One of the most original and enjoyable ways of discovering Barcelona is by bicycle. This economical, environmentally-friendly and healthy method of transport will enable you to see the city from a different perspective and enjoy the climate and urban landscape at your leisure while exercising at the same time.
Although Barcelona still has some way to go to match bike-friendly cities likes Amsterdam or Copenhagen, it does have over 180 kilometres of cycle lanes that pass through some of the city’s most symbolic neighbourhoods and popular tourist spots such as El Born, the Gothic Quarter and the seafront.
If you are interested in discovering Barcelona this way, there are many companies in the city that hire out all types of bicycles (tandems, electric bikes, vintage-style, etc.) and finding one close to your hotel should not be too difficult. Some of them also organise guided tours, which are highly recommended if you do not know the city well or if you want to discover its most hidden secrets.
Here are a few tips on getting around Barcelona by bike:
– The city has a public bike-hire service called Bicing, available only to people who live in Barcelona.
– Although helmets are not obligatory, it is advisable to wear one for safety.
– Bicycles have to be ridden in cycle lanes or designated areas. If these do not exist, cyclists must use the road, but not bus lanes.
– When parking your bike, use the special areas provided. It is prohibited to chain bicycles to trees or street furniture (benches, traffic lights, etc.).
– Before hiring a bike, make sure that the price includes insurance for accidents, repair, theft, etc.
– For a map of the city’s cycle lanes and to consult its bicycle laws, we recommend you visit the Barcelona City Council website.
Some Barcelona companies that hire out bicycles by the day:
Some hotels, like the Hotel Condes de Barcelona, also offer their own bicycle hire service.