The Top 10 Sport Events in Spain 2019

Are you passionate about sports? 2019 comes loaded with sporting events of all kinds, so you can get involved and enjoy the excitement live.
 
Whether in large stadiums, indoor circuits or outdoor trails, this year Spain is hosting a range of internationally recognised events and championships to suit all tastes. So no matter where you are staying in Spain, there will be something for you to enjoy. 
 
This year, the great stars of sport will return to defend their titles. Discover when and where you can get involved with the best sporting events of 2019 in Spain:
 
"La Vuelta" Cycle Race in Spain

1. Spanish Formula 1 Gran Prix 2019, Montmeló 

Formula 1 lovers can mark the 12th of May on their calendars as the Spanish Gran Prix of F1 in Montmeló. Guaranteed to be a fast-paced spectacle with some of the best drivers in the world including Lewis Hamilton, Carlos Sainz, Sebastian Vettel and more.
 
This year, Montmeló is the main circuit to host the pre-season tests that will run from the 18th to the 21st of February and from the 26th of February to the 1st of March. These dates give spectators the chance of a sneak preview into what each team has prepared for the race in May.
 
Formula 1

2. Red Bull Moto GP 2019, Jerez

On the 3rd and 5th of May, the great stars of the Moto GP will return to burn rubber on the circuit of Jerez during the Red Bull Moto GP Spain 2019. Bikers and bike lovers alike simply can’t miss it, so make sure you include it in your holiday plans if you're staying in the province of Cadiz
 
The current title holder is Marc Márquez and this year’s battle promises to be exciting as Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa fight hard to claim the title. 
 
If you can’t make it to Jerez this year, you can still enjoy the speed and excitement at one of the other three grand prizes that are also celebrated in Spain: Montmeló in June, Aragón in September and Cheste (Valencia) in November.
 
Moto GP, Jerez

3. Andalusia Valderrama Masters 2019, Cadiz

In October 2019 the best European level golf will return to Spain with the Andalucía Valderrama Masters which will be held at the Real Club de Golf de Valderrama in Sotogrande, Cádiz. 
 
This competition is one of two tournaments of the 2019 European Tour to be held in Spain, so should not be missed. Additionally, it is held at the end of the high season and at that time of year, the Andalucian climate is perfect to enjoy golf.
 
Rent a holiday home in Andalucia and enjoy its huge concentration of golf courses and what’s more, the International Association of Golf Operators (IAGTO) has recognised Andalusia as the "European Golf Destination of the Year" thanks to the quantity and quality of its golf courses.
 
Golfing at the Real Club de Valderrama

4. La Vuelta a España Road Bike Race 2019

From the 24th of August to the 15th of September 2019, the spotlight will be on Spain in many homes, as the "La Vuelta Ciclista a España" will take the viewers through most parts of Spain. This year the contest will begin in Salinas de Torrevieja with 3 stages in total along the Costa Blanca. It is the first time in the long history of La Vuelta to visit Salinas de Torrevieja. The whole area surrounding Torrevieja has several fantastic salt lagoons and one of the largest ones is the magnificent salt lagoon in Santa Pola. 

Taking place over 3 weeks and with 21 different stages, La Vuelta will cover much of Spain’s geography, especially the Mediterranean coast and a number of breathtaking mountain ranges. The final route is yet to be confirmed, but the route usually includes most parts of Spain, from the Basque Country in the north to Andalucia in the south, where the peloton passed the spectacular the Caminito del Rey last year. 

Though the route changes from year to year, the final stage will end as usual in the very heart of Spain: by the incredible Cibeles fountain in Madrid.

All stages and locations of the race will be released in January 2019, meaning that after this date, spectators can plan their travels accordingly and catch some live race action.

La Vuelta a España Road Bike Race Spain

5. Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament

The incredible Caja Mágica sports stadium in Madrid will once again host the Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament from the 3rd to the 12th of May. It’s an incredible stadium due to its moving walls which allow games to be played outdoors or indoors - a true architectural wonder in which to enjoy the best tennis with the best players in the world in one of the best cities in Spain. 
 
Mutua Madrid Open Tennis

6. RACC Catalunya-Costa Dorada Rally

The 55th edition of the WRC Rally of Spain (RACC Catalunya-Costa Dorada Rally) will be held from the 24th to the 27th of October and will have its headquarters at the PortAventura theme park in Salou, Tarragona
 
The RACC Catalunya-Costa Dorada Rally is the only mixed-terrain rally of the whole season, the first two days take place on asphalt and the last day's route will be over both dirt and asphalt. Therefore, competitors of this race require a special ability to adapt their driving to both surfaces without losing control or speed.
 

