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Barcelona is once again the capital of high-level cruising sailing. Enjoy from the city beaches one of the most exciting international regattas in the world, a sea party where the technique of the crew is the key element to win. Next May, the best cruising boats, both national and international, will be present at the 48th Conde de Godó Sailing Trophy, organized by the Real Club Nàutic de Barcelona.
FC Barcelona gets a new season of football underway with its traditional friendly that is named after the club's founder. The Joan Gamper Trophy is played in August, once 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.
Of all the memorable Catalan traditions, which include 'fire runs' and dancing 'giants', it's arguably the human towers that have the most impact on those watching them. To enjoy a true festival of these castells, head to Vilafranca de Penedès for its annual festa major, from the 29th August to the 2nd September, which commemorates the town's patron Sant Fèlix.
The casteller groups that have more participated in the San Félix Day, August 30, have been els Xiquets de Valls (currently, the Colla Vella and the Colla Joves), the Castellers de Vilafranca and the Minyons de Terrassa. Even so, also has participated els Nens del Vendrell, Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona, els Xicots de Vilafranca, among others. Each human tower is an exemplary example of team work, from the crowd forming the supporting pinya at the bottom via the columns formed as each level rises and culminating with the youngest members of the crew scampering right to the very top to crown the construction, which is officially completed once the smallest of all (l'enxaneta) raises his or her hand. Cue thunderous applause.
The latest edition of the BCN Sports Film Festival opens on 18th January.
The 11th edition of the festival, which this year will take place in four different venues throughout the city* and on streaming as well, will be showing more than eighty of the best contemporary sports films.
* Pre-booking required.
Enjoy the spectacle of one of the world's oldest sports where speed and the relationship between the riders and the horses play an essential role. The Real Club de Polo de Barcelona will be hosting the 53rd Torneig Internacional de Polo, the Barcelona Polo Challenge – Negrita Cup. There will be three matches every day over two consecutive weekends during which six teams of international players will vie for the trophy.
The European Balloon Festival in Igualada is the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in Spain and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days the first fortnight of July. It's a meeting point, a competition and a festival in one, with more than 50 balloons taking to the air. Competitive flights take place early in the morning and at dusk, when conditions are ideal, and if you want a taste of the high life, balloon rides can be booked in advance. Fly among a mass of Balloons from several counties of the world.
But there's plenty to enjoy from ground level, whether it's the different skill challenges in the competition, live music, kids' activities and workshops, or the magical Night Glow event, in which balloons are fired up but don't take off, glowing like lanterns and accompanied by a fireworks display.
This sporting event with three disciplines is undoubtedly on the rise; it currently forms part of the Olympic and Paralympic games, and athletes such as the British Brownlee brothers have increased the audience for this challenge combining swimming, cycling and running. It is also becoming a trend among amateurs who are looking for a more varied exercise that provides more than just one single sport. It is no surprise that the Barcelona Triathlon attracts thousands of people to its waterfront every year.
With three distances available, participants can choose between supersprint, sprint and olympic, taking part as individuals, in couples (both should finish the race together) or as a relay team (with two of more members sharing the effort).
A new physical and mental challenge will take place on 3rd October in Calella. IRONMAN Barcelona is a competition with 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42.2 km on foot in which 3400 athletes from over 80 countries will compete to reach the finish line. With routes along the Maresme Coast, IRONMAN Barcelona includes two further races: IRONKIDS for the youngest among us and IRONGIRL which seeks to boost the participation of women in sports.
The eDreams Barcelona Half Marathon passes through the city's most emblematic streets.Runners from around the world will show up this October 17th to run along this fast route through the center of Barcelona.The event brings together both experienced athletes and novice runners who want to participate in big events.
Starting point: Passeig de Pujades.
In its 42nd edition, this race has become one of the most well-known marathons in Europe. The Zurich Marathon in Barcelona is a huge city festival where runners from around the world come and enjoy this fantastic long-distance race. They are backed by the good weather and more than 42 km of city circuit which winds through the most emblematic parts of the city.
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