BARCELONA XL – 21K

This is not just another classic half marathon, these are 21 km to breath the Catalan atmosphere and travel across ages, an immersion into the Modernism. An excellent tour before going back to Spanish vibes, fiesta, paella, tapas and sangria! Vamos!

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BARCELONA XL - 21K
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BARCELONA XL - 21K

Runner on the ground - MATTIA

Are you ready to become a local runner thru this 21km circular tour?

Your running guide will wait for you at plaza Catalunya, the big square- and the commercial heart of the city. This is also where the famous Rambla begins. This iconic avenue, now very crowded due to tourist and commercial activities, is our route to the beach. During this 1,5 km downhill, we will observe the Liceu Opera House, la Boqueria and the Gaudi Palace (Unesco World Heritage). If booked as morning tour, we will not be slowed down by the crowd and we can fully enjoy this wonderful tree lined avenue. The monument to Columbus will redirect us to the famous sail shaped hotel (W hotel), right on the beach. If lucky enough we can run a few kilometers along the Barcelona beaches enjoying the sunrise. The morning lights are simply amazing, making Barceloneta, the fishers’ quarter, a work of art.

It is now time for a jump into the past, during the middle ages and the Gothic period. We will be running in the old city, passing by Santa Maria del Mar Church (yes, the one of Ildefonso Falcones great book “Cathedral of the Sea”) and the “real” Cathedral of Barcelona.

Leaving behind the past, its now Modernism’s show time. Barcelona is the world capital of modernism thanks to many artists, among whom is the great Antoni Gaudi.

Through the Palau de la Musica we will reach the incomplete masterpiece of Gaudi: la Sagrada Familia: there are no words to describe it, I will let you be surprised. Can be a good time to take a rest and take some photos. In this area, the Sagrada is not the only Unesco World heritage monument, in fact, Hospital de San Pau is just few hundred meters away.

We can now reach the famous Passeig de Gracia, one the most expensive and most beautiful streets in Spain 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.

Once back to our starting point in Plaza Catalunya, you will be ready to enjoy the city as a “local”, have some tapas and sangria (or take a deserved siesta).

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Facts about the tours

21 km

Private tour

Moderate

Individual pace

English, Spanish, Italian

Flexible

Hotel pickup or standard meeting point

Price

1 person121.00/person

2 persons77.00/person

3 persons66.00/person

4-20 persons55.00/person

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15 reviews

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  1. Eileen Mannix

    Excellent Experience!!

    Eileen Mannix

    My morning run through Barcelona with Mattia is wonderful! He is an excellent guide, very accommodating and knowledgeable. I learned so much about the city’s history and culture. The beautiful sunrise views were breathtaking! Excellent experience!

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  2. Emily Green

    Brilliant experience

    Emily Green

    I would highly recommend the Barcelona tour with Mattia, I booked the 21km tour.
    Mattia made it really easy by meeting me at my hotel, we then took a well planned route around all the highlights of Barcelona, ended up running along the beach for sunrise. Mattia was friendly, ran at my pace, polite and professional, he speaks excellent English, conversation was really easy. If you’re thinking of booking this running tour, do it, you will not regret it.

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  3. Taz Parke

    Do it!

    Taz Parke

    This was a perfect experience from start to finish. Mattia’s organisation in the lead up was fantastic and the knowledge he shared along the way was terrific. You truly couldn’t ask for a better guide! Thanks for the laughs along the way Mattia and all the best in your upcoming endeavours!

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  4. Luis Ramirez

    Mattia makes running Barcelona super fun

    Luis Ramirez

    Amazing run. I’m in Barcelona for business and currently training for a Marathon. I only had one free Morning and Mattia took me for an unforgettable 11 miles run. Super friendly, personalized experience. Highly recommended.

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  5. Tommi Salmela

    Tommi Salmela

    This was such an unexpected and great service. Instead of running around on my own trying to add miles during my marathon training plan in an unfamiliar city, I was able to focus on the beautiful city.
    Mattia was super friendly, professional and accommodating.
    Besides being an amazing experience seeing the city in the morning at its most quiet, I also pushed myself to my fastest half marathon time at 2h 16 min, while holding a nice conversation with Mattia. I was definitely out of my comfort zone, as a lone runner. A million thanks to Mattia for making it so easy and enjoyable!

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  6. Cassie Wagner

    Fantastic Run!

    Cassie Wagner

    My run with Marie was a great way to see the city when not all the crowds were out and about. It was also nice to run with someone that knows the city and could lead the way. Marie is so sweet and I enjoyed visiting with her. Our conversations made the 21K go by fast. If I’m ever in Barcelona again I will definitely do the run tour again.

