Barcelona Bike Rentals
Where can you hire your own set of wheels?
By staff writer
One of the best ways to explore Barcelona is by bicycle… we take a look at the advantages of pedal power and highlight some of the companies where you can rent your own wheels.
Considered one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, Barcelona was made to be explored on two wheels. Between the coast and the mountains at the back, the city is remarkably flat making getting around quick and easy, especially thanks to the 200km of bike paths (and counting. You can check a map of Barcelona’s cycle paths here) which turn up in handy places around the city.
Whilst all of the above districts are must-sees, it doesn’t make sense to rent bikes unless you intend to get out of the centre, and beyond walking range, to some of the many cool sights outside the Old Town.
There are tonnes of routes we could recommend, starting with a jaunt North to the former industrial area of Poblenou with modern attractions like Torre Glories and the Park Diagonal, not to mention the beaches (in which case Steel Donkeys offer a funky tour!), or striking out all the way to the bustling village atmosphere of Gracia and on to Park Guell.
The liberty of two wheels means you could also pick off out of the way treasures such as the remarkable Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. A Modernista marvel that most tourists don’t know exist, the hospital was designed by Domenech i Montaner, an architectural genius who instructed his more famous contemporary Antoni Gaudi.
If you really fancy some hardcore pedalling, then why not hire yourselves some mountain bikes and head over either to Montjuic, with its smorgasboard of cultural treasures such as Poble Espanyol; or tone the thighs with a trip right up to Tibidabo – it’s the mountain peak topped with the church which you can see if you look to the back of the city!
Whatever you decide, grab yourself a map and check the weather forecast before you go.
Bike Rental Companies
Excellent rates, lean mean green machines and young international staff make Green Bikes a top place to hire a bicycle or two. Their office, in the Gothic Quarter, is a bit tricky to find however, but, as with all the most useful addresses in town, you can find their exact location on our map of Barcelona (just look under ‘Services’).
Serious cyclists might get a little frustrated pottering about town on a sit-up saddle, which are pretty much the only bikes on offer in most stores. Montefusco however specialise in road bike hire, and their carbon-frame, ten gear racers are a great choice for anyone who wants to cover plenty of ground, and maybe even tackle one or two of those serious looking slopes at the back of the city (getting up to Tibidabo can be quite rewarding, if tiring!). They also offer a 70km guided tour of the city and various other cycling day trips.
Bicing is Barcelona’s public bike share scheme, the city’s equivalent to London’s Boris Bikes or Paris’s Velib system. However, sadly the scheme is NOT AVAILABLE for tourists. In order to qualify you must be a resident, which means registering for a NIE identity number. If you are staying in BCN for any length of time it is well worth doing however as for around €50 you get unlimited access to these red and white dynamos that are extremely handy for getting around, and generally more pleasant than being stuck underground on the metro.
The advantage of these power-assisted cycles is of course you can go further, longer and harder – and in turn means you can simply see more of the city in the same amount of time. We will be back to update this page with a reliable E-bike hire firm very shortly!
If you like the idea of seeing Barcelona from the saddle, but have no idea which are the best places to see, and how to find them, then you might want to consider signing up for a guided cycle around the city’s main attractions.
And if you need a bit more power between your legs you might want to hire scooters instead, especially if you fancy a day trip to some of the better beaches outside of the city.