Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain is one of Europe’s most popular tourist and conference destinations. The city is a fabulous mix of a preserved gothic quarter, modern, fashion-oriented development, accessible waterfront and beautiful parks on the outskirts. There are some terrific running options near downtown hotels and the convention center. The absolute “musts” are along the waterfont/beach, the Montjuic area, and Ciutadella Park. A good opportunity for a long, seamless run is along the Besós River, from the waterfront west for up to 10k. It’s also fun to do a “tourist run”, which includes some of Barcelona’s most famous streets and sites — but they get crowded so it’s best to run early. Another ‘must’ is to get up into the hills, mainly Parc Collserola, which in addition to fabulous trail running, has great views of the eight-spired, iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral. Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Barcelona, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours

Barcelona has great public transport, so it’s easy to do a run one-way and hop the bus or metro. The metro also takes you to Parc Collserola.

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La Rambla & Passeig de Gràcia

Barcelona, Spain

Popular tree-lined pedestrian mall stretching for 1.2 km between Plaça de Catalunya and Christopher Columbus Monument. Gets crowded, go early! We've put together a 6 km route that adds P. de Gràcia and Rambla Catalunya, all pedestrian friendly!

Barcelona Major Sites

Barcelona, Spain

A 6-mile “runseeing” tour of some of Barcelona’s architectural and cultural highlights. Sagrada Familia, Eixample area, Passeig de Gracia, Modern Art Museum, the university, Arc de Triomf, and the National Theater. Wide streets and pedestrian paths.

Barcelona Gothic Quarter

Barcelona, Spain

The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Design your own route through the labyrinthine streets and squares. It gets crowded, so best to go early. Fun at night too! Can combine with La Rambla and waterfront running.

Ciutadella Park

Barcelona, Spain

Easily accessible park, home to the Barcelona Zoo rounds, Parliament of Catalonia, a small lake, museums, and a large fountain. Nicely landscaped paths, and a nice run along the grand walkway to the Ard de Triomf. Can combine with waterfront paths & linear park.

Montjuïc and More

Barcelona, Spain

An epic run to the Montjuïc castle, botanical gardens, Olympic complex, & more. Follow our 11 km mapped route around the area, or see our suggestions for numerous other options. Hilly, with lots of stairs if you want them!

Besós River Run

Barcelona, Spain

One of the best opportunities for a long, traffic-free run near the heart of Barcelona. It's nearly 10km from the waterfront to Moncada y Reixach. Options include a dedicated road-side path above the river, or a dirt/grass path alongside the river.

barcelona-weatherBarcelona weather is good for running. Winters are relatively mild, with temps rarely falling below freezing. Summers can be hot, but tolerable. Air pollution can be an issue in the city. Try to run early. Beach area often has better air.

There are hundreds of hotels all over Barcelona with a huge range of styles and pricing options. For the best running options “out your door”, try to stay within a mile or two from the waterfront and Parc de la Ciutadella — basically inside of Avenue Diagonal. The Montjuic area is a 1–2 miles west of Las Ramblas.

The best dedicated running stores are Bikila, near Parc de Ciutadell, and Deportes Atlata Domingo Catalán near the Montjuic area. There are also several stores associated with the running shoe companies — New Balance has an ‘experience store’, and there are also Puma, Asics, and Adidas stores. See map above.


Group runs from the stores are not as prevalent as in some U.S. cities. There are a couple of companies that do running tours that need to be booked:

Sunrise Runners Barcelona has free group runs 4 days a week along the coast, starting at Barceloneta, 7am.  Join them for a run and a coffee afterward! Info…

Barcelona Casual Runners. Meetup with group runs Tuesday & Thursday 8pm at the Parc de la Ciutadella.

Running Tours Barcelona. Wonderful selection of guided runs. Highly rated.

Barcelona 360 Running Tours

Here’s a great calendar (in Spanish) of running events in Barcelona and elsewhere in the area.

Barcelona Marathon. March. Over 17,000 runners. New course is that is “flat, fast, scenic,”says race secretary Carmen Ruiz.

Barcelona Half Marathon. May.

Cursa del Corte Ingles. May. One of the world’s largest running events. Similar to the Bay to Breakers run. 12k.

The Nike Firefighters 10-K (April) attracts about 5,000 runners.

Cursa de la Merce Half-Marathon and 5-K. September are part of the city’s annual 4-day, wine-and-cheese festival