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Spanish cities with famous basketball teams


Spanish basketball is considered one of the best in the world. Proof is that the Spanish National Team in number 1 in Europe and second place in the world ranking. Since its formation in 1935, renowned athletes such as Marc and Pau Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernández have played on this team. In addition to the national team, there are many clubs based in the main Spanish destinations. Keep reading and discover the places in Spain that breathe and live basketball.

  • View of the city from Montjuïc, detail of Casa Batlló and view of Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona, Catalonia © Centre: Luciano Mortula / Right: Marchello74

    Barcelona: a city full of free throws

    Although Barcelona is known worldwide for its football team's masterful performances in the mythical Camp Nou, the Catalan province is also home to two talented basketball teams. FC Barcelona, winner of 18 Spanish leagues! And Club Joventut Badalona, one of the most prestigious basketball teams in Europe. There is no doubt that Barcelona is a city of many different facets. If you go there, combine Gaudí's art and impressive viewpoints such as Montjuïc and Tibidabo, with a visit to the best-known basketball stadiums: Palau Blaugrana and the Pabellón Olímpico de Badalona.

  • El Retiro Park, Puerta de Alcalá and detail of the WiZink Center in Madrid, region of Madrid © Left: Color Maker / Right: Javierglezphoto

    Madrid: the capital city also aims for the hoop

    Real Madrid Baloncesto is one of the most well-known Spanish clubs, with more than 35 victories in the main professional basketball league in Spain. Watching this team play is a unique sporting experience. In fact, if you visit Madrid, go to the WiZink Center arena, located a few metro stops from iconic landmarks like Puerta de Alcalá and El Retiro Park. A perfect complement to a day of sightseeing in Madrid, a good dose of basketball!

  • Detail of the Cathedral of Santa María, La Florida park and the Fernando Buesa Arena arena in Vitoria in Alava, Basque Country © Right: Basotxerri

    Vitoria: the Basque capital that plays basketball

    Since it was founded in 1952, the Basque team Club Deportivo Saski-Baskonia has won four titles in the Spanish basketball league. Its arena, Fernando Buesa Arena, is located very close to the centre of the Basque capital, where you can enjoy places as impressive as the Cathedral of Santa María, a majestic Gothic-style temple, and the La Florida Park, ideal for walks and enjoying the charm of the city.

  • Detail of the Agora in the City of Arts and Sciences, the Turia gardens and match at the Fuente de San Luis arena in Valencia, region of Valencia © Left: Mark Pitt / Right: Efecreata

    Valencia: a passion-fuelled basketball club

    If you visit Valencia, these are some must-do plans: a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences, a stroll through the Turia Gardens and a tour of its gastronomy with rice dishes, horchatas and exquisite wines. But, if you are a basketball lover, the Fuente de San Luis arena is your place. Located very close to the city centre, here you can witness the achievements of Valencia Basket Club, one of the most outstanding basketball teams in Spain. Watch out for its spectacular plays.

  • Detail of the Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, view of the municipality and match in the Santiago Martín arena in San Cristóbal de la Laguna in Tenerife, Canary Islands © Right: Live Media

    San Cristóbal de la Laguna: basketball is also played on the islands

    Club Baloncesto Canarias brings basketball passion to the Canary Islands. Its Santiago Martín arena is located in San Cristóbal de la Laguna, a city on the island of Tenerife declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. If you are planning a holiday on the Canary Islands, do not hesitate to add this city to your route: you can enjoy an incredible Spanish basketball team and a unique cultural environment! These are just some of the places in Spain where basketball is the star. Visit them all to enjoy live extremely talented Spanish teams in every free throw. Let the game begin!

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