Barcelona to Calella Cycle Route

Barcelona to Calella ride

The ride from Barcelona to Calella is a popular route among road bikers. The distance between the two cities is approximately 50 kilometers. This route is also used for one of the most popular Ironman races in Europe – Ironman Barcelona. The race begins with a 3.8 km swim in the Mediterranean Sea, followed by a 180 km bike ride along the scenic coastline to Calella. Finally, athletes complete a full marathon (42.2 km) through the town and surrounding hills.

The Ironman Barcelona race is known for its fast and flat bike course, making it a favorite among triathletes looking to set personal records or qualify for other events. The breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Maresme region also make it a memorable race for spectators and athletes alike.

Route Information

Stats  102 km  307 metres

Refreshments & Where to Stay

Barcelona is a world class city and has accommodation options of all kinds. Simply check out the link on this page. In terms of refreshments; likewise, this is Barcelona and Spain, so there’s a wealth of options along the ride 🙂


This is a coastal ride, that rises and falls, and provides you with epic views.


  1. Our road bike route starts in the heart of Barcelona, at the Plaça de Catalunya. From there, head northeast towards the coast, passing by the famous Sagrada Familia. Continue along the coast road, passing through the trendy neighborhoods of Poblenou towards Badalona.
  2. Once you leave the city limits, the route becomes more scenic as you ride along the coastline, with views of the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the hills of the Maresme region on the other. The road is generally flat with a few gentle hills, making it suitable for riders of all levels.
  3. As you approach Calella, the road becomes more hilly, but the views of the sea and the surrounding countryside are worth the effort. The final stretch of the ride takes you through the picturesque town of Calella, with its narrow streets and charming old buildings.
  4. Overall, the Barcelona to Calella ride is a great way to experience the beauty of the Catalan coast and enjoy a challenging but rewarding road bike ride. In addition, it’s also a world-class triathlon course for Ironman athletes.

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