Basketball in Spain
Showcasing its talents each and every FIBA World or European Championships and earning silver at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Spain has evolved into one of the top basketball powers in the world. The men are ranked second internationally only behind the United States. In Euroleague competition, Spain has also shown its skill by sending a team from its top league, Liga Endesa, to the finals three of the last five years. Spanish Club team Real Madrid holds the record with eight Euroleague championships in the leagues near fifty year history.
In addition, the Spanish Women's National Team captured gold at the 2013 Eurobasket competition and bronze at the FIBA World Championship in 2010.
This winning culture and attitude has translated into a deep passion for the game throughout the country. It has also served as inspiration for players of all age, sex, and levels from amateur to professional. Check out our tours below for more specifics on tour locations and an opportunity to be a part of all the basketball buzz in Spain!
Barcelona and Valencia:
Revitalized for the '92 Summer Olympic Games, Barcelona has continued its development into on of the must visit cities in Europe. The capital of Catalonia boasts remarkable architecture, a rich culture, and relaxing beaches. Drive three hours south along the coast and you'll discover Valencia, a less touristy but also impressive Spanish city. Here you can explore the cobble stoned old town with its ancient walls and gates, and enjoy the traditional Spanish meal paella.
Due to its proximity to France, going north from Barcelona is also a tour option. Just a few hours away are the Pyrenee's mountains and the south of France. The ability to experience a world class city like Barcelona, and visit the south of France on the same trip makes this two country tour one of our most popular.
As Spain's largest city, Madrid welcomes guests to see the traditional Spain being transformed into a modern metropolis. Madrid serves as a transportation hub to all of Spain. Its place allows for longer trips to easily combine this tour with other regions including Barcelona, the south of Spain, or even Portugal.
The South of Spain:
A year round destination for teams, the south of Spain welcomes teams with better temperatures and more sun than almost anywhere else in Europe! The coastal beaches and the Andulusian culture are must sees. Located on the hills of Granada is the Alhambra, Spain's most visited historic site.
Notable Spanish Players:
- Serge Ibaka: Oklahoma City Thunder. 2x NBA All-Defensive 1st team, 2x NBA Block Leader
- Pau Gasol: Los Angeles Lakers. 2x NBA Champion (2009,10), 4x NBA Allstar, FIBA World Cup MVP (2006)
- Marc Gasol: Memphis Grizzlies. NBA All Star (2012), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2013), Spanish League MVP (2008)
- Ricky Rubio: Minnesota Timberwolves. Former- FC Barcelona Basquet. NBA Draft 5th overall pick (2009), Euroleague Champion (2010)
- Jose Calderon: Dallas Mavericks. Former- Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons. Toronto Raptors all-time Assists Leader
AM: Discover Barcelona on an unforgettable guided bike tour, the best way to visit this beach city. Highlights include Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter and its narrow picturesque streets, Gaudi's architecture, Plaça d'Espanya, and more!
PM: Have some free time for shopping and exploration before playing Game 1 against a local Catalan team. After the game, enjoy dinner together to get to better know the Catalan culture.
(Sleep in Barcelona)
AM: Continue a city tour of Barcelona by bus and on foot. Visit landmarks like Sagrada Familia, Placa Cataunya, and the Olympic sites at Mont Juic, and the stunning views from Mont Juic Castle.
PM: Begin your evening with a light practice before some free time for souvenir shopping and relaxing from the day's adventures.
(Sleep in Barcelona)
AM: Travel west to Madrid and visit the Royal Palace Court and Palacio de Deportes, home of Real Madrid Baloncesto (one of the top Spanish Basketball teams).
PM: In the evening, play Game 2 against a Madrileño team and have free time to adventure around the historic capital.
(Sleep in Madrid)
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