Barcelona on two wheels: the best bike routes to explore the city

There is nothing like sightseeing by bike, especially when the city to visit is as prepared as Barcelona. We propose the best routes to do from our hotel and know the best corners of the city.

When you arrive in Barcelona, you know it. This city is made to be lived on two wheels. Its inhabitants let you know that, as they move from one place to another using bikes of all kinds, from the Bicing public service to the retro models of urban bikes that the truly motivated like to use. The Catalan capital is not only famous for its rich history and impressive architecture, but also for its commitment to sustainability and green transport.

With more than 200 kilometers of bike lanes, the city presents itself as an ideal setting to be explored on two wheels, offering a unique and active perspective of its streets and monuments. This means of transportation, in addition to being environmentally friendly, allows visitors and locals to get around efficiently and pleasantly, discovering hidden corners and details that might otherwise go unnoticed.

At the heart of this cycling frenzy lies Pulitzer Barcelona, strategically located on Bergara Street. This prime location makes it the perfect starting point for any cycling route, placing guests just a few pedals away from the main attractions and the extensive lanes that run through the city. From here, everything is within easy reach of your bike, allowing you to experience the city in an authentic and personal way.

Before embarking on your cycling adventure, it is essential to have the right equipment. Fortunately, around the Hotel Pulitzer you'll find several bike rental options. Places like Barcelona RentaBike, with two locations within walking distance on Calle Tallers and Calle Jovellanos, offer a wide variety of bikes for all tastes and needs, from basic models to electric bikes that make it easy to pedal up the city's hills.

1. Modernism Route

Itinerary: Plaza Catalunya - Passeig de Gràcia - La Sagrada Familia - Hospital de Sant Pau

Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours

This route is a journey through the legacy of Antoni Gaudí and other masters of Catalan modernism. It starts in the always lively Plaza Catalunya, surrounded by cafes and stores. As you move along Paseo de Gracia, you can admire Gaudí's famous houses, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, both declared World Heritage Sites. When you reach the Sagrada Familia, consider parking your bike for a walking tour of this monumental temple still under construction (although the end is getting closer). Then head north to visit the lesser-known but equally impressive Hospital de Sant Pau, another exceptional example of modernist architecture.

2. Route along the beaches of Barcelona

Itinerary: Hotel Pulitzer - Barceloneta - Olympic Port - Forum

Duration: Approximately 1-2 hours

This is a favorite route for visitors because you can feel the sea breeze and enjoy the coastal atmosphere of the city from the dynamic center of Barcelona to the iconic Barceloneta beach. As you pedal along the promenade, you'll enjoy views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city's skyline. Stop at the Olympic Port to watch the yachts and enjoy a coffee. The route concludes at the Forum, where you can explore the Museum of Natural Sciences or simply relax in its spacious squares.

3. Route from the Gothic Quarter to Ciutadella Park

Itinerary: Pulitzer Hotel - Gothic Quarter - Ciutadella Park

Duration: Approximately 1-2 hours

This route immerses you in the medieval atmosphere of Barcelona. Starting from the Pulitzer, you will enter the labyrinth of narrow streets and hidden squares of the Gothic Quarter, passing by the Cathedral and the historic Plaza Sant Jaume. Watch out for pedestrians, a very important thing to keep in mind on this route. Continue to Ciutadella Park, the green lung of the city center, ideal for a break among its sculptures, the beautiful lake and the impressive building of the Parliament of Catalonia.

4. Montjuïc Route

Itinerary: Hotel Pulitzer - Plaza España - Montjuïc

Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours

This route is perfect for those looking to combine culture, history and nature. Starting from Plaza España, where you can admire the impressive Venetian Towers and the National Art Museum of Catalonia, you will climb towards the mountain of Montjuïc. This area offers not only exceptional panoramic views of the city and the sea, but also a variety of gardens and cultural attractions, such as the Poble Espanyol, the Joan Miró Foundation and Montjuïc Castle, a former military fort with a rich history.

Exploring by Tandem

For those looking for an even more authentic and, to say the least, original experience, why not try a tandem? This fun option allows two people (or even more) to pedal together, sharing the effort and the laughter. It's an original and memorable way to explore Barcelona, perfect for couples or friends who want to enjoy the city from a new perspective. Tandem rentals are also available at various locations near the hotel, offering an adventure that will strengthen bonds as you discover the beauty of Barcelona.