Sports Events in Barcelona

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    The Joan Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum

    by ValbyDK Written Oct 20, 2013

    The Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum is located at the Anella Olímpica (the Olympic Ring) on the Montjuïc Hill. It is a rather new museum - opened in 2007 – and covers sports in general and the Olympics in particular. The museum is named in honour of Samaranch, who was president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001.

    Great museum if you are a sports geek like me... The Hall of Fame with many sports legends, Olympic stuff like torches and trophies, learn more about the different sport disciplines that exist today, have a closer look at the sports equipment, use the simulator to run against Carl Lewis, and much more...

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    Palau Sant Jordi

    by ValbyDK Written Oct 14, 2013

    The main purpose for my 2013 trip to Barcelona was to follow Denmark in the World Cup in men's handball, and during my stay I ended up watching 6 handball matches at the Palau Sant Jordi...

    Palau Sant Jordi was built in 1990, and holds 17,000 people seated and 24,000 when concerts are being held. It was one of the main venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics, and during the years the arena has also hosted the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics, the EuroBasket 1997, the 2000 and 2009 Davis Cup, the 2003 and 2013 FINA World Championships, the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship, and much more.

    Great place! Easy access to and from Palau Sant Jordi, good seats, many refreshments stalls, great sound system, and several big TV-screens… everything was top class!

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    Hiking – Summary day three.

    by Jerelis Written May 21, 2013

    Most people try to rush Barcelona on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Barcelona properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Barcelona we saw on a city map that the huge city of Barcelona is divided into multiple areas and those areas are to be visited seperately at their best. We visited the city three times, and hiked our way through all areas.

    Our last visit (day three) was at the Sagrada Familia, the Pau Hospital and Parc Guell. When we arrived at La Sagrada Familia we were gladly surprised by the fact that it wasn't that busy at all. Of course we had our mind set on visting the towers. Steep stone steps - 400 in each - allowed us access to the towers and upper galeries. After our strenous walk down the spiral staircases we had a well deserved refreshment and after that we entered the Sagrada Familia for a closer look at the interior, but this led to a huge disappointment. La Sagrada Familia was completely empty ... everything was taken out for restauration ... O gheee ...

    Sometimes there are places you want to see, and in advance you know that you won't be disappointed once you're actually there. The Hospital de la Santa Crue i de Sant Pau is one of those places. Despite of being within viewing distance of La Sagrada Familia, or perhaps because of it, many people pass by Hospital de Sant Pau, a beautifully ornated building. Such a shame to pass by! Gaudi's work is admired by architects around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of the city of Barcelona architecture and you will see Gaudi's work all over the city. You simply can't miss it! Park Guell is just one of Gaudi's creations and lies north of Barcelona centre. The park is full of narrow twisting pathways which meander through the park. Amazing to witness! The real Barcelona?

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    Hiking - Summary day two.

    by Jerelis Written May 14, 2013

    We visited the Barcelona Zoo at our second visit to the city of Barcelona. We knew that didn’t want to speed through the Zoo like a whirlwind and therefore took our time (maybe the entire day) for having an extensive look at this amazing Parc Zoològic. We parked our car at the car park under the Arc de Triomf. Maybe it is not the cheapest car park, but is very close by and ideal for this occasion. There is also a metro station at Arc de Triomf, so take your pick. From the Arc de Triomf it is just a short walk towards (and through) the Parc de la Ciutadella, where the Zoo is located. Walking towards the Zoo made us just wonder where we were exactly, because the Parc de la Ciutadella was such a beautiful park. We saw amazing building, impressive fountains and beautiful spots just to chill and relax. Therefore we did decide not to walk to the Zoo in one straight line, but just to have a quick look around in the Parc de la Ciutadella en we were not disappointed about that.

    The Zoo is also a great place and do take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys and lanes is one of the Barcelona's Zoo's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! After our refreshments we headed to the Aquarama, were there was a show at 1 pm and we were right on time, because it was already getting crowded. Just imagine that the Aquarama is home to four Common Bottlenose Dolphins from the Barcelona Zoo collection, and will offer spectacular performances everyday for huge audiences. Especially for the kids this was a grand experience. We saw the dolphins play with the trainers, water jets, toys, ice-cubes and sometimes even with some guests! It’s just great to see how the dolphins and trainers demonstrate how well they work together. We learned that you won't do justice to the entire Zoo of Barcelona whenever you won't visit other parts than just the main sights and animals. So ... do meander, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets with some exoting animals to watch at are just entrancing.

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    Hiking – Summary day one.

    by Jerelis Written May 3, 2013

    Barcelona is a city a lot of history indeed. On our first visit to Barcelona we explored the area of the Gothic Quarter The medieval town had its golden age between the 11th and 16th century and despite several changes undergone in the 19th and early 20th century, many of the buildings date from Medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. This rather compact part of the city of Barcelona Pals is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is Spain, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an small city of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. This part of Barcelona is definitely about getting lost among the narrow streets and discovering a plaza you've never seen before.

