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Best outdoor activities in Barcelona

Best outdoor activities in Barcelona
Written by Paula

Are you one of the millions of people who have boring, nine to five jobs? Do you spend so much time inside your office that you crave to be outside for a while? A good way to shake up your routine and improve the quality of your free time is to find regular activities to do outdoors. Take a look at our list of the best outdoor activities in Barcelona and get inspired for your next free day!

Related article: 10 free things to do in Barcelona

Going to the beach

outdoor barcelona funIf there is one thing you won’t have trouble finding in Barcelona, is a beach. The city and its surrounding areas have a large variety of beaches to choose from, according to your mood. If you want to practice water sports, go to Nova Icaria beach; if you want to be in the middle of the hustle and the bustle and have someone bring drinks directly to you, go to Barceloneta; if want a little more peace, get away from the center, to beaches like Ocata; but if what you want is bluer water and gorgeous surroundings, go to one of the beaches in Costa Brava.

Visiting a park

An environmentally-friendly city, Barcelona has a huge variety of parks where you can go for a walk, sit for a good read, or even stay for a picnic. Some of the most famous parks in town are Parc de la Ciutadella, Parc de la Espanya Industrial, and Parc Güell.

Trying an extreme sport

Barcelona is a hotspot for extreme sports. There are several companies in the city that you can contact to try activities like bungee jumping, skydiving, parasailing, and canyoning. Some of the best companies for this sort of activities are Trip4real, Adventures Barcelona, Lifestyle Barcelona, and The Barcelonian.

Going swimming

There are several swimming pools open to the public during the summer. Some of the best ones are at Can Caralleu sports club, at Torre de les Aigües (for kids), at Eurofitness sports complex and at Parc de la Creueta del Coll.


outdoor barcelona funBarcelona is built like a large gym where anyone can exercise for free.  The flat roads make the city a perfect place for jogging, rollerblading, cycling, and walking. Some of the beaches are equipped for volleyball and soccer matches, while others have full workout stations where people can stop for crunches, weight lifting and more. If you prefer to go towards the mountains, you can go for nice, long hikes or even try rock climbing.

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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