The beach is one of the favourite places for doing a bit of sport over these hot months, but though there are also open-air municipal swimming pools, which make Barcelona an ideal city for any type of sports: scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, surfing and water skiing, among other sea sports activities.
Going to any of Barcelona’s beaches early in the morning is a whole experience. Not just because of the refreshing sea breeze beach-goers are treated to as they enjoy complete peace on healthy walks, but also because the beach becomes a big open-air gymnasium.
And that is because beaches are a great place for doing every kind of sport. For those who get up early to do their Tai Chi or Yoga sessions on the sand, they then start the day with fully renewed energy.
However, beaches are the usual haunts for groups of runners too (some of whom are already starting to train for the La Mercè fun run, which will be held on 20 September) who determinedly run up and down Barcelona’s sea front.
Whether in the sand or in the water, beaches are also an iconic space for doing one of the world’s increasingly popular sports: beach volley. In addition, you’ll find fixed nets in some of Barcelona beaches, where beach-goers can play volley in comfort. And let’s not forget the other activities like beach tennis, three-aside football, beach aerobics and sand skiing.
Finally, you can also achieve a great, overall muscular tone by doing a Passeig Marítim sports circuit, and the Parcs del Litoral’s urban fitness circuit, with 4.000 metres to cover between the parks of the Olympic Port, the Nova Icària and Poblenou. This circuit also has points adapted for doing flexion, stretching and assorted exercises which, combined with a cardiovascular exercise, such as running, provide full training.
And as you probably already know, once you’ve finished your training outside water and you’ve done your share of sweating, there’s no better way to face the heat than with a good dip in the sea.
Enjoy the Summer! Sink into Barcelona!