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Go to a bike on rent shop as soon as you get to Seville. It’s one of the best ways to discover the city.
Seville has one of the largest and oldest city centers in Europe. In other words, roads are almost never straight, most of them are one-way streets and to find one’s way is not particularly easy. As you can imagine, I don’t recommend you to drive inside the historical center (the rest of the city is fine, like any other European city) and public transport cannot take you anywhere you want.
So, you have two options: walk or hire a bicycle.
But what if you had the chance to explore Seville a bit differently?
Actually you do have it: it’s fun, pleasant and you don’t need to worry about traffic or parking. Moreover, you will do some exercice (good for your health and to compensate for the dozens of tapas you’ll eat while you are here). But it won’t be too hard because the city is flat.
Here are some very good bike on rent companies. All of them offer affordable rates and excellent bicycles.
Address: c/ Castelar, 9 (2 min walk from La Maestranza)
Monday to Friday – 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00
(Contact them if you want to rent a bike or a tour on weekends or on a holiday)
Elecmove rents exclusively electric bikes, offering all the advantages of the traditional bikes and with a small engine allowing you to ride swiftly and effortless. Despite you may think electric bikes are only for lazy, they are extremely comfortable and easy to ride: you can pedal and stop doing so whenever you want.
The bikes are extremely easy to use (even for someone like me who isn’t a bike pro). The tour allows you to breeze through Seville without being tired. I’ve tried them myself and they are surprinsingly good!
Apart from the tours, you can also rent an electric bike and start immediately to explore the city on your own. The staff will provide all sorts of useful information and recommendations on where and when to go. If you are an independent traveller, this is definitely an option not to miss.
Bici4City (only in Spanish)
Address: c/ Peral, 6 (Alameda de Hercules)
Monday to Friday – 9:30 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:30
Saturday – 10:00 to 14:00
You can rent both bicycles and mountain bikes, as well as other accessories (helmet, baby seat, gloves…). The company has a very convenient location in the city center and the prices are very competitive. Ask for advice on routes, what to do and where to go (the staff is very nice).
Apart from the classic bike on rent business, Bici4City offers very interesting tours. You can go at your own pace with an audio guide, share your route with an guide that will show you all the highlights of Seville, and there are even green routes at the countryside.
Address: Plaza de Santa Cruz, 4
Monday to Sunday – 9am to 8.30pm
All year round
Rent a Bike Seville offers only one type of bike: a foldable bicycle. The good thing is that it’s very light and you can park it everywhere. But the downside is that the wheels are smaller than those of a regular one, so you’ll need to pedal a little bit more.
You can either rent a bicyle directly at the shop or you can do it online (only in Spanish). If you do so, they’ll arrange everything to deliver and pick up the bicycles at your accommodation.
This bike on rent company organizes daily guided tours around the city both in English and Spanish. You can pick any of the 6 routes they offer, and there’s even a night tour in spring and summer. All tours last 3h approximately and only 2 people are necessary to book a tour.
Tips: If you book online you get better rates. If you show up at the tour starting point with your own bicycle you get a discount.
Address: Av. Kansas City, s/n (at Santa Justa train station, next to the baggage consignment)
Telephone: 955-514-110 and 678-457-878 (mobile)
Monday to Friday – 9am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9.30am to 2pm and 4.30pm to 8pm
Apart from the usual bicycles (regular and mountain), you can also rent a folding or an electric bike. In general, prices are a little bit more expensive than other companies but it’s a good option if you arrive to Seville by train. Additionally, BiciBike take your bags to your accommodation or, if you prefer, they can deliver the bikes themselves!
BiciBike has both guided-monitor (3h approx.) and audio guided tours as well. Actually, you can chose from 6 different routes and there is a tour every day. Plus, you’ll get an extra discount if you bring your own bicycle.
Tip: Have a look at the exclusive group price of the guided tour if you are 6 people travelling.
Quique Cicle (only in Spanish)
Address: Av. Menendez Pelayo, 11
Telephone: 954-536-017 or 639-513-579 (mobile)
Monday to Friday – 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm
Saturday – 10am to 2pm
A very cool feature of Quique Cicle is that you can rent a tandem or a mountain bike, apart from a regular one. They organize guided tours as well but the offer changes often so you need to check with the staff at the shop.
Tip: They offer a map of Seville’s bike paths when you rent a bicycle.
Address: c/ Arjona, 8
Telephone: 954-562-625 or 677-658-317 (mobile)
The tours are available from Monday to Friday and you’ll need to book it if you intend to do it on a weekend. There are daily tours in the morning but you can also book it for the afternoon if it suits you best.
Tip: You can also arrange a private tour or even go for a roller blading tour! Students and children have a special tariff.
Once you leave the bike on rent shop, make sure that you take enough precautions to avoid theft. Unfortunately, bicycles have become so popular in Seville that thieves have increased their offenses considerably. No one wants a bad surprise while on holidays!
I recommend you to use Ride the City if you want to spend a few minutes planning your route and schedule. It’s the best platform online and all the information is up to date.
If you happen to have a Spanish credit card, you can also use Sevici, the bike on rent service provided by Seville’s City Hall. Stations are scattered everywhere in Seville making it a useful and convenient service. On top of it, rates are very competitive.