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Guide to Barcelona Outdoors

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Inhabitants of beautiful Barcelona are some of the luckiest in Spain: People here enjoy long summers and warm winters, meaning that the great outdoors can be enjoyed all year round. Plus, wherever you are in the city, you're never far from a place where you can take in the fresh Mediterranean air. Here are some of the city's best.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

7 Places

4 City Tips

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7 Places

Sant Jeroni

Mountains, Lookouts

Parc del Forum

Historic Sites, Parks

Parc de Montjuic

Speciality Museums

Jardin Botanico de Barcelona

Gardens

Parc Guell

Parks

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parks

Parque del Laberinto de Horta

Parks

Lara V's City Tips

  • Most of Barcelona's outdoor spots are free to enter.
  • Barcelona parks close around 6pm during the winter, and around 8pm during the summer.
  • The Barcelona Touristic Bus is an easy way to explore the city. You can get on and off as many times as you like at any of the 45 stops on the three different routes.
  • Always remember to carry water with you. Some parks are huge, and there are not many places where you can buy refreshments.
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    Sant Jeroni
    Mountains, Lookouts
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    Lara V Says:

    This is my favorite day-trip from Barcelona. You don’t have to be an experienced rock climber to hike this mountain, just patient enough to walk for at least three hours. The reward makes it all well worth it: a spectacular mountain view from the Pyrenees out to the Mediterranean Sea.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Remember to bring some water and food with you, as there are no refreshments available on the mountain.
    • It’s an easy, family-friendly path, but good walking shoes are recommended.
    • There is a funicular option for those who don’t feel strong enough to walk all the way.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Montserrat
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view of all around 15/09/2018
    • Highest Point in Barcelona Region 04/09/2018
    • Sant Jeroni
    Other:
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    Parc del Forum
    Historic Sites, Parks
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    Lara V Says:

    A beach without any sand — that’s the idea behind a visit to the Forum. While this place is well known as a venue for important concerts and festivals, there is also a bathing area here with a huge sea water swimming pool. Both the shallow water and the emptiness of the venue (when there aren't any events taking place) make this area one of the best places to visit with children.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are public showers available for bathers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #310 of 790 things to do in Barcelona
    • Visit at sunrise 17/09/2018
    • Go for the sandless beach 01/07/2018
    • Parc del Forum
    Address:
    Rambla de Prim 2-4
    El Maresme Fòrum
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 56 10 50
    Other:
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    Parc de Montjuic
    Speciality Museums
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    Lara V Says:

    Barcelona is beautiful from the air, but don't take my word for it ... take the funicular up Montjuïc Mountain and visit the park at its summit. From there, you can enjoy incredible views of the skyline, and amuse yourself trying to spot the symbolic sites of the city, such as the Cathedral, the port and the Columbus statue.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Barcelona Olympic Park is walking distance from here.
    • If the Mediterranean sun is shining, this is a very nice area to have a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 790 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular View of Barcelona 18/09/2018
    • Greatest view 18/09/2018
    • Parc de Montjuic
    Address:
    Avinguda del Castell
    Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 933 29 86 53
    Other:
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    Jardin Botanico de Barcelona
    Gardens
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    Lara V Says:

    Looking for fresh air? The old Botanical Gardens are an oasis in the midst of all the city hustle and bustle. Thanks to the location, this garden is a good place to visit if you plan to stroll around the Olympic area before or after, and has one of the greatest views of Barcelona, along with interesting flora and fauna from home and abroad.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free entrance on Sundays from 3pm.
    • Check the website for information on which areas are the most interesting to visit during each season.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #175 of 790 things to do in Barcelona
    • Underwhelmed 18/08/2018
    • mostly dead 01/07/2018
    • Jardin Botanico de Barcelona
    Address:
    Carrer del Doctor Font i Quer 2
    08038 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 56 41 60
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
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    Parc Guell
    Parks
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    Lara V Says:

    This Gaudi-designed masterpiece is the most popular park in Barcelona. The dream-like world of Gaudi's imagination, where buildings, trees and columns create a truly unique atmosphere, is sure to make you feel all fluttery, along with the large dose of fresh air!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Guell Park is usually packed on weekends. Try to avoid peak hours so that you can enjoy a more peaceful, intimate stroll.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 790 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great urban park 19/09/2018
    • Love the park 19/09/2018
    • Parc Guell
    Address:
    Carrer d'Olot, 5
    08024 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 934 09 18 31
    Price range:
    USD 5,000 - USD 5,000
    Other:
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    Parc de la Ciutadella
    Parks
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    Lara V Says:

    This is the busiest park in town, and there are thousands of reasons for it being so. Located close to the city center, this space was, for many years, the only public park in the city, and it's full of opportunities for outdoor fun. The wide pathways are great for walking or cycling, and you can enjoy romantic boat rides on the lake, explore its fountains and monuments and much, much more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The lovely Barcelona Zoo is located close to the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 790 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So Much to Do 17/09/2018
    • Peaceful 16/09/2018
    • Parc de la Ciutadella
    Address:
    Passeig de Picasso, 21
    08003 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 638 23 71 15
    Other:
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    Parque del Laberinto de Horta
    Parks
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    Lara V Says:

    No outdoor spot in Barcelona is more romantic than this stunning garden, the place locals often go to have their wedding pictures taken. Located a little outside of the city center, Parc del Laberint d'Horta is the perfect place to get away from the tourist crowds and lose yourselves arm-in-arm for a while.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free entrance on Wednesdays and Sundays.
    • The impressive Olympic Velodrome is located close to this park.
    • If you arrive by metro, exit via the escalators, as this is closer to the park entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 790 things to do in Barcelona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Nice Walk and Gardens 27/08/2018
    • Beautiful garden 21/08/2018
    • Parque del Laberinto de Horta
    Address:
    Passeig dels Castanyers 1
    Carrer de l'Arquitectura
    08035 Barcelona
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 932 85 30 34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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