Wednesday, August 21, 2019

THANKS GOOGLE, BUT BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING SHOULDN’T BE THIS HARD

Thanks to our friends at Google, who normally provide an excellent service for those looking for things to do in Barcelona or things to see in Barcelona, in the barrio of Gràcia, in Barcelona we are being inundated with unhappy visitors. But how can this be? I hear you ask. Well, if you’re sitting comfortably, then we’ll begin. 

BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING SHOULDN’T BE THIS HARD

One of the main tourist attractions for sightseeing in Barcelona is the justifiably famous, Park Güell. This icon of the city high in Gracia de Dalt, (the barrio of upper Gracia) and can be reached by metro line 3 from the centre, to the stations of Lesseps or Vallcarca. However, from the level of the stations you must climb a steep hill to get to the park, not a fantastic prospect in the heat and humidity of a Barcelona summer. But don’t worry, the city council has provided public escalators in the street called, La Baixada de Gloria. This street runs from the level of the metro stations directly to a side entrance of Park Güell, which is free to enter. “Well that should reduce the effort and ease those aching feet” I hear you say.

But, not so. When, as the majority of people do nowadays, I check the route to Park Güell on Google Maps, I see a little line of blue dots which go nowhere near the escalators of La Baixada de Gloria. Instead, I am directed up another street (Calle Medes / Baixada de Briz) which has no assistance, no shops, no cafés, NOTHING. Except, of course, a world of pain and sweat and torture in the steaming Barcelona heat.


Sightseeing in Barcelona

So, on this occasion, zero points to Google. Instead of directing unsuspecting travellers to the street with assistance provided, Google directs them to a street which is wholly inadequate as a route to their destination. It's longer, harder to find, has no shops or facilities, is poorly lit and feels like a security risk after dark.

Despite many messages to Google from concerned neighbours and business owners, nothing has changed. People still arrive to the park exhausted and angry when they find there were escalators in the next street which were not shown on Google Maps. And who could blame them.


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At Tourisimo Tours Barcelona, located at the top of the hill, only 50 meters from Park Güell, we often encounter people who have just struggled up from the metro stations only to find they arrive exhausted at the top La Baixada de Gloria and it’s public escalators which they had no idea were even there. We always advise our clients of the optimum route, that is by metro line 3 (green line) to the stations of Lesseps or Vallcarca, then a short walk along Avenida de Vallcarca, then a ride on the escalators on La Baixada de Gloria up to Calle de Sostres 17, and our offices. Or, for those seeking the easiest route of all, the little red and white busses “bus del Barri” (local neighbourhood bus) number 116. This will take you from Lesseps metro station directly to Calle de Sostres and a stop only 20 meters from our base. Taxis from the centre should be around 15 euros depending on traffic.

So if you fancy a fantastic, sightseeing, eco-tour in an electric, two seater car driven by you, come  talk to us at Tourisimo Tours Barcelona. As you tour through the  Collserola Natural Park which borders Barcelona, you’ll experience views, fresh-air, photo-ops and fun, all combined in a 1.5 to 2 hour tour guided by a real human being. The best vistas and lots to local knowledge to share with you about this fantastic city.

And as for Google, on this occasion, bad show Google Maps. You could, and must, do so much better.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

GET OUT OF THE HEAT- REAL SIGHTSEEING IN BARCELONA

Now in the middle of August, Barcelona regularly sees 30 plus degrees centigrade and humidity of over 70%. While the centre of the city has the majority of classic Barcelona attractions like the world famous, Gaudi creations of La SagradaFamilia, La Casa Batllo, La Pedrera / La Casa Mila and the incredible market of La Boqueria, it also has multitudes of tourists, hoards in fact, and the ensuing chaos that accompanies such numbers. Queueing and sweating and barging in to get the best position for a selfie or the last tickets before close are all too common in Barcelona in summer.

