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The Best Bicycle Tours in Barcelona

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Updated: 30 August 2017
Exploring Barcelona‘s Old Town by bike is a great way to get to know the ins and outs of this ancient neighbourhood, while taking a tour allows you to pack more into your day and get a workout at the same time. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride or a bit more of an adventure, here’s our pick of the best.

Bike Tours Barcelona

This was one of the first companies to start offering bike tours in Barcelona, and has been operating since 1995 when it opened under the Catalan name Un Cotxe Menys – ‘one less car’. Today, Bike Tours Barcelona is one of the most trusted local bike tour companies and continues to work with the local tourism board to promote a greener kind of sightseeing in the city. They offer daily English-language tours of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods, sights and parks – most of which are accessed via cycle lane and pedestrian areas – as well as private tours for groups in a variety of different languages.

Bike Tours in Barcelona

If Bike Tours In Barcelona offer two similar bike tours to others on this list, they stand out for offering a night-time tour of the city as well. This unusual tour of Barcelona takes you past some of the city’s most famous landmarks such as the Plaça d’Espanya and the Magic Fountain, famous architect Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and the romantic Plaça Reial – all of which are superb to admire at night when they are lit up, and with fewer tourists around.

Explore the city by night © Nicolas Vigier
Explore the city by night I | © Nicolas Vigier

Fat Tire Tours Barcelona

‘See more, less effort, more fun’ is the motto of this international bike tour company with branches in Paris, London, Munich and Berlin, as well as in Barcelona. Fat Tire Tours offer two types of bike tour: a classic bike tour of Barcelona city centre – including sights such as the Palau Nacional de la Música and the Sagrada Família – as well as an e-bike tour of Montjuïc. The e-bike gives you a little help getting up the slope so you don’t have to worry about running out of breath.

Barcelona by Bike

Like the idea of a bike tour but like the idea of a tapas tour even more? Rest assured you don’t have to choose – Barcelona by Bike offer a tapas tour by bike allowing you to get a taste of Catalan cuisine while you explore the city. The tour lasts three hours of cycling on flat surfaces and includes a taste of four different tapas and a couple of drinks each as well. This is a great way to combine an introduction to the local food culture with a visit of some of the city’s most famous sights.

Drinks, tapas and bikes © Simon Paterson
Drinks, tapas and bikes I | © Simon Paterson

Barcelona Ciclo Tours

The Barcelona Ciclo Tours daily tour of the city is one of the most complete bike tours in Barcelona, including a total of 17 different sights over the course of three hours, with a stop nearly every 100m (328 feet). Starting from the Plaça Catalunya you’ll see the Gothic Quarter, the Modernist masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí, the beach and even the Roman ruins of the city. Child seat and helmets are provided free upon request, as well as ponchos in case it rains.

Barcelona eBikes

Take all effort out of your bike tour with an e-bike tour to help you get around the city without every breaking a sweat. Explore the Barcelona of Picasso through places he lived, painted and drank with Barcelona eBikes, the city’s premier company specialising in e-bike tours. Join this tour and you’ll see the el Born and Gothic Quarter neighbourhoods like never before as you cycle through the streets which inspired the young Picasso.

Explore some of Picasso's favourite haunts © Emily Allen
Explore some of Picasso’s favourite haunts I | © Emily Allen

Let’s Velo

Last but not least, if you’re feeling a little sportier and want to explore the area surrounding Barcelona, Let’s Velo offer a number of bike tours out of the town of Vilafranca de Penedès – the capital of the Cava industry. Cycle through some of the most scenic Catalan countryside and stop off at vineyards along the way to get a taste of some of the region’s wines on lightweight carbon bikes that are specially designed to help you get the most out of your pedal-power.