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Sports in Barcelona

Barcelona has given ample proof of its ability to organise major sporting events which are a resounding success. However, the city hasn’t rested on its laurels, and has known how to turn to good account the infrastructures resulting from the great moments in its sporting history in order to shape its sporting future.

A good example is its use of the facilities which played host to the 1992 Olympic Games. Today, they are top-level, versatile sporting complexes, where sportsmen and women and the general public can practise all kinds of sport.

Barcelona offers countless possibilities for taking part in sport: football stadiums, athletics tracks, a velodrome, horseriding tracks and ice rinks, marinas, urban running circuits… and all these facilities are complemented with others in neighbouring towns: the Olympic Canal in Castelldefels where you can practise rowing and canoeing; the High Performance Centre (CAR) in Sant Cugat; the Barcelona Catalonia Circuit in Montmeló; the many golf courses in the surrounding area and a whole host of other options.

Barcelona is a top-level city in terms of sport and healthcare, due to the quality of its facilities, the prestige of its professionals and good transport links within the city. Other contributing factors are its extensive hotel infrastructure and enviable climate.

Multipurpose sports facilities

Estadi olímpic de Montjuïc Lluís Companys 

The undeniable star of the Olympic celebrations, the Olympic Stadium now presents a new image with its refurbished athletics track. The stadium’s spectacular backdrop is the ideal setting for sporting events, concerts, family shows and corporate events. Services: parking facilities, café-restaurant, shop.

Av. de l’Estadi

Palau Sant Jordi 

The Palau Sant Jordi is one of the landmarks that have brought Barcelona to worldwide attention. Designed by the Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, the complex comprises the main sports hall and the Sant Jordi Club (an adjacent multipurpose pavilion) and has established a reputation as a highly versatile, adaptable venue.
Every year it hosts events for 1,000 to 18,000 people: top concert tours by performers from home and abroad, the most spectacular sporting events and the best family shows. It also provides an incomparable setting for congresses and conventions. Services: parking facilities, café-restaurant and shop.

Pg. Olímpic, 5-7

Other facilities

Base nàutica Municipal de la Mar Bella 
The Base Nàutica is a municipal facility which has as its basic aim the promotion of beach culture and nautical sports. Types of activity: courses, equipment hire, sailing trips. Activities: courses, equipment hire and sailing trips.
Av. del Litoral
Platja de la Mar Bella

Canal Olímpic de Catalunya
The Olympic Canal was built for the Olympic Games to host the canoeing competitions, and is currently used for a wide range of activities: canoeing, rowing, windsurfing, sailing, skating, training courses, aerobics, water skiing, body toning (Pilates) swimming, archery, pitch and putt. Services: sports equipment hire (canoeing, kayaking, dinghies, yawls, skates, bicycles, pedal cars…). Activities: sports schools, programmes for schools and businesses and a range of recreational activities
Av. del Canal Olímpic

Acceutennis Vall d’Hebron
Facilities: 17 clay courts, 7 green-set courts, 4 mini-tennis courts, 1 fronton court, 6 padel tennis courts, gymnasium, swimming pool, basketball court and jogging track. Services: café, restaurant, sports shop, court and track hire, memberships, health and beauty centre.
Activities: tennis school, social championships and national and international competitions.
Pg. de la Vall d’Hebron

Centre Municipal de Vela (CMV) 
Barcelona’s municipal sailing school, the Centre Municipal de Vela, offers children, young
people and adults the chance to learn how to sail and perfect their knowledge. Courses
in dinghy sailing, yachting, catamaraning, windsurfing and sailboarding. Programmes
and activities for schools, businesses and groups. Summer campus, ongoing training
programmes. Ocean sailing and regatta school.
Port Olímpic. Moll de Gregal

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
The race track, which opened in 1991, is located 20 km from Barcelona and has a capacity of 120,000 spectators. It has three competition routes: the Grand Prix Circuit, the National Circuit and the School Circuit. It also has a school for drivers run by the Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia (RACC).
The main competitions held at the Circuit de Catalunya are:
• Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix
• Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix
• Barcelona 24 Hour Race
• 24 Hour Motorcycle Race
Other services: the track can be hired by private individuals and businesses; Track days, GT driving, bicircuit, racing tests, formula, on-road motorbike, guided tours, off-road circuit…
Access: exit 13, 14 and 15 of the AP-7 motorway, follow the signs for Montmeló-Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Mas “La Moreneta”. Apartat de correus 27

