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Nature and history in the Montjuïc and Gòtic e-bike tour

Who thinks that there is only sun, beach and paella in Barcelona, it doesn’t know the real city. Strolling through the city you can discover the medieval historical streets of the Gòtic Quarter, and you can also reach the hidden nature of the Montjuïc mountain. The Montjuïc + Gòtic bike tour travels through these two spaces in Barcelona to show you everything that the Catalan capital can offer you.

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Bike tour around Montjuïc’s nature

The mountain of Montjuïc is a 177 meter cliff that goes into the Mediterranean. From this height, the views of Barcelona are spectacular and you can see buildings such as the Sagrada Familia or the Agbar Tower from a different perspective. This bike tour is ideal for getting out of the bustle of the city center. The mountain trail will take you to a natural setting that will make you forget about the day to day life of Barcelona to connect with nature. And we will also discover special places that are located in this magical mountain, a symbol of the city. In Montjuïc we will find art thanks to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) and history of the city through the castle of Montjuïc, a military fort dating from the 17th century. In the mountain there is also one of the most emblematic venues in Barcelona, the Palau Sant Jordi, where great musical and sports events have been made.

With the Montjuïc + Gòtic e-bike tour you will discover that Montjuïc is much more than a mountain, it is a charming natural space full of special places. The best way to take a walk there is undoubtedly with e-bike, because they are environmentally friendly and the ideal means of transportation for a bike tour like this.

The last emblematic space on the mountain of Montjuïc that is worth visiting, whether you go with the bike tour or if you go there on your own, are the fountain. At the foot of MNAC there is the magical fountain of Montjuïc, an indispensable tourist attraction. By day they are a good place to stroll and contemplate the different forms that water can make, but it's at night when the show is really impressive. At night, the fountains of Montjuïc are lit up and the music surrounds them to recreate an unforgettable show.

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Gothic medieval streets by e-bike

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After relaxing in the wild, the e-bike tour leave Montjuïc behind to enter in the labyrinthine streets of the Gòtic quarter. This neighborhood is located in the oldest part of the city and is part of the historic center. It is a neighborhood full of surprises and mysteries that we will discover with e-bike. This neighborhood includes other historic areas of Barcelona that make up the old quarter located inside the medieval walls. Places like Plaça de Sant Jaume, where are located the Town Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat, the Barcelona Cathedral or the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri are buildings and unique spaces that tell the history of the city through its walls and squares.

The Gòtic Quarter remained intact until the 19th century, but as of that moment, the development and growth of the city led to the remodeling of the structure to what we know today. Until 1900, the predominant architecture in the neighborhood was the Baroque and Renaissance because many buildings that had originally been Gothic were transformed. But then he became aware of the importance of preserving gothic architecture and the project began around the Cathedral, with a neo-Gothic facade. The tour with e-bike that we will do for this neighborhood will serve us to know an essential part of the history of Barcelona without which the city would not be as it is now. Today, the Gòtic quarter is one of the most interesting in the city. There you can find the Museum of History of Barcelona or the mythical Wax Museum. And also a host of bars and restaurants where you can taste authentic Catalan and Spanish traditional cuisine. To feel like a real Barcelona, the Gòtic is the ideal neighborhood.

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During the e-bike tour we will stop to enjoy a Tapa & Drink moment and recover strength to continue exploring the city. We will stop at one of the most authentic places in Barcelona and we will have the opportunity to taste patatas bravas while we know each other a little better. The Montjuïc + Gòtic bike tour is the perfect route to discover the most authentic Barcelona. You will fall in love with the city, guaranteed!

Montjuïc: a mountain of history and culture in Barcelona

In the Sants-Montjuïc district of Barcelona there is the Montjuïc mountain, a 177-meter-high peak that goes into the Mediterranean Sea. But Montjuïc is not just a mountain, its slopes, its rocks hide a lot of interesting places that are worth discovering. The list is extensive, but we have selected some of the most emblematic places on the mountain of Montjuïc.