    We started Port Vell, this old harbour stretches from the Columbus Monument to the Barceloneta and offers great possibilities to enjoy some leisure time. We continued our hike to Las Rablas and visited the historical Mercat de la Boqueria. We did walk around for almost an hour and we smelled (and almost could taste) the aromas from the various exotic flowers, fruit and vegetables, willow works, fish and other local Catalonian products. Closeby is the famous Plaça Reial which attracts a very mixed crowd. By the time we were there we saw tourists taking photos of the fountain or having a good look around, locals and expats having a drink on the terrace, street performers, and immigrants who pass by selling beer (illegally) on the street. Finally we ended up at the main square, called Placa de Catalunya on which all these beautiful historical buildings are situated. This square is the natural centre of the city of Barcelona: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover the city. So we can honestly state that the best way to explore the Gothic Quarter is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the Gothic Quarter in approximately 50 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. The Gothic Quarter is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an amazing ride!

    by Jerelis Written Apr 23, 2013

    We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with eight people and the instructor at the back. We all sat on the edges of the boat and holded on for life, as we braved the rapids. The instructor at the back looked out for obstacles and guided us in the right direction. His job is to plot the course with the oar and to give the necessary instructions to the rest of the group to advance the boat down river down. So every now and then we had a rock splats, a nose dunk and did a pirouette to avoid some rocks.

    At first it might seem like a dangerous sport, but it’s not really. Falling into the water won’t do you much harm. We were well equipped with a helmet, life jacket, full wet suit and neoprone boots. We experienced this because at some point of the course the instructure cap sized the boat on purpose and we all fell into the cold river and had to swim our way to the side of the river to reorganise the team. But anyway, it was an amazing ride!

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of difficulty.

    by Jerelis Written Apr 23, 2013

    The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake.

    The beginners trip (2 trips available):
    The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.
    The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the afternoon.

    The sportive trip (1 itinerary only):
    A wonderful trip (level 5) along the river Aude of about 14 kilometres. This is one we took.

    We took this thrilling ride down the river Aude right in the beautiful and fascinating mountain range of the Pyrenees. It is definately an heavily adrenalin fuelled sport. The river Aude in Spain is considered a mecca for European rafters and we learned why.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior technical skill

    by Jerelis Written Apr 23, 2013

    Reading the hand-out of the ROC Aqua rafting company learned that a raft is an inflatable boat and that you need to manoeuvre it down the river with paddles. It's the best way to get a touch of white water sports without any prior technical skills. Of course with the help and support of a river guide onboard. How hard can it be, so for us (I did it with two friends Sjoerd and Patrick) it was just time to get acquiped and enter the raft, which can accomodate a crew of 8 people maximum.

    For us rafting is a rather challenging recreational outdoor activity. In our case it was done on some different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite us as much as possible! We knew that it is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous. But of course we wanted to seek a thrill and entered the raft. Before we were getting started we learned some of the rules to secure each other safety. The guide told us for example that one of the most simple ways to avoid injury while out of a raft, was to swim to an Eddy (a calm spot behind a rock in the water which the current disperses around) to avoid being taken downstream.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Barcelona from the SEA!

    by bcntraveler13 Written Feb 12, 2013

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    I went sailing with Business Yachtclub in Barcelona and it was AWESOME!! I had such a wonderful time! I had never been sailing before, and the professional skipper was very patient and helpful. I went with a friend and we shared the boat with two Barcelona natives who are members of the club. The Spaniards were very friendly and welcoming. The skipper spoke both Spanish and English-which helped me practice my Spanish but also made me comfortable because we could speak in English if I was confused or if I didn't know how to say something in Spanish. The view of Barcelona was INCREDIBLE and very different from all of the other viewpoints I have had during my time in Barcelona. Not many people incorporate a sail into their trip, and they are missing out!! This company gives you a lot of options for customizing your trip, too, so you can do a shared trip with locals, a romantic trip for two, a family trip, etc. There are so many choices!
    I am so glad I did this and would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling to Barcelona!

    Equipment: Wear shoes with clean rubber soles (ideally white). If you have Sperrys, wear them; they are boat shoes, after all! Dress warmly since the wind can make it chilly on the boat.

