Best Bike Tours in Spain

I know I might be biased, but I truly believe that a guided city bike tour is most definitely the best way to get to know a new city. And having been in the best bike tours in Spain business since 2008, I have had the pleasure of meeting other bike tour operators up and down the country over the years. So I thought it would be a nice idea to introduce you to all these wonderful bike tour professionals and their incredible cities.

So let’s begin our bike tour of Spain! Olé!

Best bike tours in spain: beautiful bilbao!

Up in the Basque Country, our friend Aitor and his team at Tourné Bilbao offer amazing guided tours of this once industrial city turned cultural destination.

Group of cyclists infront of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao on a bike tour with Tourné Bilbao

A quick photo op infront of the impressive Guggenheim Museum.

Taking the Bilbao bike tour I discovered an impressive mix of history and architecture as well as learned about the local Basque traditions and culture. In just three hours, we travelled through time, seeing both the old and new areas of the city: from Bilbao’s shipping industry to lush green parks and the rushing Nervión river, from classic buildings to modern skyscrapers and from old traditions to new passions.

Throughout the tour, our enthusiastic bike guide Nicolien shared her insider stories about the city. We visited ‘El Mercado de Ribera’, the neighbourhood ‘La Vieja’, the spectacular Guggenheim Museum, the San Mamés soccer stadium and the iconic Calatrava bridge ‘Zubizuri’. One thing’s for sure, after this bike tour, you’re going to love Bilbao just as much as I did after taking it!

Best bike tours in spain: spectacular san sebastian!

Just a one hour bus ride east from Bilbao is the must-visit coastal city of San Sebastian. Let our friends Iñigo, Alain and their team at Go Local San Sebastian help you discover this stunning city.

Group of cyclists enjoying views over La Concha beach on a bike tour with Go Local San Sebastian Bike tour company

Enjoying the spectacular views over La Concha beach in San Sebastian

I have been to San Sebastian several times over the years. However, I had never taken a bike tour before. (Shame on me!) So the last time I was there, I decided to sign up for the Classic E- Bike Tour with GoLocal San Sebastian and saw places I had never seen before and learned even more about the unique Basque culture. Following the extensive coastline of the city beaches and climbing hills for amazing views was a breeze on the comfortable E-bikes.

We biked through neighbourhoods that tourists- like me- usually miss. One of the highlights- apart from the amazing views- was cycling through a super long old train tunnel. That was very cool! With our guide Alain, we even stopped off at a local sports centre and tried our hand at ‘Basque Pelota’ – a form of handball unique to the region.

Simply the best way to discover this beautiful city, its history and culture.

Now let’s head east to the Costa Brava to our next stop.

best bike tours in spain: bellisima barcelona!

There’s no better way to explore Barcelona than with our friend Ernest and his team at Born Bike Tours.

Group of cyclists in Ciutadella Park in Barcelona on a bike tour with Born Bike Tours Barcelona

Exploring Ciutadella Park in Barcelona by bike

This tour is perfect for history, art and architecture lovers! The majority of the tour takes place on the fantastic network of bike paths that Barcelona has to offer. It really is a cyclists dream. Exploring the old town, we learned about ancient and medieval Barcelona. 

Cycling through the maze of streets in the Gothic quarter was really cool. Also, the tour takes in all the major archectural creations of Gaudi including, of course, a stop at the amazing Sagrada Familia.

I just loved the neighbourhood of ‘Born’ with the incredible Santa Maria del Mar Basilica and the renovated market hall. Biking around the Ciutadella Park and through the Arc de Triomf was great fun, too!

Did you know that from Barcelona you can take a ferry to arrive at our next bike tour destination?

best bike tours in spain: magnificent mallorca!

For a beautiful bike tour of Mallorca you can count on our friend Nacho and his team from Call&Ride

Group of cyclists on a bike tour in front of the cathedral  in Palma de Mallorca

At the amazing Cathedral of Light in Palma de Mallorca

On this leasurely bike ride around Palma de Mallorca, we cycled some of the most emblematic streets seeing some of the city’s most important monuments while learning about the history of the place.

The Cathedral -a masterpiece of Gothic architecture- is truly mindblowing! Another architectural wonder, La Lonja, was an absolute delight to see as was the refuge of Kings- the Royal Palace of La Almudaina,

Our bike guide also showed us hidden corners of the city that we would never have found by ourselves and he intrigued us with local legends and stories that only Palma residents would know.

A truly memorable bike tour!

