Sports in Madrid


Madrid Sports and Outdoor Activities

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Spain has produced sportsmen and women of championship standards in a variety of sports, such as cycling, golf, tennis, and many others. This has resulted in a rapid expansion of facilities for spectators and participants. Between March and June, it is possible to watch championship events in a variety of sports including cycling, tennis, and football (soccer).

Futbol is Spain’s number one spectator sport. Approximately 300,000 fans watch the Primera División at weekends during the season between September and May. Madrid’s two premier teams are Real and Atlético Madrid and there is an immense rivalry between the clubs.

Admission: Tickets can be purchased at the clubs on the day of the game although booking in advance for the bigger matches is recommended. Advance tickets may be obtained either from the stadiums or a more expensive option is via ticket offices near Puerta del Sol on Calle de la Victoria.

Open hours: museum – Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 to 19:30, on match days closure is two hours before the game

Madrid is nor Only Football

Although football is the King of sports, not all the elite sport is about football. The basketball has three elite teams (Real Madrid, Estudiantes y Fuenlabrada) that participate in the ACB league, indoor football (soccer), the Rugby Club Cisneros, or Water polo are some examples of the elite teams from Madrid.


Basketball is Spain’s second-biggest spectator sport. Basketball is almost as popular as football. Real Madrid Students and Fuenlabrada, a town about 15 kilometers from the center of the capital, are all clubs that play in the top-level men’s pro basketball league ACB. The WiZink Center is the home arena of Real Madrid, it hosts ACB and Euroleague games.

Madrid Sports and Outdoor Activities


Madrid is the international capital of bullfighting with the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas being the biggest ring in the bullfighting world, seating 23,000 spectators. A fight begins with the matador meeting the bull, assessing his size, and using the red and yellow cape to wear the beast out.


The day race season runs from February to June and mid-September to early December. During the summer races are held at the Hipódromo La Zarzuela starting around midnight to 02:00.

Hipódromo La Zarzuela: located 5 miles / 7.5 km from the city center on Carretera de la Coruña


There is an enormous amount of sports available to visitors in the city of Madrid and being only minutes away from the open countryside, it has many activities to tempt all lovers of the outdoors. Throughout Madrid, there are amenities to participate in a large range of sports including tennis, polo, squash, swimming, bowling, and horse riding.

This club includes tennis courts and stables, with horses for hire and a golf course. For further information on activities and facilities contact ‘Instituto Municipal de Deportes’ located at Palacete de la Casa de Campo,
Tel: +34 91 464 90 50.


Several golf clubs in the Madrid vicinity are open year-round and for a fee, entry is available to non-members. If you are into Golf, without a doubt the Region of Madrid is your destination since it has more than 25 golf courses and the highest number of federates in Spain.

The most important thing is that Madrid is an open place, a cultural melting pot, and cultural and leisure offerings, so the World of Golf could have not been different. In the offering that we present here, you will find public, private, with or without a license, with a Golf School and learning courses. The offering is very complete and wide both in the capital and in the outskirts.

A pamphlet entitled ‘Golf in Spain’ is available through the Federación Española de Golf, Capitán Haya 9, Madrid.

Several public indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be found around the city. Outdoor pools operate between June and September.

Hiking, Mountain and Winter Sports

Madrid has a wide range of landscapes as big as it will allow you to enjoy nature with all kinds of outdoor activities. you can hike in some of the 10 natural areas with special protection.

In the mountainous areas, you can practice all kinds of mountain sports, organized by some companies of active tourism. You also have a lot of places where you can climb: La Pedriza, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Cabrera Range, the San Juan Reservoir, etc.


Navacerrada, the most modern of the resorts in the Sierra de Guadarrama, is also the nearest to Madrid is 37 miles / 60 km north of the city. The skiing season runs from December to April, further information about winter sport can be. If you are into Winter sports, enjoy the snow by practicing ski, cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, etc. Even if you want to do it anytime, you have the track Madrid Snow Zone in the Xanadú Shopping Mall in Arroyomolinos.


The Madrid Marathon is an important and Popular athletics event held in the Spanish capital. Each year it attracts approximately 120,000 runners and one million supporters, including some of the world’s best athletes and national and international sporting organizations. Started in 1978, the 42-kilometer marathon:


Sports bars in Madrid

Madrid is a city that loves bars and loves sport, so it is not surprising that the two pleasures come together. Practically any Madrid bar could be a sports bar when a major competition is on, particularly if it is football and the national side or one of the city’s big teams is playing. However, many establishments have made sport their main purpose. Here are some of the most interesting ones.


La Fontana de Oro is a historic and emblematic Madrid tavern. An old gathering place, a meeting place for artists and politicians in the 19th and 20th centuries, it is known above all for having been frequented by the writer Benito Pérez Galdós, who was a regular customer and set his first novel, also called ” La Fontana de Oro ” in 1870. here

La Fontana de Oro is its nightlife when you can enjoy the broadcast of football matches or live music every day with DJ sessions, jam sessions or rock, pop, soul concerts, blues, etc.

Enjoy all our sports programming on GIANT SCREEN, we have more than 10 screens, ask us for the match, the F1 race, or the fight you want to see, we also offer broadcasts of Spanish and European football. You can see the league of each country, La Liga, Premier, Bundesliga, Champions League, Europa League, or the various national cups.

Real Café BernabéuCafé Bernabeu

In the heart of the Real Madrid stadium, this bar boasts privileged views over the Bernabéu pitch, although it is closed off on match days and becomes a VIP area.

James Joyce Irish Irish Pub in Madrid

Located between Plaza de las Cibeles and Puerta de Alcalá, The James Joyce Irish pub offers the most authentic Irish atmosphere in the heart of Madrid. The cuisine is a combination of the best that both Ireland and Spain have to offer, bringing you the most sought after home comforts.
James Joyce Irish pub, you will come in as a customer and leave as a friend. We focus on bringing the expats and local Spanish people of this great city together.

38 Sport Pub

In the heart of the city, Calle Preciados, 38, this establishment is known for its wide range of tapas, portions, and mixed dishes.

Penalti Lounge Bar

This chain of bars came about with a football vocation and its main attraction is the option of watching the match with friends whilst enjoying its menus and offers. It also has two premises: Penalti Moncloa (Fernández de Los Ríos, 95) and Penalti Reina Victoria (Avenida Reina Victoria, 15).

La Cervecería Deportiva

Another establishment specialized in welcoming fans on competition days is this beer house, which does not neglect the art of pouring a good beer.


Podium Sports Bar

Outside the city center, in the Pavones neighborhood, this establishment offers an atmosphere devoted to sports broadcasts, serving a large number of tapas and classic portions.


Panenka Restaurant

Located in the neighborhood Tetuán, near to Cuatro Caminos -Calle de Orense, 6- is a bar-restaurant set in the world of football. In addition, it has a private club to watch the best football matches and sporting events, surrounded by other fans.

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