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MotoGP

The famous MotoGP or Motorcycle Racing Grand Prix races are held whole over the world. Spain offers even four circus which are every year the venue of some of the competitions. The locations include the cities Jerez, Barcelona, Alcañiz, in the region of Aragon,  and Valencia. There is only one more race of the current season 2017, which takes place in Valencia and attracts thousands of fans.

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Riders

Most famous riders worldwide:

  • Giacomi Agostini (Italy): He was the most successful rider in the Grand Prix history. His career started in 1963 and lasted until 1977.
  • Mike Hailwood (UK): Mike won 10 out of 12, which makes him in relative numbers the most successful participant (83%). He took part in races from 1985 to 1967.
  • Mick Doohan (Australia): This rider won 12 out of 15 Grand Prix. He first participated in 1989, the last time he went on a race was in 1999.
  • Valentino Rossi (Italy): Valentino Rossi is the most successful contemporary driver. He started his career in the year 2000.
  • Marc Márquez (Spain): The current champion of MotoGP in 2016. He started to take part in Motorcycle Racing Grand Prix in 2013.

Important Spanish motorcyclist:

  • Álex Crivillé: He was the first Spanish winner in the MotoGP race in Assen in 1992. Additionally he was the first Spaniard which won the whole MotoGP championship in 1999.
  • Marc Márquez: As already mentioned above, Marc is motorcyclist which is active right now. He is not only the youngest winner in the primer-class, but also the youngest World Champion. He reached the Champion title at an age of 20 years.
  • Jorge Lorenzo: Jorge started his career in 2008 and is the first Spaniard who won more than one MotoGP title, in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Jerez

One of the most important venues for MotoGP is Jerez, where since the 60ies lots of famous riders competed races. In 1985 a permanent circuit has been constructed to provide a perfect road for all the competitions. Nowadays it is known whole over the world. The track is getting modified constantly to keep up with regulations and to maintain the quality.

The competition of the upcoming season will be held from the 3rd to the 6th of May in 2018.

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Source: John McPhee Official Website

 

Barcelona

The Circuit de Barcelona/Catalunya, located in Montmeló, initially was built just for Spanish Touring Car Championship and Formula Grand Prix and was opened on the 10th of September in 1991. But after the first season, also Moto GP Grand Prix got included in the program. Since then, the Spanish F1 Grand Prix and the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix are held there annually.

For the 26th time, Circuit de Barcelona/Catalunya will host FIM MotoGP™ World Championship next year. You can join it from the 15th to the 18th of June in 2018 to cheer your favourite motorcyclist star.

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Source: Motorcyclist

 

Alcañiz

The circuit MotorLand Aragon is one of the four venues for MotoGP in Spain, located in Alcañiz. The event dates for the following season in 2018 will be in September.

Valencia

The opening of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, the circuit of Valencia, was on the 19th September 1999. To make sure the audience can follow the whole race, it was constructed as a stadium. Many prices were already assigned to the circuit to honour the great road they built.

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Source: Motogp

 

From the 10th to the 12th of November it is time for the finales again. Over 120.000 fans watch this spectacle every year. Make sure you have a holistic experience of the race, as well as of the city of Valencia and take a look in our packages Valencia MotoGP.

But you are not only able to book the packages for the current season, also the trips for 2018 in Spain are already available at Across Spain. If you would like to take a look at them and receive further details about it or you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Wine in Spain

Wine has always had a huge importance in all regions of Spain. This holds on until now, Spanish wine gets exported and consumed whole over the globe. And as September has already started, also the harvesting season has started, which usually continues until the end of October. It is the perfect time to travel to Spain right know if you are interested in wine or just enjoy the taste of this delicious drink.

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Sometimes choosing the right wine can be a challenge, therefore you can find below a short introduction into the labels and classifications of Spanish wine.

