Welcome to our Spanish football travel guides section. Starting with the country’s biggest football hotbeds, we aim to get around Spain’s 17 autonomous communities and bring you the lowdown on football in each one. Each guide will feature info on all the clubs in the top three divisions as well as tips for getting around, buying tickets and things to do away from the football. We aim to make it the most complete guide for groundhoppers and anyone planning a football trip to Spain.

Note – league listings below relate to the 2021/22 season. However most guides were written prior to that and feature LaLiga, Segunda División and Segunda B clubs at the time of writing. The Segunda B has since been replaced by the new Primera División RFEF (third tier).


Spanish Football Travel Guides


Guide to Football in Madrid

Madrid is not just the capital of Spain but it has been described as the capital of European football in recent years with Atleti rising to become a genuine continental force. There’s plenty going on away from the big two though with a trip to Vallecas always popular with visitors to the city while the sport is also thriving in the South Madrid region with Getafe and Leganés having both featured heavily in the top flight in recent years.

The Madrid Clubs

LaLiga: Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano

Segunda: Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Leganés

Primera RFEF: Internacional, Rayo Majadahonda, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Real Madrid Castilla

Madrid football travel


Guide to Football in Catalonia

FC Barcelona may be the symbol of Catalan football and in many ways the symbol of Catalonia but there are a host of smaller clubs in the region. Indeed there are many in and around the metropolitan area of Barcelona but our guide also gets around the other three Catalan provinces, taking in the best football options in Girona, Tarragona and Lleida.

The Catalan Clubs

LaLiga: Barcelona, Espanyol

Segunda: Girona

Primera RFEF: Cornellà, Gimnàstic Tarragona, Sabadell, Costa Brava, Barcelona B, Andorra*

*Not technically in Catalonia but the world’s only Catalan speaking country!

Catalonia football travel guide


Guide to Football in the Basque Country

In many respects, the real birthplace of football in Spain, the Basque Country and its clubs were instrumental in the emergence of the sport in the early 20th Century. Despite occupying less than 1.5% of all Spanish territory, the tiny Basque autonomous region continues to punch well above its weight to this day with a host of top flight clubs, some of the best academies in Spain and a stubborn determination to continue doing things the Basque way.

The Basque Clubs

LaLiga: Athletic Club, Real Sociedad, Alavés

Segunda: Eibar, SD Amorebieta, Real Sociedad B

Primera RFEF: Real Unión, Athletic Club B

Basque football guide


Guide to Football in Andalusia

Spain’s most populous region is home to more clubs in the top three tiers than any other. The Andalusian capital hosts Spain’s fiercest city derby with Real Betis and Sevilla fighting to be the pride of Seville. Malaga are largely viewed as the other big Andalusian club although there are a number of other sizable teams with Granada currently the best of them. Historic clubs like Recreativo Huelva and Cordoba are currently languishing in the 4th tier.

The Andalusian Clubs

LaLiga: Real Betis, Sevilla, Granada, Cadiz

Segunda: Malaga, Almeria

Primera RFEF: Betis Deportiva, Sevilla Atlético, Linares, San Fernando, Atlético Sanluqueño, Algeciras, Linense

Andalusia football guide


Guide to Football in the Valencian Community

The Valencian Community is another major Spanish football hotbed. Valencia CF are the traditional main force but Villarreal have risen to become a major player, not just in the region but in Spain and at times Europe, in recent years. There are also a host of other reasonably sized clubs that have at some point or other appeared in the top flight and with 350 km of sunny coastline, the Valencian region is a great location for a football trip.

The Valencian Clubs

LaLiga: Valencia, Villarreal, Levante, Elche

Segunda: –

Primera RFEF: Castellón, Villarreal B, Alcoyano

Spanish football clubs


Guide to Football in Galicia

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is a coastal region with a long history, Celtic heritage and a unique relationship with the sea. The Galician Community is home to several football clubs that are located right on the coast including beach-side Deportivo La Coruña, the only team from the region to have won a major trophy. It’s Celta Vigo that have featured in more top flight seasons though and both sides compete for the right to be the pride of Galicia.

The Galician Clubs

LaLiga: Celta Vigo

Segunda: Lugo

Primera RFEF: Deportivo La Coruña, Racing Ferrol, Celta Vigo B

Galicia Football Guide


Guide to Football in Asturias

This cider loving region of northern Spain is home to all kinds of unique cultural traditions as well as some of the most dramatic scenery in all of Iberia. Its two main cities (which are separated by just 30 km) enjoy a fierce rivalry on and off the pitch with Real Oviedo and Sporting Gijon battling it out for regional pride.

The Asturian Clubs

LaLiga:

Segunda: Real Oviedo, Sporting Gijon

Primera RFEF:


Guide to Football in the Canaries

Known primarily as a winter sun holiday destination, many might be surprised by just how high football passions run in the Canary Islands. Las Palmas and Tenerife, the two biggest clubs have a fierce rivalry and the islands have produced a whole of host of talented footballers through the years, with more recent examples being David Silva, Pedro and Juan Carlos Valerón, as well as current Barcelona star Pedri.

The Canarian Clubs

LaLiga:

Segunda: Las Palmas, Tenerife

Primera RFEF:

Canary Islands football guide


Guide to Football in the Balearic Islands

The other major set of Spanish islands also has a relatively lively football scene with plenty of action to be found in both Mallorca and Ibiza. RCD Mallorca may be top dogs but they aren’t the only team in the city of Palma and although small, football is suddenly starting to flourish on the party island of Ibiza which will host second tier football for the first time in 2021/22.

The Balearic Islands Clubs

LaLiga: Mallorca

Segunda: Ibiza

Primera RFEF: Atletico Baleares

Balearic Islands football guide


Spain has 17 Autonomous Communities in total and we’ll be adding more guides at some point in the future.

The other 8 regions are Castile and León, Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia, Aragon, Extremadura, Navarre, Cantabria and La Rioja.