Catalonia, a destination for triathletes

If there is something that makes Catalonia stand out, it’s the varied landscape and the pleasant temperatures throughout the year, making it an excellent choice for preparing the triathlon season. You’ll find everything you need in the towns on the Catalan coast; these are the links between the roads and trails in the natural parks, the roads that wind along the seafront, the waters of the Mediterranean and the outstanding sports facilities.

Ironman en Calella

Ironman in Calella

Train in Lloret de Mar and Calella

Numerous triathlons are held in Catalonia during the year in the super sprint, sprint and Olympic categories, including international events such as Ironman Barcelona, the European Championships in Banyoles and the Santander Triathlon in Barcelona. Many towns will therefore provide you with specialised coaches and gyms to guide you through the demanding preparation a triathlon requires, moreover there are also sports equipment rental companies and different kinds of accommodation tailored to your needs.

Lloret de Mar and Calella are two examples of this. The former enables you to enjoy different cycling routes along the roads of the Costa Brava, go running around designated traffic-free areas and improve your suppleness in the water of the 1,250m2 municipal Olympic pool and the Via Brava (Sea Swimming Lane) in Fenals. The facilities also have fitness and cycling rooms and guided activities. On the days when you don’t want to train too hard, Nordic walking along the coastal footpath may be a good alternative.

Calella, the venue for the two Ironman events, is located on the Costa Barcelona and is another popular destination for triathletes when it comes to intensive training. Its long promenade is ideal for the race, it has cycling routes with various levels of difficulty and opportunities for road cycling and you can swim in the open water and at the Crol Centre Calella Olympic pool. The town has tailored accommodation with equipment rentals and spa facilities that enable you to give your body a break at the end of the day. 

Ironman en Calella

Ironman in Calella

Major triathlons in Catalonia

We remind you of some key events for triathlon lovers in Catalonia. If you wish to compete in a major race, we recommend the Barcelona Triathlon in October, during which you can measure yourself against the best international triathletes. The town of Banyoles on the Costa Brava hosts annual events such as the European Triathlon Cup and the Triathlon World Cup, both organised by the ITU (International Triathlon Union).

There are three unmissable events on the Catalan Ironman calendar: Ironman 70.3 Barcelona, organised in the coastal town of Calella, the Salou Challenge, held on the Costa Daurada, and the Ironcat, which takes place in L’Ampolla in Terres de l’Ebre.

The TriTour events are an attractive proposal: Four triathlons held across the Catalan territory throughout the year. Two of them, the events held in Amposta in May and Deltebre in October, include the sprint, Olympic, short and half categories. The other two, held in Port de Suert in July and Tossa de Mar in September, offer the sprint and Olympic categories only.

Other popular races include the Tricircuit sprint event held in Calella in June, Sant Pol de Mar in September and Vilanova i la Geltrú in October. Others that date back several years are the Triathlons in Sitges, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Banyoles. Several of them have teams and others are exclusively for children, such as the Trikids events in Pineda de Mar and Santa Susanna.

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Other sports experiences in Catalonia

Sport in Catalonia

Sport in Catalonia

If you’re looking for the ideal destination for a sporting holiday, Catalonia is the place for you. You’ll find a pleasant Mediterranean climate, first-class sports facilities and accommodation suited to your needs. Sport is much more than physical exercise. Come to Catalonia and see for yourself.

The best routes for experienced cyclists

The best routes for experienced cyclists

Catalonia is a bicycle tourism paradise. More than 6,000 kilometres of roads and paths cover the region so you can discover its most privileged spots. You’ll find long routes designed to be covered over one or several days or to be travelled in various stages or circular routes from a base camp. There are also mountain routes through some of the natural settings of Catalonia which are ideal for intermediate-level and expert cyclists.

Take to the sea on the Costa Daurada and the Terres de l’Ebre

Take to the sea on the Costa Daurada and the Terres de l’Ebre

The Costa Daurada and the Terres de l’Ebre coastline invites you to sail and enjoy the feeling of freedom and at oneness with the sea. Sailing is a very popular water sport in the Catalan Mediterranean due to the pleasant climate and the coastline packed with plenty of beaches and coves where you can drop anchor. If you’re a sailing lover, there are lots of marine resorts and sailing clubs on the Costa Daurada which will teach you how to tame the wind and the waves on different courses.