Important indications on wine labels

Denominaciones de Origin (DO)

Denominacion de Origin (Designation of Origin) is a stamp, which was introduced in 1932 by Spanish law. It guarantees a certain quality standard for wines which were tested by an institution. Every vintner can voluntarily request the label. There are 70 different DOs in the whole country. It classifies the wine into groups which are defined according to common characteristics like the soil a vine is growing on or the weather which influences the taste. The label is indicated on the bottle with DOC, DO or DOQ. DOCa is a special sign for the regions La Rioja and Priorat, which indicates the extraordinary quality of the wine.

Age classifications

Every wine get classified into different groups according to their age. In Spain they divide them in 4 main groups:

Joven, which means it is a pretty young wine, which did not get aged for a long time or in any specific barrel.

Crianza is the next classification, for wines with a minimum age of 1 year and at least 6 months aged in a wooden barrel. In La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra it is 2 years and 1 year in a wooden barrel.

Reserva, means the wine is at least 2 years (for whites) or 3 years (for reds) old and 6 months (white) or 1 year (red) stored in a wooden barrel.

Gran Reserva is the last group and it stands for wines, which are minimum 4 (white) or 5 (red) years old and 6 (white) or 18 (red) months aged in a wooden barrel. For La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra there is a minimum of 5 years and 2 years of storage in wooden barrels.

Spanish wine growing regions

Spain is sub-divided in 7 distinct climates and regions. First the northwest “Green” Spain, which is Galicia. It is characterised by lush green valleys and influenced by cool and misty climate. The vintners of the region focus on white wines and the champion variety there is the grape Albariño. But also reds are planted there, like Mencia. Next, there is Mesata Central (Central Plateau) which includes the capital of Spain, Madrid. The weather there is mostly dry, sunny and hot in the summers and dry and moderate mild in the winter. It focuses on red wine productions out of the grapes Garnacha, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot. Another region, which is famous for Sherry, is Andalucía. It lies next to the sea in the south of Spain and comprises cities like Sevilla, Malaga and Granada. The DO Montilla-Moriles focuses on dessert wine productions, which are called PX. The most southern wine growing region of Spain are the Canary Islands. Due to the mainly hot and dry summers and moderate warm winters their main emphasis lies on producing red wines and dessert wines out of the grape Moscatel. The volcanic soils they have are the reason for the gritty taste of rustic minerality of the red wines. The most important regions are Duero River Valley, Catalonia and Basque Country, which get further examined in the next paragraphs.

Duero River Valley’s political name is Castilla y León. The most famous DO of this region is Ribera del Duero, which is famous for its delicious red wines which grow along the hills of the Duero river. Tempranillo is the main variety of this region (also the main variety of whole Spain). The most famous winery of Spain, which is located in Ribera del Duero, is called Vega Sicilia, which operates since 1982.

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Catalonia lies at the Mediterranean coast and has 10 DOs. The amount of wine produced in this region accounts for 25% of the whole wine in Spain. Tasty white wines, as well as deep red reds get produced there. A typical wine drink, only produced here, is Cava, traditional sparkling white wine, which serves to be the best drink for any kind of celebration.

Basque Country lies in the north of Spain, and is famous for delicious wine as well as food. Popular wines there are the white Txakoli and the famous red Rioja. Txakoli, perfect for any hot summer night, because its low in alcohol and Rioja goes will with rich dinners or on winter evenings. Not only the taste of the wines impresses, but also the breath-taking beautiful nature where the vines grow.

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Festivals

Right now it is the perfect time to come to Spain and celebrate the numerous wine festivals in whole over the country. The celebrations take place during the whole harvesting time, from September to October. Wineries open their cellars and have open days in their production halls. Wine enthusiasts, tourists and locals are invited to wine tastings and to try the tasty food of the regions. The programs also includes typical traditions like folk dance, live music, parades or theatrical performances. The most famous ones are Rioja Grape harvest festivals and the Autumn Festivals.

Traditions

Not only pure wine is typically consumed in Spain, but also any kind of wine cocktail. The most famous is probably Sangria, which is made out of red wine, sugared fruits, and sweet lemon juice. Another common drink is Tinto de Verano, the name already indicates, that it is the perfect beverage for the summer. It is similar to Sangria but only contains red wine and sweet lemon lemonade.

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