Barcelona is well known for its love of football, where you can watch some of the best players in the world. It’s not all about soccer though, so here are the 10 biggest sporting events that take place each year.
Watch some of the leading athletes from around the world compete alongside amateur runners in the Barcelona Marathon. The race takes to the streets, twisting and turning past some of the city’s famous landmarks. If you think this challenge is for you, then check online, register and start training.
Cursa de Bombers
The 10km of Cursa de Bombers takes place through the roads of Barcelona each April. Originally launched as a race for the fireman of Barcelona, the course has since attracted over 10,000 competitors each year.
The Barcelona Tennis Open has the world’s top ranked players compete for their slice of a €2m prize fund. Played on the clay courts of the Real Club de Tenis stadium, Spain’s own Rafael Nadal has dominated the tournament in recent years.
Spanish Grand Prix
Each year the Spanish Grand Prix takes place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. One of the oldest Formula 1 races on the calendar. Watch the likes of Spanish favourite Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel take on the newcomers on this exciting high-speed circuit.
Catalan Motorcycle Grand Prix
If you prefer 2 wheels rather than 4 then visit the famous Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya during the Motorcycle Grand Prix season. Legendary Italian rider Valentino Rossi has won here 10 times during his career.
Flying in the skies above, Aerosport is as much an air show as it is a competitive event.
Barcelona World Race
Several yachts, with a 2 man crew, set off in this prestigious around the world yacht race. You can’t guarantee they will make it back on the same day, but be part of the leaving party.
Jean Bouin International Athletics Event
Named after the French middle-distance runner Jean Bouin, the Jean Bouin International Athletics Event takes place each year in his honour.
FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid
This is the big one, “El Clasico” (the classic) as it’s affectionately known. Two of the biggest football clubs in the world go head to head each year in the most anticipated games of the season. If you want to see Barcelona take on fellow giants Real Madrid on home soil, then book tickets for the Camp Nou stadium.
Barcelona vs Espanyol
It may not be as high profile, but with fellow Catalan team Espanyol also based in Barcelona this is as local as it gets. Currently playing in the same division, expect the teams to meet twice a year. Once at the Nou camp and again at the RCDE Stadium.
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