24 hours riding in Barcelona

8 cool Catalonian cycling spots

Fixed gear aficionados BCN Fixie Lab spent 24 hours riding fixed gear around the Catalan capital and lets us in on which eight spots you should visit if you have only one day to ride around this vibrant city, with its museums, markets and beaches. 

1. Tibidabo for skyline views

Start from the Vallvidrera lookout. If you don’t fancy the climb, then go by public transport, taking the funicular to the top.

2. Ride down to the Gracia neighborhood

The easiest way is to follow Via Augusta. But we recommend Passeig de la Bonanova, before heading along Carrer de Muntaner and onto Ronda del General Mitre. You’ll arrive in Lesseps Square with the Gracia neighborhood on your right — perfect for brunch with pavement cafes.  

3. Now time to burn some fat

Go to Passeig de Sant Joan for a scenic ride past the Arc de Triomf and a roll into Parc de la Ciutadella, stopping to catch your breath if you want. Leave the park via the Passeig de Picasso gate.

The Arc de Triomf was built for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888)
The Arc de Triomf was built for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888)

4. Time for lunch

Now you have two options. Hungry and into your history? Head to El Born. However, if you fancy paella and sunbathing, then head to W Hotel and take a ride along the promenade (Vila Olimpica).

The Vila Olimpica offers a scenic, flat ride
The Vila Olimpica offers a scenic, flat ride

5. El Forum

After this split, head to El Forum — a perfect flat route to take after lunch.

6. Head to Glories Square

Then ride along Avinguda Diagonal to reach Plaça de les Glòries, where you’ll see the Agbar Tower, the Design Museum of Barcelona, the Auditorium, the National Theatre and the “Encants” market. It’s probably a good idea to check out the Sagrada Família, too.

The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

7. Take in the sunset

To end the journey you should go to Plaça d'Espanya and see the Magic Fountain (especially on a weekend). You can also climb to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) or the Palau Sant Jordi to enjoy great views.

The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina

8. Time for tapas

As it’s getting late, it’s time for tapas or pintxos for dinner, so go to Carrer de Blai for its cool bars and great atmosphere.

  • Not to miss: Dosnoventa, Satan Coffee, Skye Coffee.
  • When to visit: Anytime other than high summer — the smog and tourists will make riding hard work.
  • Be aware: Barcelona is a wonderful city but renowned for crime. Lock up your bike and, if possible, bring it inside 
at all times. It’s also one of Europe’s most expensive tourist hotspots. Yes, 
eating out is cheap but be prepared to stump up some cash for accommodation.
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