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  • Zurich Marató de Barcelona

    Zurich Marató de Barcelona

    As running becomes increasingly popular with millions of people around the world, the numbers coming to take part in Barcelona's marathon grows each year. In 2016, it had over 20,000 registered runners and almost 17,000 finishers; it's now the fourth largest marathon in Europe after Berlin, London and Paris. Doubtless part of the appeal is the idea of running a 42.2km route around one of the continent's most aesthetically pleasing cities. The number of globally recognised landmarks passed by participants, such as the Sagrada Família and Camp Nou, as well as noteworthy vistas including the seafront, historic port and Ciutadella Park, make this a one-of-a-kind sporting event.
    But that's not all. The Barcelona marathon is much more, with entertainment for the crowds, a Breakfast Run the day before the race, which takes in the final 4km from the marathon route when the Catalan capital hosted the 1992 Olympic Games, and Expo Sports, with numerous stands related to distance running.

    "You can't beat a 42 km run past some of Barcelona's iconic landmarks. The day before you can also enjoy the Breakfast Run and complete the last 4 km of the route of the 1992 Olympic Games."

  • Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, 65th Trofeu Conde Godó

    Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, 65th Trofeu Conde Godó

    Created back in 1953 by the then Count Godó, Carlos Godó Valls, this tennis contest has become a popular event on the ATP World 500 (the third highest series of competitions for professional male players; other tournaments in this part of the World Tour include the Queen's Club Championships, the China Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships) and is as much a social event for fans of the sport as a key clay fixture. Taking place in the warmth of the Barcelona spring in one of Spain's leading clubs, the Reial Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899, which has 18 clay courts including a stadium one with capacity for almost 8,500 spectators, this is an excellent chance to discover another side to the city's sporty character.

    "An opportunity to see a match played on clay close-up. An amazing event with a strong following that is part of the ATP World 500."

  • Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix

    Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix

    Those loud engines are getting ready to rev once more, as Barcelona again plays host to Spain's Formula 1 event. This is by far one of the biggest sporting dates on the city's yearly calendar, and the streets fill with fans from all over the world, come to support their team. Once the two days of qualifying on the Montmeló circuit are over, race day is always the source of great excitement. For starters, it's one of the more challenging tracks that drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel have to face over the season, making the final outcome always something of an unknown entity ? the past decade has seen 10 different winners step up to the podium. In addition, the local crowd will be cheering on Spanish hero Fernando Alonso, hoping that he will repeat his wins from 2006 and 2013. But many eyes will doubtless also be on Max Verstappen, the Dutch driver who last year became the youngest ever victor at the Catalan circuit.

    "A real treat to see elite drivers at one of the most challenging race tracks of the season. The qualifying rounds will simply take your breath away. A must for petrol heads."

  • Gran Premi Monster Energy MotoGP de Catalunya

    Gran Premi Monster Energy MotoGP de Catalunya

    Another big sporting weekend on Barcelona's calendar arrives as the Moto GP World Championship returns. There's always a lot of local interest for this event, thanks to Catalonia's tradition of producing world-class motorbike drivers such as Marc Márquez (who took the 2016 world title), Dani Pedrosa and Pol Espargaró, while other Spanish stars include Jorge Lorenzo. This race was added to the championship schedule in 1991 despite the fact that there was already a Spanish MotoGP event because of the level of local success in the sport. It's run over 25 laps and last year's winner, the popular Italian driver Valentino Rossi, says it's one of his favourite tracks. Indeed Rossi has won it six times since 2001, with Australian Casey Stoner the only other man to have any impact (in 2007 and 2011) on the Spaniards' hegemony over this course. So join the excited crowd and see if a home favourite can once more regain this particular crown.

    "This sport enjoys a strong local following and no wonder! One of Valentino Rossi's favourite race tracks which won't fail to impress motorbike-racing fans."

