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Barcelona with kids – Day 2
This was the day of to enjoy the city on the bike. If you have the chance in Barcelona you should try cycling through the city – it’s a great way to get around and makes you very flexible.
Barcelona has city bikes you can hire for not so much. However, those bikes don;t have a rear seat for carrying an extra passenger (the kids) and also we couldn’t hire helmets. Since we wanted to have an appropriate seat and helmets for our daughter, we decided to rent a bike from one of the many renting shops available in the city. Our daughter is a good cyclist but since she wasn’t used to the hand brakes on the bike (in NL they have back pedal brakes on most bikes) but also to the busy city environment, we decided to rent a bike with a seat for her on the back.
You can hire bikes for the day like us and just explore on your own or if you have interest in a certain part of the city you can book a tour on the bike. Renting a bike for 24 hours is cheaper than booking a tour but if you have limited time it is a great solution. Plus you don’t have to cycle the whole day as tours can vary from 2 to 6 hours normally. You can check some of the cool tours available here:
We advice you to book in advance to make sure it will be available for you.
The weather was excellent and we just wanted to soak in the atmosphere and do everything on our own pace. We picked up our two suitably modified bikes and off we went. First to the Ramblers which was nearby to the bike shop – we cycled down La Rambla taking in the food stalls and street artists, and then navigated our way along the front to the Aquarium (L’Aquàrium Barcelona) in the harbour.
The Aquarium is a must go if you have kids. There is a large collection of marine life and a large display tanks where you can spot the fish and their details plus information about them on available signs. They have a good supply of fish. Nemo and Dory can be seen in the same tank. There are some sand sharks and various other fish, rays and marine life that make it an interesting visit. You can have a quick bite or relax while the kids explore the available interactive panels and activities.
After the aquarium we headed around the harbour onto Platja de la Barceloneta. This beach was fairly busy (considering everyone was fully clothed), but how great to have a beach at the front door of the city? Of course our daughter had to be the exception so she was the only one in there swimming – it was cold – but really she has always loved cold water since she was a little baby. She was in her element. No one else went in the sea! The views along the beach are great.
After the swim we had something to drink and an ice cream in one of the bars along the front before heading to Parc de la Barceloneta. This park had a good play area for kids and adults – the teens were playing basketball whilst Vicky played on the swings. We then went back to Parc de la Ciutadella to chill out and for a photo shoot. We were also finalising the plans for the following day while we were there (a little bit last minute) as we had access to a Barcelona wifi hot spot. Next stop was the Arc de Triomf, close by for some more photographs before the sun dropped again and it was time to return the bikes and go back to the apartment.
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