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Montjuïc history: a military fortress at the top

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At the top of the Montjuïc mountain we find Montjuïc Castle, a military fortress that became a military museum after the civil war and which is currently a municipal facility that depends on the Barcelona City Council. The first stones of this fortification date back to the 17th century, during the war against Felip IV, and then the fortress was a fort with two square squares and bastions. Later, it played an important role during the War of Succession against the troops of Felip V, who took control of the fortress. Catalans recovered the castle of Montjuïc, but in 1714 they had to transfer it definitively due to the defeat in front of the Bourbon troops.

In the early nineteenth century, it was occupied by Napoleonic troops, and to choke a spontaneous revolt in Barcelona, from the castle of Montjuïc bombed the city for 12 hours in a row. Throughout this century the fortress became a prison for victims of political and social repression, and thus continued in the 20th century, during the Spanish Civil War. One of the most famous prisoners was the president of the Generalitat de Catalunya Lluís Companys, who was tried and shot in the castle of Montjuïc in 1940. The fortress was held as a military prison until 1960, and from there, already in the decline of the building, it was transferred to the city as a Military Museum. In 2007, the Military Museum was dismantled and, after a series of rehabilitations, the castle of Montjuïc was opened again to the public to visit it and get to know its history. A visit that, without a doubt, you cannot miss if you are in Barcelona.

Art on the Montjuïc mountain

On the hillside of Montjuïc there is an imposing classic-style palace inspired by the Spanish Renaissance architecture, which is now the seat of the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia), one of the most important museums in Barcelona. The palace was built between 1926 and 1929 for the International Exposition of Barcelona and in 1934 it became the Museum of Art of Catalonia. In this first phase, the museum exhibited collections of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art. But in 1990, seeing the need to have a national museum in Catalonia, the collection of modern art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was added, a large collection of drawings and prints and a numismatics. Officially, on November 14 of that year, what today is the MNAC was inaugurated. Now the museum hosts a great diversity of artists, collections and temporary exhibitions, as well as doing educational, cultural activities and the recovery and preservation of artistic works.

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Palau Sant Jordi, the music of the Montjuïc mountain

The mountain of Montjuïc also takes place for the sport, and for that reason during the Olympic Games of Barcelona 1992 was builded the Anella Olímpica. One of the most emblematic buildings of this space is Palau Sant Jordi, designed by the Japanese architect Arata Izosaki. Considered a jewel of architecture and modern engineering, the Palau Sant Jordi is a multipurpose space that can adapt to all kinds of events, whether sports or cultural. Regarding sporting events, it has been done from athletics championships, to different Final Four of basket, tennis and swimming championships, and also motor events such as indoor trial and motocross.

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But if something is known Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona is for the concerts that are done thanks to its impeccable acoustics and the great capacity of the public. In 2002, Bruce Sprinsteeng made a concert that was recorded on DVD as an official concert of the tour of that year. But for its stage, there have been all kinds of styles and artists, for example pop divas such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga or Rihanna, rock kings like Queen, U2, Coldplay or Lenny Kravitz, as well as metal gods like Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC / DC or Deep Purple. Local and national artists have also filled Sant Jordi, such as Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bosé, Amaral or Estopa. And if there is a concert that marked an important moment in the history of the Palau Sant Jordi it was on June 14, 1991. The concert brought together four groups of Catalan rock, Sau, Sopa de Cabra, Els Pets and Sangtraït in a very special night for Catalans, later remembered as "the great night of the Sant Jordi". Palau Sant Jordi is, therefore, a space for all audiences and for all possible shows.

Montjuïc also have a place for dead

On the southern slope of the Montjuïc mountain, the largest cemetery in Barcelona extends. It was inaugurated in 1883 as a result of the great urban and demographic growth that the city lived in the mid-nineteenth century. The architect was Leandre Albareda, and included many elements of Modernism, the artistic and cultural movement in force at the time, which is why it is a good place to learn more about this style. The cemetery of Montjuïc, besides being a monumental necropolis that looks to the sea, is also an almost obligatory place for any art lover. There are numerous sculptures, iron and stone works, pantheons and architectural groups that are worth discovering beyond the dead ones buried. A place of peace and tranquility for a walk.

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If you are in Barcelona and want to discover the most emblematic places of the Montjuïc mountain, take a look on our e-baike tour that will guide you to this magic mountain!