If the end of Summer spells post-holiday blues for some, for many in Barcelona it signals the arrival of the city’s most hotly anticipated sporting events of the year: the Barcelona Triathlon. This gruelling challenge sees athletes compete in swimming, cycling, and running events requiring them to display great skills of endurance. Although the competition is televised, one of the best ways to soak up the atmosphere is to witness the event live – here’s our guide to the best spots for watching the Barcelona triathlon.
The first of the three events, the swimming race, will take place around the Nova Mar Bella, just past the Port Olimpic. While one option is obviously to bring a towel and picnic, if you prefer the comfort of a chair you may want to book a table at Boo Restaurant & Beach Club. Located on the pier, the restaurant will offer a splendid view of what is taking place in the water which you can enjoy from the comfort of one of the luxury outside dining tables. The kitchen offers a selection of gourmet tapas as well as traditional rice dishes and plenty of choice for little ones too. Be sure to book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Located near the Mapfre Tower and Arts Hotel — two of Barcelona’s most iconic buildings — the space nearby the Plaça dels Voluntaris Olimpics is a perfect spot from which to watch both the cycling and running events. A back and forth loop around that takes place a few hundred meters from there means that you get the chance to cheer athletes on more than once as they take part in the race. From the square, walk north away from the city center and head to the green space located between the Avenida del Littoral and the Carrer de Salvador Espriu — both of which will be competed on.