Join a Madrid bike tour to discover the modern history from the XXI century

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The contemporary artistic scene is very active in town. Theatres, museums and avant-garde centers are all spread around the city center. Explore now the emergent cultural scene with Cooltourspain’s Madrid bike tour.

Which spots and locations would you observe during the guided? Alternative travellers may now find relevant information thanks to our extensive bicycle guide.

Let’s explore the following districts together :

  • Chueca
  • Malasaña
  • Gran Vía
  • La Latina
  • Lavapiés

What interesting facts does our Madrid bike tour cover?

off the beaten madrid bike tour
Alternative bike tour by Mercado Social Madrid

A team of experts in the tourism field will lead the experience. They will not only focus on explaining the best street art in town, but this experienced group will also pay attention to interesting details which are almost unknown for locals.

Join now our Madrid bike tour to discover the alternative quarters!

Chueca, most famous LGBT district in town

Madrid photographer captured a bike in front of a store
Visitors are offered the opportunity to have a drink right after the tour finishes

First of all, you will pedal through an area which has recently suffered a process of modernization. Therefore many expats and young people consider Chueca district as a place where to live.

It is around Calle Hortaleza and Calle Fuencarral where you’ll visit well known squares for the LGBT community. Did you know that Madrid’s biggest outdoor celebration takes place in July? Madrileños (local citizens) celebrate the Gay pride altogether!

  • Plaza Chueca, where the majority of clubs & bars are located.
  • Pedro Zerolo square, enjoying the views from Oscar Hotel rooftop.
  • Santa Bárbara & surroundings, street art & graffiti.

Malasaña, hipster and bohemian at the same time

Visiting Madrid's mercados by bike
M. Peinado shared this image of a bike tour in Madrid

Secondly, we will cross through a popular neighborhood known as Malasaña. It is located inside Universidad district and there are dozens of modern restaurants & pubs where young people hang around.

There are several important buildings & other elements that you will observe during our Madrid bike tour. For example,

  • Madrid history museum, built in 1929. It features a beautiful altarpiece in the facade.
  • Pinta Malasaña, a famous urban art festival in town. Almost hundred contemporary art artists decorate metal shutters in each edition. However, graffiti writers destroy those artworks at the same night.
  • Plaza dos de Mayo, it represents the battle where national troops fought against the French invasion. Two sculptures pay tribute to those who died courageously.

Does the Madrid bike tour cross Gran Via?

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Picture of the taxi/bus/bike line across Gran Via Street

Gran Vía is one of the busiest streets in terms of traffic. Consequently, our Madrid bike tour will go trough the new bike line that the city council has installed along this famous avenue.

You will observe famous theaters, cinemas and another street art festival. ‘Arte al cubo’ celebrates each year an event where national urban artists are invited to decorate the hallways of Plaza de los Cubos.

Who are the artists that you will observe in this outdoors event?

  • Concreto, artists from Colombia now living in Madrid. His figures usually include the ‘Pacha Mama. That is to say, the Earth (animals, human beings & plants)
  • Sabek, Spanish artist with an international projection. His sculptures and canvases have been exposed in different contemporary art galleries. For instance, European & North American fairs also featured his artworks.
  • In addition, we would recommend you to check the work of the Spaniards Antonyo Marest and JM Yes.

Madrid bike tour around La Latina area

After that, we would start pedaling around El Rastro area. The most famous and biggest flea market in the Spanish capital is part of our Madrid bike tour.

You will cycle over narrow streets which feature a road surface covered with old bricks. That is to say, it’s just like if you travelled to the XIX century.

Tourists frequently visit La Latina because of the following landmarks:

  • Mercado de La Cebada, traditional & oldschool food market.
  • Cava Baja & Cava Alta, two of the most famous streets for bar hopping in the city center.
  • San Isidro church, Madrid’s patron saint.

Lavapiés, multicultural and ‘gentrified’

Guided visit around Lavapies by bike
Local madrileña cycling around Lavapies neighborhood with an ebike

Similarly to what happens in other areas in Madrid city, Lavapies has been gentrified too!

It is so sad to observe how the rental prices in the neighborhood have increased! However, the neighborhood has turned into Madrid’s most artsy district.

Javier, Cooltourspain CEO

Our Madrid bike tour will show you places such as Calle Doctor Fourquet, which features a large number of modern art galleries. In addition, you should know that Time out magazine featured Lavapiés as the coolest neighborhood where to live in the world!

We will also explain the artworks painted for a street art festival called Muros Tabacalera. This event decorates every other year the exterior walls of a former tobacco factory from the XIX century.

Which bicycles could our guests request?

Madrid bike history tour
Cycling around Cibeles square with a group of international travelleres

Now that we have briefly explained the areas that you’ll be able to check with our Madrid bike tour, let’s see the types of bicycles available.

Cooltourspain’s guests will have the opportunity to ride a bike according to their necessities & requirements.

Modern city bikes

Original madrid bike tour
Gran Via street closed for bikes use only. Image: Stephen Downes

Our most requested service is offered on a city bike. The good thing about them is that they might be adjusted to our guests’ size. We have small, medium and large options.

Customers could also use helmets, although it’s not mandatory to use them. Do you need to use a lock? You will have the chance to do it, but we don’t think it’s necessary.

They are tested daily before our visitors use them. Your safety is important to us!

Brand new electric bikes for adults

Madrid ebike tour
This is the black colored model used in the Madrid ebike tour

Our powered bicycles are ready for those of you who would like to join our Madrid bike tour and not pedal at all. The battery lasts for at least 5 hours and the gears will allow you to manually adjust the energy used.

The speed might be adjusted very easily. These electric bikes are recommended for visitors with reduced mobility, although anybody could use them.

If you have never cycled with one of these before, try them now! You will participate in an exclusive activity!

Children’s size

Street art bike tour for children
Our guided visits are perfect for all audiences

Weekends are the perfect moment to join our Madrid bike tour with your kids. Traffic is reduced over 65% from week days and it will be safer for a kid to ride a bicycle.

We pay careful attention when the youngest of the family join our guided visits and that’s the reason why we modify our tours to go through less congested streets.

Teenagers and children love practicing outdoor sports!

Cooltourspain’s opinion about the Madrid bike tour

Despite there exists several organizations who offer daily services by bike, our experiences are totally off the beaten path.

We focus in observing modern architecture, learning about street art and meeting local communities.

Please ready the reviews that other customers left in our Tripadvisor channel.

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