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The Top 10 Sport Events in Spain 2018

Are you passionate about sports? 2018 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 2018 in Spain:
 

1. Spanish Formua 1 Gran Prix 2018, Montmeló 

Formula 1 lovers can mark the 13th 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, Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz, Sebastian Vettel and more.
 
This year, Montmeló is the main circuit to host the pre-season tests that will run from the 26th of February to the 1st of March and from the 6th to the 9th of March. These dates give spectators the chance of a sneak-preview into what each team has prepared for the race in May.
 

2. Red Bull Moto GP 2018, Jerez

On the 6th and 8th 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 2018. 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 Cadiz area
 
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. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available until the 7th of April.
 
If you can’t make it to Jerez this year, you can still enjoy the speed and excitement at one of the other three world championships that are also celebrated in Spain: Montmeló in June, Aragón in September and Cheste (Valencia) in November.
 

3. Andalusia Valderrama Masters 2018, Cadiz

From the 18th to the 21st of October, 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 the only part of the 2018 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 Andalusia's climate is perfect to enjoy golf.
 
Andalusia has a huge concentration of golf courses and what’s more, the International Association of Golf Operators (IAGTO) has distinguished Andalusia as "European Golf Destination of the Year" thanks to the quantity and quality of its golf courses.
 

4. La Vuelta a España Road Bike Race 2018

On the 25th of August the "La Vuelta Ciclista a España" begins again,  this year’s edition will start in the coastal city of Malaga, just in front of famous Pompidou Modern Art Centre. Malaga has been the host city for the start of La Vuelta twice – in 2000 and in 2006. The finishing line will be located in the very heart of Spain: by the incredible Cibeles fountain in Madrid.

 

Over 3 weeks and 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 isn’t known yet, but reportedly will include stops at La Camperona and the Lagos de Covadonga.

As the Vuelta a Espana is one of the most  most mountainous tour on the calendar, we can expect a peloton to pass the Caminito del Rey, Vejer de la Frontera and Alcalá de Guadaíra. Rumours has it that after Andalucia, the race will continue to the province of Castilla-La Mancha, passing through Salamanca and heading for the Basque Country.

All stages and locations of the race will be released on 13th of January in Estepona (Malaga), meaning that after that date spectators can plan their travels accordingly and catch some live race action.

 

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 4th to the 13th 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
 

6. RACC Catalunya-Costa Dorada Rally

The 54th edition of the WRC Rally of Spain (RACC Catalunya-Costa Dorada Rally) will be held from the 25th to the 28th 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. As a novelty, a new technical regulation has been introduced this year which allows teams to race in more spectacular and elaborate cars than previous years. 
 

7. El Clasico Football: Madrid vs Barcelona

When 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 year, Real Madrid will have the advantage of playing the first match at home, but in the El Clasico game nothing can be guaranteed except the experience of enjoying some of the best football in the world with the greatest stars of the sport.

The first match of the two will be played at the Santiago Bernabéu and is scheduled for 20th of December this year, although the date may cause controversy since Real Madrid will finish four days before the final of the Club World Cup.

The second match between Barca and Madrid will be played on Sunday 6th of May. The tickets are almost sold out, so better buy yours as soon as possible!

 

8. Water Polo European Championship, Barcelona

The European Water Polo Championship is considered one of the most outstanding sport events next year, where the best continental selections of this Olympic sport will meet.

This is the first time that the competition takes places in magical Barcelona. The event will last two weeks and starts on 14th of July. If you can’t go for long holidays, 48 hours in Barcelona is still enough time for a great getaway and to get a feel for the cool vibe of this metropolis.

The Championship will bring together twelve women's teams and sixteen men's teams that will compete in the Piscines Bernat Picornell municipal sport centre. The venue is located a few steps from some of Barcelona’s most famous spots such as the Poble Espanyol, the Magic Fountain of Montjuic and the Montjuic Castle.

9.World Trial Championship 2018, Girona

The small town of Camprodón in Girona will again host the biggest trial stars in the 2018 World Trial Championship. The first double TrialGP, Trial2 and Trial125 will be held again in the area of Font-rubí on the 19th of May. The diversity of the terrain makes this area the perfect location for the championship, with rocky and wet areas, logs and all kinds of natural obstacles.
 

10. IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Valencia

2018 will be a great year for Valencia, the city will host one of the biggest running events in the world - the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. On 24th March 2018, Valencia will be filled with thousands of the best athletes in the world. The starting and finishing lines of the race will be situated in the City of Arts and Sciences.

Saturday sessions will be opened by women’s half-marathon starting at 5:05pm, at 5:30pm male runners will join the race.

If you’re a runner, you can’t miss the opportunity to participate in this run alongside champions. The Mass Race is organized for any amateur runners who want to join in the competition, you can register on the official website of IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

 

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 sport. Now, it’s time to plan your getaway to Spain and which events you' like to see.

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