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Running in Barcelona

Running in Barcelona

It seems like there´s no limit to how popular running (or as the locals say ¨footing¨) can be. In the last few years, the number of runners and road races in barcelona have increased significantly. Almost every neighborhood has its own race, normally  10 km (some also offer a 5 km option). The official marathon of Barcelona takes place in March every year. Read more about the Barcelona Marathon. Two other very popular events are the “Cursa de Bombers” and the “Cursa el Corte Inglés”.


Favourite routes: 

Carretera de les Aigües:

Located in the natural park Collserola, this 17km dirt track goes from Esplugas to Tibidabo, with plenty of access points from Sarría, Bonanova and Pedralbes. Due to its length you get a great variety of routes so that you don´t get bored by always taking the same way. In general, the closer you get to Esplugas, the fewer people (and dogs) you are bound to meet, especially during the weekends. From Carretera de les Aigües you have some of the nicest views of Barcelona and the air is much cleaner than in the downtown.


Ciutadella Park: 

Located in the heart of the city of Barcelona, Ciutadella is a nice green spot for those who prefer running on dirt. It is known as the “lungs of Barcelona”. There is one marked circuit of 2.135 meters but you can also easily do your own thing, since there are many lanes to choose between. The best time to visit Ciutadella Park is in the early morning or evening, as it is normally crowded during day-time, especially during the summer. If you´re looking for accommodation near the park, check out our Apartments in El Born.


Montjüic also offers several circuits, both on dirt and asphalt. Depending on the path you choose you can run into cultural hotspots like the Castle of Montjüic, National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Calatrava Tower, the Olympic stadium or the Olympic pools. At various spots you will also have some fantastic views over Barcelona. To stay near Montjüic, take a look at our Apartments in Sants-Montjüic.



This urban circuit goes from Plaza Francesc Macià to the Cervantes Park, where Diagonal ends. One way is 3.530 meters long. There are plenty of traffic lights and the surface of the road is asphalt.

Diagonal Mar:

This 2.600 meter circuit goes from Plaza del Glories ´until the end of Diagonal, where the beaches begins. You can either go back and forth or continue along the sea. This part of Diagonal is newer and nicer, with fewer obstacles than the part uptown. If you´re looking for accommodation in this very peaceful area of Barcelona, check out our Apartments in Diagonal Mar.


Parc Güell:

Parc Guell offers not only fresh air, calm condition hidden from the rush of a city and various grades of a route, but also cultural delight alongside the running activity. The 2,5 kilometres long route will take care about good feeling after completing it, as you will also need to give affort to handle all the parts. At the end, make stop at famous terrace with one of the best view on the city!

Along the sea, from Forum to the W Hotel:

If you run there and back you have a nice 10km route. You can either run in the sand on the beach or on the asphalt promenade alongside it. Just like in the park Ciutadella, the best hour is early morning or evening. A big plus is that you can take a refreshing swim once you have finished.


Do not hesitate to visit our blog or guide to gain more inspiration and information from various topics from Barcelona!

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