Bicycles and In-Line Skates

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

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. 93/268–8107. Ciutadella/Vila Olimpica.

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. Jaume I.

Classic Bikes. 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 €15; take a bike in the morning and return it by closing time for €12; or ride for two hours for €6. Tallers 45, Raval, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08001. 93/317–1970. Pl. Catalunya.

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. Sant Honorat 7, Barri Gòtic, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08002. 93/342–9275. €24. Jaume I.

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. Jaume I.







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