Barcelona & Valencia
Revitalized for the '92 Summer Olympic Games, Barcelona has continued its development into one of the must visit cities in Europe. The capital of Catalonia boasts remarkable architecture, a rich culture, relaxing beaches, and of course, futbol! Two La Liga teams call Barcelona home; most notably FC Barcelona, winners of the most championship trophies in Spanish soccer. Drive three hours south along 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. While Barca and Real Madrid do dominate the Spanish league, Valencia's team is consistently fighting for 3rd place and making noise in European competitions.
On a soccer tour in Barcelona and Valencia, you would not only face tough competition in friendly matches, but would get to visit some of the most coveted locations in the country including the beautiful city of Barcelona, decorated by the famous artist Antoni Gaudi, and the traditional Spanish city of Valencia. Some featured attractions would include the Royal Palace Court and Palacio de Deportes of Madrid, and Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Montjuic Castle, and the historical architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Located along the coast of Spain, these destinations allow for soccer practices, and relaxation, on the sand in addition to unique cultural sites.
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 Match 1 against a local Catalan team. After the game, enjoy dinner together to get to better know the Catalan culture.
(Sleep in Barcelona)
Friendly Match & Camp Nou Stadium
AM: Continue a city tour of Barcelona by bus and on foot. Visit landmarks like Sagrada Familia, Placa Cataunya, and the Olympic sites at Montjuic, and the stunning views from Montjuic Castle. Visit the legendary Camp Nou, Europe's largest soccer stadium!
PM: Play your second friendly match against a different local team in the afternoon.
(Sleep in Barcelona)
AM: Travel southwest to Valencia and visit the City of Arts and Sciences, the Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Quart, the Turia Gardens, and more on a guided tour of the city.
PM: Enjoy some free time this evening to explore your own interests in Valencia- walk along the beach, shop for souvenirs, relax at the hotel, or plan a light practice.
(Sleep in Valencia)
Gustav's Corner: Spanish Expertise
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