Getting around in Barcelona is very easy: most of the areas are very clearly signposted, and the layout of the streets are simple to navigate. So, it’s no surprise that many people here choose to use their own transport. The motorcycle has grown in popularity steadily over the years. Whether it’s for commuting from the outskirts, exploring the vast countryside, or nipping down those tight city streets, the sound of a revving engine is never far away.
To celebrate the history of the motorcycle, Barcelona has one of Europe’s best museums, full of lots of useful information. It’s called Museu de la Moto and it is located on Carrer Palla in the Gothic quarter.
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Well, for a start, motorcycles. There are lots and lots of them, a number of different models from a variety of eras. They have very early models, such as the Lutetia from 1924, military bikes, such as the Indian Militar from 1941, and they also have unusual models, such as the tiny Bruckhouse Corgi Excelsior Spirit. There really is so much to see! And for every bike they’ve got, there is a detailed description of its history and performance statistics. There’s also a team of expert guides willing to answer any questions you might have.
As well as the permanent attractions of the museum, there are ever changing exhibitions on display. These focus on a particular type of motorbike, such as the scooter, or on specific motorcycle themes, such as racing.
Please visit the exhibitions page on their website to see what’s happening right now.
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The museum also offers a selection of educational workshops for both children and adults. The main focus is to teach people about the history of the motorcycle, and its influence in society and politics. They also aim to create curiosity about future forms of transport which might become available.
If you really have a passion for bikes and would like to learn every detail, there is also the option of having a guided tour. You must book these in advance by calling: 93 318 65 84
How to get there
Presuming that you don’t have your own motorcycle, there are plenty of transport links to this destination. The Gothic quarter is right in the very heart of the city so it’s easily accessible by foot. But if you’re traveling in from further afield the closest metro station is Liceu on La Rambla.
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