Team sports in Catalonia

Team sports in Catalonia

Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio are two great NBA players but, before triumphing in the United States, they were the stars of their respective basketball clubs, FC Barcelona and Joventut de Badalona. Such high-level professionals don’t appear out of nowhere and grassroots sport is essential. Catalonia has numerous clubs which promote collective sports with facilities allowing them to be played by both amateur and professional teams. Team sports are popular here.

A bicycle getaway with the family

A bicycle getaway with the family

From the Pyrenees in the north to Terres de l’Ebre in the south, following the Mediterranean coastline or delving into the wealth to be found inland, Catalonia provides a chance to enjoy a thrilling ride on two wheels with the whole family. As well as more demanding routes for experienced cyclists, there are also itineraries with gentle slopes and lanes that are suitable for everyone.

Fresh water descents in Catalonia

Fresh water descents in Catalonia

Do you want to go down rivers with descents of over six metres? Have you ever tried rowing down an Olympic-length race course? In Catalonia, if you go rowing or canoeing, you can combine your training at excellently equipped facilities with the thrill of descents and the excitement of new experiences.

Swimming facilities in Catalonia

Swimming facilities in Catalonia

Are you looking for somewhere new to train and improve your technique in the water? Catalonia offers you outstanding facilities such as outdoor and indoor Olympic swimming pools suitable for competitive and synchronised swimming, diving and water polo. Some of these facilities are also equipped with platforms and diving boards for practising jumps and somersaults.

Elite tennis in Catalonia

Elite tennis in Catalonia

It’s no coincidence that Catalonia has the largest number of tennis courts in Spain. With a history of racquet sports dating back over 100 years, it’s one of the pioneering locations where you can develop as a professional tennis player or simply enjoy a good match.

Catalonia, a huge golf course

Catalonia, a huge golf course

Enjoy an authentic golfing experience in Catalonia. A total of 40 courses located beside the Mediterranean or surrounded by mountains and nature that are well-connected with Barcelona and the other Catalan capital cities. Most of them have received numerous international prizes such as the World Golf Awards, certifying them as high-quality courses to enjoy this sporting discipline on.

Live motor sport at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Live motor sport at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Catalonia is the birthplace of numerous motor sport greats, including the Márquez brothers, Dani Pedrosa, Maverick Viñales, Pedro de la Rosa, Marc Gené, Álex Crivillé, Pol Espargaró, Sito Pons and Sete Gibernau, among many others. It also hosts first-class competitions such as the Spanish F1 Grand Prix and the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix.

Get a bird’s eye view of Catalonia doing a parachute jump

Get a bird’s eye view of Catalonia doing a parachute jump

The beauty of the Costa Brava seen from its cliffs is spectacular, but it can be marvelled at from even higher up. Your chance to do so is provided by SkyDive Empuriabrava, a must-visit for adrenaline lovers. With their help you can reach an altitude of 4,000 metres and enjoy the thrill of falling through the sky with a parachute over a unique natural setting.

The most technical fencing in Catalonia

The most technical fencing in Catalonia

According to the records, fencing has been popular in Catalonia since the 13th century. This sporting discipline has a long-standing tradition in the region and nowadays places such as the Amposta Sports Technification Centre in Terres de l’Ebre continue to instruct fencing professionals.

Reach for the sky in Catalonia

Reach for the sky in Catalonia

According to the records, fencing has been popular in Catalonia since the 13th century. This sporting discipline has a long-standing tradition in the region and nowadays places such as the Amposta Sports Technification Centre in Terres de l’Ebre continue to instruct fencing professionals.

Running events in Catalonia

Running events in Catalonia

Taking part in a marathon and covering 42,195 m is a major test for any athlete. In Catalonia the Barcelona Marathon has become increasingly popular year after year and it’s now the fifth largest in Europe in terms of the number of runners, after Paris, London, Berlin and Stockholm.