GET OUT OF THE HEAT- REAL SIGHTSEEING IN BARCELONA

Luckily Barcelona has some fantastic areas and points of interest which are sufficiently far from the madding crowd to permit a breath or two of fresh air. Probably the most famous of the extra-central attractions is the iconic Park Güell. This Gaudi inspired and designed city marvel can be found in the barrio of Gracia and forms one of the “tres turons” or three peaks of the hills in upper Barcelona. The city side of the park is a part natural, part surreal experience in itself. Antoni Gaudi’s obsession with natural forms is translated here as a melding of stone, concrete and organics which sometimes can be hard to tell apart. The high points of the park offer some fantastic views of Barcelona city but for the energetically adventurous, the short trek to La Cima de Carmel which rises above the park is well worth the effort. From the peak you really are treated to the best views in urban Barcelona. The highest parts of the park are not busy and although many people visit the lower areas the park’s size allows a welcome, shady get away from the shoulder to shoulder routine of the centre.


Barcelona in summer attractions


Beside Park Güell to the North East is another of the “turons”, the Turó de la Rovira, on which you can find the old military constructions of The Bunkers of Carmel. The bunkers are a throw-back to the Spanish Civil War and housed anit-aircraft guns and support structures. The elevated position of the bunkers provided formidable gun emplacements for the defence of the city during the civil conflict, but today they provide a perfect perch for views, contemplation and of course, photo opportunities with Barcelona as a back-drop. The Bunkers of Carmel have become a popular and trendy must-see for younger visitors to the city.

The third “turon” is the park of La Crueta del Coll. This park can best be reached from the back of Park Güell and featured a large outdoor swimming pool and seasonal bar/café. Again, for those making the effort to climb to the peak of this “turon” the of the park offers some great views of the city.

Miradores or scenic lookouts for views


After all the trekking and sightseeing in the upper part of the city you may think that you’ve “been there, done that” and seen all that this fantastic city has to offer, but you’d be so wrong. The high ground of Gracia de Dalt (upper Gracia) is just the beginning. If you are still looking for things to do in Barcelona which are away from the normal tourist trudge then look no further than a tour with Tourisimo Tours Barcelona. From our base only 50 meters from Park Güell you can escape to the real high ground of the city and breath the cool, fresh air which the shoulder to shoulder routine in the centre will never provide. You’ll drive one of our fleet of electric, eco-friendly, zero-emission, two-seater Renault Twizys cars and follow a guide in another vehicle up and out of the city to the cool hills of Collerola Natural Park. 

Rent Renault Twizys cars Sarria in Barcelona


This huge park overlooks all of Barcelona with truly the best views, sightseeing and photo opportunities of the city. The tour takes you through the natural park, which at over 8,000 acres is one of the largest urban parks in the world, and stops at various “miradores” or scenic lookouts for views, photographs and local knowledge. You’ll progress along the city side of hills and though the historic village of Collserola with its modernist and grand homes and down through the affluent suburb of Sarriá stopping at futher lookouts on the way. On the weekends there is also the chance to ascend 560 meters a.s.l. to the observation deck of the iconic Torre de Collerola (The Collserola Tower). This tower was designed by the celebrated architect Sir Norman Foster and was opened for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, unfortunately, and incredibly, it is only open to the public from 13:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. It is also extremely difficult to get to using public transport, requiring a combination of rail, funicular and bus. If you are lucky enough to have the time free in Barcelona which coincides with the ridiculously restrictive opening hours, a Tourisimo Tour is one of the easiest ways to get to the tower.   

So treat yourself to a tour which combines the fun and novelty of driving the fantastic little electric Twizy over quite mountain-type roads with the chance to see Barcelona from a perspective which few get to witness. The best vistas, photo opportunities and local insights and a fun drive which kids from eight to eighty just love, all this and more with Tourisimo Tours Barcelona.  www.tourisimo.es
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Monday, August 12, 2019

BARCELONA’S GOT IT!

The writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón once described Barcelona as being a city that's ‘extremely vain’. But this self-love isn’t without reason, and you can see why with this list of the sights and attractions in Barcelona that are simply unmissable. 

From the indescribable beauty of Sagrada Família and other Gaudí wonders to the city’s famous beaches and parks where you can soak up the sun, there is always a huge choice of things to do in Barcelona. In between stops for tapas and drinks, you can explore hidden attractions or spend your time immersing yourself in Catalan culture and art at the city’s best museums and galleries. 

