Bike Riding in Barcelona
Biking in Barcelona is easy, fun and probably the best way to explore the city. Not only is Barcelona a bicycle friendly city, with a well planned network of bike lanes and low-traffic streets designated as bicycle safe, but it also has excellent weather and a beautiful boardwalk running for around 5 kilometers directly along the beach.
Barcelona’s Bike Lanes and Low-Traffic Streets
Barcelona is crisscrossed with clearly marked bike lanes and specially designated low-traffic streets ideal for biking. This well planned system of bike friendly streets in Barcelona makes navigating the city by bike easy, fun and a relaxed experience. For the newcomer to biking in Barcelona and anyone who is not well familiarized with the city, the government of Barcelona releases a yearly-updated map of the current bike lanes and low-traffic streets ideal for biking in Barcelona. The map is generally available in any bike rental shop in Barcelona or at the Barcelona tourist information center at Plaza Catalunya.
Ideal Weather for Biking in Barcelona
Barcelona is famous for its almost year round great weather. That being said, the winters in Barcelona can get a little cold and it does rain from time to time. For the average tourist visiting Barcelona during the high season (April – September), there is very little chance of experiencing weather that would be anything other than ideal for exploring Barcelona by bike. Ok, in the summer it can get a little hot and it is definitely recommended to have a backpack with a bottle of water, a towel and a swimsuit for taking a dip in the Mediterranean.
Biking Along the Beach in Barcelona
Another great feature of the Barcelona landscape that makes it an ideal city to explore by bike is the long boardwalk that runs parallel to the beautiful Barcelona coastline. It is a great idea to rent a bike and ride all around the city, checking out the numerous tourist attractions and at the same time getting a chance to see parts of the city that you probably wouldn’t see if you were always using the metro system to get from point A to point B. An equally great idea is to save one day for a relaxing bike ride up and down the beautiful coastline of Barcelona. The boardwalk is wide, easy to navigate and is perfect for a relaxing bike ride.
Barcelona Hostel for Biking Enthusiasts
The ideal accommodation for biking enthusiasts or anyone who just wants to have a great experience in Barcelona is Sant Jordi Hostels Barcelona’s Sant Jordi Hostel Gracia. A fixed-gear bicycle themed hostel located in one of the coolest neighborhoods of Barcelona, Sant Jordi Hostel Gracia is a modern, boutique hostel designed for the cosmopolitan hipster and fixed gear bicycle aficionado. In the same spirit as the rest of Sant Jordi’s award winning hostels in Barcelona, Sant Jordi Hostel Gracia has all the best facilities and services and provides a fun international atmosphere.