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.
The mild climate all the year round, the variety of landscapes and the excellent technical characteristics of the facilities make Catalonia an ideal destination for training if you’re a professional golfer or if you want to perfect your golf drive with your family or friends. Most of them also have a golf school, 4 and 5-star hotels with spas, high-quality restaurants and beautiful natural settings for greater enjoyment of the sport.
The Costa Brava: a refuge for golfers
The PGA Catalunya Resort in Caldes de Malavella is regarded as one of the best courses in Europe and it’s the number one golf resort in Spain. It’s full of challenges for the player, with strategically located bunkers and lakes, undulating terrain and a dogleg on the 6th hole demanding maximum concentration. It has two Par-72 courses, the Stadium Course and the Tour Course. The PGA offers a comprehensive experience that includes cycling, tennis and food and wine, among other attractions.
Club Golf d’Aro–Mas Nou in Platja d’Aro is located in a magnificent setting. While you play the holes, you can enjoy views of the Mediterranean Sea and the imposing presence of the mountains of the Gavarres natural area. Other attractions on offer for golfers are the large fleet of electric vehicles and rental equipment available for all levels.
Technical quality is what defines the Empordà Golf Resort course in Gualta, 36 holes that can be combined into six different rounds of 18 holes on the Links and Forest courses which require a wide variety of strokes and techniques.
Peralada Golf, with its 18-hole, par-71 course, is the perfect setting for competitions of all levels. The resort has recently refurbished its 5-star hotel.
On the fast greens of the Torremirona Golf Club in Figueras players with low and high handicaps can enjoy golf with views of the Canigó mountain and the Gulf of Roses. It also has a 4-star hotel.
Golf on the Costa Daurada
In Mont-roig del Camp, the Bonmont Terres Noves Golf Club is one of the best 18-hole, par-72 courses in the country. It hosts European competitions and has a 9-hole Pitch & Putt course as well as tennis and paddle courts.
Golf Costa Daurada in Tarragona has a practice area for warming up and training and you can choose between playing on natural grass or in covered areas. You can also try out the Pitch & Putt course, the gym and hire bikes.
The range of gastronomy and culture on offer complements the golfing activity at the Lumine Mediterranea Beach & Golf Community in Vila-seca, which has three courses (Lakes, Hills and Ruins) and 45 holes.
Costa Barcelona: greens, technology and style
The Real Club de Golf El Prat in Terrassa is one of the 125 Platinum Clubs in the world due to its technical quality; legends such as Severiano Ballesteros have played holes here and competed at its facilities. It’s one of the best courses in Spain.
Playing golf surrounded by three lakes is one of the attractions of Golf La Roca Barcelona in La Roca del Vallès. It also offers personalised development programmes and a gym with the latest technology.
The impressive Montserrat mountain presides over the views of Club de Golf Barcelona, which also provides services such as a swimming pool, sauna and 4-star hotel.
In Sitges the Terramar Golf Club offers family golf packages including gastronomy, activities for children and various sports.
The Golf Montanyà Club is another of Catalonia’s golf facilities located in a privileged setting, in the heart of the Montseny Natural Park. The 18-hole, par-72 course, opened in 1989 and designed by David Thomas, has quite distinct technical and environmental characteristics on the first nine holes compared with the last nine.
For lovers of the British style, the course at Llavaneras Golf Club is very similar to those in the United Kingdom, with a well-tended garden and an elegant clubhouse.
The Vallromanes Golf Club is also very stylish. The clubhouse is a restored 18th-century stately home known as Torre Taberna. It consists of an 18-hole, par-72 course divided into two distinct parts. The first nine holes run through a flat valley and the other nine are located on the mountainside.
Have you decided which Catalan golf course you will choose? Or would you prefer to try out a few of them?
Other sports experiences 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The varied terrain of Catalonia, dotted with the high peaks of the Pyrenees and mountain ranges and ridges, makes it the ideal location for climbing. Even the legendary Californian climber Chris Sharma succumbed to the spell of this area many years ago and decided to settle and put down roots here.
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.