If you are visiting the fabulous city of Barcelona and want to explore options for getting around, why not consider hiring a bicycle or, better still, joining one of the many ‘getting around by bike’ tour options? What could be better? You avoid the crowds on public transport, see parts of the city you wouldn’t otherwise and also burn off a few of those extra calories you might have consumed while enjoying the wonderful Catalan food and drink. |
Fat Tire Bike Tours
One of our favourite tour companies is Fat Tire Bike Tours, http://barcelona.fattirebiketours.com/. They offer half day tours in the city led by a friendly and informative English-speaking guide, who not only takes you to places you would probably miss when on a walking tour, but also offers plenty of tips and advice on where to go and what to see on the rest of your stay. The bikes you are given are easy to ride, so you don’t need to worry and can instead just concentrate on seeing the sites of this architecturally magnificent city.
The tours are very safe and you can bring kids too. Child seats and trailers are provided for the really little ones. The pace is relaxed and gentle and, as the city is generally flat, there are no tough up-hills. Along the way there are plenty of stops, and busy roads are generally avoided. There are several bike paths in Barcelona and lots of smaller alleyways, parks, and boardwalks too.
Should you decide you want to join one of the tours, the address of the shop is, C.Marlet 4, 08002 Barcelona, and the phone number is 0034 933 429 275. There are a couple of tour options to choose from but we would suggest the 7-mile Barcelona City Tour. It takes 4 hours and you can enjoy cycling through the Barri Gòtic and the Parc de la Ciutadella, visiting the Sagrada Familia, Port Vell, the Olympic Village and Barceloneta Beach. Of course, there is ample opportunity to take photos plus time to enjoy a drink or two at a local beach bar.
All of the tours meet at 11am (although between April and October a second tour runs at 4pm) at Plaça Sant Jaume, which is at the Jaume I metro stop. You can make a reservation on the website.
This really is a great day out and for €24 (€19 for kids), it is a bargain.
How to Get There
Barcelona airport is a popular arrival port for people visiting the area. Located only 16km south of the city, this means that onward Barcelona airport transfers take only 20 minutes to reach the city centre. The airport itself has several terminals and receives flights from most of the major European cities, including London, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Milan. You can fly with British Airways from London Heathrow but for a more budget conscious choice, fly with Monarch from London Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Manchester or Birmingham. Continue your journey into the city by booking a Barcelona airport transfer with us here at Shuttle Direct. We offer a reliable service and drivers that meet you in the airport and whisk you straight to your final destination. No stress and no fuss!
If you visit Barcelona from another Spanish region you might arrive by train. Barcelona has direct rail links with many several European cities. Train travel is efficient and organised because of the major railway network. Buses are frequent and also efficient.
Driving into Barcelona by car, you will that find the motorway and road network in and around the city will take you anywhere. With a satnav you should find orientation fairly straightforward.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Barcelona airport transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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