Madrid, the 2022 World Capital of Sport

  • Madrid, Capital Mundial del Deporte 2022

Named World Capital of Sport for 2022, Madrid has joined the ranks of the two other cities to have achieved this prestigious recognition: Guadalajara (Mexico) and Abu Dhabi. The city earned the title thanks to its major sports infrastructure, diverse range of services and activities and formidable calendar of international events. There can be no doubt that Madrid deserves this honour awarded by ACES Europe, the European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation. There were many other reasons: the city also strives to ensure sports offerings for people with disabilities, it aims its efforts at every age bracket, it works to foster sport for girls and women, it helps sports clubs and associations via annual grants, and it develops an extensive programme of public-private partnership to boost sports activity through joint efforts, to name just a few initiatives.

On the most visible side of the city’s commitment to sport, it hosts countless major sporting events ranging from high-level competitions (including a football and a basketball league that are among the best in the world) to fun runs. Some of these events have become firm fixtures over the years and are eagerly awaited by the Madrileños as well as the foreign visitors who travel to the city to take part in them. We have highlighted some of the major events in Madrid’s 2022 sports calendar:

Spain's top indoor athletics meeting is back as part of the World Athletics Indoor Tour (Centro Deportivo Municipal Gallur. late February / early March). 


The city is hosting the Indoor Trial World Championship, which will be attended by the 15 times world champion Toni Bou (Multipurpose Pavilion Madrid Arena - Casa de Campo Park. 2 April).

This annual 21K race takes in some of Madrid's most popular sites (2 April).

One of the Spain's biggest sporting events, it will hold its 44th edition with three distances: marathon, half-marathon and 10k (24 April).


The Absolute Championship joins the long list of major sporting events that will be held in the city to celebrate Madrid being the World Capital of Sport 2022 (Centro Deportivo Municipal Gallur. 25-30 April).

The world's best tennis players will once again battle it out on clay courts (Madrid Caja Mágica. 24 Apr-7 May).

30,000 female runners will take part in this charity run that paints the streets pink (7 May 2023. To be confirmed).


The best jockeys in the equestrian world will be at the 111th edition of one of the not to be missed events on the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour (Villa de Madrid Country House. 13-15 May).


An historic match between the national team and the New Zealand veterans (Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. 21 May).

Fourth edition of this festival that combines street sports with music, exhibitions, and urban art (Madrid Río - Matadero. June 2023).


Madrid has been chosen to host the tournament of candidates competing for the world title currently held by Magnus Carlsen (The Palace of Santoña. 16 Jun-7 Jul).

The Vallehermoso Stadium and its spectacular lime green track host this international event that brings together the top athletes (June 2023). 


The Spanish cycling race will once again hold its final leg through the streets of Madrid (11 September).

Madrid plays host to one of the most popular and long-established golf competitions in Europe (Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. 6-9 October).

The greatest equestrian show held in Spain (IFEMA MADRID. 26-28 November).

Second edition of this tournament devoted to this training technique (Centro Deportivo Municipal Gallur. December 2022).

Madrid will once again ring out the old and ring in the new with Spain's largest athletics event: a 10K fun run and a 10K professional race (31 December 2022).


An observation deck offering wonderful vistas of the city.

Visit our online store (in Spanish) of souvenirs made by local artisans!

Hop on board the city's official sightseeing bus!

  • Hosting everything from international championships to nail-biting football matches, the Spanish capital is a must for any sports lover.

    Sporting events in Madrid
  • La Vuelta 2016
  • Enjoy a thrilling horse racing experience at La Zarzuela Racecourse all year round (check calendar).

    Horse Racing: 2022 Season
  • Carreras en el Hipódromo de la Zarzuela (Temporada de primavera)
  • Don't miss Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, two of the world's best teams, in action!

    The Best Football in Madrid
  • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
  • Madrid plays host to professional basketball games, high-performance athletics events and elite tennis championships.

    Other Sports
  • Madrid boasts an array of public parks and gardens from the Casa de Campo, Spain's largest green space, to El Retiro Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Parks and Gardens
  • Lago de la Casa de Campo