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Cycling in Barcelona and the different routes to enjoy the city

The bike culture continues to spread in cities and attract thousands of tourists a year. It is why Barcelona has excellent services that are always updated for those who visit and want to know its cultural, culinary, artistic and entertainment heritage.

If you want to tour Barcelona on bike, you will have no difficulty to scroll through more than 180 km of cycling lanes covering central and historical district. Also, there are routes to suit all tastes and levels, for adults and children, who will undoubtedly enjoy the tour. Whether you use your own bike or rent one, there are paths for using a mountain bike as well as a universe of possibilities to explore many attractions.

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Barcelona has a vast collection of cycling routes to suit all preferences. If you intend on taking advantage of them, there are some that are a must for the young and old. To make your stay in this magical place unforgettable, you shouldn't miss out on the following routes:

  • El paseo marítimo. It is best reached by subway to the sea, as it's right on Platja San Sebastia. This route has an extensive cycling path that runs along the beach, following Barceloneta, Arts Hotel, Port Olimpic, Bogatell, Nova Mar Bella and the Fórum. It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the sea and its spectacular scenery, have fun exercising and have a cold beer along the way.

  • Barcelona-Penèdes. With a distance of nearly 114 km, this is a very popular route that presents some difficulty but is suitable for any level. The route takes you through the vineyards of Penèdes, to Sitges, Les Colines, Sant Pere de Ribes, Begues, and down to Barcelona. It is a busy route for all cyclists.

  • El Barrio Gótico: For those who like the artistic and historical scene, this is the route that offers the chance to appreciate the medieval heritage. Starting at Plaza Catalunya, it continues along Ramblas, Portaferrissa (former entrance of the wall) and Santa Maria del Pi with its street performers. You can take the Cathedral route or go to Plaza Sant Felip Neri. In Plaza Sant Jaume, you will come across the town hall and Generalitat, which are all based in Roman and medieval ruins.

Remember that there are many spectacular routes such as Montjuïc, Tibidabo, the city centre, among others. You can also have private tours, guided tours, e-bikes, free bikes, discounted tours, and a range of services that are designed to make your time in Barcelona an experience that will leave you wishing for more.

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