Valencia on its high horse - European Capital of Sport has yet more reason to celebrate

Friday 13, May 2011


Valencia on its high horse - European Capital of Sport has yet more reason to celebrate


Last weekend, Valencia hosted the second leg of the Global Champions Tour Equestrian, where Irishman, Billy Twomey triumphed on Je t’aime Flamenco. He beat the many home-grown, Spanish riders and Brit number 1, Guy Williams – who had been extremely successful in the prior leg in Qatar in March, winning a 1st and 2nd.


This sensational event was the most recent in a long line for the European Capital of Sport for 2011; an accolade which has simply further highlighted the beauty and charm of Valencia. A city already known for its architecture, food and beaches has now become an international leader in sports events.


(For full results, please see


Visitors who missed out on the Global Champions tour should not feel disappointed as there are still plenty of opportunities to combine a visit to the city with a thrilling sports event.


Highlights in 2011 include the thunderous roar of the European Grand Prix of Formula 1 in June; the ATP 500 Tennis  and the Moto GP in the autumn as well as the Valencia Triathlon and the Marathon – both later in the year. (See below for a full sporting schedule).


Tourists who like to take part as well as watch sport on a break can also relish the opportunities for action that Valencia provides. From Golf to Tennis, water sports, bike riding and walking; there is no need to simply be a spectator.


Valencia, EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF SPORT 2011 - Timetable



15th: 29th Volta a Peu of Valencia

From the 17th to the 19th: Sports Unlimited Fair

29th: 4th Ruralcaja Popular Races



From the 3rd to the 5th: 4th Athletics Spain’s Championship IPC

4th and 5th: 10th Tennis Trophy FDM

From the 16th to the 19th: Spain’s Masculine Artistic Gymnastics Championship

19th: 5th Ruralcaja Popular Races

19th: Swimming Crossing ‘Gent x Gent’

From the 24th to the 26th: Grand Prix of Europe of Fórmula 1



From the 1st to the 3rd: 12th Her Majesty Queen Sophia Trophy (sailing competition)

2nd and 3rd: Rugby Trophy at the beach Valencia City

8th: 10th Race at the beach Valencia City

9th and 10th: 17th Beach Football Trophy Valencia City

16th and 17th: 14th Footvolley Open Valencia City Trophy

17th: 18th Swimming Crossing Port of Valencia

23rd and 24th: 5th Soccer Volley Trophy



4th: 6th Ruralcaja Popular Races

10th: 11th Birles-beach Trohpee Valencia City

11th: 2nd Valencia Triathlon

11th: 19th Valencian Pilota Day

18th: 15th Bicycle Day

25th: Bike Trophy Valencia City



16th: 7th Ruralcaja Popular Races

23rd: 21st Half Marathon of Valencia

From the 27th to the 29th: 2nd School Sport Congress

From the 29th to the 6th of November: Valencia Open ATP 500 Tennis

30th: 23rd ‘Pas Ras’ at the Port of Valencia



From the 4th to the 6th: Grans Prix of Moto GP

6th: 8th Ruralcaja Popular Races

13th and 14th: EuroValencia 2011

From the 18th to the 20th: 1st European Meeting of Volunteering in Sport

20th: 31st Valencia Popular Marathon

27th: 9th Ruralcaja Popular Races



11th: 10th Ruralcaja Popular Races

18th: 15th International Ciclocross Valencia City

30th: 28th Saint Silvester Popular Race



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