One of the best ways to see the sprawling city of Barcelona is on two wheels. Unlike most major Spanish cities, attractions in Barcelona are scattered all over the city and commuting from one place to another requires time. Instead of taking the metro or bus, bike tours in Barcelona give you a chance to explore the city thoroughly without wasting time and money. Barcelona tours by bike are very popular these days, especially with young, active travelers. There are also several parks all over the city, easily reached on bicycles. What’s best about a bike tour in Barcelona is that it gives you a chance to be active, enjoy the outdoors and see the city leisurely at the same time.
There are generally two types of bike tours in Barcelona: self-guided and guided. For self-guided tours, you’ll be given a lightweight mountain bike, a map, a detailed information leaflet and a helmet, and you’ll be on your way. Guided tours tend to go in a group, with your guide stopping at points of interest for some explanations. Each tour operator has different types of sightseeing tours on bicycles. Here’s a list of bike tour operators in Barcelona:
1. Bike Spain
Bike Spain offers guided excursions that will allow you to visit Sant Jaume Square, Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral, Old Harbour, Olympic Port, Ciutatdella Park, Sagrada Familia and Triomph Arch. (21euros). Besides that, it also organizes a one-week Costa Brava bike trip along along the coast of l’EmpordÃ , bringing you through gorgeous vineyards and beaches as well as major cities and towns like Girona and Torrella.
This bike tour outfitter organizes daily 3.5hour tours departing from Plaza Catalunya (21euros). What’s interesting about the bike tours this company offers is the wide range that caters to different types of travelers: from classic city tour to markets and tapas to gay-friendly tours and night tours.
With some raving reviews, Fat Tire Bike Tours are best known for their knowledgable guides and trustworthy informational rides. The expert guides keep visitors informed, entertained, and safe from surrounding traffic. The Barcelona tour hits more city highlights than the other bike tour companies, including Parc de la Ciutadella and the beach; frequent stops allow time for pictures, exploration, food, and stretching.
Again, this bike outfitter offers tailor-made bike tours around the city — from classic route to Olympic tours and Gaudi tours. The Classic City Bike Tour also runs for three hours and includes a drink. (22euros)