4 Best Places for Sports Tourism

All over the world, sports have a large number of dedicated followers. Whether you love participating in sports, or you dedicate your time to watching a particular event that fascinates you, being a part of any sporting event is often a total blast.

Consider soccer, which has the most significant following of all. There are currently more than a billion dedicated soccer fans following major European leagues. The main football leagues include the English Premier League in England, the La Liga league in Spain, and the Series A league in Italy. By buying the rights for viewership, fans can stream live matches and see their favorite players in action.

Apart from soccer, Europe also hosts some of the major sporting events both for indoors and outdoor sporting games. Now you may be thinking, “how expensive will the cost be as I travel to attend sports tourism in Europe?”

Travelling doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a lot of cheap flights connecting the many European destinations making it is easier to travel and partake in sporting activities. Join other sport tourism fans scoring coveted tickets by embroiling themselves in bidding wars. Alternatively, pay top prices like those sports enthusiasts who travel during school holidays.

Listed below are the four best places for sport Tourism around Europe:

  1. Algarve: An Elite Place for the international Golf Community

Being an Elite place on the golf world map, Algarve continually receives multiple awards and European prizes at the World Golf Awards. One of Algarve’s most prestigious amateur tournaments is the Grande Troféu Vilamoura held every year since 1987.

Apart from the favorable climate, there are fantastic courses and landscapes designed by famous architects, offering golf sporting services all year round. Click here to learn more about the numerous golf tournaments held in Algarve, Portugal.

Image: The Monte Rei Golf and country club has a review rating of 9.6 due to the experience it offers

  • Attend the Tour De France

Every summer, especially in July, France holds a grueling multi-stage bicycle race across the nation for thousands of professional cyclists. Have a remarkable and memorable experience by joining the crowd of spectators all over the villages and towns where the route passes.

This French tradition started in 1903 and is still active even today. The whole race takes over 21 days to complete and covers a considerable distance of 3,500 kilometers.

Although it is free to watch the race along the designated route, book accommodation in advance to enjoy the best value options. You can also consider camping, which is flexible and more affordable.

  • Watch the Grand National Steeplechase in Liverpool

This steeplechase event is one of the most famous and most exciting horse races to watch in the world. The rule of the game is for jockeys to stay in the saddle over the iconic jumps such as the chair and Beechers brook to win the race.

Due to the quality of its participants and the course itself,  Aintree is a unique event. You’ll find the world’s top jockeys and trainers all anxiously competing to claim the ultimate victory at the Grand National.

The prices to attend this sporting spectacle are of exceptional value. The starting price for entry is €20. Nevertheless, be prepared to substantially pay more if you’d like to enjoy the numerous refreshment and champagnes served in the arena.

Dubbed as the most famous sporting event in Europe, the Monaco Grand Prix is quite a unique event in the world of sports tourism. Its unusual setting allows far more access to the game than in other Formula 1 races.

Unlike the other Formula 1 events confined to a circuit,  the tournament takes place on the street of Monaco. Thus, spectators have the opportunity to enjoy racing sports up-close. 

Although the cost of a grandstand seat can be expensive, the three practice sessions before the main event are free to watch.  

With these four sports tourism events, you are bound to get the thrill of a lifetime.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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