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A walk through the port of Barcelona

The Port of Barcelona, as well as being an important economic exchange point, is excellently located for a walk along Barcelona’s seafront. The Port of Barcelona occupies a large area of land and, obviously, its adjacent waters. More than 800 hectares is enough space to accommodate large cargo and passenger piers and storage of goods, but it has also left a good percentage for leisure spaces and business centres. The section that extends the central promenade of Las Ramblas, whose final point is the monument to Columbus, leaves us at the foot of the Port Vell. Here we can begin or end a magnificent route, enjoying different areas that blend in with the landscape. We find Maremagnum, a semi-open shopping centre, which integrates restoration and commerce in a delicate balance, sheltered by a very peculiar architecture and linked to the docks through an iron and wood footbridge that constitutes in itself a promenade of leisure. The Port Vell, located between Ciutat Vella and La Barceloneta, was not integrated into the city until the 1992 Olympic Games. As a result of this important event on a world scale, the whole area that was popularly known as Moll de la Fusta, a vast storage area for wood and goods in the open air that prevented free pedestrian traffic, was reconstructed. This transformation allows the Port Vell to operate as a marina, housing the Barcelona Royal Yacht Club, the Barcelona Royal Maritime Club and the Port Vell Marina for luxury yachts. Today, the increasingly reduced area for professional fishing is still in the Moll dels Pescadors, where the Barcelona Fishermen’s Guild and the fish auction market are located. In the area mentioned above, between the Columbus Monument and the Maremagnum, we find the Palau de Mar, which houses the Museum of the History of Catalonia, the World Trade Center, an important business centre, and the Aquarium, the most important centre in the world in terms of the Mediterranean sea. We cannot finish this tour without going a few metres further and visiting the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, located in the building of the Royal Shipyards of Barcelona, a space dedicated to shipbuilding between the 13th and 18th centuries, whose existence is documented since 1243. The Museu Marítim is a reference institution of Mediterranean maritime culture whose main task is the interpretation and dissemination of the culture of the sea. In order to enjoy this wide range of activities to the full, we suggest you order a Zolty, the best way to forget about parking and the inconvenience of searching for the area. Open your Zolty App and choose among all the available vehicles around you, closed rate or taximeter, easy, fast and safe. You only have to worry about having a good time.
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Discovering Montjuïc with Zolty

Barcelona has a peculiarity that differentiates it from the rest of the big European cities. Its geographical location makes its expansion very difficult as it is enclosed between the sea and the surrounding mountains. Therefore, when we visit the city at its southern end, bordering the sea coast you see a majestic hill that as a natural barrier prevents visual continuity. That promontory of wide base and brief height is Montjuïc, which with little more than 170 meters high, gives us a spectacular view of the whole city at its feet. A place of pilgrimage for foreigners and locals for various recreational reasons, Montjuïc has a wide variety of recreational, sporting, cultural and natural infrastructures that make it an unmissable place to visit. You can visit facilities such as the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium (next to which is the Museum of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation), the Palau Sant Jordi, the Bernat Picornell Swimming Pools and the Montjuic Municipal Pool which hosted the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.  Its streets and accesses formed for many years the old Circuit of Montjuïc, competing for great prizes in motor racing and motorcycling, and currently used for cycling as the finishing point of the Volta a Catalunya and even some stages of the Tour de France. It also hosts a large number of cultural institutions such as the Barcelona Teatre Musical, the Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch, the Teatre Lliure, the Mercat de les Flors, the Teatro Griego, the Joan Miró Foundation, the CaixaForum Barcelona cultural center, the MNAC, the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, and at the top of it the Montjuïc Castle, a former fortress and military museum. At its main entrance, on Avenida María Cristina from Plaza España, there are several pavilions built for the 1929 International Exhibition, such as the Pavelló Alemany by Mies van der Rohe, and which constitute the current Fira de Barcelona, guarded by two twin towers that symbolize the exhibition. Finally, we would like to highlight the Historical Botanical Garden of Barcelona, which has a unique collection of cactus, and the new Botanical Garden of Barcelona, specialized in the flora of the Mediterranean areas of the world. If you are a nature lover, you can’t miss these spaces. We have only named some of the many places of interest that we encourage you to discover, just ask for a Zolty to take care of your distraction, easy, simple and comfortable. Download your Zolty App and leave your ride in our hands!

