Get ready for 14 km of all that Barcelona has to offer. Beautiful sea views, UNESCO World Heritage sites, Modernism, Olympic history and the small hidden eateries and bars that only a local knows.
This tour is circular, so we can start at any point of the tour, but why not meet at the classical Barcelona meeting point? Plaça de Catalunya is in the heart of the city, a big square (well, actually it’s round…) with fountains, statues, and where the famous Ramblas begin its journey down to the sea. If you run this tour early in the morning, we will be able to run down Ramblas without being hindered by the crowds and as we meet the sea, we will (hopefully) enjoy the sunrise above the water. Breathtaking!
On this XL running tour, we will enjoy some kilometres along the beach, running along the waterfront, with its magnificent views of the sea! From the W hotel, a 99 meters high sail-shaped building we will reach the bright new breakwater, some of the city beaches, the night-club area and we will reach the Fish sculpture, made for the 1992 Olympic Games next to the Casino and the Olympic harbour.
After these relaxing kilometres, we will go on along the “Barceloneta’s” narrow streets, where you can still see the traditional tapas-restaurants that were once concentrated here in the “fisher’s neighbourhood”. After a while we will find ourselves running through the old town, experiencing the Santa Maria del Mar church (please, if you haven’t done yet, read the book “Cathedral of the Sea”), the city hall, the Cathedral (I know, it can be confusing; we have 3 very important churches, all popularly known as “cathedrals”, even if only one is a real cathedral; the other two are Basilicas -Santa Maria del Mar and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia-).
We will leave the old town along the most expensive street in Spain, and head to the most beautiful avenues in “Eixample”, up along Passeig de Gràcia, which hosts luxury shops, 5-star hotels and gems of Catalan modernistic buildings, among them, Gaudi’s “Casa Batlló” and “La Pedrera”, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will continue down along Rambla de Catalunya, a beautiful avenue with many cafés and outdoor seating. After 14 solid kilometres we finish the tour, leaving you with a mix of impressions of Barcelona and more than equipped to explore the city on your own.