Barcelona is located on the mediterranean coast of the Iberic peninsula. It’s the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, and its urban area is extended to more than 300 municipalities within the Province of Barcelona. Known for its modern architecture, Barcelona is one of the biggest cultural, economic, and financial centers in southwestern Europe.

City population

1,6 million

Population density

16 000/km²

City SDG index


Subjective well-being ranking

#27 (2020)

Average Temperature


Köppen classification

Mediterranean Climate (Csa)

Why RECETAS in Barcelona?

A city with some social and economic problems…


of adults ages 18-64, 19% of women and 16% of men experience poor mental health (1)


of the metropolitan population experiences some form of relational loneliness (2)


of low-income population at risk of social exclusion (3)

1) Source (from 2016): Ajuntament de Barcelona
2) Source: IERMB
3) Source: AMB & IERMB

… but the geographical location may help to implement NBSP activites.

Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea (East), the Collserola Mountain (West) and rivers (El Llobregat and Besòs), the metropolitan area of Barcelona also presents a wide variety of forested and botanical areas.

hectares of total green cover (4)

of green surface per inhabitant (5)

hectares of parks and gardens in the urban nucleus (6)

of coastline in province (7)

How will NBSPs be tested?

Barcelona has 4 different collaborating institutions for this project, which are the Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya, the Fundació Salut i Envelliment from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and Health Department (Agència de Salut Pública de Catalunya), which is also the project coordinator institution.
Barcelona institutions will carry out a clinical trial, in coordination with the rest of the cities.

This study will include people older than 18 years who live in socio-economically deprived urban areas from the Barcelona province with a high rate of immigration, unemployment and an aging population at risk of social isolation.

The river areas recovered from the Llobregat and Besòs rivers, the sea coast, the parks integrated into the nuclei or associated with forest areas, and the historical and botanical gardens distributed in the metropolitan area of Barcelona will form part of the territory in which the activities will take place.

Example of good practices

In Barcelona, 67% of rooftops are flat, and therefore generally accessible. 20% of these present optimal characteristics to get solar advantage. The City Council is promoting actions to activate roofs in existing and new buildings and get the most out of them from a social, environmental and energetic perspective.

« Urban agriculture is promoted as a healthy, social, community-led practice for the city’s residents. It is a window to the countryside that raises awareness of agricultural principles, improves physical and mental health, and builds community. » (

sport outdorr

« Increasingly the streets, parks and even the beaches of the city are occupied spaces for the realization of physical activity through programs promoted by the Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya and other organizations or from the community. » (

Get in touch

Are you an organization based in Barcelona and dealing with these topics? Do you want to share your experience ? Are you interested in getting involved in RECETAS activities?
Contact us !

Project Coordinator

Dr. Jill Litt

Project Manager

Ashby L. Sachs

Project Assistant

Pol Jiménez


Mireia Gascón

UViC | Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya


Responsible of the randomized trial in Barcelona
Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Community Health at the Faculty of Health and Welfare Sciences of the University of Vic-UCC
Researcher on ageing with a special focus on loneliness

Laura Coll Planas

Researcher & Health Psychologist

Laia Brionnes Buixassa


Qualitative researcher

Sandra Anitua Jorge


Physiotherapist – Researcher & PhD Student

Aina Carbó Cardeña


Environmentalist – Researcher & PhD Student

Montse Masó Aguado


Sergi Blancafort Alias


Local project management​



Data Analyst​

Marta Roqué i Figuls


Director & Manager

Joan Colom Farran

Coordinator & Implementation

Cristina Casajuana Kögel

Expert & Adviser

Lidia Segura García

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