Kicking up quite a fuss recently, Steel Donkey Bike Tours have become famous as Barcelona's first alternative two-wheel tours. Unlike with the city's many other bike tours, no two rides are the same and instead of following a set itinerary, crammed full of recited facts, you'll simply be let loose on the city with a knowledgeable local as your guide. You'll discover little-known secrets of the city, eat local food with the local people and cycle through some of Barcelona's most scenic squares and streets, far away from the tourist maelstrom. One of the things that makes the experience so special is that Steel Donkey only rides with a maximum of eight people (other companies take up to 40 people at a time!), and this enables you to actually stop off and interact with the city... at markets, vintage shops, squat houses, hidden bars and more, rather than feel like another tourist on the Barcelona merry-go-round. With amazing Tripadvisor reviews, and recommendations from the likes of Lonely Planet Magazine, Easyjet and Guardian Travel, you can be confident you're going to have a fantastic and unique experience. Visit their website or get in contact with them via email.
Have been on two tours with these guys, as very enjoyable and I like to bring guests who are visiting me in Barcelona on the experience as it's a great introduction for them to the city. I've seen some of hte other more mainstream bike tours and I rather prefer the authentic vibe these guys offer...
reviewed by James S from United Kingdom on Sep.15.2016
Took the Steel Donkeys tour on my recent trip to Barcelona and it was awesome! The local guide knew all about the city, including lots of fun little secrets. Would definitely take their tours again...
reviewed by CaliforniaGirl from United States on Dec.15.2014
Something different and funky. I liked the intimate nature of the tour versus the yellow umbrella vibe of mass tourism. The guide was an architecture expert and really knew his stuff about this fascinating city. The other people on hte tour were also cool, which helped make a great experience.
reviewed by Ed from United Kingdom on Mar.20.2014
Last week I got a great opportunity to spend 4 hours discovering Barcelona by bike. We were shown around Raval, a district that many tourists seem to avoid, but which was a real experience to see the real face of the city. Our guide was great, telling all the funny stories you can't find in anu guidebook. The bike tour (bikes are incredibely comfortable and Barcelona has a lot of bike lanes so it is easy to visit by bike)is highly recommendable to those that prefer seeing the real city, sometimes not that preety, instead of just rusing from one Gaudi monumento to another.
reviewed by Agnieszka from Poland on Jun.10.2012
A cracker of a tour. Completely different, really personal, awesome guide! If any of my mates were going to Barcelona I'd send them straight to Steel Donkeys!
reviewed by Faye from Ireland on Apr.10.2012
Steel Donkeys - apart from having a great name! - are def. the best tours I've done in my many years as a traveller. They've got everything you want from a tour. Authenticity, great guides, flexibility (we got to choose our own start and end time!), entertainment and we even burned a few calories so it was even good for us! I really liked the fact we were in a small group. When I saw a big crowd of about 20 people on oragne bikes going past at one stage I felt really sorry for them. I'm sure we saw 5 times as much of them! Absolutely great value for money and no hesitation in recommending this
reviewed by Rachel from United Kingdom on Nov.07.2011
Fantastic day out. OUr guide gave us a personal tour of what seemed like the whole city! It costs more than most of the other bike rides in town (around 30 euros) but we wanted a more exclusive experience - and that's what we got!
reviewed by David from United States on Sep.13.2011
Great fun, completely unexpected day out. There was a lot of interesting stories and information but mostly we rode around cool areas of town, played ping pong and enjoyed the sun. It didn't feel like a rigid tour but exploring with a local.
reviewed by Carlitos from Colombia on Jan.31.2011
I can honestly say this is the best city cycle tour I have ever been on.
reviewed by Neil P from United Kingdom on Dec.16.2010
Just as Toomas from Estonia said, we aren't the type to take a tradition tour. The ride with Slinky was perfect for us. Just the 3 of us rode all over Barcelona. We toured the factory that recycles city banners into bags, and they were so great we bought some. We also had lunch at a great cafe that is part of a design studio in a former warehouse, rode all over the waterfront, on streets we'd never know, and looked at the cemetery. Slinky was nice enough to let us keep going and going. ("What's over here? Let's check this out!" Us.) We were out for about 4 hours, but Slinky would tailor the ride for whatever one would want. Also, we were able to keep the rental bikes for another day and use them to ride to some famous Gaudi sites on our own. Excellent!
reviewed by Linda Elgart from United States on Jun.24.2010
We don't usually do guided tours, but this Steel Donkey ride seemed interesting. Also, we could have a guide just for 2 of us. We went to the Steel Donkey ride on March 31, 2010, and it was very much fun. Usual tourist places can be visited on your own with the help of guide book (this is what we did), but the Steel Donkey took us off the common path to funky places with interesting stories. Definitely worth the money!
reviewed by Toomas from Estonia on Apr.08.2010