Where To Go Running In Barcelona: Best Routes
Do you want to start a sports routine running through the great city of Barcelona? This city has the perfect climate for all outdoor sports, including running! As well as its many parks, there is a lot of space to run all over the city. Also, if you want to enjoy the best parts of the city by riding a bike, it is also possible!
There are a lot of running options in Barcelona, you can opt to run near downtown hotels and the convention center, or you can go to the most popular places such as the Montjuic area and Ciutadella Park. It would be a fun run doing it in Barcelona’s most famous streets and sites, but you have to take into account that these places are always overcrowded so it is best to run early.
Another option is to get up into the hills, going for example to Parc Collserola which has great views of the iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral. So, if you prefer running in the mountains or in the hills, Barcelona has great public transport so it is easy to go far away to run.
The Best 4 Routes to run in Barcelona
Ciutadella Park is very accessible and is centrally located. It is a green space full of light that you will love to see while you are running. It includes a small lake, museums, and a large fountain designed by Josep Fontserè. The trails are easy and very pretty, with some lovely vegetation. It is about 1 mile around the perimeter of the park.
You can start the run nearby at the Olympic port, it is an easy route with some paths around the Port, the World Trade Center or along the waterfront. You can follow the route to Arc de Triomf, where it can be a little more tiresome than in the Park, taking into account that the Park is relatively flat.
Waterfront / Barcelona beach
Fancy a dip after the race? This is one of the best places to run in Barcelona. Barcelona’s waterfront was significantly redeveloped for the 1992 Olympics and is now one of the city’s highlights. There is an awesome running right along the water with easy access from many downtown hotels and the convention center. The main run along the water is about 3 miles.
There is another option that combines Les Ramblas and the Waterfront. This is a 9-mile run that includes the famous 1-mile down Les Ramblas from the Plaça de Catalunya to the water. And then, you can take the waterfront run.
This route is one of the longest, since this street is one of the longest streets in Barcelona. It is a very wide street that includes bike paths in both directions and plenty of space on the pavement for both pedestrians and runners.
We recommend the section running from the plaza de Glòries to the Fòrum, which takes 5.5 km. On the other hand, it is also possible to run the section between Passeig Sant Joan and the Fòrum that takes 9 km.
There is no excuse, this route is very accessible and you can get there by metro (L1, Metro Glòries or L4,L5, Metro Verdaguer).
Carretera de les Aigües/Parc de Collserola
Collserola Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and it is easily reachable by public transport. There is a very popular route named Carretera de les Aigües where there are great views of the city, the Gaudi cathedral, and the Mediterranean.
It is one of the most popular routes for runners of Barcelona so you cannot miss this experience. It is a flat track, unpaved, in the mountains, with great views of Barcelona and with no traffic lights. Running without worrying about the road is magnificent.
To arrive there you can take the S1 or S2 lines to El Peu del Funicular and then the funicular. You can then join the path headed in either direction, it is 4.85 miles one-way, and fairly flat. You have to consider that it can get crowded and that there are many other trails in the park for running.