On November 22, the Spanish National Tourism Board 2023 Football Carnival kicked off in Guangzhou. Nearly 40 people from the tourism fraternity and media outlets attended the event. Former Real Madrid player Sergio Sestelo was the coach in the carnival.
On November 22, the Spanish National Tourism Board 2023 Football Carnival kicked off in Guangzhou. (Photo provided to GDToday)
In the opening speech, Ana Lafuente, Counselor of the Tourism Office of the Consulate General of Spain in Guangzhou, said that Spain won the Women’s World Cup for the first time this year, making it the second country in the world to have both men’s and women’s World Cup champions.
Ana Lafuente, Counselor of the Tourism Office of the Consulate General of Spain in Guangzhou. (Photo provided to GDToday)
In Spain, stadiums can be found in all major cities. They represent not only stages for Spanish football, but also the symbols and landmarks of Spain culture. Lafuente also invited participants to go to Spain for in-depth tours, in which people can watch football games in wonderful stadiums, enjoy delicious food and fantastic scenery, and immerse themselves in the football culture.
At present, South China has two direct flights to Spain, including Shenzhen-Barcelona (Shenzhen Airlines) and Hong Kong-Madrid (Cathay Pacific Airways Limited). By December, the air capacity between Spain and China will reach 28 direct flights per week and even more by 2024.
Four stadiums that football fans can’t miss out in Spain
The new Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid
To gain a deep understanding of football fields in Spain, Bernabeu Stadium would be the first pick. For over a century, it has been regarded as the temple of football world. The opening of the newly renovated Bernabeu Stadium will be held on December 23, offering a seating capacity of 82,000.
The Real Madrid Museum. (Photo provided to GDToday)
The Spotify Camp Nou in Barcelona
The Spotify Camp Nou in Barcelona is the largest football stadium in Europe. Just like the Bernabeu Stadium, the Camp Nou has also begun a refurbishment program that is expected to be completed by 2026, raising its capacity from 99,000 to 105,000.
The Spotify Camp Nou. (Photo provided to GDToday)
The Mestalla Stadium in Valencia
Just start in Barcelona and travel south along the Mediterranean coastline to reach Valencia, an ancient yet futuristic metropolis. Visiting Valencia is the best way to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle at its best. It would be a wonderful thing to enjoy the beautiful beaches or savor the authentic Mediterranean cuisine with paella as the preferred choice.
The Mestalla Stadium. (Photo provided to GDToday)
The San Mames Stadium in Bilbao
The San Mames Stadium has been selected as the best sports building in the world at the “World Architecture Festival” held in 2015. Known as “The Cathedral”, San Mames Stadium has a capacity of 53,000 spectators.
The San Mames Stadium. (Photo provided to GDToday)
The futuristic Guggenheim Museum is located in Bilbao, at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains in northern Spain. It is very close to the San Mates Stadium.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. (Photo provided to GDToday)
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