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Bamboo Bike Tours

Written by Paula

If you feel like exploring the city but don’t like the idea of having to do it on foot, there are a variety of services available that allow you to tour while sitting down. One popular way to do it is by bike and one particular company is offering tours that will have you riding some of the most beautiful bikes yet.

Bamboo Bike Tours

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As the name indicates, Bamboo Bike Tours offers tours of the city in bikes made of bamboo. They have two beautiful models available for visitors to choose from: the Buena Vista, designed and built in Argentina, and the Octavi, designed in Barcelona and built in Argentina. Both of the models are made of high-quality parts from brands like Brooks, Shimano, and Michelin.

But what about the bamboo?

Bamboo may not seem like the most obvious choice when thinking of bike-building materials, but the truth is that it is a very strong and flexible type of wood which grows rapidly enough so that its harvesting won’t be a synonym of deforestation.

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An ethical form of doing business

Bamboo Bike Tours is a company that is deeply committed to sustainability. Another reason why they chose the bamboo as their main material is that building a bicycle made out of bamboo spends only 10% of the resources that would be necessary to build a bike using regular materials. Amazing!

But their commitment to an ethical form of doing business doesn’t stop there. Bamboo Bike Tours is a great supporter of fair trade, making sure that all of their bikes are produced in good working conditions. They also plan to use 10% of their earnings to promote social projects for young people in the city, a commendable initiative that hopefully will inspire other local businesses to follow suit.

Let’s talk tour

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Bamboo Bike Tours offers private tours only, which means that random people cannot join in a group. They offer 8 different tours, each one with a specific duration.

The Red Tour lasts 2 hours and it covers the areas of Barceloneta, Vila Olimpica, El Born and the Gothic neighborhood. In this tour, visitors will have a chance to see Parc de la Ciutadella, Arc de Triomf, Palau de la Música Catalana and much more. The price of the Red Tour is of 29€ per person.

The Blue Tour lasts 3 hours and it covers the same areas as the Red Tour, plus the areas near Sagrada Família and the Agbar Tower. The price of the Blue Tour is of 39€ per person.

The Green Tour lasts 4 hours and it expands from what the Blue Tour covers to the area of Gràcia, which includes highlights such as the former bullfight arena Monumental and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. The price of the Green Tour is of 57€ per person, which includes a drink.

The Yellow Tour lasts 5 hours and, on top of the areas covered by the previous tours, covers some of Eixample and more of Ciutat Vella. This tour will take visitors to such sites as MACBA, La Pedrera, and Plaça Catalunya. The price of the Yellow Tour is of 73€ per person, which includes a drink and a tapa.

The Purple Tour lasts 6 hours and it covers most of the major touristic sites in the city, expanding the visit all the way to Plaza Espanya and the Poble Sec neighborhood. Some of the highlights of this tour include El Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Old Port, and Plaça Universitat.  The price of the Yellow Tour is of 90€ per person, which includes a  drink and a two-course meal.

They also offer a different type of tour, focused on street art. This tour, which happens in collaboration with Street Art Barcelona, takes visitors to discover some of the most amazing samples of street art that can be found in the city. There are 3 different street art tours to choose from: the Ciutat Vella tour, which costs 25€ per person and lasts 2 hours, the Poble Nour tour, which costs 39€ per person and lasts 3.50 hours, and a tour that combines both areas, which costs 58€ per person and lasts 5 hours.

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Hiring Bamboo Bike Tours for your events

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Bamboo Bike Tours is available for hire for certain types of events. One of the popular options they offer is a pack for Bachelor/Bachelorette parties, where the bride or groom to be can choose a classic experience (tour + drink + tapa or cake), the refresh experience (tour +  soup or juice + vegan or vegetarian tapa), or the VIP experience (tour + glass of cava + 2 drinks + local snacks like fuet, ham and cheese). There is also the possibility of choosing a personalized experience which will be tailor made for you.

Bamboo Bike Tours also offers team building activities such as the creation of a collective artwork with graffiti, individual works of art, or even a fun treasure hunt.

What are you waiting for? Book your tour with Bamboo Bike Tours today and get pedaling!

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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