All details given here are for Spanish-speaking centres and clubs unless otherwise indicated.
Nova Icària Sports Club
Fitness centre - Nova Icària Sports Club - Port Olimpic Nova Icària Sports Club is a public fitness centre in the Olimpic Villa in Barcelona (Sant Martí District). Only a hundred metres from the beach, this centre was built in 1992 as the gym for the athletes participating in the Olympic Games of Barcelona held in the same year.
Plenty of facilities and long opening hours. Opening times: Monday to Friday from 07.00 to 23.00; Saturday from 08.00 to 23.00; Sunday from 08.00 to 14.00
This Europolis fitness centre on C/ Sardenya (there are two branches of Europolis in the greater Barcelona area) has a big fitness area with circuit machines, plenty of activities like yoga and pilates, an indoor pool, steam rooms and sauna, massage and indoor football and basketball court. They even have a restaurant and bar if the healthy atmosphere becomes too much and you need a drink.
This is probably the biggest and best-known chain of gyms in Barcelona. With 14 locations in Barcelona and 1 in the suburb of San Cugat, DIR is popular with all age groups and offers a variety of classes (spin, yoga, pilates, boxing) circuit machines, the latest in fitness equipment (including Power Plate) and an indoor pool (at the Ganduxer location). Most of the locations also offer spa services, sale of athletic apparel and equipment and a casual bar offering food and drink. Beware, though, DIR will charge you a fortune for the most-sought after classes, such as pilates.
This upscale gym has a reputation for catering to the snobby set, but in reality, it is not that much more expensive than most other gyms in Barcelona. With three gyms in the city - one exclusively for women, another for men and a co-ed branch, the locations are just as good if you live in the northern part of the city. Arsenal offers beautiful exercise areas, equipment, classes, swimming pool (all locations), wonderful restaurants and excellent spas and services. And did we forget to mention that the locker rooms are to die for?
Equally posh as Arsenal, but with a less elitist feel (depending upon your location), this is a chain of gyms throughout Spain, with four locations in Barcelona. Just as the other gyms, "Club Metropolitan" offers all of the aforementioned services (which are excellent, by the way) in sleek, modern set ups. The feel is a bit of a hotel gym, but in a very nice hotel and with extremely attentive staff.
With two locations in Barcelona and several chains throughout Europe, Holmes Place has been around for awhile, successfully. Again, the gyms offer all the services as its competitors, but it is more like a DIR than Arsenal or Metropolitan. You will also find that there are English-speaking staff members and personal trainers, as this chain is highly favored by expats here on corporate assignment. Prices are more or less the same as the DIR chains, but there are less locations.
Barcelona's golf clubs tend to subscribe to the typical membership scenario. Green time is usually accessible for visitors, though booking is almost always necessary. Those turning up on the day expecting to play may find themselves disappointed, so give them a call first.
Sant Vicenc de Montalt Golf Club
C/ Del Balís , 4 Sant Vicenç de Montalt, Barcelona
Tel: +34 937 914 949 Fax: +34 937 911 253
One of the newest golf courses in the Barcelona area, Sant Vicenc de Montalt Golf Club offers up 18 demanding, undulating and challenging holes. The Sant Vicenc golf course is quite short but you will have the chance to use every club in the bag.
Details: 18 holes, Par 70, 5256m
Facilities: Driving range, Bar and restaurant, Buggy hire, Golf school, Catering for groups.
Location: Sant Vicenc de Montalt (Barcelona), Barcelona 34km
Real Club de Golf El Prat
Plans de Bonvilar, 17 Terrassa, Barcelona
Tel: +34 937 281 000 Fax: +34 937 281010
The Real Club de Golf El Prat was inaugurated in 1954 and was completely rebuilt and relocated in Oct 2001 due to the expansion of Barcelona El Prat airport. The new El Prat Golf Course was designed by Greg Norman and is 45 holes set in beautiful rolling countryside. Visitors are only accepted on request with a letter of introduction from your golf club.
Facilities: El Real Club de Golf El Prat Golf Shop, Driving range, Bar and large restaurant, Coffee and snack bar, Buggy hire, Golf school, Catering for groups.
Location: Terrassa (Barcelona), Barcelona 22kms.
Masia Bach Golf Club
Ctra. Martorrell-Capellades, Km. 19,5 Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Barcelona
Tel: +34 937 728 800 Fax: +34 937 728 810
Masia Bach Golf Course was designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and opened in 1990.
Details: 18 + 9 holes, Par 72, 6041m
Facilities: Masia Bach Golf Shop, Driving range, Bar and large restaurant, Coffee and snack bar, Buggy hire, Golf school, Catering for groups.
Location: Sant Esteve Sesrovires (Barcelona) Barcelona 25kms
Sitges Terramar Golf Club
Ctra. de las costas y ferrocarril Apdo. Correos, 6 Sitges, Barcelona
Tel: +34 938 940 580 Fax: +34 938 947 051
Situated by the coast just south of the town of Sitges. The microclimate of Sitges permits golf to be played in perfect conditions at any time of the year with beautiful views out over the Mediterranean. It is a flat golf course with few trees. Holes 16, 17 and 18 run alongside the Mediterranean, with beautiful views.
Details: 18 holes, Par 72, Length 5880m
Facilities: Terramar Golf Shop, Driving range, Bar and large restaurant, Coffee and snack bar, Buggy hire, Golf school, Catering for groups.
Location: Sitges (Barcelona) Barcelona 37km Tarragona 60km
Llavaneres Golf Club - Barcelona
Cami de Golf, s/n localidad Sant Andreu de Llavaneres 08392 Barcelona
Tel 93 792 60 50
Designed by the renowned Fred Hawtree & Ramón Espinosa and founded in 1945, Llavaneres is one of the oldest private golf clubs in Catalunya. Initially built as a 9 hole course, it has been extended and new facilities have been added. This is a charming course that is not very long. Ideally suited to high handicappers.
Details: 18 holes,…