Whether you live in Barcelona or are just visiting for a few days, you simply have to explore some of the wonders of this fantastic city, whether it be those which are rightly world famous, or other gems, some of which remain unknown even to most city residents you will never be stuck for choice.
Barcelona’s list of “must-sees” is ample, but no visit would be complete without a visit to at least some of the following;

La Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. Or simply, La Sagrada Familia, to you and me.

Antoni Gaudí dedicated more than 40 years (the last 14 of them exclusively) to the project, and is buried beneath the nave. Many consider the crypt and the Nativity façade, which were completed in his lifetime, as the most beautiful elements of the church. The latter, facing C/Marina, looks at first glance as though some careless giant has poured candle wax over a Gothic cathedral, but closer inspection shows every protuberance to be an intricate sculpture of flora, fauna or human figure, combining to form an astonishingly moving stone tapestry depicting scenes from Christ's early years.

Providing a grim counterpoint to the excesses of the Nativity façade is the Passion façade on C/Sardenya, with bone-shaped columns and haunting, angular sculptures by Josep Maria Subirachs showing the 12 stations of the cross. The vast metal doors, set behind the sculpture of the flagellation of Jesus, are particularly arresting, covered in quotations from the Bible in various languages. The Glory façade on C/Mallorca, the final side to be built and the eventual main entrance, is currently shooting up behind the scaffolding and is devoted to the Resurrection, a mass of stone clouds and trumpets emblazoned with words from the Apostles' Creed. 

Sagrada Família

La Casa Mila or La Pedrera (The Stone quarry)

www.lapedrera.com         

Described variously as rising dough, molten lava and a stone lung, the last secular building designed by Antoni Gaudí, the Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera, 'the stone quarry') has no straight lines. It is a stupendous and daring feat of architecture, and the culmination of the architect's experimental attempts to recreate natural forms with bricks and mortar (not to mention ceramics and even smashed-up cava bottles). Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it appears to have been washed up on shore, its marine feel complemented by collaborator Josep Maria Jujol's tangled balconies, doors of twisted kelp ribbon, sea-foamy ceilings and interior patios as blue as a mermaid's cave.

When it was completed in 1912, it was so far ahead of its time that the woman who financed it as her dream home, Roser Segimon, became the laughing stock of the city - hence the 'stone quarry' tag. Its rippling façade led local painter Santiago Rusiñol to quip that a snake would be a better pet than a dog for the inhabitants. But La Pedrera has become one of Barcelona's best-loved buildings and is adored by architects for its extraordinary structure: it is supported entirely by pillars, without a single master wall, allowing the vast, asymmetrical windows of the façade to invite in great swathes of natural light.



La Casa Mila or La Pedrera (The Stone quarry)

La Casa Batlló


Casa Batlló is a masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí – unique, unusual and exceptional. Much more than just a building, it has become a legend of art, architecture and timeless universal design. A benchmark of Modernism, Casa Batlló offers outstanding suites for exceptional events, where distinction is expressed in the most refined succession of artistic and architectural details, designed with the greatest possible creativity, and with the best skill and craft of the artists and professionals of the day. 
All those who love fantasy, theatricality and vitality cannot help but fall in love with this house. Casa Batlló is open to the world, and it offers the best modernist function rooms in Passeig de Gràcia, in the most elegant part of Barcelona, in the very heart of the city, with an area of more than 1,000 m² available to you for celebrating the greatest variety of events imaginable.
Casa Batllo invites you to a magical world and full of emotions that Antoni Gaudí created in the inside.


La Casa Batlló

The MNAC (Museu Nacional d`Arte de Catalunya)

www.museunacional.cat          

The Museu Nacional takes visitors on an uninterrupted journey through a thousand years of Catalan art, from the 10th to the 20th centuries, through its four permanent collections: Romanesque and Gothic art, Renaissance and Baroque art, Modern art, photography, drawings, prints and posters and the Catalan Numismatic Department.

