This was my third visit to Barcelona and I have done my fair share of sightseeing in the city, but never from a sidecar!
The only thing I’ve done that was comparable to it was a Vespa Tour in Rome. Not coincidentally both were organized by HouseTrip, a revolutionary holiday booking site featuring over 125,000 properties and growing by an astounding 1000 properties a month. Staying in a HouseTrip property helps you live like a local and even Eat Like a Local in Barcelona. Whenever I’ve stayed with HouseTrip I’ve also interacted with locals on a one-one basis or in small groups – something that doesn’t usually happen when I stay at a hotel.
My partner in crime for our unique sightseeing adventure was Michael from Time Turtle Travel pictured above. We took turns riding on the back of the motorbike and in the sidecar. I felt completely safe both in the sidecar and on the back of the bike. Our driver was cautious and emphasized safety. He also offered to make impromptu stops anytime we wanted to take a photo – which we did….a lot.
One of our first stops was to the Montjuïc, a hill overlooking Barcelona that also offered amazing views of the harbor.
Our guide helpfully pointed out landmarks and provided us with interesting stories en route.
Besides the views from Montjuïc, my favorite part of the sightseeing tour was visiting the district of El Raval.
It’s a controversial neighbourhood that’s in transition. It’s densely populated and not the quietest of neighborhoods which is what makes it so interesting. It’s teeming with life! Parts of El Raval are still rough around the edges, but its landscape is changing as galleries and up-scale boutiques are opening, attracting a different crowd. Having said that, there are some sections that you may want to avoid at night, especially as a tourist.
Of course sightseeing in Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without a pass-by of some of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous buildings like the Casa Batlló and the piece de resistance:
The Sagrada Familia! One of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever seen!
I thoroughly enjoyed sightseeing in Barcelona by sidecar! While there are certainly cheaper ways to sightsee, this is such a unique experience that I think it’s worth the money. Plus the guides are fantastic!
Know Before You Go Sightseeing in Barcelona by Sidecar:
- We did the 3 hour Must-Do tour offered by BrightSide. On their website you can see a map of the highlights we covered. The cost is €95 per person for two people or €150 if you’re going solo.
- BrightSide offers a number of different tours (see the link above). I was very intrigued by the Oh My Gaudi! tour and would love to try it the next time I’m in Barcelona.
- I highly recommend staying in a HouseTrip property in Barcelona for a local experience.
Special thanks to HouseTrip for my stay and providing me with such a unique way to see Barcelona. As always all opinions are my own.