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    Biking the city

    by xymmot Written Jul 16, 2012

    Bike tours are a great way to see barcelona. There are several bike tour company doing the city in Barcelona. I stayed in a hostel and they were posted all over the bullentin boards and use the hostel as a meeting point. Prices vary also, and some walking tours are free. they just ask for a tip, and hey, it is worth it for them to give you their time to show you around Barcelona. there are several bike rental shops around town also that you can rent on your own and cruise Barcelona. It is rather flat so i did not sweat it. the only thing that I did worry about is theif, so I never left my bike and it was never out of site. As you know Barcelona is notorious for pickpockets and thieves. Eventhough they, the people and comunity knows about this, they do very little for the tourist. I scounted around several shops and found a bike shop that had them for ten dollars a day , most others were double the price. They were great and gave is a basic map for sites to see. I kepted it overnight and parked it in a well lit area with many other bikes. They provide you with heavy duty locks. Bike tours though will cover a lot of ground and will watch your bike while you go to the attractions, so the extra money for that service may be worth it, plus you have the guide. I will try to find my brochures that I save and will post them if I find it. There are rental bike stations all along Barcelona, but you have to be a residence to obtain a rental card. I wish the city knew the revenue they can generate if this was open to the public. I inquire about this and if you have a residence address or know someone there, you can get the card.

    cheers tommy x

    Equipment: pair of shorts, it is hot in barcelona during the summer time. If you don't like the bike, the next best thing is the HO HO bus that goes around Barcelona for 30
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    euros or less.

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    Barcelona Sports Clubs

    by Gili_S Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Football is the most popular sport here of course and Barcelona is one of the richest football clubs in the world, However, Barcelona have also successful basketball and handball professional clubs that were winning domestic and European trophies.

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic - forward in Barca.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Aug 24, 2010

    This guy is such a wonderful football player, and he is usually from former Yugoslavia. But he was born in Sweden, so he plays for the Swedish national team in football. He is one of the most important players in Barcelona. Also one of the leaders for this football club. And he is really good to make goals.

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    The Rambla de Mar and Maremàgnum

    by windoweb Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    A brand new wooden pedestrian bridge, the Rambla de Mar connects the Rambla with the Maremàgnum, a complex with shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants.

    Another fun thing to do down here is to take a boat excursion on one of the 'golondrinas' which takes you around the harbour and along to Port Olímpic where the sailing events at the 1992 Olympic Games took place.

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    Barcelona Olympic Stadium (Estadi Olimpic)

    by eksvist Written Apr 13, 2008

    The Barcelona Olympic stadium (formerly known as the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc) was the venue for the 1992 Olympic games.
    The stadiumhas a capacity for 55,000 spectators, which can be increased to 77,000 with the incorporation of temporary terracing. It can stage sports competitions, musical performances or any type of popular event.

    This new construction is a transformation of the old stadium, of which it conserves the façade designed by the architect Pere Domènech i Roure, the ornamental frontage by the sculptor Vicenç Navarro, and the statues over the main entrance by Pau Gargallo.

    Today the Barcelona Olympic stadium is open to visitors to take a look around and see where all the action took place.

    Entrance: Free

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    Camp Nou

    by eksvist Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    Camp Nou - A Five Star Stadium - home stadium of FC Barcelona
    Capacity 60,000
    The stadium’s maximum height is 48 metres, and it covers a surface area of 55,000 square metres (250 metres long and 220 metres wide). In accordance with UEFA stipulations, the playing area has been downsized to 105 metres x 68 metres.
    With a capacity of 98,787, it is now the biggest stadium in Europe.

    Of the different facilities on offer inside the stadium, of particular note are a chapel next to the changing rooms, the presidential box, the VIPs lounge, the press rooms, several television studios, the Sports Medicine Centre, the Operative Control Unit (UCO), the veteran players area, the FC Barcelona club museum, the nursery and the offices of all of the many different club departments.

    Camp Nou is one of most known stadium in Europa, in world also, and we decided to visit it.
    It is not difficult to find it. When we went out from metro,we asked one old man, to show us the right way, whither to go. It doesn't needed even the knowledges of spanish or catalan language. The magic words, what help us, were - CAMP NOU.
    And we got the easy and exact guide.

    We looking the building outside and visit the souvenirshop.
    I think, even if you are not sport-fanatic as me, you must to see this grandiose building ... and maybe to buy some thematic souvenir .... in home to flaunt before you friends ;)

    FCB museum
    Opening times: Monday to Saturday, (from 14th April to 12e October) from 10:00 to 20:00 - Camp Nou Tour until one hour before the Museum closes. The rest of the year the Museum opening hours are from 10:00 to 18:30.
    Sundays and public holidays, from 10:00 to 14:30 - Camp Nou Tour until one hour before the Museum closes.
    On days of League and Champions league matches in the stadium, from 10:00 to 13:00 - Camp Nou Tour not available
    January 1 and 6 and December 25, closed
    Free parking

    Prices:
    Museum
    ADULT - 8,50 €
    CHILDREN (from 6 to 13 years) - 6,80 €
    CHILDREN (less than 6 years) - Free
    MEMBER - Free

    Camp Nou Tour and Museum
    ADULT - 13,00 €
    CHILDREN (from 6 to 13 years) - 10,40 €
    CHILDREN (less than 6 years) - Free
    MEMBER - Free

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