Biking in Barcelona: Day rides in and around the city

If you are planning to spend your holiday in Barcelona, you have a variety of touring options and various modes of transportation to choose from. Barcelona is big in terms of size and can be difficult for one to explore on foot, making it perfect for biking.

The terrain of the city is quite fair with some low gradient slopes and nice riding paths where you will enjoy riding as you watch both daily life and tourist attractions.

It’s easy to take your own bike if you fly to Barcelona with Monarch Airlines. (“Bicycles must be packed for protection and handlebars must be turned inwards, pedals removed or turned inwards, tires removed and the bicycle must be wrapped, boxed or bagged.”) Or you can rent one at any of many shops throughout the city.


Barceloneta Beach

Barceloneta BeachThe most popular destination for biking in Barcelona is the Barceloneta Beach. This three-quarter-mile long beach used to be home to traditional fishermen, complete with a plethora of seafood restaurants. Unfortunately, that all changed with the 1992 Olympics, but there is a special charm about the new Barceloneta Beach as well. Enjoy a stroll along the palm-lined promenade, and enjoy updated restaurants.

If you want to enjoy the view of the Barcelona, then you can simply take a bike ride through the famous Mediterranean metropolis. You will have a great time watching some of the best architectural designs in the city which you could hardly see while on normal ground.


Gaudi architecture

Sagrada_FamiliaTake an architectural tour of the city to see modernist buildings designed by Gaudi and others. Although the city is known for the work of Gaudi, there is much more to see. A bike is the perfect means for exploring remote corners and getting full, 360° views of the buildings.


Gothic Quarter

gothic quarter barcelonaThe Gothic Quarter is in the center of the old city. Although many buildings have been updated and modernized through the years, many of them date back to medieval times – some from as far back as the Roman era. Art lovers will enjoy a visit to Plaza de Cataluna where you will find several world-class fountains and mosaics.


Camp Nou

Camp NouFootball fans will find Camp Nou to be an obligatory stop. Camp Nou is more than just a stadium – it’s an experience. Lock your bike in front and enjoy a stroll through the away team changing room and the players’ tunnel, the dugouts, the press room, commentators’ box and the Museum.



sitgesIf you are looking to stretch your legs and go for a longer ride outside of the city, Sitges is a perfect destination. Only twenty miles from Barcelona, this charming Mediterranean town is famous for its beaches. It also happens to be on one of the top Carnival celebrations in Europe, if you are there at that time of year.



MonserratA bit longer ride – at forty miles – is Montserrat. High in the mountains overlooking a national park, Montserrat is a 1,000-year-old monastery. If you still have energy after your bike ride, you can climb up the mountain to the monastery. Massive rock formations provide a stunning backdrop for the holy building, which is a cultural center with art, icons, gold works, sculptures, and ancient texts.


Dali Theatre-Museum

Dali Theatre-MuseumOne of the most-visited museums in Spain, the Dali Theatre and Museum, is about 85 miles from Barcelona. Dali fans might want to consider a few-day bike ride to Figueres for a visit. The collection contains thousands of works of art, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, holograms, photography and more.

***This post brought to you by Monarch Airlines.

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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