The Circuit de Catalunya aka Circuit de Barcelonais a racetrack in Montmeló, to the north of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. With long straights and a variety of corners, the Circuit de Catalunya is seen as an all-rounder circuit. The Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991 and began hosting the Spanish Grand Prix that same year. Construction also coincided with the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Barcelona, the next year, where the circuit acted as the start and finish line for the road team time trial cycling event. The Circuit de Catalunya should not be confused with the Montjuïc circuit, which hosted the Spanish Grand Prix four times between 1969 and 1975 and, unlike the Circuit de Catalunya, is actually located within the city of Barcelona.Because so much testing is done at this circuit, Formula One drivers and mechanics are extremely familiar with it. This has led to criticism that drivers and mechanics are too familiar with Catalunya, reducing the amount of on-track action. The circuit has been the site of some memorable moments. In 1991, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell went down the entire front straight side-by-side while duelling for second place, with Mansell eventually taking the position and ultimately the race itself. In 1994, Michael Schumacher managed to finish in second place despite driving over half the race with only fifth gear. In 1996, Schumacher took his first win as a Ferrari driver, after a dominant performance during a torrential rainstorm. The 1999 race was notable as there was only one reported overtaking move during the race. In 2001, Mika Häkkinen suffered a clutch failure while leading the race on the last lap, handing the win to Schumacher. At the 2006 event, Fernando Alonso became the first Spanish Formula One driver to win at his home country’s track. In 2008, Heikki Kovalainen left the track at 240 km/h (149 mph) after a wheel rim failure at turn 9. He managed to decelerate to 130 km/h (81 mph) when he hit the tyre barrier. He was temporarily unconscious and suffered minor concussion, but a few minutes later, spectators were relieved when he gave a thumbs up.

Escola Municipal d’Hípica la Foixarda 
Riding school catering to school-age children in particular and providing riding lessons for
beginners of all ages and backgrounds so that they can enjoy this recreational activity to
the full. Courses and outings led by teachers.
Av. Montanyans, 1 

Indoor Karting Barcelona
Includes hire of helmet and overalls. Bar-restaurant service.
Polígono Industrial El Pla
Ctra. Laureà Miró, 434 

Piscinas Bernat Picornell
The Bernat Picornell swimming pools are located in Montjuïc Park, across the road from the Olympic Stadium and the Palau Sant Jordi. During the 1992 Olympic Games they were the venue for the swimming competitions and since then have hosted toplevel swimming, water polo and synchronised-swimming competitions.
Facilities: indoor pool measuring 50 x 25 m, two outdoor pools (one measuring 50 x 25 m), weightlifting room, sauna, hydromassage, steam bath, two supervised exercise rooms, three padel courts and an athletics track at the Pau Negre-Parc del Migdia sports complex.
Services: Café and restaurant.
Activities: courses in water sports, summer campus, Sunday activities.
Av. de l’Estadi, 30-38

Skating (ice rink) 
Services: skate and accessory hire, parking facilities, air-conditioned/heated bar, lessons and special prices for schools and groups.
Activities: skating, curling and children’s hockey school.
Roger de Flor, 168 

Main sports clubs

Club Natació Atlètic Barceloneta 
Activities: different swimming and fitness activities.
Facilities: two heated indoor swimming pool, two open-air swimming pools (one heated), water zone (hydromassage, sauna and steam baths), a pelota court, private beach, direct access to the beach, weightlifting room, supervised activity room and solarium.
Services: bar-café, medical and sports service, beauty centre, shop.
Pl. del Mar

Club Natació Barcelona 
Activities: swimming and water polo, supervised fitness and karate classes, windsurfing, sailing, rugby and athletics.
Facilities: four swimming pools, 33 m outdoor seawater pool, five fronton courts, three squash courts, racket-ball court, gymnasium, multipurpose court, three padel tennis courts, ten pétanque courts, fitness room, room with three table-tennis tables, multipurpose rooms and direct access to the beach.
Services: spa, massage, solarium, bar-restaurant, hairdresser’s and beauty salon, shop, games library, laundry service and parking facilities.
Pg. Joan de Borbó, 93 

