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Located at the southernmost tip of Spain, where the Med meets the Atlantic, Tarifa is famous for being the European Capital of kite-surfing. It is a small town with a walled old centre and a Moorish fort, offering fantastic water-sports all year round thanks to its reliable breezes and its kilometres of white sandy beaches. The town caters all needs of water-sports enthusiasts, who come from around the world to take advantage of its strong winds and waves.

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Camping sites, apartments and hotels stretch along the beach just off old town, a wide range of restaurants and bars provide the best of the local gastronomy and wines, nightlife always ready for relaxing evenings and nights – nonetheless, most consider Tarifa has the most chilled out atmosphere ever.

Are you travelling with your surfer friends but prefer a more relaxed activity? No worries, non-surfers are well catered too, with a fascinating nature and ancient history backing in time to Moorish and Roman Empire eras.  The coastline is as popular with nature-lovers as with its unconditional surfing crowd. Bird-watching, horse-riding, scuba-diving, whale and dolphin-watching, rock-climbing … are perfect ways of engaging with the beautiful countryside and blue waters.

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Tarifa for beginners

Though Tarifa is not an ideal beginner spot, it is said that if you learn kiting here you can kite anywhere. Summers are quite crowded, peak season that coincides with Spanish holidays and most European’s as well. Therefore early spring and late autumn may be the most recommendable seasons: less crowded and better prices for lessons and still good weather, good water temperature and air most days in the week. But remember, even if we are in southernmost European beaches, it is the Atlantic sea that waters the shores so long-suit (4/3) in spring, autumn and winter is 100% advisable while shorty is fine during summer.

There are two wind directions in Tarifa that switch on and off at irregular intervals throughout the year. The first type of wind is called Poniente; if you’re a beginner this is the kind of wind you should be kiting in. It’s a warm, onshore wind that blows from the west/northwest and brings moderate chop and 15-25 knots. The Levante is a cold, dense, off/cross-offshore wind that comes from the east/northeast and it’s much stronger and gustier, which makes it quite a bit harder to learn in (plus when you’re a beginner, offshore wind should be avoided at all costs).

When it comes to best beaches for learning, Los Lances is where most kite schools and other water sports facilities can be found. This 3km long stretch of beach is one of the better organised in all Spain, with a segregated area where schools can operate and where independent kite-boarders can ride.  Valdequeros, Punta Paloma and Las Dunas are also a great Poniente spot, just west of Tarifa itself and a perfect location for beginners and more advanced riders alike. The designated kiting area can get a bit busy during the peak summer months, but most of the time it’s a favourite for the locals because it works in more wind directions than some of the beaches closer to town. The après-surf is also a must, with some great beach bars and burgers, ideal for chilling out at after a big session.

Learning how to kite-surf and discovering Cádiz region

Beginner, intermediate and advanced courses as well as adapted courses for kids with maximum safety are all available in Tarifa. Experience kite-surf for the first time, improve your skills or just learn more skills and technics, there are programs for all profiles.

Travel in spring and autumn if you can, when beaches are not so crowded, so you can enjoy the kiting experience at most. Málaga, 2 hours away, is the nearest international airport, with most connections with main European capitals as well as some overseas destinations. A pleasant motorway 2 hour trip connects the airport with Tarifa.

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Stay in a hotel, apartments, camping site or hostel, there are options to all budgets. Kite-surf material will be provided by instructors, adapted to your skills. A non-windy day is never a lost day during your stay. Surfing, beach volley, hiking, horse riding, SUP, kayaking … are all active “no wind experiences” and great fun for everyone.

Let’s not forget the rich cultural heritage that surround Tarifa. You made it all the way to Andalusia, one of the richest regions with most monumental cities and UNESCO heritage spots. Cádiz, Jerez, Gibraltar, the beautiful white-washed villages in the nearest mountains, Marbella, Ronda, even Sevilla if you have a couple of days spare, are all options to complete your stay.

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So, wish to learn & practice kitesurfing in a top destination with tons of wind, sun, warm weather and a wide range of spots surrounded by a beautiful scene? Let us know, we will send you more information.

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Training camps in Spain

Training camp: service planning, design and organization of a sport stay, with the goal of providing a unique experience to school groups and teams, whether from a professional approach or from a more recreational perspective.

Our programs are addressed to children, amateur and professional clubs that are looking for an ideal environment to carry their sport activity and, no doubt, Spain is on the top of best destinations.