  • European Balloon Festival

    European Balloon Festival

    Get a new view of Catalonia as the sky above the town of Igualada fills with hot air balloons during the four days of this annual event. It's the largest of its kind in Spain and one of the biggest balloon gatherings in Europe; thousands of spectators come to see the more than 50 balloons that arrive from around the world. However, they're not just there to be admired; there's also a competitive part, one of which includes balloons taking off from various points across Igualada, and another that sees them start at a given place just outside town with the aim of landing on a specific point. Flights happen around 7.30am and 8pm, when the weather is best suited to balloons. In between there are many family activities such as bike courses, soccer, sumo and juggling workshop, as well as a display of 'wind igloos', which are old balloons used as temporary structures for concerts, swimming pools and social events. On Saturday evening, the Night Glow event sees the balloons filled with light and a firework display.

    "A true spectacle where aerostatic balloons from all over the world fill the skies above Igualada. In the evening you can enjoy Night Glow when the balloons are lit up and a festival of music and fireworks puts the cherry on the cake."

  • Trofeu Joan Gamper

    Trofeu Joan Gamper

    FC Barcelona gets a new season of football underway with its traditional friendly that is named after the club's founder. In recent years, the Joan Gamper has been played towards the middle of August, once the players return from their summer break, and it provides fans a great opportunity to see some of Barça's new signings in action before the serious business of leagues and competitions begins. It's also a fantastic chance to visit the majestic Camp Nou stadium, Europe's largest and a must-see for any real soccer aficionado; indeed it's one of the most-visited places in Catalonia. To contest the 'trophy' (until 1996, it was actually a four-team competition with two semi-finals and a final played, but a rise in other pre-season events meant that it was scaled back), the club usually invites an international challenger: among those that have taken part in the past five years are the Italian sides U.C. Sampdoria and A.S. Roma, and Santos F.C. from Brazil.

    "Barça fans are in luck. The season kicks off with its traditional friendly match. An opportunity to see the new signings in action at the majestic Camp Nou."

  • Barcelona Triathlon by Santander

    Barcelona Triathlon by Santander

    The profile of this three-pronged sporting event is definitely on the up; it's now part of both the Olympics and the Paralympics, and athletes such as the British Brownlee brothers have raised audience interest in the swimming, cycling and running challenge. It's also becoming popular among amateurs looking for a more varied exercise endeavour than that offered by just sticking to one sport. Unsurprisingly, then, the Barcelona Triathlon attracts thousands of competitors each year to its beachfront setting. With three distances available, participants can choose between supersprint, sprint and Olympic and take part either as individuals, in pairs (where the two complete the course together) or as a relay team (with two or three members sharing the effort). As well as the sporting action, there is also Triexpo, a one-day show of the latest in triathlon trends and accessories, ideal for stocking up on new kit and meeting some of the other people taking part.

    "I enjoyed it as a spectator but there's also an amateur category. The triathlon is now included in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and seeing professionals like the Brownlee brothers enjoy this sport boosts people's interest in swimming, cycling and running."

  • Solidarity Christmas Walk

    Solidarity Christmas Walk

    On 17 December the Solidarity Christmas Walk will take to the streets of the districts of Ciutat Vella, Eixample Dret and Sant Martí, thereby concluding the annual program of walks in Barcelona. The departure point will be the Passeig dels Til·lers in the Parc de la Ciutadella and it will end up at the same spot after completing a route of some 10 km.
    Throughout 2017, thousands of people have taken part in the walks, an initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle and at the same time discover some of Barcelona's lesser known spots.

    At the starting point for the Solidarity Christmas Walk, Càritas will be collecting non-perishable food items.

  • Christmas Swimming Cup

    Christmas Swimming Cup

    This activity takes place every year on Christmas Day, it is the oldest sports activities in the entire Spanish territory.
    The competition is organised by the Club Natació Barcelona and participants swim across 200 metres of open water within Barcelona Port.

  • Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan A. Samaranch

    Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan A. Samaranch

    Barcelona has become the first major European city with its own Olympics museum, the Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport. The museum is located on Montjuïc hill, and offers a unique experience of the Olympic movement and sport. The city's passion to sports reached its pinnacle with 1992 Barcelona's Olympics.

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