Las Ramblas in Barcelona, a world-famous promenade

Barcelona is one of the most attractive cities in the world, attracting a multitude of tourists every year. The urban network contains authentic jewels of history both on an architectural and artistic level. And when we talk to any visitor about an emblematic artery in Barcelona, there is undoubtedly a name of its own, Las Ramblas. This great open-air walk, 1.3 kilometres long, is part of the great human showcase that we can find in Barcelona. Las Ramblas links Plaça de Catalunya with the Port Vell, and is home to a colourful succession of shops, souvenir stands, cafés and restaurants. The origin of this promenade was the riverbed that transported rainwater throughout the city as a natural drainage system, taking advantage of the slope of the mountain and sea, until it flowed into the Mediterranean. For this reason, the origin of the word “rambla” comes from the Arabic and means sand, which is nothing more than the sediments left by the water as it slides down its bed. We can divide Las Ramblas of Barcelona into five sections that are very difficult to differentiate if not for some architectural landmarks that each area treasures: Rambla de Canaletes: This is the first part of the Ramblas if we take the Plaça de Catalunya as a reference point. Perhaps the most crowded section, because it is very typical to take the corresponding photo taking advantage of the perspective of the whole sloping walk towards the sea. There is also a point of attraction, which is the Font de Canaletas, a meeting place for the football festivities and for tourists who try its water to return to the city. Rambla de los Estudios: This is the next sector, which takes its name because it was formerly the location of the Estudio General or University. Rambla de las Flores: Although it has lost some of its charm, it is the most striking because of its colour and fragrance, as it has a large number of flower and ornamental plant stalls. In this area you will find the Boquería Market, a place you should not miss. Rambla de los Capuchinos: It is the central part and here the interesting points are the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palacio Güell, or the Plaça Reial. Rambla de Santa Mónica: This is the final part that leads to the Mirador de Colón. An area full of bars and restaurants where you can spend a lively afternoon watching people walk around. Although its location is very central and well communicated, we assure you that the best way to reach it is by asking for a Zolty vehicle. Easy, open the application, choose the car you have closest, mark your destination, and that’s it! Moreover, if you choose the closed price, you will be able to know what the journey will cost you in advance. Order your Zolty!
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Barcelona shopping centers

Barcelona, like any big city, has an important commercial offer. Large number of stores and boutiques of all kinds of products flood the streets and avenues. Curiously, the confluence of many of them in certain areas give rise to shopping centers that are called “open air”, some of which are well known such as Carrer de Sants and Gran de Gracia, where a multitude of businesses from different sectors are located side by side. A very popular alternative for a few years are closed shopping centers or malls. Only in the urban area, we have nine shopping centers located in strategic points of this great city. Although it is possible that you will find many of them during a walk around the city, there are some that require you to travel there expressly. Therefore, a good alternative is to open your Zolty App and choose the vehicle closest to your situation to take you. You simply click and in a few seconds you’ll be sitting in the direction of the chosen center. Here we list the best-known shopping centers in the city: Maremagnum. Located in Port Vell in Barcelona. Its commercial offer includes fashion stores and accessories from national and international brands: Mango, Desigual, Lacoste and H&M; and a wide range of restaurants. In addition, it’s the only shopping center in Barcelona that has permission to open 365 days a year, as it’s located in an area classified as tourist. The Maremagnum has 22,000 square meters of commercial space, spread over two buildings. The main building, with three floors, has 18,800 square meters and the rest is a garden and parking area. Diagonal Mar. Located in the San Martín district of Barcelona. It has a constructed area of 100,500 m² (87,000 m² for commerce and leisure) and 240 stores spread over 3 levels, as well as an underground car park with capacity for 5,000 vehicles. The Triangle. It is located in the Plaza de Cataluña in Barcelona. It has 22 stores spread over 2 levels. L’Illa Diagonal. Located on Avenida Diagonal, between the districts of Les Corts and Sarriá-San Gervasi. It has a 35,000 m² area for the shopping center, distributed over three floors. Designed by the architects Rafael Moneo and Manuel de Solà-Morales, this shopping center received the FAD Prize for architecture in 1994. You can discover the rest in a pleasant ride in a Zolty car: Gran Via 2, Glòries, Arenas, La Maquinista, El Centre de la Vila.
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Events, Leisure, News

