FC Barcelona is Barcelona's resident football team, and the biggest professional sports draw for the soccer-obsessed city. Game days are major events and draw large crowds, especially when the team hosts old rival Real Madrid, which sells out well in advance. The team is frequently champions of La Liga, the premier Spanish football league. Games are played at Camp Nou, the largest football stadium in Europe with a capacity of 98,972 people. As such, the most inexpensive tickets are high above the field but still well in the midst of crowds of revelling football fans. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium, or at various sites on the internet such as FC Barcelona Oficial web as example.

And if FC Barcelona is not playing that weekend, there is a huge chance their other rival RCD Espanyol Barcelona might be playing. Although not as popular nor successful as FC Barcelona, it is always fun to watch the intensity of a Spanish football match. RCD Espanyol plays in a brand new stadium -El Prat Cornella- hosting about 40,000 people. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium or at various sites on the Internet such as the RCD Espanyol web.

Montmello, just outside of the city is host to the 2009 Spanish Grand Prix, an ideal opportunity to combine some city sights and some fast paced motor action. The Barcelona ACP Open Sabadell Atlantico also draws some oft he big names in tennis...and it is less likely to get rained off than Wimbledon! Just bear in mind that hotels and apartments in the city can get booked up for these big sporting events so book your accommodation in advance to secure the best deals.

There are other sports that you can take part in while in the city- especially down by the beach where there are a host of things on offer like diving and surfing, or if you want something a little more relaxed you can sail the open seas (or let someone else do it for you) with a yacht hire or catamaran hire.

There are numerous outdoor parks in Barcelona conducive to jogging or throwing a frisbee. Perhaps the most famous of these is Parc Guell, designed by Antoni Gaudi. This Park, however, is usually overrun by tourists, and maybe not the ideal place for running. Parc de la Ciutadella is a large urban oasis located in the heart of downtown Barcelona near the Gothic quarter. There are outdoor ping-pong tables, and a large lake where it is possible to rent rowboats.