Romanesque and Gothic art. The collection of Romanesque murals is a unique patrimony both in terms of the quantity and the quality of the Romanesque paintings from church apses, reconstructed in situ. The holdings of Gothic art illustrate the splendour and the peak of Catalan territorial expansion in Mediterranean Europe at the time.
Renaissance and Baroque art. The exhibitions of Renaissance and Baroque art feature works by major international painters such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez and Rubens.
Modern art, photography, drawings, prints and posters and the Catalan Numismatic Department. The museum's collection showcasing art from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, mainly comprising exhibitions of works by Catalan artists, covering all the artistic genres, including the Catalan Modernimst style (Art Nouveau) movements of modernisme and Noucentisme and the avant-garde.
The cultural supply of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya is completed with a rich calendar of temporary exhibitions.


The MNAC (Museu Nacional d`Arte de Catalunya)

Parc Natural de Collserola – The Collserola Natural Park.


The Collserola mountain range stands as a watchtower in the middle of metropolitan Barcelona. For those who live in the area, the magnificent massif is close, familiar and valuable, with more than 8,000 hectares of natural space preserved, where forest dominates but there's also a variety of vegetation that makes for an important biodiversity. 

The substantial acreage of the park defines it as one of the largest urban parks in the world, and the vast majority of the park remains in its natural state, unadulterated by human activity. There are miles of tracks and trails through the park and one could spend days exploring them on foot, if however, time, or energy, are somewhat limited, there is an alternative. 

Take a TOURISIMO TOUR from the barrio of La Salut, close to Park Gúell and enjoy a self-drive, guided tour of the hills above Barcelona driving an eco-friendly, 100% electric, two-seater car following a guide in another vehicle up and out of the city. The tour stops at the best miradores, or scenic look-outs that the city has to offer where you can get to know your fellow travellers and learn something about the city from the guide’s extensive local knowledge. 
The tour takes you through the historic village of Vallvidrera, first mentioned as a religious retreat in 14th century literature and now home to some beautiful modern and modernist homes.
With TOURISIMO you also have the opportunity to ascend to the observation deck of the iconic Torre de Collserola. The Collserola Tower was designed by Sir Norman Foster and opened as part of Barcelona’s preparations for the Olympic Games 1992. Unfortunately, the tower has very restrictive public opening hours, 13:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays and Sundays only, but if you are lucky enough to coincide with those times, the best sightseeing, incredible photo opportunities and views from the tower at 560 meters above sea level are well worth the effort.

Parc Natural de Collserola – The Collserola Natural Park.

Camp Nou. – The home ground of FC Barcelona.

No club in football history has achieved what Pep Guardiola's men managed in 2009: six tournaments, six trophies. This 'annus memorabilis' climaxed in December with the FIFA World Club Cup win over Estudiantes, the tactics-obsessed young coach telling his players: 'Lose and you'll still be the best team in the world; win, and you'll be eternal.' Like Guardiola himself, seven of the Champions League-winning XI were formed at FCB's youth system, including Xavi, Iniesta and Lionel Messi. 
When the new stadium first opened in 1957, it had a capacity for just over 93,000 spectators. In 1982, the stadium increased its capacity to hold 115,000 fans and hosted the first game of the World Cup that year. However, the stadium has been altered to include more seats and less standing area - making the total capacity 99,000.
Attend a Barça game, or you can take a tour of the stadium that includes the field, the pressroom, and the away side's changing room. The FC Barcelona Museum includes a trophy gallery and an audiovisual space dedicated to replays and the history of the Barça team and Camp Nou.


Camp Nou. – The home ground of FC Barcelona.

