We arrived in Barcelona yesterday after riding along the coast from Calella to Matalo. Here we stopped for a swim which was refreshing, but the sand is like builders sand – grey and gritty – and the beach has a very steep drop off into the water. As noted before, Australian beaches can’t be beat!

Approaching major cities by bike is usually awful. Our riding conditions were deteriorating with no alternative to the highway following the coast except the train, so we got on and rode the rails into Barcelona Sants, the main station. We are now comfortably installed in a hotel in the Raval district.

The first task was to find a bike shop that can provide bike boxes for our flight to Amsterdam. This search took us to the hipster area of Poble-Sec where the bike shops were trendy but had no boxes. We were sent to a bike shop that is also a bar in a neighbouring area and have now secured two boxes to be collected on Tuesday.

This morning we started early to visit the Mirador de Colom (monument to Columbus), La Rambla (deserted in contrast to crowds of thousands last night), La Boqueria food market and some public art works of Joan Miro. The best part of the day was winding our way up the hill to the huge ornate Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, then further up to the site of the 1992 Olympic Games, and past the Botanic Gardens to the Montjuïc Castle from which there is a fantastic view across the city in one direction and to the Mediterranean in the other. This castle has a long history with many unpleasant episodes, particularly in relation to the Civil War. Now the artillery guns are decorated with flowers.


4 Responses to “Barcelona”

  1. Linepark Abroad (text by BP, photos by RL) Says:


  2. sibylle faeh Says:

    hi rosalie and ian
    i am following your travels through spain with envy and keep on saying to rolf: this is where we were two years ago! if you have time there is this great little bar in barcelona where they have live music. it’s called gran bodega saltó and it’s in c/blesa 36.
    we spent one memorable evening there with pepe: he only spoke catalan but we understood each other perfectly 🙂
    enjoy your travels and keep safe
    sibylle x

    • Rosalie Day Says:

      Hello Sibylle, great to hear from you and thanks for the suggestion. This bar is quite close to where we are staying so we’ll definitely head over there. Off to Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell today!

  3. rosalind powrie Says:

    Very hard to keep up with you Rosalie and Ian but yaay you are there will have to reread the last few days especially the Garmin midadventure.Enjoy all the pleasures of Barcelona see you soon xRos

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