This tour is circular, so we can start in any point of the tour, but why not meet at the classical Barcelona meeting point? Plaça de Catalunya is in the heart of the city, a big square (well, actually it’s round…) with fountains, statues, and where the famous Ramblas begin their journey down to the sea. As a reward for waking up early, we will be able to run down Ramblas without being hindered by the crowds which normally occupy it. This street will lead us to the sea and views of the beach, where we will (hopefully) enjoy the sunrise above the water. Breathtaking!
After these relaxing kilometers, we will run through the “Barceloneta’s” narrow streets, where you can still see the traditional tapas-restaurants that were once concentrated here in the “fisher’s neighborhood”. After a while we will find ourselves running through the old town, experiencing; the Santa Maria del Mar church (please, if you haven’t done yet, read the book “Cathedral of the Sea”), the city hall, the Cathedral (I know, it can be confusing; we have 3 very important churches, all popularly known as “cathedrals”, even if only one is a real cathedral; the other two are Basilicas -Santa Maria del Mar and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia-). We will leave the old town along the most expensive street in Spain, and head to the most beautiful avenues in “Eixample”, up along Passeig de Gràcia, which hosts luxury shops (do not worry, we will pass by before the shops are open), 5-star hotels and gems of catalan modernistic buildings, among them, Gaudi’s “Casa Batlló” and “La Pedrera”, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will continue down along Rambla de Catalunya, a beautiful avenue with many cafés and outdoor seating. At the end of our tour we will head back to Plaça de Catalunya.