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English - Barcelona Hen Do Spanish - Despedidas de soltera y soltero en Barcelona French - EVJF et EVG à Barcelone

Running in Barcelona

If you are very fervent in keeping yourself fit and active, especially practicing running and you are in the city of Barcelona, then you are in the ideal place. The best way to discover any city is by running around it. There are different fascinating places for you to enjoy running while having a superb view of the Catalan city itself. In this article, we will explore several places for you to enjoy. You relax while we take the pain and hassle in letting you know some of the best spot to experience your running adventure. I encourage you to read on to realize the running path to give you a perfect fit.

Modernism Route

If you are a beginner when it comes to running, then the Modernism Route may be your ideal spot. This route goes through the plain terrain and without obstruction. Running and having no feel of the environment is like having electricity in your room, but unable to use it. The main attraction for this route for you to enjoy is the incomparable cultural value and affords you the opportunity to see some of the modernist buildings within the city such as La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Palau de la Música, Casa Batllo and many others.

Montjuïc, the Olympic mountain

This is not for learners, but if you want to challenge yourself, give this a try. To have a better physical shape, then you need to run through this route. It runs via the facilities made for the Olympics in 1992. This is why this area is regarded as the Olympic mountain. Following this path, afford you the benefit of enjoying the marvelous views of Barcelona, but you have to be fully prepared for the constant ups and downs. That is why I said, if you want a better physical shape, this route is a must. For professional riders, they enjoy doing their practice running through it and at the same time discerning the Montjuic Castle, the mythical Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi, Plaza España and the impressive fountains.

Diagonal Avenue

You can catch a glimpse of it all through the name. It cuts across the city in a diagonal manner. Runners are given the choice of choosing from the East Zone, which goes through the Agbar Tower and view the last urban transformation of the city of Barcelona. This path has new neighborhoods, cities like Poble Nou and the Diagonal Mar. it also leads to the Forum, which has a wide space perfect to practice your running. The Parc de Cervantes, Palau de Pedralbes and the University area, which runs to the West Area of Diagonal Avenue and makeup this route. This route has fewer traffic lights and great sidewalks rendering it the best for your running activity in Barcelona. Additionally, if you are a football freak like me, you have the opportunity to behold the FC. Barcelona Camp Nou stadium, the place where history has been made and rewritten


Sea lovers that choose this running route will run below the legendary Arc de Triomf, will know the paths of Parc de la Ciutadella and will cross the popular seaside neighborhood of Barceloneta. They may also see the W Hotel, one of the last landmarks of the city.

Barcelona from the sea

What better way to enjoy the fresh air of the Mediterranean, the sun and the sea, than practicing running? Barcelona offers a unique route for that, from the tower of Vila Olímpica and the marina to the Forum. For the more adventurous individuals, there is always the possibility of a dip at the end of the tour.

While you enjoy your running, you can also relinquish the fresh Mediterranean air, sea and the sun. From the Forum Park to the Hotel W and back you have 10 km of open sidewalks and boardwalks. You will undoubtedly find a quite number of runners doing their thing per square meter in Barcelona. This isn’t done during the morning and evening, but every hour of the day.

The Heart of Poble Nou

Want to get a different view of the city of Barcelona, the Heart of Poble nou is another place to run and keep fit. You can begin your race from the city’s newest icon, the Agbar Tower and explore the neighborhood, which is only known by the locals. There are thousands upon thousands of things to see through Poble Nou, from the art in Vila Casas Foundation to the high technology located at the 22 district. The Art Noveau buildings coverts Barcelona to be a smart city. If the sun is too hot for you, relax because the shade of the trees of Rambla del Poble nou got you covered. At the end of your running, you can cool down yourself with a chilled bottle of beer at any terraces of your choice.

So from the beautiful coastline, beachfront and the boardwalks gives Barcelona the perfect destination for fitness devotee, from keen first timers to avid runners. Head directly to Barceloneta beach to have fun with a seafront run, lap from the W hotel on one side and Passeig Maritim to the other. But if your wish is to do a prolong running then you can keep it up from the Passeig Maritim to the Passeig del Bogatell all loaded with wonderful beachfront views. In addition to the beautiful weather of Barcelona, the footpaths are always busy with tourist at the day. Instead of being disturbed, the early morning run may be the best for you to start your day on a good note. Don’t like mornings? Then try out the evening and there is no excuse to stop you from not having an adventurous time in Barcelona.

Now you are well informed about the different routes to carry out your running practice, take your perfect footwear and run out the wonders of the city of Barcelona. As you enjoy the city, don’t forget to let others know of your discovery.

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Enrique Camba

- CEO of Events Marketing Group, an events agency based in Barcelona
- Event organiser since 2011
- Entrepreneur, SEO specialist and web designer since 2003