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Explore Barcelona with the Donkey Republic Bike Rental App

Last updated on September 22, 2016

The Donkey Republic bike rental app makes it quicker, easier and cheaper than ever to rent a bike and explore Barcelona’s 200 km of designated cycle paths, leafy parks, world-class architecture and sandy beach boardwalks.

Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo by bike

I’ve been a cycling fanatic since the first moment I learnt to ride without stabilisers.

I remember the sense of freedom I felt when I could suddenly explore my home town by myself, that constant sense of adventure and discovery. And that’s how I still feel about cycling, that it’s a source of joy and freedom.

As far as I’m concerned there really is no better way to explore a new city.

About Donkey Republic Bikes

Revolutionising the way we rent bikes, Donkey Republic allows you to find a rental bike near you and book it with your phone – all you need is the Donkey app!

Once you’ve set up your account and paid for your Donkey, you can use your phone to unlock your bike and hop on and off as you wish.

It’s cheap and eco-friendly, and definitely the most fun way to get around Barcelona.

How it Works

How the Donkey Republic Rental App works

How the Donkey Republic Rental App works

Visit and download the Donkey Republic app on iOS or Android, or read on to see more about my experience of riding my Donkey around Barcelona for a couple of days.

My Experience

Picking Up My Donkey

Donkey Republic Bike Rental App in Barcelona
The moment I met Tang…

My nearest bike was on the Gaudi-centric Passeig de Gracia, one of my very favourite streets in Barcelona, and after a few swipes and taps on my phone I was cruising down the cycle lane to some of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona.

My bike looked beautiful in the sun, her bright orange frame glowing against the blue sky like an orangutan, so I decided to name her “Tang”.

Stopping at Antoni Gaudi’s La Pedrera

Donkey Republic Rental Bikes in Barcelona
Me and Tang taking in the views of Gaudi’s famous “La Pedrera” building.
La Padrera - Antoni Gaudi's building in Barcelona
La Pedrera – one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous Modernist masterpieces.

Not a straight line in sight, Gaudi’s Casa Milá, or “La Pedrera” as it’s better known, is well worth a pitstop. Book a “skip the line” experience and you can go straight in to see its curvaceous design and enjoy the epic city views from the roof.

Taking Snaps at Gaudi’s Casa Batlló

Antoni Gaudi's Casa Batllo
Antoni Gaudi’s colourful Casa Batlló.

With its seashell-like facade and dragon-scaled roof, Casa Batlló is perhaps the most colourful of Gaudi’s Modernist masterpieces. Definitely one of my favourite pieces of architecture! 

The nature-inspired detailing continues inside and is also worth a visit, even if you’re not really interested in architecture. Again, make sure to get a “skip the line” entry ticket and you won’t have to line up with the hundreds of other people who want experience it for themselves.

Rolling Through the Old Town

Cathedral in Barcelona
Tang posing outside of Barcelona’s cathedral.

Barcelona is a relatively compact city, perfect for exploring by bike, and I soon found myself in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, where I stopped at the cathedral before cruising over to the ancient Born barrio.

Pitstops in Paradise

Cycling in Parc Joan Miro in Barcelona
A short cut through the tropical Parc de Joan Miró. Tang loved it…

Similarly to traditional Danish bikes, my Donkey was fitted with a U-lock and a hefty chain, so I wasn’t even slightly worried about leaving it locked up outside of my apartment overnight.

Early the next morning I unlocked it with my phone and peddled off into the rising sun. Sticking entirely to the cycle paths, I realised just how easy it is to get around Barcelona on a bike.

Barcelona cycle tracks
Just follow the white lines…

Surrounded by cycling commuters, I rolled down towards the bohemian Raval neighbourhood, stopping to soak up the atmosphere and take some snaps of the bizarre cat statue.

Giant cat statue in Raval, Barcelona
The famous cat statue in Raval.

To the Beach for Breakfast

Donkey Republic Rental Bike App in Barcelona
Early morning at the beach and all was still.

The sun rose quickly, but I felt cooled by the breeze that kissed my skin as I biked along the boardwalk.

I stopped to pick up a chocolate croissant – fresh and puffy and sweet and lovely – from the legendary Baluard Bakery in Barceloneta and a cup of black coffee from the bar next door.

Chocolate croissants from the beautiful Baluard Bakery in Barceloneta.
Chocolate croissants from the beautiful Baluard Bakery in Barceloneta.

It was early and the beach was quiet but for runners, hungry seagulls and chit-chatting street cleaners.

Breakfast at Barceloneta beach in Barcelona
Breakfast at Barceloneta beach.

I found a spot in the shade of a palm-tree and sat on a bench to have my breakfast and soak up the views.

Cycling at the beach in Barcelona
Beach views and rising temperatures.
Barcelona's Arts Hotel and Mapfrey building
Tang posing at Barcelona’s “Twin Towers” by the beach.

A Gentle Cruise to La Sagrada Familia

Orange Donkey Republic rental bike at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
It’s only a 10/15 minute cruise up to La Sagrada Familia from the beach.

It was getting hot, but the breeze cooled me as I cycled, so I kept cycling.

I hugged the boardwalk and followed a cycle path up the palm-lined Carrer de Marina towards Gaudi’s seminal masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. I definitely recommend going inside this fantastical building, but be sure to buy the “skip the line ticket” so you don’t have to wait hours to get in!

The the cranes came into sight first, followed by the towers that seem to spear the sky like a giant sandcastle.

Bike tour of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
The Nativity facade of La Sagrada Familia,


The beauty of cycling is that it’s quick, easy and cheap. And now, thanks to technology and progressive companies like Donkey Republic, it’s even quicker to find and rent bikes in world-class cities like Barcelona.

Needless to say, Barcelona is the perfect city to explore by bike and I can’t think of a quicker and easier way to rent a bike than with the Donkey Republic app.

Hopefully we’ll see more ventures like this springing up around the world and making our cities cleaner, safer and more environmentally friendly.

This is the future.

Make it Happen

Visit and download the Donkey Republic app on iOS or Android.

Price: Around €10 for 24 hours.

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