With so many top quality clubs to choose from, Spain represents a football fan’s idea of paradise nowadays. As well as the big two, Real Madrid and Barcelona, La Liga is home to a number of famous sides that have lit up the European football stage for many years, including Valencia, Villareal, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao and Malaga.
There is a steady stream of soccer fans in the UK who like to travel abroad to see a few games, and Spain continues to be the most popular destination among them. When you consider the quality of some of the individual players, such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas, it’s no surprise that La Liga attracts such interest from Britain and across the world.
Of course, many of us can get our fix of soccer on the television, thanks to world broadcasting rights, but seeing a game, even a dramatic one, on the screen is never going to be as realistic as watching one in the flesh.
The atmosphere when you’re actually at the match is simply impossible to recreate on the TV.
If the tourist checks the upcoming fixture list carefully, it’s relatively easy to plan a trip that takes in three or four matches in a two-week period. Spain is a large country, of course, but getting from A to B isn’t overly difficult. There are planes, trains and buses to help, and car hire in the region is plentiful and inexpensive.
Getting around is easy. The main roads are quick, enabling the visitor to easily navigate between one city and another. Due to the fact that within the major centres the traffic can be an issue, it’s often a good idea to park on the outskirts and to use public transport networks from then on. Speed and convenience is of the essence, of course, so it pays to make life as simple as possible
If you plan to visit Barcelona and Madrid during the holiday, it would be a good idea to sign up for a guided tour of the two main stadia while you’re in the locale. The Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu are among the finest temples of sport in the world, and each of them is well worth a visit.
Should a British visitor decide to take in a match at Malaga CF during the stay, he or she will be in good company. Thanks to the large expatriate population, the club has a large British support. Malaga’s stadium, La Rosaleda, has a capacity of over 28,000, and on match days the atmosphere is always intense and passionate.
From the United Kingdom, there are several airports which have regular flights to Spain, and the journey is a pleasingly short one. It’s so easy to simply fly over and arrive refreshed and ready for a footballing odyssey.
The country offers the ideal scenario for soccer lovers, so why not take the plunge and see why so many people flock to this wonderful nation year after year
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