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Sports and Outdoor Activities

Spain is one of Europe's most geographically diverse countries. Its mountain ranges, woodlands and deltas are all fertile ground for scenic tours and sports holidaysas alternatives to a break on the beach. It also has a full calender of seasonal and annual events and activities. Tourist offices will provide lists of leisure and sporting activities in their region.

Golf and Tennis

Spain now has an abundance of colf courses, some with activities for non-golfers. The Federacion Española 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.

Mountain Sports

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 Española de Montañismo 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 Española 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.

Specialist Holidays

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.

Air Sports

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.

Water Sports

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.

Field Sports

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 Española de Caza (hunting) and the Federacion Española 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.

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