“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of.”
Who said that you have to leave your work-out life behind when traveling? Once a runner, always a runner! We’ve chosen our 5 favorite routes out of the more than 23 routes for runners that you’ll find in beautiful Barcelona. Put on your trainers and get ready to keep in shape while exploring the city!
1. Carretera de les Aigues (Water road)
Located in the Collserola Mountain (where the Tibidabo is). This dirt road route isn’t very hard to do as it’s mostly flat and without many slopes, making it a great option for beginners (even though it’s medium difficulty).
Make it fun: Collserola Mountain has won the award for “Best view for sunrises and sunsets” by Spanish Trails office! So what about going for a run really early in the morning, or in the late afternoon? They say exercising can be really rewarding and we just can’t think of a better prize 😉
Distance: 9km – 5.6 miles.
2. By the Mediterranean Sea
You love the ocean, you have Barceloneta in your to-see list and you’ve read somewhere that Barcelona has more than one beach, and they are all fantastic. Put all those together and you have an awesome, entertaining run alongside beach! Perfect for the autumn season and for some ocean breeze love.
Distance: 10km – 6.2 miles
3. Parc de la Ciutadella
The perfect route for beginners! This is also one of the most common running routes of the city. It’s one of the few places you can run on the ground inside the city, as its location is filled with natural gardens. Oh, and it is right next to the Barcelona Zoo.
You can start your route at any of the entrances of the park, but the most common one starts on the Rius i Taulet monument entrance as it’s got one of the prettiest perspectives of Barcelona.
Distance: 2 – 3 km. 1.2 – 1.8 miles.
4. Up the mountain
(Photo: Francisco Martins)
You should definitely see Montjuic during your time in Barcelona, but the running route is only for experienced runners. This is the hardest route from this list and it lasts approximately one hour, depending on the rhythm between the hills (yes, hills). It is amazingly quiet though, and you’ll be surprised on how much nature one can find right in the middle of Barcelona.
Is this your choice? Bra-vo! Start the route in Plaça d’Espanya, going through the Mies van der Rohe Pavillion and the CaixaFórum building.
Distance: 10 – 12 km. 6.2 – 7.5 miles.
5. Urban Daily Route
(Photo: SH Barcelona)
If you feel like running but don’t want to commit too much time or effort, this is the route for you. Diagonal Street is the longest street of the city, and while running it at least once is a must for running aficionados, you can easily stop wherever you feel like and go back to the traveler mode. Also, you can keep running inside the Cervantes Park, which is open until 10 pm every day and it’s got the most beautiful gardens.
This route is on the paved ground and it’s mostly very flat. The only downside is that it’s got traffic lights every once in awhile and you’ll be forced to stop for a few minutes. When it happens, just look up and admire the city’s stunning façades!
Distance: 8km – 5 miles.
And if you are a hiker, don’t forget to check our Adventure & Hiking Day Trips!
Cover photo: Lefties Barcelona