Barcelona Half Marathon
The anticipation in the crowd starts to rise as the approach of the front runners is heralded by a wave of cheering from the spectators down from where you are standing. It seems like the whole city has come out to support the athletes in the Barcelona Half Marathon and as many of the streets are closed to traffic, the city has become a haven for pedestrians of all types.
If you happen to be in Barcelona for the half marathon you will find it difficult to miss, as the route winds across the city from Montjuic in the South to Parc Diagonal in the North.
You could combine your sightseeing list with keeping an eye on the runners. Try the starting line on Passeig Lluís Companys. This is right next to the Parc de la Cuitadella, which is a popular place with the locals and is the home of the zoo. Why not get a group of friends together, buy some local bread and olives and have a picnic in the park?
Another tick can be had at the famous statue of Columbus near the port. The runners will have done around 6km here and so should be fairly fresh. They will probably appreciate the support though, and the professional athletes will start to pull away from the group. You could even fit in a spot of shopping by following the route up the iconic La Rambla.
Or you can head over to the historic Gothic Quarter, which is one of the oldest parts of the city. The runners will skirt the area on Avinguda del Marques de l’Argentera before heading off up Passeig de Picasso.
Wherever you decide to watch the race, it starts at 8.45am on Sunday morning so it’s probably a good idea to get there early if you want a good spot.