Football, field hockey, swimming, tennis, handball, basketball … we have selected a handful of training facilities located on strategic places to not only offer the best top-level sports centres, but also a landscape to relax after the hard work-out. Our team organises as well all the logistics of the stay: transportation, accommodation, meals, free time activities – everything adapted to the main needs of each group.

Spain is one of the most pleasant tourist destinations in Europe and Mediterranean coast has become one of the top European regions for clubs when planning their training breaks abroad. A mild weather even in winter time, diverse and good quality accommodation options (from budget hotels to top 5* resorts), a broad range of sport facilities specially planned to welcome teams for private stays … they are the perfect mix to a successful stay.

  • Stay in the city or in a smaller village, by the sea or in the countryside.
  • Choose your preferred accommodation according to your budget plans.
  • Do you need a hotel that can fully adapt to your needs a sports team? We have it.
  • Send us your training needs, we will find best suitable options, even matches with local teams.
  • Take a break and discover the surroundings: culture, gastronomy, experiences …
  • And of course, let us fix attendance to top professional competitions. Spanish teams are involved in main European competitions besides local top leagues: football (La Liga, UEFA CL, Euroleague); handball (ASOBAL League, EHF CL); basketball (Endesa League, Euroleague).

Which are the most popular destinations and for which sports?

Barcelona city and nearest surroundings: football, tennis, swimming, handball, basketball, grass hockey.

Costa Brava (from French border to Barcelona: football, tennis, swimming, handball, basketball, cycling.

Costa Dorada (south Barcelona coast): football, swimming, handball, basketball, cycling.

Valencia – Alicante coast: football, tennis, grass hockey, cycling.

Málaga – Costa del Sol: football, swimming, handball, basketball, grass hockey.

Mallorca: football, tennis, cycling.

Madrid: football, tennis, grass hockey, handball, basketball.

Train with us and we promise you we will do our utmost to fulfil all your needs for a successful stay: FIFA sized natural grass / top artificial grass pitches, outstanding grass hockey courts,  Olympic size indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, indoor multifunctional courts (basketball, handball, roller hockey), fully equipped gyms and spa facilities …  

Contact us now to get more information about our training camp programs and get ready for the next season with us!

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Spain is the perfect location if you are planning a hiking or biking holiday for this summertime. The Iberian Peninsula has plenty of beautiful routes for cyclists and hikers throughout Spain. If you want to see what the Spanish countryside, the small, hidden towns and  large cities are offering just jump on a bike or take on your backpack and start to discover it. In the followings we have selected the top 5 routes for you to try!

1.Vía Verde de Ojos Negros

The paths of Via Verdes are a great choice for nature lovers who want to enjoy the scenery from their saddle. Originally the routes were old disused railway lines, as its name literally means “Green-Ways” that have been recovered and reconditioned for use by walkers and cyclists. As well the paths of the Via Verde are the largest cycling/hiking paths and contains 2700 km all over Spain. The most famous part of these routes is the so called Ojos Negros which goes for 160 from Teruel to Valencia in the North-Southern part of the country. The route goes through in natural landscapes such as the Palancia Valley (between the natural parks of La Sierra Espadán and La Sierra Calderona), Altos de Ragudo, and Llano de Barracas. As well crosses the historic town of Segorbe and Jérica.

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City of Jerica

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Bikers on the Vía Verde de Ojos Negros

2. Trans Andalus

Would you like to discover the communities of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville? Than the Trans Andalus path is made for you. This trekking/biking route goes through in the whole Andalusian part and includes 2000 km of track across the southern part of Spain. It will take you through stunning scenery, you will discover the natural treasures of the many protected areas, and you will stroll through the thousand-year-old history of each corner of Andalusia.

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City of Malaga

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Biker in the coast of Andalucía

3. Trans Catalonia

In Catalonia visitors can find altogether more than 6,400 km of marked routes which are classified according to their level of difficulty for bikers. Since, Catalonia is in the feet of the Pyrenees several routes runs there with steep roads, but visitors also can find easier plain valleys which are perfect for  biking as well for hiking. This makes this region the perfect place if you are looking for a family trip or you are an adventurous mountain biker. The most famous parts of this area is the Terra Alta Greenway which runs from Arnes-Lledó to El Pinell de Brai in the area of Tarragona. The length of this road section is 23 km and the natural landscape contains pine forests, karst landscapes with cannons and cavities. A journey through tunnels and over viaducts takes us from Aragon to the Ebro. The region is rich in cultural heritage sites, during the way travellers can admire the Sancturay of Fontcalda, the Convent of Sant Salvador d’Horta in Horta and the church of Sant Josep.