In Barcelona, culture is safe

It is true that, due to the health crisis that we have lived through, the leisure time that Barcelona could boast so much in previous summers is being harmed. Limited capacity, queues, cancellation of mass events … The necessary measures are being taken in all sectors to ensure the well-being of users as far as possible. But what about the culture sector in particular? Is it being harmed excessively? Is it possible to enjoy a safe culture in Barcelona? We will tell you! For a few months now, the cultural sector has been one of the most affected by the restrictions of the different public organizations to stop the spread of COVID-19. Professionals and amateurs in the sector have not been able to remain silent before abusive measures that are not consistent with others that are being adopted in other sectors, such as the hospitality sector. For this reason, the campaign “La Cultura es Segura” (Culture is Safe) was started, under the hashtag #culturasegura, to claim shows such as concerts, plays, cinema, and other cultural activities that are complying with all the corresponding health regulations and that are also much safer spaces than others where so many restrictions are not being applied. On July 20, 2020, from the #CulturaSegura initiative, a press release was published where the burning issues around cultural restrictions were put on the table: “None of the 140 active outbreaks in Catalonia has its origin in a cultural event”. However, what acts were completely canceled? Cultural events. The outrage of this sector was perfectly justified. They tell us: “It is not acceptable, nor true, nor fair, to tell citizens that culture is a contagious activity and deprive ourselves of the economic viability that we could have after 4 months of crisis. Open beaches, open activities, open streets, vacations around the corner, and the only occurrence is to close safe spaces where people have a good time, enjoy, reflect, laugh and cry…, in conditions of maximum control, hygiene and distance, approved by PROCICAT itself.” A sector that takes health security measures seriously, such as the cultural sector, does not deserve to be the most punished. The artists, the professionals, the amateurs, all the people on and behind the stage… They all deserve to be able to continue doing their job, since they meet all the rules to do so. This summer, do safe and responsible activities, go to cultural activities. Go to the movies, the theater, or a concert. In Barcelona, culture is safe.
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Leisure, News

We treat all our vehicles with ozone

The new normality that we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many changes in our lives. From the most visible ones such as confinement, social distance, the occupation of public spaces, to others that are not so evident but that contribute to a change in our daily lives, like the ozone treatment. Surely this year 2020 will mark a before and after in the way of proceeding in many daily aspects. Among the numerous recommendations of the experts, which are included in a series of tips that the Ministry of Health publishes on its website, whose link you can see here, hygiene is the main weapon to combat a possible contagion. In addition to the hygienic measures that we must adopt to protect ourselves, we must also worry about the objects that we manipulate and the environments where we stay or transit. For this reason, at Zolty we strictly follow these recommendations. All of our vehicles are periodically washed and disinfected. We follow a strict hygienic protocol, where the first step is an intense washing both outside and inside our vehicles, using a high composition of sodium hypochlorite combined with water and biodegradable detergents. All our vehicles are periodically washed and treated with ozone The next step is to treat the entire cabin with ozone. Using the vehicle’s own air conditioning system, ozone, being a gas, has the ability to penetrate and occupy all the areas that are difficult to access by diffusion, which is a great advantage in achieving complete disinfection. Another of the protection measures that we have incorporated is the installation of transparent partitions to separate the environments from the driver and the passengers. The sum of all the measures we implement try to maintain the essential health security conditions so that your trip is as reliable as possible, preserving your well-being and that of our collaborators. Zolty, at the forefront of sustainable mobility. Choose your destination, we will take you.