Summer in Barcelona is full of great sporting events, both to watch, and to get involved in. Between July and September, the city will play host to some of the most famous sporting competitions in the world, the Mediterranean sun providing excellent conditions for those that like to watch and play. Don’t miss out on the following events.
World Roller Games 2019
More than 81 countries, 4120 athletes, and 128 competitions make up the World Roller Games 2019, the world’s biggest roller sports championship event.
4th- 14th July
Sailing: Puig Vela Classica
A yacht race where around 50 classic and vintage yachts compete against each other for sailing success and regatta glory. This year celebrates the 12th edition of the Puig Vela Classica regatta, which is featured on the Spanish Royal Sailing Federation’s (RFEV) official calendar and counts towards Spain’s 2019 national championship for Vintage and Classic Yachts.
Europe World Championships: CN El Balís
Each year, El Balís holds the European World Sailing Championships in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, just 40km from Barcelona. Over 200 sailors are expected to take part in this event that is open to all Europe class sailors.
La Vuelta a España
The Vuelta a España, was first organised in 1935, following the success of the Italian Giro d’Italia and the infamous Tour de France. The bicycle race sees cyclists pedal their way around Spain- also passing through nearby countries- for three weeks. The route includes the Catalan municipality of Igualada, just one hour from Barcelona.
24th August- 15th September
Cursa de la Mercé
La Mercé is one of Barcelona’s biggest annual celebrations, marking the official end of the summer season and the start of autumn in Catalonia. The Cursa de la Mercé is a 10km race held during the festivities, often regarded as one of the most memorable parts of the La Mercé celebrations.
For those that like to participate in sports as well as watch, here’s some of the things you can do in the city over the coming summer months.
With over 5km of coastline and 10 different beaches, Barcelona is the perfect place for a game of beach volleyball. There are nets on every beach and plenty of opportunities to join those already playing.
Running is popular among both tourists and locals in the city, with plenty of routes to complete along the coastline, through the city, or up in the Collserola mountains.
There are loads of indoor gyms in Barcelona that have aerobic classes as well as weight areas, for those that prefer to do their own workout. Some of the beaches also have outdoor gym equipment, and there are various outdoor swimming pools located across the city.
As well as heading to the beach to swim, many also enjoy the city’s public swimming pools. The Piscines Bernat Picornell, Piscina de Can Dragó, Piscina d’Horta, and Piscina Sant Jordi, are some of our favourite places in the city to go for a swim.
Skateboarding is really popular in the city, especially among young people. There are lots of different skate parks scattered across Barcelona, and popular meeting places include Skate park Mar Bella and Plaça dels Angels outside the MACBA museum in El Raval.
Bike hire can be found across the city, and there are plenty of cycle routes to explore Barcelona by pedal power. Popular routes include Collserola, Montjuic, or along the coastline.
Barcelona is home to indoor climbing walls for those that want to go bouldering. The indoor rock climbing facilities by Montjuic are where we usually like to go.