Barcelona Geographical Walking Tours, Barcelona
Regeneration of Waterfront area Guided Visit ( 3 hours)
This interesting half day is guided by staff Arquitectura Reversible, an organisation formed by architects whose main objective is the diffusion of architecture and geography in Barcelona.
Since the Olympic Games of 1992 the City Council of Barcelona began a regenerating the whole waterfront of the city, ending in 2004 with the opening of the Forum Park.
Built on the central sewage plant of the city, where the river Besós meets the sea, the Forum Park is a large scale complex of public facilities -the zoological museum, a Congress Centre, an enormous Esplanade for public acts, green areas with open-air auditoriums and solar energy infrastructures.
Old Harbour and Barceloneta Guided Walking Tour (3 1/2 hr)
Groups will carry out half of this interesting walk with an architect from Arquitectura Reversible, and then cry out trail of the area in smaller groups with tablets to assist them.
Barcelona was historically one of the leading port cities of the Mediterranean. In 1751 a large area of land was built on, ‘the Barceloneta’ a popular neighbourhood, traditionally inhabited by sailors, fishermen and workers of the docks.
In more recent times the commercial activities of the port moved to a larger area, south of Barcelona, and the old harbour has been regenerated to host leisure, retail and touristic facilities, giving the Barceloneta a new lease of life.
Olympic Regeneration and Rebranding ( 3 hours)
The Parc de Montjuïc overlooks the port, and offers a plethora of green areas, gardens and museums, sports facilities and Olympic sites. Visit here with your city guide to consider the 1992 Olympics and the major renewal of the area underwent. Your will also see the Olympic Museum/Stadium as part of a panoramic tour of the city Move on to Port Olympic, which was totally renovated to host the sailing events and now is a popular sport for tourists with its restaurants, bars and shops. The nearby Olympic village is now a popular hotel and office area and provides a pleasant promenade linking the beach to the urban areas,
Smart and Sustainable City Waking Tour ( 4 hours)
The eastern part of Barcelona has lived one of the most spectacular urban transformations in the last 30 years; it has gone from an old industrial to a new model of compact city. The regeneration of this area has not only improved the look has also about made it smart and sustainable. Some of the most outstanding examples are
-Pneumatic waste collection system
-Compact, covered and integrated urban wastewater treatment plant, one of the world’s largest.
-District heating and cooling with a truly innovative system
- The recovery of green and leisure spaces like parks, river and beaches.
This tour will discover the urban transformation in a chronological order, from the 1992 Olympic Games, to the Forum and the 22@Barcelona district. It includes an insight into the different strategies that buildings have used to solve the main issue of a Mediterranean city: allowing light in while keeping heat out.
Please contact our expert team at FHT today for full details and prices of this trip.