, we find Casa Terradas, popularly known as "La Casa de les Punxes". The architect was Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who built the house in 1905, commissioned by Bartomeu Terradas Brutau, textile and agricultural entrepreneur. The house was intended for the three daughters of the entrepreneur, Àngela, Josefa and Rosa, and for that reason the architect designed the building in three parts, one for each sister. In this way, the house looks like a building alone but in fact there are three different houses.

In 1975, the house was declared a national historic monument, and from 2016 you can take guided tours inside.

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Inspiration of La Casa de les Punxes

The Casa de les Punxes is a building inspired by the ancient medieval castles, with elements of different architectural currents and various technical innovations. The most remarkable element that gives its name to the house are the six pointed towers crowned by needles in a conical manner. The building had to be constructed in a triangular lot, which prevented the architect to respect the corners of the streets of the Pla Cerdà. To solve this, Puig i Cadafalch breaks with the established norms of the classicism prevailing at that time and is inspired by the architectural movement of northern Europe to build a block with six corners that coincide with the intersections of the surrounding streets. The castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria (Germany), served as an inspiration for the architect to do his work, and as a curiosity, this castle also inspired Walt Disney for the castle of Beauty and the Beast.

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La Casa de les Punxes and its decoration

Puig i Cadafalch had the collaboration of leading iron and glass craftsmen working on new techniques and materials for the decorative elements of the house. Thus, on the façade there are elements made of iron, glass and ceramics that represent floral, marine and vegetal motifs, medieval iconography and even religious symbols. In addition, each façade has a decorative ceramic element that represents each of the three Terradas sisters. In this sense, ceramic tiles are present throughout the house as a recurring element of modernist architecture.

If you want to visit La casa de les punxes by bike, our private tour can bring you there. Book the tour now and choose what do you want to visit.

The Casa Vicens: Gaudí & Modernisme movement

Casa Vicens, located in Vila de Gràcia, was commissioned to the catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in 1883 as a summer residence. The construction was finished in 1885 becoming the first masterpiece of the architect and giving the kick-off to Modernisme movement in Catalonia. The house consists of different interesting spaces, such as the garden, the basement, the main floor, the first and the second floor (where the permanent exhibition is located) and the accessible rooftop, all of them visitable. In 1925 an extension of Casa Vicens was carried out to accommodate the cultural and museological function that it currently has, and in 2005 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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CASA VICENS - GAUDÍ: Garden and basement

Going through the enclosure, we make a first stop in the garden of Casa Vicens. It is a space inspired by Mediterranean flora and fauna, which is why we can find plants such as palms, magnolias and roses. As a curiosity, every May 22, following a typical tradition in the neighborhood of Gràcia, there is a mass in honor of Santa Rita in the garden, where there is an image of hers, and the blessing of the roses is celebrated. Continuing with the visit we can stop at the basement, where we find the specialized bookstore La Capell, which also has a library, under a catalan vault ceiling.

The house

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On the ground floor, which contains the main floor, we find the dependencies for day-time use, such as the smoking room and the dining room. The smoking room is a leisure space decorated in an exuberant way in the oriental style, and in the dining room we can find the original furniture designed by Gaudí and a collection of paintings by Francesc Torrescassana. On the first floor there are the private rooms of the Vicens family (bedrooms, bathrooms...) all decorated with plant motifs and typical symbols of the Gaudí style. The second floor, where we find the permanent exhibition, is a diaphanous space with wooden beams and windows that offer a beautiful set of lights and shadows. And finally, the rooftop was built as a transitable area where you can stroll and enjoy the views.

The museum project has recovered the original spaces conceived by Gaudí to publicize the essence of its architecture and decoration. Casa Vicens is now a unique cultural space of knowledge and entertainment for all audiences.

Do you like to discover other emblematic buildings created by Gaudí? Pick our Gaudí & Sagrada Familia tour!