Club Natació Catalunya
Facilities: three indoor swimming pools, one open-air swimming pool, three gymnasiums, two squash courts, one pelota court and two saunas, steam bath, hydromassage, speedbike room.
Services: restaurant, sports shop and social club.
Activities: water polo, swimming, athletics, triathlon and squash
Piscina Municipal Pau Negre. Ramiro de Maeztu, 25 

Futbol Club Barcelona 
FC Barcelona was founded by Joan Gamper in 1899. The sports complex includes the main stadium with a capacity for 100,000 spectators, the Miniestadi, the Palau Blau Grana and ice rink.
Services: museum (see Museums), shop, club facility hire for business events.
Av. Joan XXIII

Reial Club Marítim de Barcelona 
Facilities: 175 mooring berths with maintenance services for the boats, sauna, solarium, gymnasium and swimming pool.
Services: restaurant, library and audiovisual room.
Activities: rowing, dinghy sailing, motorboating and fishing.
Moll d’Espanya

Reial Club Nàutic de Barcelona 
Facilities: 175 mooring berths, gymnasium, sauna, training classrooms and meeting and conference rooms, terrace with city views.
Services: cleaning andmaintenance, dry dock platform and crane, private restaurant, library and private car park.
Activities: dinghy sailing school, sports fishing and organisation of the international regattas, the “Conde de Godó” Trophy and the Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona Regatta.
Moll d’Espanya

Sporting marinas

Barcelona has four sporting marinas: the oldest, which is the home of the Reial Club Marítim and the Reial Club Nàutic, is located on the Moll d’Espanya wharf at the end of La Rambla; the Marina Port Vell, on the quayside of the old fishing dock; the Port Olímpic; and the Port Fòrum, which is the most recent and is located on the city’s coastline. There are over 40 sporting marinas along the 580-km Catalan coast.

Marina Port Vell Barcelona 
The Marina Port Vell became operational in 1992 as a result of the redevelopment of the city’s harbourfront area.The marina is located in front of the Passeig Joan de Borbó, and has berthing, maintenance and repair facilities for boats from 10 metres in length to large yachts.
Facilities: 410 mooring berths for boats measuring between 10 to 180 metres in length. Technical services: dry dock, cable TV, showers, laundry, tumble dryers, travel lift, cranes, petrol pumps, drinking water, electricity and telephone.
Services: restaurant, cafeteria, changing rooms, parking facilities and 24-hour security.
Moll del Rellotge
Escar, 26

Port Olímpic Barcelona 
740 mooring berths with water and electricity. 45 MT travel lift and 6 MT crane. It also has petrol pumps and 24-hour sea petrol and maintenance service. There are also companies in the marina which buy, sell and hire boats (with or without skippers).
Edifici Capitania 

Port Fòrum 
The port facilities are located just ten minutes from the city centre, at the beginning of the Avinguda Diagonal, between the municipal areas of Sant Adrià del Besòs and Barcelona. The port is divided into three areas: an inner dock with 170 mooring berths for boats measuring between 10 and 25 metres in length and an outer dock with 31 mooring berths of up to 80 metres in length. It also has a dry dock, open 365 days a year, which has room for 250 motor boats of up to
9 metres in length. Services: petrol pumps, 24-hour security service, restaurants and shops.
C/ de la Pau, 12

Golf Courses

Catalonia has 40 golf courses, most of them located on the outskirts of the city, on the coast and in the Pyrenees. Below is a list of the golf courses in the province of Barcelona.

Club de Golf de Barcelona
Crta. de Martorell a Capellades,
25 km from Barcelona.

Club de Golf Llavaneras
Camí del Golf, 49-51
34 km from Barcelona.

Club de Golf Montanyà
Masia l’Estanyol
50 km from Barcelona.
Activities: private lessons (in English, Spanish, and Catalan).

Club de Golf Sant Cugat
Villà, 79
15 Km from Barcelona
Activities: competitions

Club de Golf Terramar
Crta. Golf
37 km from Barcelona

Club de Golf Vallromanes
23 km from Barcelona

Golf Sant Vicenç de Montalt
Vinyes d’en Mandri, 82

Golf Sant Vicenç de Montalt
Vinyes d’en Mandri, 82

Reial Club de Golf El Prat
Plans de Bonvilar, 17
25 km from Barcelona

Vilalba Golf Club
Ctra. de la Roca a Cardedeu,

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