Today there’s an increased focus on the environment and minimising energy consumption.
Barcelona is leading the way with its superblocks initiative to keep the city greener and has started giving cycle-paths priority over automobiles on some of the city’s main streets.
But what can tourists do?
My suggestion is to start small by renting environmentally friendly transport 🙂
Why a Barcelona Bike Rental?
We’ll start with the classic environmentally-friendly way to get around – the bicycle!
It’s not exactly Amsterdam but there are 100 km of designated bike lanes (and 200 km more on the way) even on main roads and Barcelona weather is perfect for cycling so why not take advantage?
With a Barcelona bike rental you can go anywhere in the city. Practically every one of Barcelona’s main attractions is reachable by bicycle.
Don’t believe me? Check out the map of bike lanes in Barcelona.
The Best Bike Rental in Barcelona
For the best bike rental in Barcelona get one at Barcelona Rent a Bike.
If it’s not walking distance (rare) the shops are right by some major metro stations. The surrounding areas are the ideal place to take your first pedal around city and its amazing seaside boardwalk.
Booking Bikes Online in English
Not only has Barcelona Rent a Bike become the Barcelona bike rental spot due to reliable service, durable bikes, and amazing prices (starting at €6.00) but they offer some of the most flexible rental windows in the business.
Rentals include lock and Shimano gears (one document per party left as deposit).
Using the button below you can rent bikes with as little as €3.00 down.
Bike Rental Location and Hours
The bicycle shops are located in Barceloneta, at Arc de Triomf, and near Plaça de Catalunya.
You can pick up/drop off your rental bike between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, Monday to Sunday.
Barcelona Bike Tours in English
I’ve tried them all and for me the best Barcelona bike tour was at Barcelona Rent a Bike.
Their standard 3 hour tour will take you to the city’s top attractions
By bike you’ll discover MACBA, Raval, the Gothic Quarter, the Old Port (Port Vell), Barceloneta, the Olympic Port, Parc de la Ciutadella, l’Arc de Triomf, Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batlló.
Each tour includes a knowledgeable English speaking guide plus helmet, lock, water and a bike seat for children if needed.
- Morning 11:00 am – Daily except December 25th and January 1st
- Early afternoon 2:00 pm – Daily from May 15th to October 31st
- Afternoon 4:30 pm – Daily from April 15th to October 31st / November only weekends.
- Adults: €22.00
- Kids (0-15): €20.00
Barcelona Bike Itineraries
In general the most bike friendly areas are the following:
- Barceloneta beach
- Ciutadella Park
- La Rambla
- The trendy Born neighbourhood
- Sagrada Familia basilica
- Casa Batllo and La Pedrera
- The Olympic Port
Itinerary 1: Barcelona to Badalona along the Sea
The bike lanes that run along the sea are a treat for the eyes – and lungs!
If you’re looking for a Mediterranean view and that familiar sea breeze then this one is for you. The lanes extend north east from Barceloneta all the way to Badalona.
This is a 14 km trip.
Along the way you’ll pass Barceloneta Beach, the Port Olimpic, and many more beaches. There’s also El Fòrum and the mouth of the river Besòs.
What’s good about this trip is that the road is completely flat so it’s perfect for families looking for a good day out but with minimal stress on the knees – and the mind!
Just follow the “Ronda Verda” signs.
Itinerary 2: Montjuic
This one is for bike riders who are a bit more advanced.
With this itinerary you’ll get a decent workout in plus add the option to visit various museums, sporting grounds, parks, and an amazing bird’s eye view of the city.
We depart from Plaça d’Espanya and end at Paral-lel metro station. This way you can end the ride with a little pedal through the old city.
This trip can be anywhere from 6 to 11 km long and it’s decidedly uphill especially at the beginning during the first trip from Plaza de Espanya to the Municipal Pool.
If you’re looking for some great break points I’d take my rest at Montjuic Castle to admire the famous Olimpic Stadium or to explore Poble Espanyol.
You can get a map of this itinerary on the Ronda Verda website.
Itinerary 3: The Essence of Barcelona
Who needs that fresh country air? Here we’re going for the city!
I would start in Plaza Catalunya and duck down into the Gothic Quarter and see the Barcelona Cathedral. After this I’d cut over to the Born area to check out the Santa Maria del Mar and Ciutadella Park.
After a small break in the shade of the park I’d carry on to the l’Arc de Triomf and Paseo de Sant Joan, eventually taking a right down Carrer de Valencia where we can’t miss the Sagrada Familia.
From here follow Carrer de Provença toward Paseo de Gracia and follow it downhill past La Pedrera and Casa Batlló and back to Plaça Catalunya.
If you’ve still got energy you can take La Rambla down to the Columbus Monument, the cruise ship port, or even the beach.
Renting a Segway in Barcelona
It’s the hip new thing to do, this segway rental business.
I never thought it would take off and yet I see the area near the beach absolutely full of them. The appeal? Being able to get from A to B without even peddling! 😉
While I wouldn’t recommend one for getting to Barcelona’s essential sights they’re still a ton of fun.
You can rent a segway in Barcelona for as little as €10.00.
I’d recommend renting a segway for only a couple of hours to cruise around the beach but not to get around the city – renting one for a day or two can get pretty expensive.
Skateboarding and Rollerblading
Take a look around the streets and it’s clear Barcelona might just be the European capital of rollerbladers and skaters. Seeing the city this way gives you easy access to the tiny streets in the historic centre and most of all, it’s great exercise and just plain fun!
Two shops to consider when renting rollerblades or a skateboard in Barcelona:
- INERCIA: a very professional spot for renting rollerblades and skateboards. Head to their website to see prices. Make sure you bring a piece of ID to rent. The shop is located at 10 Roger de Flor near the Arc de Triomf metro stop (red line L1)
- BARCELONETA SURF SHOP: Great service, great products. It’s impossible to miss this classic surf and skate shop along the seafront. You’ll find it at 80-84 Passeig de Joan de Borbó near the Barceloneta metro stop (yellow line L4)
Places to Go Have a Skate
- MARBELLA SKATEPARK: you’ll find this just a couple metres from Mar Bella beach and the closest metro stop is Poble Nou (yellow line L4) – it’s brand new and filled with locals.
- THE BOARDWALK: all along the seafront you’ll find a designated lane for bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, segways etc. Start at the courtyard of the world-famous W Hotel (the sail-shaped hotel by the beach) and head all the way to the Forum.
- MACBA: found right in the heart of the eclectic Raval neighbourhood – the square in front of the MACBA modern art museum is the place for skateboarders.
- SANTS ESTACIÓ: another massive square found at metro stop Sants Estació (green line L3 or blue line L5) with tons of skate spots.
- PARC DEL FORUM: at metro stop Forum-Maresme (yellow line L4) you’ll find the biggest concert and festival space in Barcelona. The sheer amount of concrete, benches, ramps etc. make this another famous skateboarder spot.
- ARC DE TRIOMF: at Arc de Triomf metro stop (red line L1) there’s a a very long, narrow stretch of pavement starting at the Arc and going all the way down to Ciutadella Park.
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