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 an in-person guided running experience in Barcelona, we highly recommend our friends at 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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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.

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