Signing up for a bike tour in Barcelona is one of the best ways to get orientated in the Catalan capital or any new city – especially European cities, where the relatively small size of the cities, and the advanced infrastructure makes cycling a pleasure.
Barcelona is even more delightful to bike around than most European cities, as 1) it has mostly warm and dry weather – even in winter; 2) it is mostly flat (the only hills are on the edges of the city) and 3) it boasts more than 300 kms of cycle lanes. In fact, nearly every major road has a dedicated cycling path, as the city actively encourages both residents and tourists to move around the city on two wheels! There’s even a bike share scheme, called Bicing. (This is sadly, only available to residents though).
Arguably the biggest advantage of taking a Barcelona bike tour is how much of the city you can see in just a few hours. With a walking tour you won’t get far beyond the Old Town, but when you join a more adventurous cycling excursion you get to see some of the more local districts, hidden gems, street art and treasures that lie off the beaten path.
Increasingly Barcelona offers some cool cycling tours outside the city too, for example in the nearby wine country.
In this article we’re going to share the tours that we personally recommend from our many years of both living in, and frequently coming back to, the wonderful Catalan capital.
Check out our favourite sightseeing tours via classic pedal bikes (last update: 2021).
1. Steel Donkey Bike Tours
Founded back in 2010, Steel Donkeys pioneered the rise of hip, alternative tourism in Barcelona with their small-group tours (max. 8 people) and off-the-beaten path philosophy. Their aim from the beginning was to treat their customers like friends, not tourists! And show them the hidden sights of the city, along with local secrets and hip hangouts.
When you ride with Steel Donkeys your guide might take you to any one of Raval, Born, Sant Antoni, Poblenou or Gracia (all amazing districts near the centre!) and introduce you to forgotten cemeteries, dusty museums, futuristic skyscrapers, political street art and hidden courtyards. They nearly always stop off at a cool cafe or street terrace for some local pastries or refreshment en route and the pace of the tour is pretty relaxed (lasting around 4 hours on average).
Note: As they restrict bookings to just 8 people per group, their tours often sell out, especially in summer, so best to book your space as far in advance in possible!
If you’re new in town and you want to start your exploration of Barcelona with the main attractions, like Sagrada Familia and Gaudi’s epic mansions on the expansive Passeig de Gracia boulevard, then it’s hard to beat this classic bicycle tour.
Important: For actually entering La Sagrada Familia, you can buy tickets online and skip the long queue.
Your knowledgeable guide will not only introduce you to Gaudi, but also the streets and secrets of the Gothic Quarter as well as the leafy Parc de la Ciutadella. The 3-hour ride leaves just enough time to take a sneak peak at the Port Olimpic marina as well. While not quite as intimate as Steel Donkeys mentioned above, the 12 person max group size is comfortable enough.
Your ride for the day is a beautiful handmade bamboo bicycle that will make you the envy of other cyclists! After that its time to explore the colourful legacy of street art and graffiti in the Catalan capital, most of which can be found in the former industrial district of Poblenou.
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There’s something magical about the humble pedal bike and its the most environmentally friendly and also the healthiest option for travellers. BUT… electric bikes have their charm too, and are particularly good option if you want to travel further afield.
4. Coastline E-Bike & Wine Tasting Tour
Life doesn’t get much better than cycling in the sunshine up the Barcelona coast.
You’ll pass dozens of city beaches, with the sparkling Mediterranean on your right shoulder, as you head up to one of the very few remaining urban wineries in the Barcelona region. The winery is in a small town called Alella, about 16km away, which is an easy ride on an electric bike. Here you’ll tour the vineyard and cellars and enjoy a wine tasting session accompanied by tapas.
Don’t worry about drinking too much… your guide will take you back to Barcelona by train (ticket included in the tour – just check getyourguide!).
Fancy a glass of wine in the very bar where Picasso staged his first art exhibition? And where the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca would also hang out – with his close friend Salvador Dali!?
On this Bohemian-style, small-group tour named eBike with Tapas and Wine you’ll not only enjoy an insightful bike ride around Barcelona’s Old Town, but you’ll also get to stop for tapas and wine tasting at the legendary 4Gats cafe-restaurant, a historic venue which first opened in 1897!
Other highlights of the tour include Santa Maria del Mar church and the Citadel Park.
For those who are comfortable on the roads and able to cover long distances and ascents…
6. Montefusco Cycling
Established by Claudio Montefusco, a passionate Barcelona-based cyclist, this company offers both road bike rental (with delivery to the airport or your hotel), as well as a range of lung-busting tours in the beautiful Catalan countryside – such as the Montseny and Montserrat mountain ranges.
If you have a little less time on your hands you can opt for the Hills Around The City tour and enjoy truly epic views over Barcelona from the local Collserolla mountain range.
Price: €90 per person
Duration: 4 hours
Max. group size: Private (up to 4 people)
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7. Terra Bike Tours
If you want to get out of the city for a day and do some off-road mountain biking then these local specialists are a great point of call. Established in 2005, they’ll not only be able to rent you a high quality bike (which they can deliver to your hotel, with helmet), but they can offer you both guided or self-guided tours of some excellent local trails.
If you’re looking for even more bike tour recommendations check out this list.
If you prefer to sightsee completely independently, there are plenty of places you can pick up a set of wheels and get pedalling. Here are a couple of our faves:
1. Color Bikes
These beautiful Dutch-style bicycles come in a range of bright and pastel shades – so just go ahead and pick the colour that fits your personality, or your mood. You can rent them for the afternoon (4 hours) for just €10, or even for 24 hours for just €15.
The shop is on one of our favourite streets: Carrer Tallers. A great place for vintage shopping!
This cool peer-to-peer bike rental service enables you to choose from a wide range of bicycles and hire directly from the owners themselves. Just type ‘Barcelona’ into their search menu to check your options!
If you need help knowing where to go this cool article by Driftwood Journals highlights some excellent bike routes.
The bicycle is your best friend to explore Barcelona. Of course, renting a scooter is also an option. bare in mind, this requires experience as well as an international drivers license.
Please note that we keep this article as fresh as we can, yet sometimes prices can change depending on season. Therefore, make sure you check the price with GetYourGuide, Tiqets.com or the official website. For Bike tours, I have never experienced hidden fees, nothing to worry about here.
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