I just travelled down to Barcelona for the long weekend over Easter. Like many people it is one of my favourite European cities, with a warm climate year-round, plenty of fun things to see and do, and an unbeatable number of (cheap) cafes and restaurants with amazing food.
Of course it also has some great places to run, and I found three different routes which all had something unique. Here was where I ran to, and three places I can highly recommend:
1. Run to the Park Guell
The Park Güell is a public park composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, part of the mountain range of Collserola. It displays Gaudi´s work and has brilliant views back down over Barcelona. Although you have to navigate your way through the inner city streets to get there, it is worth the effort!
2. Run along playa del la mar bella
It wouldn´t feel like Barcelona unless you ran along the beach. It can get pretty crowded through Barceloneta but is still worth running along the harbour initially to take in the atmosphere. If you keep running towards El Poble Nou you will find a boulevard running along the coast where you can enjoy the sunshine and views of the ocean. Just watch out for other tourists on segways.
3. Run to Montjuïc Castle
For another great viewpoint (and yes another uphill run) you should go to Montjuic castle. Running through Poble sec will get you to the base of the hill and then you need to wind your way up from there. You will run through the botanic gardens, and end up at the castle at the top with another perspective of Barcelona and another great lookout point. If in doubt about the route, follow the cable car!
Have you been running in Barcelona? Where else would you recommend?