Park Güell


At Park Güell, stone, tile, plants, and Mediterranean skies magically come to life on a mountainside perch designed by Barcelona’s resident architectural genius, continuing to delight adults and children alike.
Built between 1900 and 1914 as part of Gaudí’s naturalist phase, the project was initially designed as part of Count Eusebi Güell’s private city, who envisioned the plot as a self-contained residence with private homes for 60 families. Only later was the failed housing development reimagined as a municipal park, which opened to the public in 1924. 
Nestled among Carmel Hill’s north face, the main terrace of the park offers sweeping panoramic vistas of the city below – including many of Gaudí’s other famous creations peppering the landscape – featuring a scalloped perimeter and a giant bench built to resemble a sea serpent. At the main gate, a giant salamander known as “el drac” or “the dragon” greets visitors upon their approach to the terrace, as they wend their way through a network of Doric columns, some palm-like, that support a pillowy roof inlaid with mosaics. Colonnaded footpaths lead to manicured gardens and trick arboretums, as gracefully curving viaducts and roadways soar overhead. Gaudí’s former home, too, now converted into a museum, is easily distinguished by its Pepto-Bismol pink exterior rising four stories tall from the garden grounds. 
Despite embodying a purpose entirely separate from its initial conceptualization, Park Güell remains so transcendent in its current form that it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, ensuring that the public will continue to find respite in this fantasy world for centuries to come.
For an ideal combination of Catalan culture and Barcelona sightseeing opportunities why not combine a visit to Park Güell with a tour of the hills of the Collserola Natural Park with the company TOURISIMO TOURS BARCELONA. 


Park Güell


Tourisimo is located only 50 meters from the park’s side entrance at Carrer de Sostres 17 so it is an ideal combination. On a Tourisimo tour, you drive an eco-friendly, 100% electric, two-seater car and follow a guide in another vehicle. You dive up and out of the city to the cool hills and fantastic views far above. A previous client described the tour as “the hollywood hills experience of Barcelona” and the name fits very well. Views and photos of Barcelona from a vantage point few get to see. Then back down to the city to re-join your trajectory to or from Park Güell.
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

BREAKING NEWS – WE HAVE A NEW INSURANCE REGIME

Are you a young person still looking for Things To Do in Barcelona? Interested in the Best Barcelona Sightseeing Tours? Now even if you’re just 18 years old you can enjoy an Exciting Tour Experience with Tourisimo Barcelona.

We have just re-negotiated our insurance regime so now if you are 18 or over You Can Drive. As long as you hold a full driver’s licence for a car, or motorbike of 125cc or over which is valid in Spain, you can drive one of our fleet of 100% Electric, Zero Emission, Two-seater micro-cars. Treat yourself and your friends to a Self-Drive, Sightseeing Tour of Barcelona. You can carry a passenger in the back and you your friends can leave the crowds, queues and chaos of the city centre behind. You’ll drive up to the Collserola Natural Park which borders Barcelona to the Northwest and stop at various Miradores, or scenic look-outs, for the Best Views and Photo Opportunities which the city has to offer.


Most car-hire companies enforce an age limit of 25 or over, some go as low as 21 but usually add a range of extra charges and caveats before they’ll let you loose with one of their cars. At Tourisimo we’re happy to have you drive one of ours, and as you’ll be following guide up the mountain you’ll never get lost or have any doubts about where to go.

The Renault Twizy 80 which we use is a fun little vehicle with approximately 80kms of autonomy and which car reach a speed of 80kph. You’ll be surprised how “nippy” the little cars can be even with two people aboard, when you hit the go pedal they really take off. And because they’re 100% electric there’s no engine or gear-box, and so no noise, you just hear a whine from the electric motors and you’re off. All the controls, indicators, lights etc are the same as a regular car so they’re very easy to get used to, and a lot of fun to drive.

BREAKING NEWS – WE HAVE A NEW INSURANCE REGIME

The route of the tour takes you from our base in La Salud, Grácia, which is only 50 meters from the famous Park Güell, down through a one-way system which has no junctions or traffic-lights, before joining Avenida de Vallcarca for only 1.3kms of normal roads. Then you join La Arrabassada for the climb up the Collserola hills to the natural park. La Arrabasada is a famous, winding mountain road which in the past has featured motor-racing events and rises high above the city of Barcelona. The route takes you through the Collserola Natural Park and passed the landmark Basilica of Tibidabo which sits on the highest peak of La Sierra de Collserola, the Collerola Ridge. Then you pass the iconic La Torre de Collserola. If you’re lucky enough to have time available around midday on the weekends you can choose to do a Premium Tour which includes a visit the observation deck of the tower. A glass walled, external lift transports you to the viewing deck which is 560 metes a.s.l. and offers the very best views of Barcelona and it’s surroundings. Unfortunately, the tower is only open to the public between 13:00 and 14:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, but if you can make it it’s well worth the effort.

