Best Outdoor Activities in Barcelona

Barcelona's Most Exciting, Active and Unique Outdoor Activities to Do Year-Round

Barcelona is a city with an incredible number of outdoor activities and excursions. From the mountains to the sea, to the parks and wide open areas within the city, you can spend your entire stay outside if that's what you'd prefer (and assuming the weather cooperates which is usually does). No matter what time of year, it's possible to participate in at least a few outdoor activities. Barcelona's seaside boardwalk is a great place to exercise if you want to run, roller blade or power walk. Montjuic is also a fantastic area to stroll through, visit the gardens and have a picnic. You can enter the museums if you want, but if you'd prefer to stay in the sun, this huge 'Mountain of the Jews' provides for a full day of fresh air. If you're more of the park type and want to inject a touch of architecture into the experience as well, Park Guell is a great place to experience Gaudi's magnificent works while enjoying time outside. This huge 'Alice in Wonderland esque' park if a mix of gorgeous and innovative designs intertwined amongst nature. So you can read, have a picnic on the grass and learn about Gaudi's life and his avant-garde imagination.  


Passeig del Born
Photo courtesy of Passeig Del Born

This is a lively, trendy walkway in one of the Old City's chicest neighborhoods. Grab a drink on Passeig Del Born at one of the many tapas restaurants (where Javier Bardem was spotted sipping a few copas not long ago) and spend time people watching while soaking up the sun. This is also an excellent Barcelona attraction with Santa Maria Church at its base and the eternal flame that burns day and night to commemorate those who fell during the civil war. Passeig Del Born is a short walk from the cruise port and not far from the beaches as well.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: The best walkway in the city with a variety of restaurants lining the outdoor terrace

Sam's expert tip: The Question Mark Cafe serves free tapas with any drink you buy every day after 8pm.

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Hi This Is Barcelona
Photo courtesy of Mariah Quesada

Less of an attraction, Hi. This Is Barcelona is a private tour company with a high volume of honeymoon couples and those looking for romantic getaways. The company customizes all of its tours, so if you're looking to spice up an experience with a touch of something special, these guys have some amazing ideas. From private walking, biking, car, and specialty tours, they can arrange a day in wine country at a private family-run vineyard, or set up a cooking class with professional chefs, or arrange a shopping day with designers. They're also able to help set up surprises for loved ones and have a network of people who can help them make an ordinary experience, that much more special.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: They set up great hiking trips outside the city and in the Pyrenees

Sam's expert tip: Ask about their special honeymoon tours

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Tibidabo is one of the best places to take in panoramic city views of Barcelona. Atop this mountain, which is accessible by tram, there is an amusement park, Church of the Sacred Heart as well as some excellent restaurants and places to picnic. This is a perfect way to see some of the outer lying areas in the city, get some fresh air and see gorgeous views. It's also nice for walking and hiking and if you feel like renting a motto for the day, this is the perfect place to ride through; even park the bike, walk around and go for lunch.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: A great lookout for city views and a refreshing place to spend the day outside

Sam's expert tip: Check out Can Marti restaurant. Excellent during Calcot (spring onion) season and a nice outdoor place for a bbq.

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Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Another one of Gaudi's masterpieces, Casa Mila, otherwise known as La Pedrera, is one of Gaudi's most well known creations and is situated on Passeig de Gracia, just a stone's throw from Casa Batllo. Constructed between 1905-1912, from the outside La Pedrera looks like it is made up of skulls. Architecturally however, it is considered to be incredibly innovative as its facade is self-supporting. It also has underground parking and separate lifts and stairs for the owners and servants. Something that many people dont' know, is that the structures on the roof were actually what inspired George Lucas' Storm Troopers for his Star Wars series.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: The roof is a fun way to spend time and learn about Gaudi's works

Sam's expert tip: From the roof you have great views

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Barcelona's city center hub and major landmark separating the old from the new; Plaza Catalunya is a watering hole for teenagers wanting to gather 'after hours', families on a Sunday afternoon, late night beer vendors, tourists and at one time or another almost everyone who frequents or lives in the city. It's spacious, newly designed circle provides for an intimate place to gather and catch up with friends and in the summer the water fountain is on full blast and acts as a great backdrop for picturesque photos. It's a short cab ride from the cruise port or a nice stroll up La Rambla

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: The most famous Plaza in the City to sit, feed the birds and people watch

Sam's expert tip: Hard Rock Cafe is right next door and a great place to set for meeting spots.

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Built in the 1700's the Citadel turned into a park in the 19th century and today is a great place for family outings, yoga classes, gatherings amongst friends and a relaxing day in nature. There's a small pond in the center of the garden and a beautiful fountain built by Josep Fonster who was helped by his young apprentice at the time, Antonio Gaudi. Park Ciutadella is a great place to spend an afternoon amongst friends, with the kids or on your own. There's a small pond where you can watch the Swans or feed them and a few picnic tables as well. There's also ping pong on the far side you just need to bring your own rackets and balls.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: A relaxing park to walk around, run, do yoga or even boot camp.

Sam's expert tip: There are ping pong tables at the back of the park which are usually empty

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Few places offer city views like Montjuic. The name literally means 'Mountain of The Jews' and is a former military base in Barcelona. Today it boasts some of the most gorgeous views of the entire city of Barcelona and also holds open air movie festivals during the summer amongst a host of other activities and parties. Check out the Terrace nightclub, especially during summer as there's always cool and fun events featuring well-known dj's. Close to Poble Sec and Plaza Espanya, Montjuic is a great place to explore, especially during the evenings. You can get there via cable car, foot or public bus.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: A large outdoor space to walk around, picnic and take in city views

Sam's expert tip: Worth checking out during the evening when you can see the entire city light up beneath you

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Parc Güell

Another one of Gaudi's amazing creations, Park Guell features the longest bench in the world as well as Gaudi's tiny house where he lived for several years. The park is a mix of design and architecture with nature and illustrates Gaudi's connection with natural beauty and its greatness. From the Park you can see beautiful city views and even bring food for a small picnic on the grass. This is a romantic and very unique park, intertwined with authentic Modernism structures as well as a rich and beautiful landscape. New to the Park is the Gaudi Experience which is a small shop and interactive ride at the bottom of the Park's entrance.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: A gorgeous mix of nature and architecture in the city's most picturesque park

Sam's expert tip: Enter from the back so you avoid walking up all of the steps

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If you're hungry or just feel like browsing rows upon rows and stalls upon stalls of fresh fruit, cured hams, authentic Spanish tapas and pretty much anything you might have a craving for, Barcelona's Boqueria market should top the check list. Directly off La Rambla, the market is a genuine Barcelona experience; you might even get to see little pigs wearing baseball caps if you go on the right days! If you're hungry go to the back of the Boqueria where there are several small and rustic but very delicious restaurants. Ra in particular is a great place to dine.

Sam's expert tip: The front stalls are more expensive than the ones farther in, so if you want to save a few Euros, head closer to the back.

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Wild Montserrat Tour

An excellent way to uncover the mysteries, allure and splendour of a gorgeous and famous mountain top, just outside of Barcelona. Led by Barcelona Slow Travel, a company dedicated to sustainable tourism, this is an excellent way to 'get lost' in a magical place in the company of passionate experts. There are plenty of hiking trails and with Barcelona Slow Travel you'll get to see a different side of the mountain, the path 'less traveled'. If you're looking for an authentic way to experience an iconic Barcelona hot spot, this is a fabulous outdoor activity.

Recommended for Outdoor Activities because: A perfect way to spend a day outdoors, including hiking and cultural activities

Sam's expert tip: Book in advance as they fill up quickly

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