Being abroad for business or on holiday should not be taken as an excuse for skipping your daily workout. If you are a visitor in Barcelona, we are about to unveil some of the best places to go if you are runner, a fitness lover or simply feel like practising outdoors and water sports during your stay. In most cases, you will be able to rent equipment at very low hourly rates and get the chance to practice your favourite sport for free in the open air while in Catalonia.
MONTJUIC FOR RUNNERS
Undeniably, Montjuic Mountain is the ideal place to go for a jog: it is pollution-free, the views of the city are amazing and its steep paths become a true challenge for athletes. As you go up, though, you may stop to get some rest, stretch or cool down or even play table tennis.
A GYM AT THE BEACH
Other public areas of Barcelona, like Barceloneta beach, offer gym machines free of charge for everyone to use –whether it is summer or winter. No wonder it will be a great experience to tone up your muscles in the sun while feeling a fresh breeze in your face, staring at the wonderful scenery and forgetting about expensive fitness club fees. What is more, you will decide your own schedule.
CYCLING, SKATING AND SURFING IN BARCELONA
If your stay is a short-term one, you might want to make the most of it. Why not do it on a bike or rollerblades? It will be rather easy to rent a bike in Barcelona; in establishments like www.barcelonarentabike.com (6 euros per 2 hours) and www.greenbikesbarcelona.com, visitors may pick the bicycle that best suits them and get around the city for a very reasonable price. Rollerblades are also available for rent starting from 5 euros per hour at Cooltra stores in El Prat airport and several Barcelona train and bus stations.
And lastly, to those who are into water sports, at the surf school in Sitges (www.lasantasurfsitges.es) you can get a board to use it all day for only 25 euros, equipment and teacher not included (assuming you need them).