Barcelona – Spain’s Top Cycle Friendly City

August 26, 2011 · 5 comments

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Cycling is a great way to get around and see the best of Barcelona. The ‘Green Ring’ is 100km of bike-only routes and lanes – through both the vibrant metropolis of Spain’s capital city as well as 12 different protected natural areas, where travellers can stop off to enjoy a picnic or test the boating lakes.
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Bikes in Barcelona

A great route to follow for first time cycling tourists starts at Diagonal. It is the biggest cycle lane in the city and a ride from there down to Maria Cristina Metro Station is a relaxing start to your Barcelona bike tour. For those looking for a more strenuous ride, take the 3-4 hours cruise past Parc de la Ciutadella, Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, Port Vell and Barcelonetta.For those travelling with their own bike, Barcelona has the ‘Biceberg’. Like an iceberg – keeping all the important stuff below ground – this new underground bicycle park is just 30 cents per hour and very secure against theft.Taking a bike on the metro is allowed but there are blackouts at peak times and carriage restrictions.
There are many bike rental companies throughout Barcelona for those who aren’t taking their own bicycle with them. Some cheap Barcelona hotels from and other accommodation options will also have bike rental and city tours available for guests.Located in an ideal cycling area in the centre of town close to the Passeig de Gràcia, the Barri Gòtic district and Plaza Catalunya is the Petit Palace Barcelona. They have bike rental for sightseeing, a sauna, wi-fi in every room, plasma TVs and even a reading room. There’s an outdoor terrace and there’s also hydro massage showers and big bathtubs, perfect for relaxing after a hard day’s cycling. AptBcn Super Balmes is two private apartments with 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms each, perfect for groups or families visiting Barcelona. La Ramblas is just a 2-minute cycle away along with the metro, bus, train and airport connections that serve the area. Bike rental facilities are close by it is a great central location base.
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Thomas | JusGetaway August 29, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Biking would seem like a great option to viewing such a great place like Spain. Similiar to walking where you get to see everything but a little bit faster


Marie September 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I live in Victoria, a very bike-friendly city be we have nothing on Barcelona! This looks like so much fun. Great to see the bicycle trend picking up and taking off around the world!
Marie´s latest blogpost – Victoria BC, A Year Round Playground


AdventureRob September 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Yes, I think a lot of countries are getting priced out of other transport anyway. I have no idea how anyone can afford to drive in London these days for example. Last time I drove it was petrol prices, parking £32 – no way near where I wanted to go) + £7 congestion fee. They have bikes for rent around the cities which I think is a good idea and will probably catch on a lot more.

Lots of people cycle in Tokyo I noticed too.


Nancy March 13, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Biking is a great way to get around Barcelona. However, the motorcycle drivers think they own the roads, and cyclists have to be very careful. Best to take the really uncrowded streets.


Sanford Feldt June 22, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Me and my better half planned to move to Spain in the Canaries next year. We were thinking about where to move whether Tenerife or Gran Canaria. But I like Gran Canaria more because the place seems wonderful like what I read in this article here in . Is there any advice you can give me on this two-island? Thanks


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