Where to Run in Barcelona: Our 5 Favorite Running Routes

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a casual jogger, Barcelona is a runner’s paradise. The city offers a diverse range of scenic routes that cater to all fitness levels. From the bustling promenades of the beachfront to the tranquil paths of Montjuïc, discover the best spots to lace up your running shoes and experience the beauty of Barcelona on the move.

In this article, we’ll share some of our favorite running routes in Barcelona, to help you get started. From flat, short routes in parks that are perfect for beginners and after-work runs, to lonver urban and rural routes perfect for training longer distances. We tried to find something for everyone, and we hope you find this guide useful. 

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1. An easy running route at Parc de la Ciutadella

This famous park lies in the heart of Barcelona’s old quarter, the Ciutat Vella. If you’ve recently taken up running, or are looking for an easy run that is perfect for all members of the family, this is your ideal place.

Its dirt-sand tracks and flat surfaces make this an easy route for beginners. The route around the entire park is a total of 2 km. What’s more, there are many grassy areas where you can stop and take a break if needed. Let’s get running!

2. Run with a view at Carretera de les Aigües and Collserola National Park

This is one of the most well-known running spots in Barcelona, and when you get there you’ll understand why. Get ready for breath-taking views over the city and pure nature, approximately 30 minutes from the center of this cosmopolitan city.

This route can be adapted to all levels, with a total distance of almost 20 km there and back. The running route is almost all flat and is popular with runners, cyclists and dog walkers.

For those seeking a bit more of adventure, head on over to the Collserola National Park for some mountainous trail running routes in the heart of nature.

3. Urban running route at Avinguda Diagonal

If you’re a runner who gets inspired by urban trails, Diagonal is sure to have the route for you. The entire distance of one of Barcelona’s most famous streets has wide walkways and room for cyclists, pedestrians and runners. No matter where you start from, it is well equipped to run in Barcelona.

For a 3 km running route, we recommend starting in Les Corts, from Francesc Macià and ending at Parc Cervantes, with its beautiful rose gardens and stunning views.

Another option for a run in Barcelona is to start at Francesc Macià and head down towards Glòries and the Torre Agbar with a total distance of 4 km to stretch your legs.

4. A coastline running route along the Passeig Marítim

Why not start or end the day with a run along Barcelona’s stunning coastline. This seaside promenade has ample space for runners, cyclists, skaters and dog walkers.

The best running trail starts from Barcelona and ends at el Fórum. You will pass the beaches of Puerto Olímpico, Bogatell and Mar Bella among others. This run is a total of 10 km approximately if you run there and back. So lace up your shoes and enjoy the sea breeze!

5. Run by a Gaudi masterpiece at Parc Güell

Another option to run in Barcelona is at the beautiful Parc Güell in Gràcia. What better way to get your dose of fresh air, than surrounded by nature and some of Gaudí’s masterpieces?

This park offers great routes and marvellous views over the city. Bear in mind that it is located in the upper part of the city and is perhaps more suitable for experienced runners. Be prepared to climb many a hill on this run!

Make the most of your run in Barcelona and plan ahead by choosing one of our running routes. We also recommend using Google Maps to check your route before starting. What’s more, remember to take a water bottle with you and apply sunscreen regardless of the time of year.

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