Estadio Benito Villamarín opened in 1929, but has been changed a lot since then - and is now an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 52,700 spectators. It hosted two matches in the 1982 World Cup; Brazil vs. Scotland and Brazil vs. New Zealand, but most of all the stadium is the home ground for Real Betis Balompié. A club founded in 1907, and became the first Andalusian club to play in La Liga. They won the Spanish national league title in 1935, and have also won the Spanish Cup (Copas del Rey) twice (in 1977 and 2005). During the years, many famous players – like Denílson, Robert Jarni, Finidi George, and Alfonso Pérez – have played for the club.
You can visit Estadio Benito Villamarín on guided tours, but I went there for the real deal: The football match between Real Betis and Levante. Real Betis won 2-0 and the atmosphere was great.
The main purpose for my trip to Sevilla was to follow Denmark in the World Cup in men's handball, and during my 7 days stay I ended up watching around 15 handball matches at the Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo…
Palacio Municipal De Deportes San Pablo was built in 1988, and has a capacity from 7,626 to 10,200 spectators. It is primarily used for basketball and is the home arena of CDB Sevilla, but has also been used for the World Indoor Championships in athletics, the World Cup in badminton, the European Championship in Basketball, and other big sports events and concerts.
OK place; easy access to and from the arena, good seats, and a few refreshments stalls.
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán was built in 1957, replacing the old Estadio Nervion. The stadium once had a capacity of 70,000, but now the capacity is 45,500 spectators. It is the home ground for Sevilla Fútbol Club, but the national team of Spain also play some of their games here – and are unbeaten at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán since 1961! The stadium was used for two games in the 1982 World Cup: Brazil vs. the Soviet Union and the semi-final between West Germany and France – and it was also the site for the 1986 European Cup Final between Steaua Bucuresti and Barcelona.
Sevilla Fútbol Club was founded back in 1905 and is the most successful club in Andalusia. They have won the Spanish national league title in 1945/46, five Spanish Cups (Copas del Rey), two UEFA Cups (in 2006 and 2007), and the 2006 UEFA Super Cup. During the years, many famous players – like Daniel Bertoni, Toni Polster, Diego Maradona, Luís Fabiano, and Frédéric Kanouté – have played for the club.
I tried twice to join a stadium tour, but both times it was cancelled because the first team was practicing at the stadium! So I had to settle with a walk around the stadium, looked at the huge mosaics on the facade, and visited the clubs official shop.
Why there is an Olympic Stadium in Seville? It could be the question that anybody could have thinking that Seville never hosted a Olympic Game. This huge stadium was built in 1999 because the town tried to be an olympic city for 2004, 2008 and 2012 games. Finally, Seville has decline to pretend the Olympic games any more after three IOC refusal and the Madrid candidature. At least the stadium hosted the Athletics World Championships in 1999 and the Davis Cup final in 2004 between Spain and the United States... and we won!
¿Por qué hay un Estadio Olímpico en Sevilla? Esta es la pregunta que se puede hacer cualquiera pensando que Sevilla nunca ha acogido unos Juegos Olímpicos. Este gran estadio se construyó en 1999 porque la ciudad intentaba ser una ciudad olímpica para los Juegos de 2004, 2008 y 2012. Finalmente Sevilla ha rechazado participar más en la carrera olímpica tras tres negativas del COI y la candidatura de Madrid. Al menos el estadio acogió el Mundial de Atletismo en 1999 y la final de la Copa Davis en 2004 entre España y Estados Unidos.. ¡y ganamos nosotros!
Most people (especially the men) in Seville are big football/soccer fans. Whenever Seville's team is playing, there are groups of people all over the streets wearing the team colours, waving banners, getting drunk, and acting rowdy.
Wakeboarding on a fabulous lake near Sevilla, Jerez and Cadiz. International pro coaches, Malibu wakeboarding boats, latest equipment and superb conditions for wake & chill!
Equipment: Malibu wakesetter boats
Liquid Force wakeboards and rest of equipment
The original plan was to walk to Ponte Ulla -- 29.5k But when we arrived there we were told that there was a new refugio at Capila de Santiaguino, so we kept going the extra 4.5 k and were rewarded with a nice new refugio -- So well worth the extra mile !!
Beautiful countryside although steeply undulating with quite a few choices of places to stop for lunch !!
My original plan was to walk to Cea ,21.6k and stay in the refugio there but we decided to walk on the extra 12k to Castro Dozon (33.6k in total) Unfortunately when we got there the only Hostal in the village had closed so as it was getting late and as the next available accommodation was another 20k away we decided to catch a bus to Lalin where we found a Hostal, stayed the night and caught an early morning bus back to Castro Dozon the next day to continue the walk !!
Good lunch stop at Cea
Great views as you approach Castro Dozon
Having re-charged the old batteries continue the Camino and walk to Lubian -- 31.2k -- refugio
We are now getting into the foothills and the way is more undulating
Great Lunch stop at Bar Ranado, Requejo de Sanabria
Walk to Puebla de Sanabria -- 33k
Another long day but Beautiful countryside, Breakfast stop at Cernadilla then plenty of choices of lunch stops, As I was now a day ahead of schedule we stayed at a hotel on the outskirts of Puebla de Sanabria and took the day off the next day to catch up on sleep and explore this Beautiful old town !!
I had originally planed to walk to Rionegro del Peunte but because of a lack of accommodation there had to continue to walk to Mombuey -- 36k -- refugio
So a long but never-the-less ver Pleasant day through some beautiful countryside
Choices of lunch stops along the way !!
Walk to Tabara -- 26k -- Tabara - Albergue
Excellent days walking with a Very Worthwhile detour to The Convento de Moreruela, the Oldest Cistercian Convent in Spain -- ask at bar Perigrino for details or email me and I will tell you !!
Walk to Granja de Moreruela -- 21.8k -- refugio
Very Pleasant day with the ancient city of Castrotafe to explore en-route
Great lunch stop at Riego del Camino
Bar Perigrino at Granja de Moreruela is a Must -- ask to see the sub-terrainian Bodega !!
Walk to Salamanca --20.5k - New refugio behid cathederal
Short day to allow us plenty of time to explore salamanca when we arrived, Beautiful old city and you could ealily spend several days here -- infortunately I didn't have the time but never-the-less enjoyed what I saw !!
Walk to Morille -- 34k -- refugio
Today is the day when you cross the High point of the walk !! We had a great day, sunny and clear and the views were awesome !!
Late lunch stop at San Pedro de Rozados