Most of the 1992 Olympic Games competitions were held in the Montjuïc area, where a new stadium, seaport and various swimming stadiums were built. The most important sporting events in the city include the Spanish Grand Prix in Formula One, the tennis tournament Trofeo Conde de Godó and the Catalan marathon.
For visitors who want to do some sport themselves, the city council maintains a sports information service (tel: (93) 402 30 00) with information on urban sports centers and facilities. The office is located at Avinguda de L’Estadi 30-40 and is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (Fridays only in the morning).
Football is still extremely popular. The football team from Fútbol Club Barcelona (Barça) is one of the most successful in Europe and plays in the gigantic Camp Nou stadium, Avenguda de Joan XXII, which also houses a football museum. For more information, contact FC Barcelona, Avinguda Arístides Maillol 12-18 (Tel: (93) 496 36 00. Internet: www.fcbarcelona.com).
There are seven beaches in the immediate area of Barcelona. The water quality is checked regularly, but caution is still required. The Platja de Sant Sebastià is a nudist beach, on the other beaches you can also show ‘topless’.
Bullfights take place every Sunday from April to September in the Monumental Arena at Gran Via Corts Catalanes 749. There is also a museum here. The official ticket office is located at Carrer Muntaner 24 (Tel: (93) 453 38 21).
There are several golf clubs in the Barcelona region that are also open to non-members.
The Real Club de Golf ‘El Prat’, Apartado de Correos 10, El Prat de Llobregat (Tel: (93) 379 02 78. Internet: www.rcgep.com) is a first-class 36-hole course near the airport. The Spanish Open has been held several times on this course. It is only available to members of associated clubs.
The Club de Golf Sant Cugat is a 21-hole course in the suburb of Sant Cugat (Tel: (93) 674 39 08. Internet: www.golfsantcugat.com). Visitors must bring their own equipment, but can use all the club facilities for a fee.
The Masia Bach Golf Club, Carretera Martorrell-Cappellades, Sant Esteve Ses Rovires (Tel: (93) 772 88 00) is an 18-hole course on the outskirts.
There are numerous sailing clubs in Barcelona. A number of regattas take place in spring and summer. Information is available from the sailing association (Tel: (93) 203 38 00).
If you don’t like the beaches so much, you can also swim in the Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta, Plaça del Mar (Tel: (93) 221 00 10. Internet: www.cnab.org), which has three indoor pools .
Olympic feelings awaken the Piscina Bernat Picornell, Avinguda de L’Estadi 30-40 (Tel: (93) 423 40 41. Internet: www.picornell.cat) on Montjuïc (weekdays from 6.45 a.m. to midnight, open on weekends a little shorter) .
There are also numerous municipal swimming pools. The sports information service provides further information.
The Center Municipal de Tennis Vall d’Hebron , Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron 178 (Tel: (93) 427 65 00) has several clay courts that are available to the public. Clubs and balls must be brought along.