One of the city's best courses, Club de Golf Vallromanes, Afueras s/n, Vallromanes (tel. 93-572-90-64; www.clubdegolfvallromanes.com), is 20 minutes north of the city center by car. Non-members who reserve tee times in advance are welcome to play. The green fee is 100€ on weekdays, 180€ on weekends. The club is open Wednesday through Monday from 9am to 9pm. Established in 1972, it is the site of the Spanish Open Golf Tournament.
Reial Club de Golf El Prat, El Prat de Llobregat (tel. 93-379-02-78), is a prestigious club that allows non-members to play under two conditions: They must have a handicap issued by the governing golf body in their home country, and they must prove membership of a golf club at home. The club has two 18-hole, par-72 courses. Greens fees are 125€ Monday through Friday. Weekends are for members only. From Barcelona, follow Avinguda Once de Septiembre past the airport to Barrio de San Cosme. From there follow the signs along Carrer Prat to the golf course.
Set high above the city on the mountain of Montjuïc, this is a perfect setting for a riding school. The Escola Municipal d'Hípica La Foixarda, Avinguda Muntayans 1 (tel. 93-426-10-66; Metro: Espanya), has classes for all ages and skills, from 18€ per hour.
Las Golondrinas (Swallow Boats; tel. 93-442-31-06; www.lasgolondrinas.com) are pretty little double-deckers that take you on a leisurely cruise of the city's port, or port and northern coast combined. Boats depart from the port side of the Plaça Portal de la Pau, directly in front of the Columbus column. The port-only tour leaves every hour (weekends only) between 11:45am and 6pm, and the port and coast excursion daily at 11am and 12:20, 1:15, and 3:30pm. Prices for adults are 6.50€ for port-only and 13.50€ for port and coast as far as the Forum; children 4 to 14 pay 2.60€ and 5€ for these respective tours.
Swim at Piscina Bernardo Picornell, Avinguda de Estadí 30-40, Montjuïc (tel. 93-423-40-41), where Olympic events took place in 1992. Adjacent to the Olympic Stadium, it incorporates two of the best swimming pools in Spain (one indoor, one outdoor). Custom-built for the Olympics, they're open to the public Monday through Friday from 7am to midnight, Saturday from 7am to 9pm, and Sunday from 7am to 4pm. Entrance costs 8€ for adults and 4€ for children and allows full use throughout the day plus the gymnasium, sauna, and whirlpools. Bus no. 61 makes frequent runs from Plaça Espanya.
The Centre Municipal de Tennis, Passeig Vall d´Hebron 178 (tel. 93-427-65-00; Metro: Montbau), has been the training ground for some of the country's top players. It has 17 clay and 7 grass courts set over beautiful grounds, but you need to supply your own racket and balls. Court hire is 10€ an hour for clay courts and 14€ an hour for grass courts.
Especially for Kids
Happy Parc (www.happyparc.com) is the perfect solution for kids who need to let off steam. It's a huge, covered, labyrinth-type set-up full of bouncy, touchy, feely, jumpy, rubbery contraptions for little darlings to romp around on. Monitors are on hand and there is a special enclosed area for tiny tots. There are two in Barcelona: One at Comtes de Bell-lloc 74-78 (tel. 93-490-08-35; Metro: Sants) and the other at Pau Claris 97 (tel. 93-317-86-60; Metro: Urquinaona). Both are open Monday to Friday 5 to 9pm and weekends 11am to 9pm. Cost is 4.50€ per hour for children, free for adults.
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