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  7. Sasha and Steve

    21k route

    Sasha and Steve

    Marie was an excellent guide, my partner and l run different paces Marie kept the pace comfortable for us both, great knowledge about the different buildings we passed, conversation flowed as did the miles with no pressure

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  8. Tara Mcnamara

    Everyone should do this!

    Tara Mcnamara

    I thoroughly enjoyed this run with Mattia. From the initial booking, lots of communication, flexibility in the timing, distance and location, Mattia made the whole experience fun, entertaining, educational and engaging. The pace was set for me — and adjusted as I needed over the distance. We chatted and saw the sights and a beautiful sunrise. This gave me the confidence to run on my own a couple of days later.
    It’s my second GoRunning Tour and I would thoroughly recommend people do it!

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  9. Madie Dittrich

    A perfect morning

    Madie Dittrich

    Marie from gorunningtours were communicative before the run on my expectations, the route was well-planned, touching the most beautiful spots in the city. I had the time to take pictures, and she sneaked in a few of her own. Great mementos!! I can 100% recommend the company for the healthier traveler

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  10. Matt Conley

    21k Barcelona

    Matt Conley

    Running tour guide Mattia was great company and very informative. The miles ticked by seamlessly in this beautiful city. Highly Recommended!

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  11. Rob

    Barcelona 22 - Spectacular Run w/ Mattia

    Rob

    Last minute decision to book in for this after super long inbound flight from Australia after a days rest – run was actually back in early Oct so a bit late in writing this up. Mattia was super responsive to my request message and fit me in. The run itself ended up as 22km and took in different parts of the city, beach and dock areas. Mattia’s commentary throughout was super-informative. He’s really knowledgeable having lived in BCN for quite a while, so lots of stories too. Pacing (~5:30/Km) was perfect for me too – no doubt he can match whatever pace you might need.
    Aside for the toury-type info, Mattia is a genuinely good guy so the back & forth chit chat was great to wear down the km’s. As a bonus, the run gave me the confidence to do a solo session a few days later. Yes, I got a bit lost but in the process but oh well!
    Thanks again Mattia – awesome run!

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  12. Paul

    Paul

    I ran the Barcelona XL this morning and Mattia is AWESOME!

    Here’s why:
    1) His pre-run communication was on point (time, location, pace, etc) and he gave me flexibility to change the meeting time last minute
    2) He knew the city, the route, background stories, etc
    3) He made the run very comfortable. I was planning on running a 9‐9:30 min/mile pace but because our conversation was so engaging I ran an 8:30 min/ mile pace and didn’t even notice the time or pace. He can run at any pace.
    4) He was always willing to stop and take pictures for me
    5) He got me back to my hotel on time for an appointment I had

    Thank you Mattia! I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and wish you the best in the future!

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  13. Jen Murray

    Best run in the city!

    Jen Murray

    I booked the 21k to get a long run in during a conference, it was a great way to see the sights with a local guide while putting in some miles. Mattia is a great guide who timed our run to catch the sunrise at the beach and avoid crowds. I highly recommend Mattia and will run with him again if in Barcelona!

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  14. Omar Malik

    Amazing Experience for Active People and those interested in History

    Omar Malik

    I met up with Salva to do the 21k tour and it was amazing. Hands down one of the best parts of my trip to Barcelona. We met and he went the pace I had emailed about and was open to stopping, taking pictures, or just running and talking. Salva had no issues maintaining the pace while still keeping it conversational and showing me the city of Barcelona that many tourists will never get to see. We started out running down Las Ramblas, then made our way to the Hotel W and sea boardwalk, then we went through some really cool neighborhoods of Barcelona and I learned all about the Gothic district and the University of Barcelona, after which we went to the Arc and then finished with an epic site of La Sagrada Familia! He was knowledgeable about city facts and the history of Catalonia and Barcelona.
    He was articulate and his English was superior. I would highly recommend Salva and his team at this company to do your running tour. It is a great way to see the city in a different way and get a nice workout in before you indulge in all of the great food and beverages the city has to offer.
    Highly recommend doing the 21k tour and going early in the morning around 7am as most of the city is asleep and you can run freely in places that you would not be able to in the afternoons.

    I would make sure you confirm the exact location of your meeting spot a couple days before your run as my pickup was on Las Ramblas and there are two Las Ramblas as I learned so I had a little hiccup in the morning finding him, but luckily I had my phone on me and he called me and it was easy for him to find me once we talked. Otherwise, besides this small hiccup, it was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to do it again when I return!

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  15. Steve

    Excellent tour

    Steve

    Ran the Barcelona XL tour with Mattia and really enjoyed it. Covering La Ramblas, the waterfront, the Gothic old town, the Sagrada Familia, 2 Gaudi houses and plenty in between it had everything. Running by along the beach at sunrise was a highlight and a great start to the day. Mattia was a great guide and was full of information and chat and was well prepared with water and gels in case I needed them also.

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