As the tour continues along the Collserola hills with the views of the city on the left-hand side only getting better you’ll pass thought the historic village of Vallvidrera with it’s road-side, modernist houses, before beginning the descent through the barrio of Sarriá. You’ll stop at yet another mirador to see Barcelona from a completely different angle, more photos and fantastic selfies later you can choose to return via the edge of the city, or back over the hills and through the park.

An Exciting Driving Experience, Great Country Roads, Incredible Views and Awesome Company. Spend a few hours with our guide in the freedom and cool air of the Collserola Natural Park, take the most memorable photos and selfies to die for.

Now even if you’re lucky enough to be only 18 you can join a Sightseeing Tour with Tourisimo Barcelona and live the Self-Drive, Sightseeing Tour Experience that a client christened “The Hollywood Hills Experience of Barcelona”. He wasn’t far wrong. It’s a Holiday Experience to remember. 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

COMBINE TOURISIMO WITH PARK GÜELL, MAKE A DAY OF IT


According to the Barcelona Tourist Board, over 9 million people visit Park Güell each year to enjoy the famous architecture and planning of Antoni Gaudi as well as the elevated position and excellent views over city which the park provides.


COMBINE TOURISIMO WITH PARK GÜELL, MAKE A DAY OF IT


From the upper levels of the park, particularly the high point of “Turó de les tres creus” or Hill of the three crosses, you have magnificent views over much of Barcelona city to the Mediterranean Sea to the East. But from the park you also have views of the majestic hills of La Serra de Collserola which form the inland boundary of the municipal area. The hills extend from the North East to the South West at the back of Barcelona and form part of the natural park, El Park Natural de Collserola, which at over 11,000 hectares represents one of the largest urban parks in the world. On the highest point of the park, on the 512-meter mountain of Tibidabo, sits the church of the Sagrat Cor, or sacred heart, and beside it, the famous Tibidabo amusement park.  The park is one of the oldest, continuously operating amusement parks in the world having opened in 1905 and it still features many of the original rides and attractions.

A short distance from Tibidabo is the iconic telecommunications tower, La Torre de Collserola. This tower was designed by the famous British architect, Sir Norman Foster and was opened for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1982. From the observation deck of the tower, at 560 meters a.s.l., there are undoubtedly some of the best views and photo opportunities in all of the Barcelona region.

There is only one problem with all this fantastic tourist attractions, how to get there. Unfortunately, apart from the bus which runs from Plaça Catalunya in the centre directly to Tibidabo, there is no easy public transport route to get to the hills. Only by a combination of metro, the FCC ( Ferocarriles Catalans) trains, a tram and a funicular railway, can you access the high ground above the city. That is where TOURISIMO Barcelona comes in.

From our base, only 50 meters from the Vallcarca side entrance of Park Güell you can take a Tourisimo tour which will guide you directly to the Collserola Natural Park. We provide cool, eco-tours of 1.5 to 2 hours to this magnificent area. After, or before a visit to the Park Güell, you can combine a Tourisimo tour and really make the most of your trip to upper Barcelona. You’ll find the views only get better as you transition from Park Güell up to the heights above the city. You will drive one of our fleet of electric, two-seater cars and follow a guide in another vehicle who will lead you up and out of the city to the quiet, winding mountain roads where the views are spectacular. If you’re lucky enough to make it on a Saturday or Sunday, you can also take advantage of our Premium tour which includes a visit to the observation deck of the Collserola Tower. Unfortunately the tower only opens to the public at the weekends, and then for only two hours per day.

