Barcelona has some amazing weather, so it's the perfect place to vacation if you want to spend time outside! Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or you're more a fan of reading in the park, there are plenty of outdoor activities for everyone. If you're wondering what the best outdoor activities in Barcelona are, here are some of our local assistants' favorites! Let's get started.
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There are lots of walks and hikes in and around Barcelona, so you couldn't possibly be bored. Check out Carretera de las Aigues, a perfect place to enjoy a hike or a bike ride while enjoying vies of the city. It's about 10km long. Parc de Collserolla offers a serene experience in the mountains close to the city. And don't miss the hiking trail behind Parc Güell (Gaudi's famous park), offering short dirt trails and paths.
With Barcelona's mild temperatures and sunny skies, is there a better place to head out for a run? Since the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona's waterfront is one of the highlights of the city and a beautiful place for a jog. You'll pass landmarks along the way, sculptures, hotels, and more. Check out a list of more running routes in Barcelona here.
There's a reason that Barcelona is such a popular destination. A city by the sea, Barcelona offers both amazing seafood and amazing sea activities! The ideal time to go scuba diving in Barcelona is between January and August because that's when the water is the most clear. You can go to Palamos, Begur dive, Can Roviralta, Buceo Hispania, Costa Brava, Nova Icaria, or Nudi Roca.
The coffee scene has really taken flight in Barcelona. There are so many beautiful coffee bars in Barcelona, some with indoor seating and some with outdoor seating, that you can take a break from all your activities at. Sit back, relax, and drink a cup of coffee in the sunshine. Try out Cafes El Magnifico, Right Side Coffee, Nomad Coffee, or SlowMov.
Montgat Nord is one of the best beaches in Barcelona. Take the train at Placa Catalunya towards Mataro, get off the train at Montgat Nord, and head to the beach for a sunny day away from the crowds! The water and sand are clean, the beach is fairly quiet, and you might even be able to join in some beach volleyball.
Horta Labyrinth is one of Barcelona's best kept secrets. It was designed by the Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti in 1792, built in front of Torre Soberana, a mansion dating back to the 14th century. While getting to the middle of the labyrinth can be a challenge, once you do, you'll find a statue of Eros, the Greek god of love. Wander your way through the sunny hedges and get lost!
For anyone who loves being in the mountains, Montserrat mountain offers lots of interesting hikes just outside of Barcelona. Santa Cova is probably the most accessible and pleasant hiking route on Montserrat. You will also find several religious monuments along the hike. Here's a helpful guide for how to get to Montserrat and a list of hikes - check it out!