If you are in Barcelona and you would like to do a different guided tour by bike, this is your best option.
Hidden parks tour is not a classic touristic tour, is more a sport tour, with a city bike. So, make sure that you want to do some effort during the ride, otherwise this is not for you. This is the medium point between a touristic city tour and a road cycling tour with many climbs and kilometers.
Last week, a french family decided to do this tour, and as usual, we started from our shop, where we try and adjust the bikes before leaving.
We provide you with a small water bottle, and the guide also bring in his bag some tools and tubes, just in case we had some mechanical problem on the way.
From Poblenou neighbourhood we went to find the Diagonal Avenue, where we found a great bike lane that we followed until “Plaça de les Glòries” where we could contemplate de Agbar Tower, the Design Hub and the Market of Els Encants. After crossing this square, we kept on the Diagonal until we found the Marina street. This street has a bike lane on its left side with only one way, and brought us just in front of the Sagrada Família church, then we kept climbing on the same street. We always say that from this point the real climb starts.
When we arrived at the top of Marina street, we stopped a moment to drink some water and breathe before start climbing the steep section to street Mare de Déu de Montserrat, where we turned left to find the Carmel road that took us to one of the main doors of Park Güell.
Park Güel use to be very crowded, and it was that day, so we got off the bikes and followed walking until we passed the main square of the Park where they could admire the first views of the city. Then we took the side way, climbing to the “Turó de les 3 creus“, the highest point in the Park, where you can see 3 crosses at the top and nice views of the city.
After that we crossed all the park, and we took the Gran Vista street that gave us good views of the non popular part of Barcelona (eastern part of Collserola mountains, and the areas of El Carmel, Guinardó, Horta, Trinitat…) and took us to the Turó del Carmel, and at the end of that way we founded the Carmel Búnkers, aircraft batteries built during the civil war and from Barcelona was defended from the fascists.
Once in the “Búnkers”, they could enjoy for a while the greatest views of Barcelona. Definitely, you should see that if you come to Barcelona, and you will feel much more satisfied having reached the top by bike and your legs traction than having done it by bus and walking a few meters. Belive us, is not the same… They felt really proud about that fact and this in combination with the spectacularity of the views gave us an environment of euphoria that we really enjoyed.
After taking some pictures and being delighted we started the downhill to the shop again, much more easy way back, just relaxing and rolling easy with the smile in our faces.