Free bike tour Barcelona is the only free bike tour in the city.
We run and operate the only free bike tour that the city of Barcelona has to offer we are here to share the information of our beloved city. If you feel the tour was worth it, our guides do accept tips give what you want and what you feel is appropriate.
Fun Friendly & informative
We want to try to make our free bike tour in Barcelona as fun and friendly as possible and feel that’s the best way to deliver quality information about this wonderful city we call home.
Other bike tours.
Most bike tours in Barcelona charge around 30€ for a three-hour bike tour. Our bike tour is free simply tip what you feel appropriate at the end.
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Bike Tour Barcelona: A Story…
My friends and I had been looking forward to our holiday in Barcelona for ages. We only had three in the city before we were going to finish our Spanish trip in Valencia. After a fair bit of discussion and reading online we decided the best way to see the city would be by bike as many forums were saying how cycle friendly the city is. Sean had done a bike tour in Prague and loved it so we typed in bike tour Barcelona into Google and had a look at the options. Near the top of the list was Free Bike Tour Barcelona. After reading some glowing Trip Advisor reviews we booked it for the following day.
At 1.45pm the following afternoon we went at Barceloneta metro station down by the beach and met our guide. She was a really charming Finnish girl called Noora. She had lived in Barcelona for years and had been working on the tours since the previous spring. We arrived a little early so there was a short wait for the rest of the group to arrive but Noora was very chatty asking where we are all from and how our holidays we going.
When everyone arrived, there were 14 of us in total we took a short walk to the Free Bike Tour Barcelona office. When we were there we were all given a bike which all had different names inscribed on them! I had Sophie, Sean had Jesse and Emily had Mary Poppins! When we all had our bikes we were lead to the first stop by Noora. It was a lovely route hugging the port Vell around to the Columbus Statue at the bottom of La Rambla. When we all arrived Noora found us some shade under a tree which was great because it was quite hot out! She gave us a brief introduction about Barcelona and the history of the city, then told us the story of Christopher Columbus. I had no idea that Columbus had started all his voyages from Barcelona, that it was the capital of Spain at the time, it was such an interesting account of, what turned out to be, a pretty unpleasant man! One thing that struck me right away was how well Noora engaged all of us in the group. Even though English wasn’t her first language she spoke very clearly and was very engaging and spoke very passionately about the subject.
After we finished there we went on a cycle lane down to a big colour face sculpture. We had seen it on the way down to Barceloneta metro and had no idea what it was but Noora filled us in on the blanks! It was made by Roy Licenstein and was commissioned for the Olympics. She told us a little about how much the Olympic games had done from the city promising to tell us more s the tour went on. Our next stop she took us on a back route through the Gothic area to the Cathedral. It was at this point I thought how thankful we were to have a guide showing us all this and these routes because we never would have found our way otherwise! The cathedral is so beautiful and there is a huge square in front of it where we stopped to listen to Noora’s speech. It was an extraordinary story about a girl in the 3rd century who rose up angainst the Romans who occupied Barcelona at the time, then her subsequent torture and death at the hands of the Romans and about how her life is the first evidence we have that Christianity had arrived in Spain and that is why the Cathedral is dedicated to her. It was such a moving tale I looked over to Emily at the end and there were tears in her eyes and mine as well!
When we left the cathedral we took another back route to get to the Arc De Triumph. We heard some fun facts about the Arc and other Arc de Triumphs around the world (the biggest one in the world is in North Korea I remember that!) And then the next stop was right next to the Arc which was Park Ciutadella. Cycling through the park was so lovely, there are lots a paths to cycle on then all of a sudden we were brought in front of the most beautiful fountain which were told is called ‘Cascada’ which means ‘Waterfall’ in Spanish. Noora told us the history of the park, why it was named so, which is a crazy story about it being a fortress and it being bombed from a mountainside!
After a little break and a wander around the park we took the next leg up to Segrada Familia, Gaudi’s famous church. It is incredibly overwhelming when you suddenly find yourself underneath that beautiful church, which from certain angles looks like a big sandcastle! Noora told us all about Gaudi and the building process which has been going fro over 100 years! We couldn’t go inside because you need to book your tickets online a day in advance but after we had been given a taster on bike tour Barcelona we all said then and there that were going to go back tomorrow to go and have a look inside! We all had a lot of questions about the church and Gaudi and I was very impressed as to Noora’s knowledge in answering even the most obscure questions!
After Segrada Familia we took a one long road with a bike path all the way down the middle to get to the Port Olimpic for our final stop. Here we heard about what the Olympics did for the city, I really had no idea how much the city changed because of the Olympic games! I don’t want to give away too many spoliers because you should hear them in person but the beaches in Barcelona are man made and all the sand is actually from the Sahara desert in Egypt! It was shipped over and the beaches were built for the Olympics!