We’re heading back to the mainland now to our next bike tour adventure.

best bike tours in spain: vibrant valencia!

Valencia is a cyclist’s paradise and with the expertise of our friend José and his team at Valencia Bikes you are guaranteed a bike tour to remember!

Group of cyclists riding through the City of Arts & Sciences in Valencia with VALENCIA BIKES

Cycling through the spectacular City of Arts & Sciences in Valencia

This tour is absolutely the best way to discover Valencia’s charming streets and hidden squares as well as its most important monuments and historical sites. Combining the old with the new, we cruised past historical buildings like the Quart Towers and the more modern City of Arts & Sciences.

We started our bike tour cycling through the unique Turia Gardens, created from a former riverbed which stretches for 13 kilometres through the city- and bike paths all the way. I loved it!

Riding through the City of Arts & Sciences was definitely a highlight of the tour. Probably nowadays one of the most famous landmarks of Valencia, it’s like cycling through a futuristic landscape. The architectural wonders were designed by world-acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava.

Time now to head to the nation’s capital- just two hours by train from Valencia.

BEST BIKE TOURS IN SPAIN: MAjestic MADRID!

I have always loved visiting Madrid and now I love it even more after joining a bike tour with our friend Michel and his team at Tim Bikes.

Group of cyclists on a bike tour in El Retiro park in Madrid

In the beautiful El Retiro Park, Madrid

If you are looking for a true ‘Madrileño’ experience, then this bike tour is for you! Just a few pedals from the meeting point, our first stop was the majestic Royal Palace which is just mindblowing.  Well, in fact, the majority of Madrid is majestic and timeless.

All the major sights are included in the tour like Puerta del Sol, La Puerta de Alcalá, Plaza Mayor, La Fuente de Cibeles and way more. It was great that we were able to cycle around the enormous and grandeous El Retiro park. Simply amazing!

Our bike guide David was super knowledgeable about the history of the city and also entertained us with hilarious local anecdotes. It wasa fabulous bike tour!

Next we’re going to jump on the AVE high-speed train and head south to Andalusia.

best bike tours in spain: stunning seville!

Even though Seville and Malaga are eternal rivals, I have to admit that Seville truly is a stunningly beautiful city. And seeing it from two-wheels with Adriana and the See by Bike Team is absolutely the best way to enjoy it.

Group of cyclists on a guided bike tour of Seville with the company See By Bike

Enjoying Seville by bike!

My bike tour in Seville was an unforgettable experience. Discovering the magical neighbourhoods of the city by bike was a delight. Our bike guide really brought the city to life with stories and legends of Seville as well as being super knowledgeable about the city’s history and modern-day life.

For me the highlights were cycling along the River Guadaquivir and through the Maria Luisa park to visit the spectacular Plaza de España.

We had plenty of stops to take pictures en route and at the end of the tour we got lots of great tips on nearby places to visit, restaurants, tapas bars and flamenco shows.

And last but not least…

best bike tours in spain: marvelous malaga!

I came to Malaga for one day in 2003…and… I am still here!

And if you come to Malaga, you will understand why.

Group of cyclists on a bike tour of Malaga with Malaga Bike Tours looking at the statue of Picasso

Saying ‘hola’ to Pablo Picasso- Málaga’s most famous son

Cycling through 3000 years of civilisation, we’ll entertain you with all kinds of interesting anecdotes and stories of this beautiful city and the customs and traditions of the Malagueños. See all the major highlights of the city like the Alcazaba, the cathedral, the Atarazanas Market and learn all about the most famous artist of the 20th century- Pablo Picasso- who, yes, you guessed it- was born in Malaga.

Cycle along the Mediterranean sea to the old fisherman’s neighbourhoods and enjoy amazing views of the city’s skyline from the spectacular port of Malaga.

After the tour, we will give you plenty of insider tips to enjoy the rest of your stay in marvelous Malaga to the full.

best bike tours in europe: cycle cities

Members of the Cycle Cities at the 2024 Symposium in Bilbao, Spain

Cycle Cities Members at the 2024 Symposium in Bilbao

All the bike tour companies featured in this blog are members of Cycle Cities- an organisation of bike tour professionals from all over Europe and beyond.

Every February, one of the members hosts the annual Cycle Cities Symposium in their city. It is an amazing meeting up of ‘bike-minded’ people where we get the chance to learn from each other and share ideas to continue offering the best bike tour and rental experiences for our customers.

So wherever you are travelling to, make sure to check the Cycle Cities web page to find the best bike tour operators and local experts at your next destination.