Steel Donkey Bike Tours

Kick ass alternative tours of Barcelona

Kicking up quite a fuss since their inception, Steel Donkey Bike Tours have become famous as Barcelona’s first alternative two-wheel tours, and indeed one of the first truly alternative tours anywhere in the world, understanding travellers’ needs to connect with the real city.

Unlike with the city’s many other bike tours, no two rides are quite the same, and rather than follow a strict itinerary, crammed full of recited facts, the vibe is all about setting off around the city with a knowledgeable local as your guide.

You’ll discover little-known secrets of the city, enjoy classic snacks and drinks (like churros and orxata) at local hang outs, 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, and a little more expensive than some tours, is that Steel Donkey only rides with a maximum of eight people – other companies take up to 20 people at a time! This enables you to actually stop off and interact with the city: at markets, vintage shops, hidden bars and more, rather than feel like another tourist on the Barcelona merry-go-round.

With amazing Tripadvisor reviews (they’ve won a Certificate of Excellence every year they’ve been in operation), 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.

Latest Reviews of Steel Donkey Bike Tours

  • "Brilliant and Authentic Tour " - by Sam Wilson
    Mariana was an incredible tour guide. We saw hidden parts of such a beautiful city, places we would have never discovered ourselves. The tour was perfectly pitched and could not be faulted. A tour which combined moments of raw emotion, humour and history. The bikes were comfortable and Barcelona is the perfect place to cycle (incredibly flat). Thank you Steele Donkey - we will recommend!
  • "Amazing tour!!" - by Michele Cicatello
    We had a tour with Mari and she was absolutely incredible. Super high energy, fun, she kept things interesting and took us to off the beaten path to places you would never encounter on a typical tour. It was such a unique view of the city by bike and so easy to get everywhere. HIGHLY recommend viewing barcelona from the back of a steel donkey!
  • "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" - by Mariam Bayoumy
    Best city tour to go off the ordinary route of the highlighted touristic places and see the true heart of the town. I loved the idea of riding in a limited small group, it made manoeuvring through the narrow city streets easier and I felt safe because no one can be forgotten behind..we all can keep an eye on each other. Definitly the highlight of my vacation.
  • "Best city cycle tour!" - by Neil P
    I can honestly say this is the best city cycle tour I have ever been on. I was slightly daunted beforehand about the prospect of cycling around a strange city, but the route we took was largely off road or on quiet back streets. Our guide was fantastic, and knew a lot about the city. It was great to do something a little alternative and he had lots of pithy stories about random things that allowed us to get under the skin of the city. And the cycle back along the playa with the sun setting over the city was sensational.
  • "Off the common path" - by Toomas
    We don't usually do guided tours, but this Steel Donkey ride seemed interesting 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!


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