This race will be the third and penultimate test of the FIA World Rally Championship, with the last round taking place in November in Australia. In 2018 a new technical regulation was introduced which has allowed teams to race in more spectacular and elaborate cars than previous years. 

RACC Catalunya-Costa Dorada Rally

7. El Clasico Football: Real Madrid vs F.C. Barcelona

When Real Madrid and Barcelona play against each other, the whole of Spain comes to a halt in front of the TV, as few are lucky enough to enjoy the excitement of the live match inside the stadium.
This season, Barcelona will have the advantage of playing the first match at home at stadion Camp Nou, a game they won and now the pressure is on Real Madrid to win the next El Clasico.
 
Nothing is certain when these two giants in football meet in El Clasico, but spectators are always guaranteed a game with some of the best football in the world with the greatest stars of the sport.

The second match between Real Madrid and Barca will be played in weekend 1st to the 3rd of March 2019 on Santiago Bernabéu. The exact date will only be released a few weeks before the match so keep an eye out at the beginning of February if you want to secure your ticket!

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

8. Multisport World Championships Festival 2019

The Multisport World Championships Festival will be held in Pontevedra from the 27th of April to the 4th of May 2019. This event is fairly new as it was only in 2017 that the first Multisport World Championships Festival was held in Canada. The aim is to gather as many professional athletes as well as amateurs from different sports as possible to have a great week together with many different events. 

The disciplines involve 2 or more different sports, like the standard Duathlon, which is running - biking and running with the distances (5km-10km-2,5km), or the Aquabike, which is swimming and cycling (3000m –120km). There will also be 2 different kinds of triathlon, the long distance Triathlon which is swimming - cycling - running (3000m–120km–30km) and the often lesser known Cross Triathlon: swimming - cycling - running (1000m – 30km- 10km) which takes place in uneven terrain. 

Triatlon

9. Open Week & World Championship in Europe dinghy 2019

If you like sailing and competitions, then you should take a trip to the port of El Balis at Sant Andreu de Llavaneres 40km north of Barcelona. Here at Club Nautic El Balis, the Europe dinghy world championship will be held from the 4th to the 11th of August, with open events starting from the 29th of July to the 3rd of August, 2019.
 
Until 2004, the Europe dinghy was a part of the Olympic Disciplines for Women, but although it is now off the Olympic program, it is still an interesting boat. It weighs just 45 kilos and is often used as a starter boat for young sailors, as it is known for its good sailing skills. 

The water in this area is very good for sailing and championships. In 2018, the port at Sant Andreu de Llavaneres held the Master World Cup in Finn, and just 40 km further south, the summer Olympic Games was held in 1992. You can combine your visit to Sant Andreu de Llavaneres with 48 hours in Barcelona which is enough time for a great getaway and to get a feel for the cool vibe of this metropolis.

Sejlads Europa jolle

10. Málaga Half Marathon

On the 24th of March 2019, the popular half marathon in Málaga will take place for the 29th time. After 28 years with the same route, the organisers have chosen to make a new route, but it will start and end in the same place giving the spectators much better possibilities to cheer and to participate. 

The route will start at Paseo Central del Parque de Mâlaga in the centre of Málaga. Much of the route will run along the waterfront, both in the north and in the south of the city. This gives a lot of room for spectators and for the stands with supplies for the runners. It also gives you many options of where to stay in Málaga to be close to this great event.  

The runners will also pass the harbour, Muelle Uno, the Centre Pompidou, the old tobacco factory which today contains the Russian museum and the automobile museum, and on their way back to the finish line they will pass La Plaza de Merced, where Picasso was born, the Picasso museum, the Roman theatre and the fortress Alcazaba. Finally, they will pass the Museo de Bella Artes de Málaga before reaching the finish line. 

You can find the route here and prepare for the event. There are many things to see in when you walk in Málaga, so you do not have to be a runner, to explore this nice city. 

Marathon

 

In Spain, all types of sports are celebrated in special ways, so it is not surprising that it hosts some of the most important international championships and events in each discipline.
 
While football will always be the national sport, the popularity of Formula 1, tennis and cycling continue to grow, not to mention that Spain's athletes are among the best.
 
There is nothing like feeling the excitement of live sports. Now, it’s time to plan your getaway to Spain and plan which events you'd like to see.

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