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Cycling is most popular

Cycling is the sport that is most popular in Spain. Football comes surprisingly far down on the list of popular sports.

cykling-spainThe 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.

Spain Around, Vuelta a España, at the entrance to Coín (Málaga) 2015. Photo: Erixon Consulting.

Spain Around, Vuelta a España, at the entrance to Coín (Málaga) 2015. Photo: Erixon Consulting.

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.