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Region of Tarragona

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Hikers in the Catalonian mountains

4. Picos de Europa

Picos de Europa is a mountain range situated in the north part of Spain in the autonomies communities of Asturias and Cantabria. The region is designated as a National Park, a status which reflects both the natural beauty of the region and the diverse wildlife in the region. It is accessible from major cities including Gijón, Bilbao and Oviedo – all of which are also well connected to Madrid – making it quite convenient to get to despite how remote it can feel in parts of the park. The region is perfect equally for bikers and hikers since the mountains offers several path, sharp cliffs and roads with low in traffic. As well, until the other parts of Spain in summertime can be too hot for outside sport the north of Spain offers the perfect climate and green landscapes from May to October for all kind of activities. The region is also rich in cultural heritage and the small hidden towns of Potes and Cangas de Onis are beautiful places to relax for a day, or to wander the narrow streets filled with artisan shops.

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Mountains of Picos de Europa

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Hikers in Picos de Europa

5. Via de la Plata

Via de la Plata is one of the oldest routes across Spain, it is older the famous Camino de Santiago. The way goes from the capital of Andalucía, from Seville up to the North to Asturias – Gijon and crossing 4 autonomous communities, 7 provinces and containing 800 km route. The Vía de la Plata visits several important cities fromsouth to the north such as Zafra, Mérida, Cáceres, Palencia, Salamanca, Zamora, León and Oviedo. Four of these cities have UNESCO World Heritage sites, while Zamora has the world’s largest concentration of Romanesque churches and Leon one of its most beautiful Gothic cathedrals. The paths of this route are plane and goes in the old main highway the N630, where there are almost no traffic anymore and makes the perfect cycling path.

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City of Gijón

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Biker in the path of the El Camino

Spain offers a high variety of routes for all who is seeking for adventures or just a slight family trip in the mountains. All of these routes are only part of the most beautiful paths and sights of Spain. If you would like to get to know the most of Spain, its heritage, countryside, landscapes and paths jump on your bike and start to explore!

If you get interested ask about our biking and trekking packages and we will help to organize the best outdoor activity holiday for you!

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Map marking the best biking and hiking regions mentioned above

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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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What would you say if we tell you we have the perfect programs to train like a professional, grow as a team and get out of your comfort zone? What would be your answer if we tell you that limits are for the others and that you are meant for something bigger? If you are ready for the best training camps in Spain, you better keep reading.

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While Spain is one of the most pleasant tourist destinations in Europe, the reasons for its many professional athletes such as Rafael Nadal and the National Football team are neither the beaches nor the picturesque villages. Instead, the diverse scenery of Spain and top facilities all over Spain offer the perfect mixture to train like a beast.

Our training camps focusing on football, hockey, swimming and tennis are located on strategic places to not only offer the best facilities to athletes and an incredible experience, but also a landscape to relax after the hard work-out.

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source: Hockey Travel

Whether you are professional or amateur– we have training camps options depending on your discipline in Alicante, Valencia, Lloret de Mar, Salou, Terrassa, Vic and Sabadell for you! While our football training camps can be found in Alicante, Valencia, Lloret de Mar, Salou, Terrassa and Vic, the swimming training camps are centered in Sabadell. Tennis and hockey training camps are offered in Terrassa. All our training camps are perfect to build teamwork, set your mind and boost your performance. No matter if you prefer staying not far from a large city but with the advantages of staying in a quiet area or in the city itself– we make sure the facilities are not too crowded for your intensive morning and afternoon training. Finish off your training camp with a friendly match against locals to learn more about their strategies, compare yourself and have fun!

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source: Injury Rehab Centre

Our programs include modern and functional hotels which are not only experienced in handling sport groups in order to provide you with the best comfort, but also close to top facilities to not lose time training!

Train with us and we promise you, we have everything what your athlete’s heart could have ever asked for: from great equipped fitness centres to FIFA sized natural grass pitches, from outstanding grass hockey courts to the best indoor and outdoor Olympic swimming pools, from carpet paddle tennis courts to relaxing thermal facilities, … everything is set up for your work-out!

No matter if you are a football fan or a tennis fanatic, a professional swimmer or an amateur hockey player– we have the perfect training camp for you! Contact us now to get more information about our training camp programs and get ready for the next season with us!

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