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Sports / Rugby Tour to Spain: Our best Spanish city breaks

Sophie Webber, BA

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Where to go on tour in Spain

Spain, the country which has a little bit of paradise to offer to everybody.

The country is renowned for its gorgeous golden beaches, cool cities, laid-back vibe, spirited nightlife, cultural giants and beautiful colourful architecture. It is the country which has it all.

We’re here to give you the low-down on the best Spanish destinations; Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, San Sebastian and Bilbao. These are all first-rate sunny cities to choose for as the destination for your Rugby or sports tour.

No matter where you travel, the Spanish know how to have a good time, staying up way past sundown, taking sweet siestas through the day, and have an addictive and positive energy.

Travel to one of these destinations and you’ll never want to get on the plane home…

Sports / Rugby tour to Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the hottest cities with the coolest vibe. Located in the Catalonia region, it is the popular sunny city break which promises a top quality Spanish Rugby tour.

Known for its stunning art and architecture, Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Europe. It colourful buildings and striking architecture are emphasised in the sun and will leave you mesmerized. Meandering through the maze of streets cobbled streets you will see why this charming city is one of the top city break destinations.

    THE LOW DOWN ON BARCELONA

  • Flights are relatively cheap to the city
  • Barcelona is a short 2 hour flight from the UK
  • Barceloneta Beach only 10 minutes from the centre of Barcelona
  • There is lively nightlife
  • Breath-taking artistic architecture waiting to be explored


Barcelona: stunningly unique horizons and architecture shaped by Gaudi

The best excursions in Barcelona

As you wander Barcelona’s narrow and alluring streets, you’ll discover some of the cities most impressive structures. The Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are both products of Gaudi’s work and are a must-visit when in Barcelona. Taking a camera is an absolute must, as a picture simply will not do them justice.

Barcelona’s own little oasis can be discovered at the Hospital de la Santa Creu. The tranquil gardens are a hidden gem within the bustle of the city, and is the perfect place to visit for a little peace in the madness.

Barcelona has some of the most impressive concert halls within its walls. The two most worth checking out are Razzmatazz and Apolo, and add a little bit of culture to your visit to Barcelona.

Barcelona may be a renowned city break, but it is also possible to replenish your beach fix. Barceloneta Beach is only a 10 minute trip from the centre of Barcelona. Although popular, there is plenty of beach to be enjoyed by everybody. You can also play some beach volleyball and tennis, making it the perfect day out.

The best bars and clubs in Barcelona

A fiesta in Barcelona is like no other. Most of the bars are all located on one street, making it easy to hop across to each one with your drink still-in-hand. A night out in Barcelona is the socialite’s bliss. On the hunt for the best bars, head to Las Ramblas, one of Barcelona’s busiest boulevards. This are promises a buzzing atmosphere and abundance of bars to make the best night out.

If you would rather a more laid-back night, head to the The Gothic Quarter (Barcelona’s Old Town. The Gothic Quarter is where you will find all the quirky bars, ideal for a drink and social night with the group.

To experience Barcelona’s beauty after the sun goes down, spend a night in Eclipse at W Hotel. From the club it is possible to view the lights of the whole city – an experience not to be missed.

An ‘early night’ doesn’t exist in Spain, so rest up in the day and get ready for some lively antics after the sun goes down and the Spanish come out. Check out the 13 best clubs in Barcelona here.

Sports / Rugby tour to Valencia

Valencia is the mesmerising city which presents the unique combination of fairy tale architecture and modern art buildings; a unique but stunning contrast.

As a slightly smaller city, Valencia has a cosier feel than Barcelona, meaning you will truly get to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle. The city is effortlessly beautiful in the day, and comes to life in the dark.

    THE LOW DOWN ON VALENCIA

  • Flights are relatively cheap
  • The flight is only 2hrs 30 mins from the UK
  • Valencia is a smaller city with a big personality
  • The city is close to some of the most stunning and natural beaches
  • You can view beautiful architecture and visit sharks in the same city

Valencia: a city of art with an overlooked coastline and beaches.


The best excursions in Valencia

Need a beach fix? Valencia has untouched natural beaches just a short journey from the city. The top 3 most popular beaches to hit are La Malvarrosa, Las Arenas Beach and El Salor Beach. Valencia therefore offers the perfect opportunity to get that sun-kissed glow that the Spanish are blessed with.
Where are the best beaches in Valencia? Use this map of the best beaches in Valencia


One of the most interesting excursions the city has to offer is the City of Arts and Sciences; a group of futuristic buildings designed by local architects. The architects behind the impressive structures are namely Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. They are located at the seaward end of the old Turia river bed, so an easily accessible activity.

