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Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - ■ by FIONA WHITTY

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I’D heard that the views from Barcelona’s ma­jes­tic Mon­tjuïc moun­tain were un­miss­able…

But the one-hour walk up in the mid-sum­mer sun with four tetchy chil­dren – or the huge queues for the ca­ble car – didn’t ap­peal. The an­swer? Bikes…with bat­ter­ies. Among other things, Barcelona is the world’s first bio­sphere city so “green” ways of en­joy­ing its delights – such as on e-bikes – are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

Our guide Xavier started by show­ing us how e-bikes work. They look like or­di­nary cy­cles and have a man­ual gear on one side of the han­dle­bar.

But on the other is the magic com­po­nent – an elec­tric mo­tor with low, medium and high set­tings. When you’re on flat ground you leave the lat­ter in low and rely on pedal power. But as the go­ing gets tougher, you ram it up, al­low­ing you to con­tinue to cy­cle with ease.

You can ac­tu­ally feel a boost as the elec­tric kicks in. But apart from a slight buzzing and the rec­tan­gu­lar bat­tery pack strapped be­hind the seat, no-one would know mod­ern tech­nol­ogy is do­ing the hard work for you.

The kids – Harvey, 17,

Max, 15, Rosie, 12, and Fred­die, nine – loved soar­ing past puffed-out pedes­tri­ans with­out break­ing a sweat them­selves. OK, so my other half Tim and I child­ishly en­joyed it too.

You can reach speeds of up to 26kph and we climbed Mon­tjuïc’s 210me­tres in around 20 min­utes.

It’s the per­fect way to ex­plore a city that’s great for fam­i­lies. As well as of­fer­ing heaps to see and do, it has a fan­tas­tic net­work of cy­cle lanes, and bikes are al­lowed on the wider pave­ments too.

Xavier showed us world-renowned sights like Palau Güell – de­signed by Barcelona’s most fa­mous son, ar­chi­tect An­toni Gaudí – the im­pos­ing Palau Na­cional palace and art mu­seum, and the stun­ning wa­ter­front.

He also showed us places we might other­wise miss. The kids loved the out­door div­ing pool built for the 1992 Olympics – open to the pub­lic for swim­ming for just a few eu­ros – and I en­joyed dis­cov­er­ing La Mercè, the church vis­ited each year by Barcelona

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