A city on the move
Who says that urban tourism only consists of walking around and discovering the architecture, art, food and people? True enough, there are few cities like Barcelona that have such a wide range of sporting activities on offer, free or for a fee, municipal or private, regulated or not, and open to everyone. The people of Barcelona like doing sport, of course, but visitors to the city can also enjoy and get to know the city doing a little physical activity.
Surely the great weather has something to do with it too, as well as the natural spaces like the beaches and mountains, and the wealth of associations it has. The fact is that Barcelona has always been linked to sport. There are hundred-year-old tennis, swimming, sailing and rambling clubs, and the 1992 Olympic Games was a major boost. The possibilities are endless: from walks in the woods of the Collserola mountain range, to running circuits that test your athletic prowess. In fact, there are even routes that let you get to know the city's old quarter while you run. And Barcelona certainly runs. It is a city known for its fun runs, like the Cursa de Bombers (firemen), the Cursa de la Dona (women), the Cursa de la Mercè (festival) and the Cursa dels Nassos (noses). It swims too. Barcelona's beaches are open all year round, and every neighbourhood has a swimming pool where you can do a few lengths under a roof. If you prefer to get to know the city from the sea, and go a little further, there are sailing, canoeing and kayaking courses. Skateboard lovers will find truly excellent skateparks and tracks where they can do this ultimate urban sport. And, of course, there is also the option of getting around the city in a healthy way, because Barcelona has a network of almost 200 km of bike lanes.
And that's not all. You can also enjoy sport in the city from the stands, at the many sports facilities in Barcelona used by its many sporting associations. You can even enjoy sport from a comfy cinema seat because every year the city holds BCN Sports Film, an international film festival dedicated to the world of sport.