Bicycles and In-Line Skates in Barcelona

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Cruising Barcelona on wheels, whether by bike or skate, is a good way to see a lot, and save on transport. Bicycle lanes run along most major arteries.

Bike Tours Barcelona. This company offers a three-hour bike tour (in English) for €22, with a drink included. Just look for the guide with a bike and a red flag at the northeast corner of the Town Hall in Plaça Sant Jaume, outside the Tourist Information Office. Tours depart at 11 am and 4:30 pm, daily from April 1 to September 15. The company will also organize private guided tours through the Gothic Quarter, Parks, the Olympic Port and Barcelonetta, the Modernist Route and other itineraries on request. Carrer Esparteria 3, Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08003. 93/2682105. www.biketoursbarcelona.com.

Barcelona Rent-a-Bike. Just off pivotal Plaça Catalunya, bicycles are available for rent here every day of the week from 9:30 am to 8 pm. The 24-hour rate is €20; half-day costs €13; two hours cost €6. Tallers 45, Raval, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08001. 93/317–1970.

Barcelona By Bike. Gather at the meeting point next to the main entrance of the Barcelona Casino for a three-hour guided bike tour (€22 with a complementary drink en route) of the Old City and the Port. Escullera de Poble Nou, Port Olímpic, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08005. 93/2688107. www.barcelonabybike.com. Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica.

Fat Tire Bike Tours. Four-hour guided city tours with this company start in Pl. Sant Jaume daily at 11 am (and at 4 pm, mid-April through mid-October), covering–with a lunch break–the usual suspects: the Barri Gòtic, Sagrada Familia, Ciutadella Park, the port and Barceloneta. No reservations necessary, but call to confirm where to find the guide. Cost is €24. Sant Honorat 7, Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002. 93/3429275. www.fattirebiketours.com/barcelona.

Steel Donkey Bike Tours. Groups up to 8 people can take 4-hour "alternative" bike tours with this outfit, on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings, meeting by the port at Drassanes at 10 am. The tours (€35, including bike and helmet rentals) are quirky, offering sights and experiences a bit off the beaten path from the standard itineraries. Call for reservations. Escudellers 48, Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002. 657/286854. www.steeldonkeybiketours.com.

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