Another enjoyable activity to do in the city is to visit L’Oceanografic; a huge aquarium where you can come face to face with an array of fish, sharks and dolphins.

Valencia’s plazas are a beautiful part of the city, and are well-worth a visit. The Plaza de la Reina is perhaps the most beautiful square in Valencia, and is the perfect escape from the heat of the sun. The Plaza Redonda is a quirky plaza, and which shows the diversity of the city.

The best bars and clubs in Valencia

Valencia keeps up the reputation of a lively Spanish nightlife. In fact, it is often referred to as Spain’s party city.

You can dance the night away on the summer terraces, spend the night in the electric nightclubs and stay up until the sun rises over the city. There are also some great bars for a quieter one to spend the balmy evening.

El Carmen is where you are guaranteed a big night out. The lively area is known for being a place to find the most buzzing bars, clubs and restaurants; all in close proximity of each other. There is a place for everyone and every kind of night out in this area.

If you’re a student, and want to be led in to the night by fellow local Spanish youngsters, then Avenida de Aragon and Plaza del Cedro are the parts of town for you. The bars are lively and the nights carry on until early morning.

Sports / Rugby tour to Madrid

Located at the heart of Spain, Madrid is the bustling capital with a lot of character.

Madrid’s energy is undeniable. It is a passionate and trendy city, and always has an exciting vibe. The rooftop bars, happening clubs, beautiful gardens and impressive museum exhibitions are just a few reasons to fly to the city.

As the locals say: ‘If you’re in Madrid, you’re from Madrid’, making it a welcoming city to all travellers.

    THE LOW DOWN ON MADRID

  • Flights to Madrid are cheap and quick
  • It is the trendy and happening gem of Spain
  • There is a diverse range of exciting daytime excursions and activities
  • The city never sleeps or tires
  • The opportunity to watch bull-fighting


The best excursions in Madrid

Madrid is the ideal place for art enthusiasts. A trip to the city means you can visit masterpieces by Picasso, Dali and Miro. Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza are the galleries which you need to visit the stunning art.

Watching football in the Spanish city is a surreal experience. The Spanish are renowned for their passion for the game and are renowned to be skilled football players. Whilst in the city it would be an incredible experience to feel the buzzing vibe of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and watch the match with your own eyes.

Wander around the Parque del Buen Retiro: The parks paths, fountains and monuments are stunning. When you’re in this park you’ll forget you’re even in a city. It is Valencia’s peaceful paradise.

Mercado de San Miguel: Who doesn’t love tasters? This market has an endless supply of food and tapas.

Visiting Museo del Prado is an absolute must when in the city. It is one of the best museums in the whole of Europe, and not to be missed out on.

The best bars and clubs in Madrid

Be warned – no one in Madrid heads home early from a night out. With bars and clubs open late, the Spanish don’t head out dancing until 2.a.m. and don’t return until the early hours of the following day.

If you need a bit of help deciding where to go, then try these places, know to offer the best night out in Madrid:

Huertas: Huertas is the liveliest of areas, it is the most popular place to head for late night entertainment, and promises an energetic vibe, flowing drinks, and a social evening.
Madrid: bustling and cosmopolitan nightlife with refreshingly cheap drinks.


Malasaña: This is the area with an alternative and bohemian atmosphere, and quirky bars.

La Latina: For a more laid-back night, head to La Latina to discover an array of bars and restaurants.

Kapital: The place to go and popular with travellers to Madrid. Kapital a buzzing club which is built in an old theatre and covers seven floors, all with different environments. The club is only 5 minutes from the metro on 125 Atocha Street.

Sports / Rugby tour to San Sebastian

San Sebastian is the Spanish city which will make you fall in love as soon as you set eyes on it.

It is a gorgeous destination which is located on the Bay of Biscay, boasts beautiful white sandy beaches, and is an incredibly charming and happening city.

San Sebastian is a classic city with the beach, the lively nightlife and Spanish energy.

    THE LOW DOWN ON SAN SEBASTIAN

  • Great cross-border connenctions to Biarritz
  • The ideal combination of stunning beaches and city vibes
  • Beautiful surrounding scenery to explore
  • The city offers a diverse night life with something for everybody
San Sebastian: sundowners on the port, with an array of restaurants and bars beside.


The best excursions in San Sebastian

The golden sands that make up the Concha beach will leave you never wanting to leave. Home to the two beaches Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, it is the perfect place to get that beautifully sun kissed skin and relax to the max.

