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Spain, a land of sunny beaches and old cities with modern architecture, has traditionally held a special attraction for sports clubs. In the cities, narrow twisting old streets suddenly open out to views of daring modern architecture. Traveling the country is easy, there is an abundance of accommodation, a benign climate, relaxed people, long and sandy beaches, and plenty of food and drink with regional variety. Culturally, the country is littered with superb old buildings, from Roman Aqueducts and Islamic palaces to Gothic cathedrals. Almost every second village has a medieval castle. The Spanish are most hospitable, and your team will be more than welcomed as guests and new friends of the Spanish.
If you only visit one city in Spain, it should be Barcelona. Situated in a privileged position on the northeastern coast of the Iberian peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is sophisticated, elegant and romantic, but boasts the energy and raffishness of a port city. This capital of the Catalonia region is unequivocally a Mediterranean city not only because of its geographic location but also and above all because of its history, tradition and cultural influences. There is a fascinating old quarter and a night scene to rival any in the country. After Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympics, it became well known as a sporting city.
Sights to see in Barcelona: Las Ramblas, Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia, Museu Picasso, Camp Nou Stadium, Barri Gotic, L’Aquarium de Barcelona, Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, La Pedrera, Barcelona FC Museum, Barcelona Zoo, Miró Museum, The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc and much more!
Calella is a quiet little coastal town in the Costa Brava region, perfect for exploring Barcelona and the surrounding area. Calella’s beach has been consistently awarded the European quality Blue Flag. The old part of Calella is worth a visit for its many ancient buildings, the beautiful Dalmau natural park and the old-style narrow streets where you can taste some of the ‘real’ Spain.
Sights to see in Calella: The Church of Santa Maria, the Chapel of San Quirze, the House of Salvador, the Sivilla House, the Lighthouse of Calella, Old Town, Municipal Museum, Gran Beach, Garbi Beach, Torretes de Calella, Waterworld at Lloret, Dalmau Park and much more!
Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1562, is located on the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula along the river Manzanares. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is a city of great monuments, but is not just a cultural destination; it is also a lively metropolis with many pubs, cafes and nightclubs. Madrid is a melting pot of different cuisines from all over the peninsula. The capital of Spain has enriched its belly with the contributions of the Andalusians, Galicians, Asturians and other immigrants who have settled here.
Sights to see in Madrid: Prado Museum, Catedral de la Almudena, Palacio Real, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, El Retiro, Plaza de Cibeles, Templo de Debod, Royal Palace, Plaza de la Villa, Puerta de Alcalá, Gran Vía, Plaza de Oriente, see a bullfight, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Botin and much more!
Brace yourself for San Sebastian, the one place on earth that offers you literally everything your heart desires, all year round, non-stop and round-the-clock! The wide variety of what this place can offer includes beautiful scenery, sun-kissed beaches, enthusiastic and lively people, a diversity of entertainments, rich cultural activities, internationally renowned cuisine, major music and film festivals, heart-stopping ski races, interesting folklore, outstanding customs and traditions, adventurer-filled mountains for skiing.
Sights to see in San Sebastien: Barrio de la Marina, Casa Casadevante, Monte Urgull, Monte Igueldo, Constitucion Square, Miramar Palace, La Concha, El Paseo Nuevo, La Catedral del Buen Pastor, La Parte Vieja, El Peine del Viento, El Aquarium, El Museo de San Telmo, Ayuntamiento de San Sebastián, Playa de la Concha, Playa de Ondarreta and much more!
For more information about Spain, please visit the Spanish Tourist Board.
“We are back from one of the best ever soccer tours I have been on!!!! It was beyond my expectations! Uri was unbelievable and coaches Didac from Espanyol, David/Enrique from FC Barca were very good. My only complaint is that now parents and players are already looking forward to the next one… you got them hooked (and me too)!!”
–Ibrahim Sow, Coach, Gloucester Impact, Spain