In Barcelona sport is a way of life and the city operates a number of clubs, in almost every sport. The athletic nature is well embedded in the genes of the Catalans and you can see people practicing and training in almost every park in the city. Barcelona is the undisputed capital of the sport in Spain and sends many representatives to almost every international team. The city has official groups of the highest level in Europe in almost every sport, from soccer and basketball to ice hockey and athletics.
The Barcelona Olympics, held in the city in 1992, led to a significant leap of the city, a renewed economic boom and construction in many areas such as a new compound in the port, the construction of the Olympic Village and the expansion of the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic.
As noted, there is much more to Barcelona than football and basketball. The city raises athletes in the fields of gymnastics, bicycles, athletics, racing cars and even ice hockey.
Once a year the running marathon takes place in the city, although it is not one of the five major marathons in Europe, but it undoubtedly provides an amazing experience that includes running with 15,000 people through the main sites of the city.
In addition to the classic sports, the “street sport” is also popular in Barcelona – skaters, cyclists and roller skaters have an important part in the city, and the young athletes can be seen practicing in parks and sites like in the square adjacent to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA).
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