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The capital of Spain is home to three top basketball league teams. Also, it welcomes big names in the field of international tennis and athletics, who come to compete in the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament and the San Silvestre Vallecana footrace.

Basketball

In Madrid, basketball is almost as popular as football. Real Madrid, Estudiantes and Fuenlabrada, a town about 15 kilometres from the centre 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 and Estudiantes, and it hosts ACB and Euroleague games. 

Having hosted historic games, this year it was one of the venues of the final phase of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014.

Tennis

Since 2002, Caja Mágica, an impressive tennis centre designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, has staged one of the world’s leading tennis competitions: the Mutua Madrid Open. Top players, both men and women, come to Madrid in May to compete in this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, so it’s a good chance to see the big names in action.

Athletics

Madrileños love not only football but athletics too. Hundreds of cheering spectators take to the streets every year to watch the Madrid Marathon and Half Marathon.

The Half Marathon is one of the road running events held in Europe that attract the highest number of athletes. The Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Madrid & ½ is part of this popular world circuit of 'running' - Rock & Roll Marathon Series - in which live music is integrated into sports activity and accompanies along different points of the event.

Madrid has an extensive calendar of popular races throughout the year, among which the traditional San Silvestre Vallecana on 31 December stands out, combining quality and mass participation, as well as the Indoor Athletics Meeting which is held in February, an event that is part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour; the Meeting Madrid, which is held in July and brings together the best national and international athletes. Every year the Women’s Race takes place, the biggest festival of women's sport in Madrid which contributes to raising funds for the fight against breast cancer.  

Cycling

A city with a deeply rooted cycling tradition, Madrid has played witness to the development of the brilliant careers of Alberto Contador and Carlos Sastre, among other pro elite riders. What’s more, the final stage of the Vuelta Ciclista a España normally finishes in Paseo de la Castellana.

Love of cycling extends to the man on the street and more and more kilometres of cycle ways  are being built. Furthermore, the city has a  ‘green belt’, with a perimeter of around sixty-four kilometres, which surrounds the metropolitan area and many options to rent a bicycle.   

Equestrian sports

The Zarzuela Hippodrome represents a traditional leisure and catering offer in Madrid, combining enjoyment with the hippodrome’s open air spaces, (one of the most emblematic venues in the capital – an architectural milestone of rationalism in Madrid). Enjoy the excitement of the races which are held from March to December, with around 41 equestrian days and over 230 race days a year. In addition, with the arrival of the summer season, the races take place at night.

Club de Campo too has a premier equestrian centre, which organises the renowned CSI 5* Madrid, included in the Global Champions Tour. This is the world’s most important show jumping event, bringing together the best riders and delivering an incredibly high money prize.

Each year, the Feria de Madrid also hosts an edition of the Madrid Horse Week, the most important equestrian event held in Spain evento and which seeks to bring the general public closer to the world of horses.  

Carreras en el Hipódromo de la Zarzuela (22 octubre)

Motor racing

Another international event drawing lots of visitors to Madrid year after year is the Spanish Truck GP, awarding points for the European Truck Racing Championship. It takes place at the Jarama race track in San Sebastián de los Reyes, on the outskirts of Madrid, on a single weekend in September or October.

Golf

The city of Madrid hosts one of the most popular and traditional tournaments in Europe, the Spanish Open Golf. This tournament is part of the European Tour and can be seen at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, a historic course for the world of golf, where names such as Jack Nicklaus, Colin Montgomerie or Severiano Ballesteros have played.

Others 

Among the traditional events in Madrid's sporting calendar is also the Villa de Madrid International Badminton Tournament, which takes place in June; and throughout the month of September, the Challenge Madrid Long Distance Triathlon is held, which covers large areas of the Community of Madrid, and the Triathlon World Cup, considered one of the toughest on the international circuit. At the end of the year you can also see the World Padel Tour, considered the professional padel circuit of reference at world level, which brings together the best players in the ranking.

In February, Madrid hosts the International Trampoline Jumping Tournament (Fina Diving Grand Prix) which brings together the best jumpers in the world. The city is also the venue for the Karate Premier League, a competition included in the Sports Calendar of the World Karate Federation (WKF); and the "Villa de Madrid" Individual and Team Senior Men's Sabre World Cup Tournament where the most important sportsmen and women in the fencing discipline meet, both individually and in teams.

 

DON’T MISS

There’s a lot more to sport in Madrid than just football. You can also go cycling or running, play golf, attend a horserace and do much more!

Discover the best places for a run in Madrid (make sure your check our map!), and its most famous races. 

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