When you want to make the most of our visit to our beautiful city, but maybe you’ve had enough of the queues an crowds there are still lots of things to do in Barcelona outside the city centre. The views from Park Güell are great, but for a truly different and exciting scenic and photographic experience, jump into a Tourisimo electric twizy and have an exciting, fun experience getting there. A few hours in the park and a couple more with Tourisimo will really answer the question of what to do in Barcelona. A city which is full of surprises, and a sightseer’s dream, if you know where to look.
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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Scheduled re-opening date of the first of April 2019

At TOURISIMO we’re looking forward to the temperatures rising, the days becoming longer and the scheduled re-opening date of the first of April 2019. During the winter we have been working on some improvements and innovations which will become evident in our service in 2019, but the same friendly welcome and exciting experience awaits you.

Scheduled re-opening date of the first of April 2019

For those of you who intend to visit the beautiful city of Barcelona this year be sure to take the opportunity to see it at its best.  By taking a self-drive, guided tour with TOURISIMO www.tourisimo.es, from our base close to Park Güell https://parkguell.barcelona/en  to the Collserola natural park https://www.parcnaturalcollserola.cat/en/  in hills at the back of the city you’ll escape the heat and bustle of the tourist center to enjoy the nature, peace and cooler temperatures of the high ground just outside the city.

You’ll have the experience of driving a 100% electric, eco-friendly two-seater car on quiet country roads following a guide who will take you to all the best stops from which you be treated to panoramic views of the city below. If you choose the premium tour, you’ll ascend to the highest point in greater Barcelona, the observation deck of La Torre de Collserola.

www.torredecollserola.com/.  From at 560 meter a.s.l., the viewing deck of this, Sir Norman Foster designed, telecommunications tower, you´ll truly have the best views and photo opportunities that Barcelona has to offer.
We at TOURISIMO really look forward to seeing you for a in the months ahead, come and join us for a fantastic sightseeing tour and an experience you’ll really remember.
Best regards – Team TOURISIMO.
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Something for the kids - A guided tour which the kids will rave about

“Mamma, I’m bored”,” Pappa, I don’t want to queue anymore”, “Momma, I’m too hot”. We’ve all heard these complaints from our poor children as they’re dragged reluctantly through yet another historic building or ancient monument on a holiday which was supposed to be relaxing for them too.
In Barcelona there are so many tourist attractions in the city, La Sagrada Familia, La Casa Batllo, La Pedrera to name a few. There are so many walking tours, free tours, bike tours, Segway tours that you may find yourself running to try in an attempt to see everything.


But all the Gaudi attractions and incredible architecture for which the city is rightly famous are in the densely packed and suffocatingly hot city centre.

If your looking for things to do in Barcelona but you want the kids to experience something completely different from the normal tourist drudge, and you want to see their faces light up with excitement, why not take them on a fantastic TOURISIMO Tour. 



www.tourisimo.es. At TOURISIMO they can ride in an awesome, 100% electric, two seater car with you at the wheel, they can zoom up and out of the city to the cooler air of the Collserola Natura Park www.parcnaturaldecollerola.cat/en/ which borders Barcelona to the Northwest.

Mom or Dad can drive the car with the confidence and safety of following a professional guide on a guided tour which will lead you on country roads to and stop at various lookouts for the best city views from high above.

People call it “The Hollywood Hills” experience of Barcelona and it’s easy to see why. From the park overlooking the city all the family can enjoy the open spaces, the nature and the incredible vistas over the entire city to the sea beyond. If you’re lucky enough to be in Barcelona when the iconic Torre de Collserola www.torredeollserola.com, is open to the public then on a TOURISIMO Premium tour the kids, and most of the adults too, will be thrilled when we ascend the tower in the glass fronted external elevator to a height of 560 meter a.s.l. and arrive at the highest observation deck in Catalunya.



From there, on a clear day, you can see the whole of Barcelona city and a great part of the region of Catalunya from the Pyrenees mountains over Tibidabo, Montserrat and Montseny to the Costa Maresme to the north and Costa Dorada to the south and on to the horizon on the Mediterranean Sea.

From this incredible vantage point, high above the other Barcelona tourist sites, the kids and the whole family can take selfies which will make the people back home green with envy.
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