Top Sport Facilities for Students in Barcelona

Hi there! Have you ever heard the expression “When in Rome do as Romans do”?

So now you are living in Barcelona, a very sporty city. You don’t have any excuse to be lazy. Switch off your laptop, stop to watch TV shows and move your  to the street! It is time to do some sport!

Barcelona has more than 600 sport facilities all around the city and there are more than 100 sport events organized every year. So whether you are a swimmer, a runner, you enjoy Thai-chi or ‘pelota’ there is something for you in the city. Check out the official City Council Webpage 


It is quite clear that there is a running fever and Barcelona is part of it! You can become part of the city’s running movement by participating in one of the races that they organize, which vary from a 5 km race to a marathon. You can buy the tickets in their webpage

Barcelona also offers the possibility of running around the city by following some amazing urban routes for instance, ‘Parc Güell’ and Barcelona’s waterfront. There are also companies such as 360 that have different routes organized and they guide you.


Urban Sports

In terms of urban sports, there is no doubt that Barcelona is one of the European capitals, not only for its installations but also for all the events that are organized along the year.

Moreover, you cannot be a real Barcelona hipster if you don’t hang around with your skateboard! The most popular skating spots are around Plaça de la Universitat or in front of the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art), both in the neighborhood of Raval.
To find all Barcelona Skate Spots check this webpage.

If you are looking for a more professional experience you can head towards the skate park in Mar Bella Beach (Poble Nou) or buy a monthly pass for the skate park in Carrer de Pamplona 88.


Fitness activities

If you want to join a gym you have a few possibilities. You can become a member of Univers, an initiative by the Universitat Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC Sport Centre) that is open to all university students. The price to become a member is 19 €/ year and 18.50 per trimester to be able to access the sport facilities, classes and leisure activities.

You can also join a private gym but they tend to be more expensive. If you want to know more information about private gyms you can check Expatica’s webpage.

Finally, you can also join one of the 44 municipal sport centers that Barcelona has. To find the most convenient for you, introduce your address in the City Hall webpage and find the closest one.


Water sports

If you are a sea wolf or a surfer you will have an amazing time in Barcelona. The city has three marinas, several sailing, surfing and kite surfing schools. They even have their own type of boat, ‘el patí de vela’, a light boat that it is run by one person. 

You can learn to sail by joining the ‘Centre Municipal de Vela’ , however the webpage is only written in Catalan.

Surfing, kite surfing and Stand Up surfing are also a very popular sport in Barcelona. If you don’t have the right equipment you can rent it in one of the several surf shops, find the closest in this map. The average price for 1 hour is 20€. If you are new in this you can look for classes here.

If you are a complete beginner in this sports, don’t worry! Just click here to find a surf school that fits your needs

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Beach Volleyball

If you fancy skipping over the beach to play Volleyball, Barcelona is the right city for you! You can join Barcelona Beach Club in their webpage.

If you already have your Volleyball team and you are just looking for the facilities, you should go to Nova Icària Beach. This 415 meters long beach has several Volleyball pitches available. It is easily accessible by Metro (Ciutadella or Bogatell, Line L4), by bus (lines 6, 10, 36, 42, 92 and 141) and by tram (L4).

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Barcelona is an amazing city to spend time outdoors and practice sports. So if you are moving to Barcelona choose your perfect neighbourhood, go to and find your ideal accommodation.

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