Lace-up as its time to run to the old fortress of Barcelona and reward yourself with some of the best views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea.
This running tour starts at Plaça d’Espanya, one of the biggest squares in Spain and the largest in Barcelona, which once signified the end of the urban area and the beginning of the road to Madrid.
We venture through the area which was mostly urbanized for the International Expo that took place in Barcelona in 1929 and was supposed to only be temporary. However, the local rule decided to keep them as they were so incredibly beautiful. So while you run here, don’t forget to take in the amazing buildings from the early 1900s.
The Montjuic Hill has lots of ground to offer and thankfully the city has made excellent use of it. Here we have the German Pavillion by Mies van der Rohe, the “magic fountain” – worth a visit in the evening -, the MNAC (Catalonia’s National Museum of Art), the Royal Palace… and many other attractions like Miro’s Foundation, the Olympic Museum, the Archeological Museum, along with lots of green, trails, and gardens.
As we continue our run (and ascend – expect a few extra heart beats per minute) we first reach the Olympic area where the highlights are the Telefónica tower, the Sant Jordi’s pavilion and the Olympic Stadium. The stadium, with its Olympic flame at the side, was “recycled” from 1929 in order to host the 1992 Olympics. Here is your chance to feel like an Olympian as the 1992 Olympic marathon finish line was right here.
We are not at the top of Montjuic Hill yet, so we won’t stop here. After running upwards a little longer, we will arrive at the very top, where the Montjuic castle overlooks the sea and the harbour. Nowadays this is a really enjoyable area but this was never a princess’ paradise…just the opposite, repression and torture are linked to these ancient walls. Built during the mid XVIII century to have the citizens under control, it also served during and after the Civil War as a jail where political prisoners were tortured and killed.
On that morbid note, its time to head downwards. On our way down, we cannot miss a beautiful garden with breathtaking views over the city: Miramar. Its name says it all: “sea view”.
This running tour is perfect if you want to enjoy incredible views as well as dive into the history of Barcelona and breathe in the city’s Olympic history as well. And of course also if you are ready for a bit of uphill running. The hill is 185m high so don’t be scared off and also don’t forget there is no shame in suggesting a “photo stop” 🙂
What are you waiting for? Come and let’s discover Montjuic together.