Today there’s an increased focus on the environment and minimising energy consumption.
Barcelona is leading the way with its superblocks initiative to keep the city greener and has started giving cycle-paths priority over automobiles on some of the city’s main streets.
But what can tourists do?
My suggestion is to start small by renting environmentally friendly transport 🙂
Why a Barcelona Bike Rental?
We’ll start with the classic environmentally-friendly way to get around – the bicycle!
It’s not exactly Amsterdam but there are 100 km of designated bike lanes (and 200 km more on the way) even on main roads and Barcelona weather is perfect for cycling so why not take advantage?
With a Barcelona bike rental you can go anywhere in the city. Practically every one of Barcelona’s main attractions is reachable by bicycle.
Don’t believe me? Check out the map of bike lanes in Barcelona.
The Best Bike Rental in Barcelona
For the best bike rental in Barcelona get one at Barcelona Rent a Bike.
If it’s not walking distance (rare) the shops are right by some major metro stations. The surrounding areas are the ideal place to take your first pedal around city and its amazing seaside boardwalk.
Booking Bikes Online in English
Not only has Barcelona Rent a Bike become the Barcelona bike rental spot due to reliable service, durable bikes, and amazing prices (starting at €6.00) but they offer some of the most flexible rental windows in the business.
Rentals include lock and Shimano gears (one document per party left as deposit).
Using the button below you can rent bikes with as little as €3.00 down.
Bike Rental Location and Hours
The bicycle shops are located in Barceloneta, at Arc de Triomf, and near Plaça de Catalunya.
You can pick up/drop off your rental bike between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, Monday to Sunday.
Sights within Easy Access
- Barceloneta beach
- Ciutadella Park
- La Rambla
- The trendy Born neighbourhood
- Sagrada Familia
- Casa Batllo and La Pedrera
- The Olympic Port
Renting a Segway in Barcelona
It’s the hip new thing to do, this segway rental business.
I never thought it would take off and yet I see the area near the beach absolutely full of them. The appeal? Being able to get from A to B without even peddling! 😉
While I wouldn’t recommend one for getting to Barcelona’s essential sights they’re still a ton of fun.
You can rent a segway in Barcelona for as little as €10.
I’d recommend renting a segway for only a couple of hours to cruise around the beach but not to get around the city – renting one for a day or two can get pretty expensive.
ROLLERBLADES AND SKATEBOARDS
Take a look around the streets and it’s clear Barcelona might just be the European capital of rollerbladers and skaters. Seeing the city this way gives you easy access to the tiny streets in the historic centre and most of all, it’s great exercise and just plain fun!
Two shops to consider when renting rollerblades or a skateboard in Barcelona:
- INERCIA: a very professional spot for renting rollerblades and skateboards. Head to their website to see prices. Make sure you bring a piece of ID to rent. The shop is located at 10 Roger de Flor near the Arc de Triomf metro stop (red line L1)
- BARCELONETA SURF SHOP: Great service, great products. It’s impossible to miss this classic surf and skate shop along the seafront. You’ll find it at 80-84 Passeig de Joan de Borbó near the Barceloneta metro stop (yellow line L4)
Places to Go Have a Skate
- MARBELLA SKATEPARK: you’ll find this just a couple metres from Mar Bella beach and the closest metro stop is Poble Nou (yellow line L4) – it’s brand new and filled with locals.
- THE BOARDWALK: all along the seafront you’ll find a designated lane for bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, segways etc. Start at the courtyard of the world-famous W Hotel (the sail-shaped hotel by the beach) and head all the way to the Forum.
- MACBA: found right in the heart of the eclectic Raval neighbourhood – the square in front of the MACBA modern art museum is the place for skateboarders.
- SANTS ESTACIÓ: another massive square found at metro stop Sants Estació (green line L3 or blue line L5) with tons of skate spots.
- PARC DEL FORUM: at metro stop Forum-Maresme (yellow line L4) you’ll find the biggest concert and festival space in Barcelona. The sheer amount of concrete, benches, ramps etc. make this another famous skateboarder spot.
- ARC DE TRIOMF: at Arc de Troimf metro stop (red line L1) there’s a a very long, narrow stretch of pavement starting at the Arc and going all the way down to Ciutadella Park.
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