Head to the lively Parte Vieja, and you will find the most popular pintxo bars, all waiting to serve you with delicious food and drinks.

Try a walking tour. Meet your guide in the Gros area of San Sebastian and hike your way out of town to reach Ulia Mountain. The mountainside has a centuries-old walking trail that was once a Christian pilgrimage route to the town of Santiago de Compostela, where St James’ remains are said to be buried. So you can get physical and learn some history simultaneously.

Get a taste for the best Spanish cuisine around at the Antonio Bar. It is a locals’ favourite where plates of tantalizing seafood — octopus, anchovies, sardines, salmon, steamy bread. It’s enough to make your stomach rumble talking about it.

Gin your thing? Check out La Gintonería Donostiarra, a slick gin bar where you can try a wide range of gins.

The best bars and clubs in San Sebastian

The beautiful Spanish city comes alive after the sun goes down. Here are the best 3 places to try out when heading out:

Mendaur: The lively bar is the hotspot for the younger crowd. There is a wide range of drinks at low prices. The classic chart music is ideal to party the night away.

Altxerri Bar: This jazz bar is cool and quirky and ideal for a different night out. Climb down a stony stairway and you’ll also discover a gallery.

Akerbeltz: Situated just on the port and you can take drinks outside take in the breath taking views over the ocean. It is extremely popular among locals and one of the best gay-friendly bars in the city. The quirky interior and the music is dominated by rocky vibes or electronic beats.

Sports / Rugby tour to Bilbao

Also located in the Basque Country region, Bilbao is a city packed with impressive architecture, surrounded by green mountains and has an industrial history.

Although once known for its industrial activity, Bilbao is now an up and coming place to visit. Experience Spain the Basque way...

    THE LOW DOWN ON BILBAO

  • It is home to the Guggenheim Museum, which is an absolute must-visit
  • The city has the best places to get your tapas fix
  • The nightlife is lively after the sun sets
  • Bilbao is unique to the other Spanish Cities
  • San Mames Stadium - home to Atletic Bilbao and host of the 2018 European Rugby Champions Cup final
A Basque Altar: Estadio San Mames is home to Athletic Bilbao, and soon to host the European Rugby Champions Cup


The best excursions in Bilbao

Although less obviously eye pleasing than San Sebastian, Bilbao makes up for it in atmosphere. It’s quirky architecture and cultural gems make it well worth the visit.

The character and soul of the city is just patiently waiting to be discovered. We’ve made a list of some of the must-do things in Bilbao:

The Guggenheim Museum is potentially Bilbao’s greatest attraction. It is an impressive international symbol and a must-visit when in Bilbao as has been named as one of the most important structures of contemporary architecture.

The Casco Viejo of Bilbao is the Old Town and the heart of Bilbao. The colourful buildings and narrow streets are packed with places to get a taste of more pintxos. It is the cultural centre of the city, formed of the seven streets which originally made the medieval city. Everyone knows that you can’t visit Spain without filling up on enticing tapas. Bilbao boasts some of the best tapas bars, or ‘pintxos bars’, where you can both get food and drinks. Make your own crawl with the best 5 pintxos bars around: El Huevo Frito, Bar El Globo, Baster Bilbao, Bar EME and Peso Neto.

The best bars and clubs in Bilbao

The bustling city carries on its energy in to the night. To help guide you through your night out in Bilbao, here are the 5 places to hit:

Fever
: Fever is the disco nightclub to go to. The club hosts the best DJ’s and exciting International artists.

Kafe Antzokia
: One of the best know bars in Bilbao, its popularity makes it renowned to be a good nigh tout. Antzokia is spread across two floors and has many bars, allowing space for large crowds and a lively evening.

Residence
: For a bit of a different night out, Residence is the place to go. Its décor is tasteful, and drinks are plenty. There is live music every Wednesday, and is most popular with slightly older generations.

Sir Winston Churchill Pub
: This distinctively, quintessentially British pub as the name suggest serves a mean gin and tonic. This institution is just a short walk from an even larger institution - Athletic Bilbao's San Mames Stadium.

Las Siete Calles/Casco Viejo: Love pintxos? Love hopping from bar to bar, drinking and chatting away on busy Basque cobbled streets? Then this is the place for your group. All of the young revellers of Bilbao congragate in this neighbourhood late at night to eat, chat and be merry.

Key information for Spain

Average price for taxis, beer and food in Spain.
Average temperatures for Barcelona (source:http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/).
Average temperatures for Madrid (source:http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/).

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