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Barcelona is sport
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A city on the move
Who says that urban tourism only consists of walking around and discovering the architecture, art, food and people? True enough, there are few cities like Barcelona that have such a wide range of sporting activities on offer, free or for a fee, municipal or private, regulated or not, and open to everyone. The people of Barcelona like doing sport, of course, but visitors to the city can also enjoy and get to know the city doing a little physical activity.
Surely the great weather has something to do with it too, as well as the natural spaces like the beaches and mountains, and the wealth of associations it has. The fact is that Barcelona has always been linked to sport. There are hundred-year-old tennis, swimming, sailing and rambling clubs, and the 1992 Olympic Games was a major boost. The possibilities are endless: from walks in the woods of the Collserola mountain range, to running circuits that test your athletic prowess. In fact, there are even routes that let you get to know the city's old quarter while you run. And Barcelona certainly runs. It is a city known for its fun runs, like the Cursa de Bombers (firemen), the Cursa de la Dona (women), the Cursa de la Mercè (festival) and the Cursa dels Nassos (noses). It swims too. Barcelona's beaches are open all year round, and every neighbourhood has a swimming pool where you can do a few lengths under a roof. If you prefer to get to know the city from the sea, and go a little further, there are sailing, canoeing and kayaking courses. Skateboard lovers will find truly excellent skateparks and tracks where they can do this ultimate urban sport. And, of course, there is also the option of getting around the city in a healthy way, because Barcelona has a network of almost 200 km of bike lanes.
And that's not all. You can also enjoy sport in the city from the stands, at the many sports facilities in Barcelona used by its many sporting associations. You can even enjoy sport from a comfy cinema seat because every year the city holds BCN Sports Film, an international film festival dedicated to the world of sport.Close the expanded main text block
Although Barcelona offers opportunities for outdoor sports, the Catalan capital is also a paradise for fitness and guided activity enthusiasts. A wide range of sports facilities offering specific activities can be found in every neighbourhood.
The city on foot
Barcelona invites you to stroll sedately round it but anyone who wants to walk at a smarter pace can follow the urban routes through emblematic locations, or sign up for the fun walks that are held each month, some of which have the added attraction of taking place at night.
“Barcelona corre”, Barcelona runs, is a free Apple app that brings together 23 unique running routes in the city. They are sorted by district, theme and degree of difficulty. Totally suitable for beginners.
In Barcelona's parks and main avenues, you can follow routes that invite you to move your legs, either running or walking. There are around 10, from 700 m to 9 km in length. They are signposted and include practical advice. There are also exercise routes designed for older people.
At full sail
If you fancy skipping over the beach to experience the sea from within, you are in the right place. Barcelona has three marinas and several sailing schools. There are day-long courses and various options to choose.
With Mar Bella as a backdrop
Barcelona attracts urban sportspeople from all around the world. It has recently constructed urban sports parks, like Mar Bella, a great place for skateboarding and acrobatic BMXing with its two ramps plus a skate pool next to the sea, and the Áurea Cuadrado Gardens, specially designed for urban sports.
The most cosmopolitan volleyball
Nova Icària Beach, next to the Port Olímpic marina and almost half a kilometre long, is an iconic spot for beach volleyball enthusiasts, with two courts to play on.
The most tranquil volleyball
Llevant Beach, the last in the city, is one of the calmest. There is a place to play volleyball next to the breakwater separating it from Nova Mar Bella Beach. Although it is a long way from the centre, it is easy to reach by public transport.
The culers' ground
Located in the Les Corts neighbourhood, the Camp Nou football stadium is synonymous with guaranteed entertainment. Watching Barça play is a truly worthwhile xperience. The club, founded in the 19th century, stirs the passions of its fervent supporters.
Racquet in hand
Hundred-year-old clubs, Olympic facilities, the rise of padel tennis and international competitions. It is a good time for racquet sport in the city. Public and private centres offer a wide range of activities aimed at the general public, in keeping with the traditions of Barcelona's sporting life.
Pedal on a track
The Horta velodrome is the only place in Barcelona where you can do track cycling. It is wooden-clad and has a 250 m black line. There are 50 fixed-gear bikes which can be used for cycling. Trial and BMX biking can also be done here.
The city by bike
The bike has established itself in Barcelona, with a bike lane network of around 200 km that crosses the city from north to south and east to west. It is clean and safe, because the bike lanes are separated from other traffic. And in the Collserola range there is a ronda verda, a green route for cycling surrounded by nature.