Length 2.4 km (1.4 miles), terrain: flat
Barcelona running routes:
Montjuic hill climb
Old town and harbor route
Ciutadella Park route
For more running routes, see Route List.
Here's a nice little park run in Barcelona, Parc de la Ciutadella. It has everything a pleasant city park needs: ponds, fountains, statues, playgrounds, cafés, row-boats, lots of dirt paths, exotic trees, tropical plants... It also contains some unexpected extras, like the city zoo and the Catalan parliament building. Plus, in a narrow extension of the park, the Arc de Triomf stands watch over the whole scene.
|The main path through the park|
|The Arc de Triompf|
|Exotic trees and greenhouse in the park|
Run through the arch and continue southeastwards through the park, lined by date-palm trees and really cool decorative street-lamps.
Some of the Universal Exhibition buildings are still standing, like the Castell dels Tres Dragons on the right side (now the zoology museum).
|Out front of Tres Dragons on a December morning|
When you get to the western entrance to the park, with its driveway, turn left to run past the statue of the general mounted on his horse, running past the zoo entrance towards the domed church ahead.
|The garrison church|
Run past the church, into the formal gardens behind it, surrounding a little pond. Run to the far side of the gardens and turn left to head northwest, past the big building on the right. The building is the former citadel arsenal, now the Parlament de Catalunya.
|Runners out front of the parliament|
|The lake on a quiet winter morning|
|The cascada, with its golden chariot|
Now you turn right and run back to the start at the Arc de Triomf.
That was so nice, you might want to try it again, maybe running it the other way around!