GoCar GPS Guided Tours Barcelona

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GoCar GPS Guided Tours Barcelona Reviews

austin37335 austin37…
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A fun way to see the city Jun 01, 2013
We booked a Go Car tour of Barcelona on line before we left for out trip as we thought it would be a fun way of seeing the city.

The Go Car is a 3 wheeled 2 seater cross between a car and a moped, that has GPS navigation to guide you through the city and tells you about the sights as you encounter them on your journey.

The office was initially a little difficult to find, it is located down a very small side street near the Santa Caterina Market. On arrival we completed the paperwork, left our deposit, sat through the instruction/safety video, and were issued with a map and the compulsory crash helmet. We were soon on our way. The car is very easy to drive, it’s just twist and go with handlebar steering and bike like brakes. The first impression was undoubtedly one of great fun. My wife and I couldn’t stop laughing as we negotiated the streets of Barcelona. Passers-by seemed equally amused and we were waved at and photographed throughout.

The problems we encountered were two fold. The sat nav instructions on the particular car we had were very slow indeed and we had often passed the turning before receiving the instruction. The sat nav is only operational on the set route and was therefore little help finding our way back on track. This meant lots and lots of circling. This often wasn’t easy as the traffic built up and getting across lanes of traffic in such a small vehicle was at times a little disconcerting.

The second issue was that on booking we opted for the two and a half hour Gaudi tour, but this tour wasn’t specifically programmed into the sat nav, so we didn’t get to see one single Gaudi building. We had assumed there would be different tours pre-programmed into the sat nav but this is not the case. Instead you do get routing options at specific junctions but it wasn’t clear to us which direction would take us to the sights we wanted to see. We did however get to see much of the city and ticked off many sights, even if some of them weren’t necessarily on our list of things to see.

Despite this we had great fun. It did unfortunately rain during our tour and as there is no cover on the car we did get very wet, but that’s the chance you take when you book one of these tours. Your time is your own during the tour and it is possible to park up and spend some time at the sites as you encounter them. The car is easy to park and can be left in motorcycle spaces or it can squeeze into car spaces that larger vehicles may not be able to fit in to. We were very conscious of the time available however and chose to keep going.

Due to the directional problems we were 15 minutes late bringing the car back and we were concerned that we may get penalised for this. We needn’t have worried, it wasn’t an issue. When we explained the problems we had experienced we were kindly offered the car for another complimentary run, but we graciously declined because we had other plans for the rest of the day, but the offer was appreciated.

To summarise, if it is a guided tour of the city that is important to you, then you may feel that this experience falls short. If you see simply it as a fun, alternative way to see the city without any particular agenda then this will definitely meet those expectations.
The driver's eye view
Our Go Car
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austin37335 says:
I'm not sure they are all that new Brian, just a new experience to me. We almost went on them in San Francisco but took a segway tour instead, so when we saw that they were in Barcelona we jumped at the chance. I understand they have them in Madrid, Lisbon and San Diego as well as the places mentioned.
Posted on: Jun 04, 2013
spocklogic says:
Must be something relatively new in Europe?
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
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