When we left the Port it was a short cycle back to the bike office. Free Bike Tour Barcelona works on tips. When we were researching the tour we found other tours that charged 30 euros to sign up. On the Free Bike Tour we signed up for two euros and the tips were up to us. We all tipped 20 euros each because the tour was fantastic, Noora out guide was such a dear and took really good care of us all and we felt like she earned every penny! If you are looking for a great introduction to the city Free Bike Tour Barcelona is absolutely fantastic! Highly recommended!
Jenny, 25, Arizona, USA
We had such a great time on Free Bike Tour Barcelona! We met Noora at Barceloneta metro station. She was very sweet and chatty which helped pass the time as we waited for the rest of the group. There were 9 of us in total so a nice size! A short walk to the bike office where we got the bikes and we were off! We hit so many of the main sights along the way, the Columbus statue, the cathedral, Sagrada Familia. Noora was very knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and was open to questions. Highly recommended.
David, 46, Tel Aviv, Israel
This really is a fantastic was to see the city. In three hours we covered all the main spots we wanted to see. Noora our guide was very kind and really knew the history of the city. We did a lot of research into bike tours and this one seemed fair because you pay in tips rather than 30 euros up front. My wife and I gave 15 each, considering it is three hours of very enjoyable entertainment we thought it was well worth it. I will certainly be recommending Free Bike Tour Barcelona to any friends travelling through the city.
Cameron, 36, Sydney, Australia
The day before I did Free Bike Tour Barcelona I did a walking tour around the city centre, it was on the walking tour a bike group passed and I wished I was on one of those bikes! You get to see so much more of the city on a bike and it was so much more fun! Our guide René was such a character, very funny and engaging. You tip at the end though I gave a little more than the walking tour because we had bikes! Definitely the best way to see the city!
Vincent, 35, Manchester, England
I love a bike tour and I try and do one in every European city that I visit. Free Bike Tour Barcelona was the first free one I’ve come across, usually it’s the walking tours that are free! I met the guide at Barceloneta metro station just before 10am then we walked to the office and picked up the bikes. It was certainly one of the gentler bike tours in terms of the riding as the city is so flat and 95% of the time we were in bike lanes which felt very safe. The guide, I’m ashamed to say I’ve forgotten his name, was very kind and knew so much about the city I was very impressed throughout!
Sharon, 51, Kent, England
I hadn’t ridden a bike in quite a few years and was slightly worried as to how I would fare on a three hour bike tour! Fortunately the course was very flat and easy to ride and the pace was very manageable. It really is the most wonderful city to cycle around and seeing by bike was fantastic! I got quite emotional when we got to Sagrada Familia I had wanted to see it for such a long time! It was good to learn about all the building because the next day we went back and went in all the ones we wanted. Thank you so much Free Bike Tour Barcelona!
Stephen, 29, Queenstown, New Zealand
I was on a bit of a budget travelling around Europe so I was excited when in my hostel a couple of guys told me about Free Bike Tour Barcelona in my hostel. They had just come back from it and were banging on about it so much I signed up for the next day! The tour was a lot of fun. René our guide was cool and knew a lot about the city. We stopped off often so it wasn’t a strenuous 3 hours at all. Definitely recommended to anyone who has limited time in the city and wants to pack it all in!
Terry, 36, Liverpool, England
We had a great time on the Free Bike Tour today! The ride is easy, the bikes were great and we saw all we wanted to in the city in under three hours! Most tours you pay for up front. This one you tip at the end. Me and my better half gave 20 euros each which considering how much fun we had and the sheer amount of the city we saw was the bargain of the trip!
Charlene, 22, Los Angeles, USA
This was such a fun day! All of us were a bit hungover when we got to the meeting point but once you are on a bike you cycle off the hangover very quickly! Nora was such a great guide, she really took care of us making sure the group were all together at all times when cycling around. It is the best way to see the city by far! Highly recommended!
Karim, 51, Vancouver
Our son did Free Bike Tour Barcelona last summer on his Eurotrip and was so enthusiastic about it we decided to see what all the fuss was about when we came to Spain. Even for us older generation the tour was not a difficult ride and it was a lot of fun. The group we had great as was our guide Liam! Don’t miss this one!
Dillon, 32, Byron Bay, Australia
This was my third bike tour in as many weeks in Europe. I loved all of them, especially Berlin. The difference with the Free Bike Tour Barcelona is that you always feel very safe. The tour is pretty much exclusively on bike lanes. René our guide was great with the group and made sure no one got lost. He knew so much about the city, I even tried to throw him a couple of curve balls but he knew the answers! All in all this was a great way to spend the morning learning about the city and its history. The tours in Berlin and Paris both cost 30 euros, I gave that as a tip in Barcelona, it was well worth the money.