Cruising around Barcelona was the best way to tour the city! With limited travel time, we loved taking a bike tour to cover more land than on foot. Plus, we got to burn off all the tapas we've eaten throughout the trip. Biking in Barcelona was very safe! With protected bike lanes and various parks to ride through, I believe Barcelona is a bike-friendly city. Today, there are over 180 kilometers of bike lanes that help you sightsee efficiently! SO happy that we booked our tour with Cruising Barcelona!
We woke up on Monday and got ready for our bike tour. We were running a little late because of the holiday traffic, but the guides were accommodating and waited a few minutes for us to get there. They had a number of bikes to choose from, cruisers, city bikes, e-bikes, single speed and even tandems! I picked a pink cruiser with festive flowers attached to the basket. One of the locals took a photo of my bike while we were at the beach and she absolutely loved the flowers! Cruiser bikes were perfect for the tour, they’re easy to use and the seats are super comfortable! They also provided water bottles so that we stay hydrated during the ride.
On our "Original Tour" we got a taste of every part of Barcelona. It was definitely on our list to see famous points of interest, but we also explored different neighborhoods around the city and even biked through the tiny, but picturesque alleys in the older part of town. Here's an overview of what we experienced on our tour.
We began our journey from the shop near La Rambla and La Boqueria. We rode through Rambla del Raval and found El Gato de Botero, a large bronze cat statue. If you rub its whiskers you'll have good luck! Then we stopped at Port Vell, right in front of the Statue of Christopher Columbus. You can go in an elevator to the top of the statue for amazing views of the city. We also gazed at the port cable car that was built in the 1920's for the International Exposition. Next, we biked along Barceloneta Beach, fun fact, the beach is artificial and was created for the Olympics. Then we stopped at Vila Olympic, a neighborhood constructed for the Olympics, for a stunning view of the beach.
After that was a visit to the beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella. We got to see the front of the Cascada Monumental and soon after was the path where you can see the Arc del Triomf in the background. Next, we entered the hip Al Born neighborhood (my absolute fave!). For a change of scenery, we cruised down Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona's big shopping street and we caught a glimpse of Casa Batllo, which was adorned with roses for Sant Jordi Day.
At the end of our journey, our tour guide gave us a map of the city highlighting our route and pointed out her favorite spots to eat too! Afterwards, I had a good idea about where I wanted to visit again for the remainder of our visit. It’s nice not having to look at our navigation for every turn. Having a personal guide take you through a new city is so worth every penny. We had an amazing time discovering Barcelona on a bike.
Pro Tip: Book a Cruising Barcelona Bike Tour at the very beginning of your trip. This will help you familiarize yourself with the city streets and points of interests!