THE SPORTS IN SPAIN
Spain now has an abundance
of colf courses, some with activities for non-golfers.
The Federacion Espaņola de Golf will gave locations
and more detailed information. In most tourist areas
there are tennis courts for hire by the hour and some
hotels have tennis courts for their guests. Travel
agents arrange tennis holidays for enthusiasts.
Spain's most popular resorts for
downhill skiing are in the Vall D'aran in Catalonia and
in the Sierra Nevada, near Granada.Downhill skiing isoften
possible in the Sierra de Guadarama north of Madrid, and
there is cross-country skiing in other mountain areas. Every
region of this mountainous country has a climbing association.
The Federacion Espaņola de Montaņismo will supply details.
This national organization has information about climbing
and many other mountain sports.
Walking, Cycling and Horse Riding
Many tour operators now specialize
in outdoor holidays. The Federacion Hipica Espaņola
andSpanish tourist offices have information on horse
riding and pony trekking in most regions. The road
to Santiago de Compostela is Spain's most famous walk
and some natural parks have spectacular routes for
mountain-walking. Picturesque minor roads in many
regions of Spain are excellent for cycle routing.
All Spanish tourist offices provide details of special interests holidays. Cookery,wine and painting holidays, and tours led by professional historians and archeologists, are increasingly popular. There is a wide choice for nature lovers and photographers, particulary in Spain's many national parks. Information about courses in Spanish language and culture is provided by Canning House in London and by the Instituto Cervantes.
A private pilot licence is valid in Spain for up to six months. The Federacion Nacional de Deportes Aereos will send information about Spanish airfields and clubs where visitors can practise flying (vuelo), gliding (vuelo sin motor) and parachuting (salto en paracaidas). The organization also gives information on places where tourists can go ballooning (volar en globo), hang-gliding (ala delta) and paragliding (parapente). Parts of Castilla y Leon and Castilla la Mancha are recognized internationally as excellent venues for hanggliding , and Valle de Abdalajis, North of Malaga, is wel known for paragliding.
There is white water rafting
and canoeing on rivers in Catalonia, Aragon and many
other regions of Spain. Sort a village in the Catalonian
Pyrenees, is one of Europe's prime river sports resorts.
Boating, sailing and wind-surfing are very popular.the
tourist offices at the coastal resorts of Mainland
and the islands give information about local hire
of boats and sailboards. Experienced windsurfers head
for Tarifa, whose windswept location has made it one
of Europe's windsurfing capitals.
If you want to hunt or shoot in Spain you must first apply for a license and be properly insured. To obtain a license you apply to the communidad (regional governement) of the area where you want to hunt. The fees tend to be high. Permits for river sea fishing for any length of period from one day to one year, and for fishing competitions, are issued by the communidades. The Federacion Espaņola de Caza (hunting) and the Federacion Espaņola de Pesca (fishing) give information on where each different field sport is permitted, the dates of open seasons, and advise on licences. Travel agents and hotels specializing in hunting and fishing trips will obtain licenses for clients.