Barcelona Marathon is an annual race that takes place in March. It has a long history as it started as Catalunya Marathon in 1978, but the name was changed into the current in 2005.

The race begins in front of the Magic Fontain at Avenida Maria Cristina, below the green hills of Montjuïc Park. The route is circular and as you complete the run you’ll return to the same point as where you started off.

It passes a great number of impressive Barcelona tourist attractions including Barcelona Camp Nou, Passeig de Grácia, city’s shopping mecca, Gaudi’s magnificent La Pedrera and his masterpiece the Cathedral Sagrada Familia, as well as the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Parc de Cuitdadella and Arc de Triomf. The starting point is near, after passing the Gothic quarter, which leaves a short distance to Las Ramblas Barcelona Street. There are refreshment stands along the race route, and there you can get water, sponges, isotonic drinks, fruit. Runners are expected to finish the race within the 6 hours.

The day before the event everybody (no matter if you are running in the marathon or not) is invited to join the 4 km breakfast run. It starts at 9 am in the Plaza Marques de Foronda and it’s free.The same day from noon to 4 pm there will be an annual Pasta Party, that takes place at the Sport Expo at the Fira de Barcelona. This event is free for the participants of the Marathon who are invited to bring along a friend who will also enjoy free entry when they accompany you. This is a great opportunity to stock up on carbohydrates that will provide the needed energy for the upcoming race.The pleasant weather in March makes Barcelona streets the perfect venue for this healthy and fun event, attracting thousands of likeminded people. If you have always wanted to join a marathon, there is no better way than combining it with a trip to Barcelona and staying healthy while you travel.