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Most popular sport in Spain

Football is the most popular spectator sport, with football clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona being among the most famous in the world. There is a magnificent horse racing track in Madrid. Motor racing is a popular spectator sport in Barcelona and Cadiz.

The many high mountains offer excellent opportunities for hiking, mountaineering and walking in the Pyrenees and there are good opportunities for rock climbing in the mountains. Mountain biking is becoming increasingly popular. Spain’s long equestrian tradition means that horse riding can easily be arranged. Mountain trails, river valleys and the wide plains can all be explored on horseback.

Swimming, water-skiing, and windsurfing facilities can be found at nearly all costal resorts. Whitewater rafting and canoeing are practiced on the rapids in northern Spain. Sailing is very popular, both around the coast and inland. Diving is also popular; permits can be acquired from the relevant regional authorities.

Excellent opportunities exist for all types of fishing. The rivers and streams offer good freshwater game fishing, while trout is abundant throughout the country. Permits must be requested from the regional authorities

Golf is becoming increasingly popular sport, the Costa del Sol and La Manga are two of Spain’s premier golfing destinations. At present, Spain has over 200 golf courses. Tuition and equipment hire are widely available.

Spain offers great opportunities for the sport of snow skiing and there are many natural ski-runs and winter resorts, equipped with modern facilities and all are attractive for mountaineering in general and for winter sports.

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