A runner makes the victory sign during the Madrid marathon © Elipse Iniciativas

Spain for runners, a calendar for travelling through the country from one marathon to another

This is a quick guide to discovering Spain through a passion for running. It doesn't matter whether you're a runner or someone who travels with runners in order to be able to enjoy this kind of tourism. We've created a small annual calendar with some of Spain's most famous marathons. Along with them, there are shorter-distance public races that are suitable for everyone. All you have to do is keep training and choose when and where you want to go. You can take your pick through almost the whole year.

Remember, to see tourist information on the destinations, click their names when they appear in the text.

  • JANUARY – How about starting the year by the sea?

    Several participants in the Gran Canaria Marathon

    Winter and cold temperatures? Who needs it? We suggest starting the year with the warmest winter marathon in Europe, the Gran Canaria marathon in the Canary Islands. Also with mild temperatures but near the Mediterranean Sea, there is the Sbhotels marathon in Tarragona and the Murcia Marathon

  • FEBRUARY – Seville and Castellón await you

    Marathon passing by the Plaza de España in Seville

    The Seville marathon is among the most popular in Spain, and it passes by the city's most emblematic sights, such as the Cathedral, Plaza de España, the Giralda tower, the Torre del Oro tower and María Luisa Park. The route is also particularly flat. On the other hand, the Castellón marathon has been going since 2010, with a short, practically flat circuit through the city.

  • MARCH – A date with Barcelona

    The Barcelona marathon passing by the Casa Milà

    The Barcelona marathon's route is a joy for any runner, and especially for their travel partners. It's like a tourist route through Barcelona; From the Sagrada Familia to La Pedrera to Camp Nou, this route also includes the promenade along the beach.

  • APRIL – Races in Madrid and Zaragoza

    One of the runners passing by the Pilar Basilica in Zaragoza

    The Madrid marathon is part of the Rock'n'Roll Marathon series, and that means extra music. Several stages are set up for concerts and a festival at the finish line. And, of course, the route touches many of Madrid's monuments. The Zaragoza marathon began in 2008, when Zaragoza hosted the Expo. It has become one of the most important marathons in Spain, and the focal point of its route is Zaragoza's impressive square, Plaza del Pilar.

  • MAY – Homage to a great Spanish athlete

    Runners during the marathon in Vitoria (Álava)

    We're talking about Martín Fiz, winner of several marathons and the 1997 Príncipe de Asturias Sport Award. Vitoria – Gasteiz, his birthplace, celebrates his life with a passionate marathon with its finish line in Virgen Blanca square, in the middle of the city's historic centre.

  • JUNE – Many options

    A runner waves to spectators during the San Fermín marathon in Pamplona (Navarre)

    This is the month with the greatest amount of marathons; we highlight three. The San Fermín marathon (the same festival famous for the running of the bulls; it even ends in Pamplona's bullring); the Laredo marathon in Cantabria, which features a run around its beautiful bay; and the Toral de los Vados marathon in León province, which has been held since 1986.

  • JULY - Not taking a rest?

    Beach in Fuerteventura

    Look at these Spain travel ideas for the summer months, and treat yourself to a break. Then again, you can always train while on holiday. Where would you prefer to do so?

  • AUGUST – A challenge in the heat

    View from Hijosa de Boedo (Palencia)

    The Río Boedo marathon takes place in August in the region of El Boedo Valley, La Ojeda and La Valdibia (Palencia). This is a peculiar race because few dare to run under the August sun in Spain and because the route is mostly on dirt tracks. We recommend running it only if you are in very good shape, and find out the conditions in advance.

  • SEPTEMBER – Take a break before the season begins

    Vineyards in Aragón

    The end of summer is a good time to relax and recharge before the racing calendar kicks off. It’s also a great month to explore the Wine Routes, because most grape harvest festivals are held then. Another option is a bit of pampering with a 100% relaxation holiday.

  • OCTOBER - The more variety, the better

    Night Marathon in Bilbao (Vizcaya)

    It's cooler, and the selection of marathons expands with races like the Castilla - La Mancha marathon (in Ciudad Real), the Palma marathon (in Majorca), the Burgos marathonand the Bilbao marathon (in the Basque Country). This last one has a special feature: it's a night marathon.

  • NOVEMBER - Run and enjoy San Sebastián

    San Sebastián Marathon

    A marathon at sea level, in a city full of things to enjoy, from its famous pintxos to its beautiful bay. Every November, San Sebastián holds a marathon, a half-marathon, and a fun run for the public.

  • DECEMBER - Up and coming marathons

    The 2017 Valencia Marathon

    There are races in Valencia and Málaga this month. The Valencia marathon, first held in 1981, today is an athletic celebration, starting and ending at the City of Arts and Sciences. Its trajectory, which is very flat, goes through most of Valencia's historical centre. The Málaga marathon is becoming better known year by year, with a route through a city with plenty to offer.

  • NEW YEAR’S EVE - Fun runs

    San Silvestre Vallecana, Madrid

    If you stay to see out the year in Spain, we encourage you to participate in one of the San Silvestre races. They are public, short-distance races held on the last day of the year in many Spanish cities.

  • EXTRA - Races through nature

    Runners during one of the marathons held in one of Spain´s greenways

    Have you been to Spain's Greenways? These are old train routes converted into nature paths where several marathons are held each year. Four marathons are currently organised: Plazaola (between Navarre and the Basque Country); Girona (in Catalonia); Ojos Negros (in Castellón, Region of Valencia); and the Madrid Marathon, in Arganda del Rey.

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