Barcelona’s hidden aerobic circuit.
If you are a member of that select group of travelers interested in keeping fit during the holidays or you are just somebody who likes to enjoy healthy outdoor activities, then pay attention to this; Barcelona counts with a recreational circuit where sport, nature and the best views of the city converge. “Carretera de les Aigües” circuit. (Road of the Waters) It is located at the foot of the ” Tibidabo” mountain and it is easy to get there. Just take a train from Line 7 of the “FGC” (Catalan Railways) from Plaza Catalunya square to the last station of the line called “Avinguda Tibidabo”, the road from there will continue in an old blue trolley to the last stop where the real hike begins. It’s not allowed to be tempted at one of the restaurants and bars that you’ll find when you get off the trolley, remember this is a trip that requires physical activity. Hold desire for a generous helping of ” Bravas” on the way back. Start to climb up by the side of the paved road; it is only about 500 meters long untill you get to a parking lot where locals leave their cars before starting the ride. From there, walk to the left following signs and maps on a slope-less footpath which surrounds the mountain. This route is part of a series of healthy tours of Barcelona known as Ronda Verde, which aims to achieve a more athletic society in touch with nature. As we, the locals are not selfish, we would like to share our hidden corners and recommend “Carretera de les Aigues” to all our visitors. The layout of the route that begins in the parking lot called ” Pla de les Maduixeres” (Square of the Strawberries) has a total length of 20 kilometers, but can be shortened for those who get tired half way. If that is your case, you can go back from the ” Peu del Funicular” station to Plaza Catalunya. Reasons to do this tour when visit Barcelona. You will have the opportunity to have your own Barcelona postcard, no need to buy it because from up there all pictures are good. You can identify all the emblematic buildings of Barcelona, the modernist buildings of Gaudi, the leafy boulevard ‘Passeig d ‘ Sant Joan”, ” Agbar” Tower, the “Sagrada Familia” (Holy Family church), the chimneys of the mouth of the “Besos” river and long lines of planes arriving and leaving the “Prat d’ Llobregat” airport. You will enjoy a unique natural environment in an aerobic loop, which until now was only visited by the locals. As a recommendation, wear a comfortable pair of sport shoes, carry water, and choose the weekdays because on Saturdays and Sundays there are lots of riders and cyclists. It’s amazing that such recreational space, at the sight of everyone, is one of the many corners of hidden Barcelona. From now on “Carretera de les Aigues” is also a heritage for visitors.