Cycling is the sport that is most popular in Spain. Football comes surprisingly far down on the list of popular sports.
The Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has published a survey of the sport habits in Spain. Actually the discovery that cycling is the sport number one, should not be surprising in a country that has produced top cyclists like Miguel Indurain and Contador. But that football did not even come in second place may surprise many.
The survey shows that 63% of the population in Spain has a bike in their homes, of them 55.9% are adults and the rest are children. But only 59.3% own a ball of any kind and of those 54% are footballs and 27% are basketballs. 54.1% own a racket of some sort, probably inspired by tennis player Rafael Nadal and the Spanish world champion in badminton Carolina Marin.
38.7% of the population say that they have been cycling over the past year, while 38.5% have been swimming. 31.9% of the respondents have done walks or hikes and 30.4% have been running, and 29 percent have visited a gym. Football in some form, however, is only recorded among 22.4% of the population.
Despite the large number of golf courses in the country, golf is a minority sport, which is being practiced by only just over 3% of the population.
The survey also shows that most people take up their favorite sport when they are young. Only 3.7% are embracing a new sport after 45 years of age.