By: Hanneke R.
As a Dutch person I was born with two wheels, uh I mean legs of course, and most of the time I use them for cycling. Madrid is no Amsterdam and don’t get me started about the challenging heights in the city, but at least you should give it a try and see this beautiful city when riding a bike.
Perhaps you have already seen big bikes painted on the streets? That is going to be your spot in traffic when you are riding a bike in Madrid. You can go from the newer areas of the city the oldest part of town in only 10 minutes cycling. Meanwhile you will pass by the Royal Palace and other historical sites of interest. If you don’t want to take this challenge on your own the team of Bravo Bike can guide you around the city. We will even show you the little hidden street where the Dutch Santa Claus is living when he is not busy bringing presents to the kids in Holland. Yes, the tradition of San Nicolas goes further back then Santa Claus and one of the churches to celebrating this good old man, is located in the middle of Madrid.
In the “street of the elbow” right in between Plaza de la Villa and Plaza Mayor we can even get off the bike for a second and knock on the door of the nuns who sell you their famous cookies. If you are new to the city you will get the chance to see the oldest and most famous squares like Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol on these tours. But we can also show you where the local people go to eat the churros con chocolate in the neighbourhood ‘Cortes’ instead of the famous San Gines (which is also really good if you ask me).
Bravo Bikes adapts to the pace of each group, but we make also sure we cover at least the most important neighbourhoods in Madrid. After challenging you with with a small climb we will reward you with a good café con leche during the winter, or a fresh cold beer in the summer during our break.
After taking in some fresh air in the beautiful Retiro we will cycle back through the neighbourhood of Chueca, where you need to go back to have some tapas at “ El Sexto” and buy delicious pastries at Mama Framboise. And where you discover there is a Gaudi look a like building, which is not by Gaudi but actually by José Grases Riera who inspired the great Gaudi. Last but not least, we will cycle through the little cozy streets of Malasaña, the neighbourhood where you find that the “man buns” and nose piercings are plentiful and where you can have coffee with fresh milk on almost every corner.
I say let’s fight the pollution and and bike in Madrid every chance we get!
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