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“Renting a scooter in Barcelona”

Via Vespa Rent a scooter
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Owner description: If you want something different, something unique and something original, Via Vespa is probably the best way for you to discover the authentic city of Barcelona. Surprise your friends, family or girlfriend with a ride along the beach or the hills on a real Vespa. We also offer some guided tours. But just tell us what you want to see or visit, and we design your own personalized tour!
New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Renting a scooter in Barcelona”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

My partner uses crutches, so normally we make do with brief walking and taxis. Barcelona, though, with its great Barrio Gotico and other pedestrain spaces doesn't lend itself to this strategy. We walked out of our hotel and headed into El Born anyway, but walked by Via Vespa and said, wait a minute. No reserving or waiting, a brief introduction, two helmets and we were off on our little red scooter. The shop was clean and neat and paperwork was two minutes. The amazing bit was how easy it was to use the vespa and travel at really low speeds - really walking speeds - and move through crowds. Not that I'd recommend this for everyone, but with a handicap, a chair or 4 wheel electric scooter is going to create a crowd problem anyway. The vespa was narrow, super easy to modulate, and with both feet out it was easy to cover ground. In fact, after we met friends for a tour and then a restaurant, we took off to Sagrada Familia. Here, a real benefit over a chair or handicap scooter: we could use the streets. Cars and buses were incredibly indulgent of us (maybe they knew a gringo was driving and the crutches dangling over the side were another giveaway) and we had no problem navigating the streets (my partner navigated with her iphone). In all via vespa provided a great opportunity and a great service. Kudos!

Visited June 2013
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Tecumseh, Canada
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“Riding Vespas in Barcelona Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

The absolute most unbelievable way to see Barcelona! We had a great guide, we took the Tibadabo tour with lunch. Fantastic lunch can't say enough good things about this day. So glad we did it. Just go to Via Vespa for info. Booked on line everything was great.

Visited May 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Fantastic way to experience Barcelona!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

We did a tour with Via Vespa in Barcelona during the summer of 2011 and absolutely loved it. The owner is a very nice guy, he and the tour guide really went out of their way to accomodate us. Resulting in a wonderful afternoon spent in Barcelona, seeing a ton of different interesting places. We totally reccomend Via Vespa to tour around the city! You will enjoy it very much, as did we :-)

Visited April 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Via Vespa - An amazing start to our week in Barcelona”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

My girlfriend and I are American teachers living in Germany. This past week was our spring break and I surprised her by booking a tour with Via Vespa without telling her. When we walked up to Via Vespa's garage near the Parc de la Ciutadella she was so surprised when we saw the shiny red Vespas parked out front. This was an incredible way to start our trip. When we got there the staff at the desk took our information, as well as a deposit (returned to us at the end of the tour) and fitted us with helmets. As others have mentioned, the bikes are well maintained and when mine had trouble starting the staff quickly swapped it for me and we were soon on our way.

Via Vespa has a variety of guided tours or you can rent the Vespas to take around town yourself. I booked online in advance and arranged for a guided tapas tour. Janos (if we've spelled his name wrong we apologize!), our guide was very organized and a great resource. He was very considerate about our comfort right away and made sure we had the right clothing on. One of us didn't have gloves and he lent us a pair (it was a little chilly in April). He also came prepared with extra gear if we needed it for rain, etc. He was excited and friendly and said right away, "we're going to have fun today." We were so excited. The tour took us all over the city and we really felt we got our money's worth. We weaved in and out of narrow streets in the Gothic Quarter, scooted down along the shore for a great view of the sea, navigated traffic on the broad, wide boulevards of the modern parts of town, and saw many of Gaudi's masterpieces. Our guide knew we'd want to stop off at places and take pictures, and he was very accommodating in that regard. The tour made stops at some well selected tapas places and the food and drink was included which delighted and surprised us. Our guide was knowledgeable about the food as well and made some great selections. If you have any dietary restrictions, just communicate this to Via Vespa and they will gladly accommodate. The tour took us all over Barça and culminated in a dramatic climb up Montjuïc for a panoramic view of the city.

Driving a scooter is not quite as easy as it looks. My girlfriend and I are experienced riders, but beginners may need a few practice laps around the block to get used to the bike. Barca traffic might be overwhelming for some, but for the fearless and adventurous, this is the perfect way to see the city.

Visited April 2013
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Leigh on Sea
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“Fantastic Barcelona overview and great fun !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Hubby and I booked this only about 3 days before travelling . They were really friendly and accommodating . We booked the 6 hour private guided tour and had a blast . Our guide was excellent company and we really enjoyed getting an alternative insight into the city . We had lunch in the hills overlooking Barcelona and experienced a truly memorable day . we took a scooter each which I would recommend for the journeys into the hills ! Scooters were late and in good condition. After a day with via Vespa we were able to spend four further chilled days in Barcelona being tourists at a pleasurable lazy pace . Highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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