How to best experience Madrid? Besides visiting the great museums, eating traditional tapas and watching the crowds from one of the many the terraces, Madrid is also one of the best European destinations for shopping because of the nice mix of large department stores, well-known brands, small local shops and nice boutiques. The best way to see many of the sights and experience local life in Madrid is by exploring Madrid by bike. We'll tell you all about cycling in Madrid.
Did you know that Madrid is one of the greenest cities in Europe? The many beautiful, extensive parks and avenues are ideal for exploring by bike. However, Madrid's bike paths are not yet as good as Barcelona, where there are many more kilometres of bike paths. But developments are not standing still in Madrid, they are working hard on the construction of more cycle paths. In Madrid they are slowly but surely finding out that a green city is a good match for an environmentally friendly means of transport such as cycling! The most important cycling route in Madrid is the Anillo Verde Ciclista, the Green Bicycle Ring, a 65 km long bike route around the city. You have to be slightly adventurous for this bike tour, because you cycle a lot on narrow bike paths that can stop unexpectedly. Finding your way around can be a real puzzle, but if you like a challenge, it's a great way to explore Madrid's beautiful places!
Madrid is working hard to make the city more attractive for cyclists, also taking into account the fact that it should be easy to rent bikes. That is why the BiciMad bicycle rental program was launched in 2014. Throughout the city there are bike rental points where residents and tourists can easily rent an electric bike. As a tourist you can buy a pass for 1, 3 or 5 days. You can do this simply by means of a vending machine that is located at each rental location.
Sometimes you don't feel like strolling through the city for hours in search of that one sight. A bike tour is the ideal way to discover the city in a short time without any stress. In Madrid you can do several local bike tours. The nice thing about a bike tour with a local guide is that you'll not only see a lot of the city, you'll also get to know the history and culture very well. Nice restaurants, cafés, trendy places to shop and the best hidden gems of the city? The guide will give you the best local tips.
Is this your first visit to Madrid? With the Best of Madrid Bike Tour you get to see the main attractions of Madrid and learn more about the history & culture of Madrid. It's a great introduction to the city, where you'll quickly feel at home having experienced this bike tour.
Do you prefer to cycle exclusively with your own group? With a Madrid Private Bike Tour you and your group will discover Madrid exclusively with a private guide. The private guide will make sure you and your party enjoy a personal and special bike tour based on your wishes and preferences.