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La Vuelta Stage 1: Start Experience - Barcelona

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Sportive Breaks are your Official Tour Operator for the 2023 Vuelta a Espana which takes place from Saturday August 26th until Sunday September 17th.

The 78th edition of the Spanish Grand Tour has its Gran Partida in Barcelona. Barcelona will host the two opening stages of Vuelta a España in 2023. The Catalonian city will be back on the Vuelta for the first time since 2012.

Stage one will be a team time trial with start and finish in Barcelona and stage two will start in Barcelona.

The Vuelta a Espana 2023 – Unforgettable VIP Hospitality experiences and cycling tours with Sportive Breaks.

We are thrilled to be an Official Tour operator for one of the most prestigious events in cycling - the Vuelta a Espana. We will be offering unforgettable VIP Hospitality experiences and Vuelta a Espana cycling tours with hotels and VIP experiences included.

This Experience is for the Start Experience. We offer the following experiences :

Start Experience all stages - £70 per person

Every day, in the start town, tickets are available to access the reserved area at the start. Guests of the official Vuelta Start Village watch the riders get ready and witness the sign-on ceremony whilst enjoying drinks and snacks. This is an excellent way to see more of the riders and to have a look at the team buses, the amazing bikes and to see the team’s support workers like mechanics do their job. The Vuelta as a race is far more relaxed than the Tour de France or even the Giro d’Italia so you can get closer to the riders for photos and autographs.

Day in an official Vuelta Race Car - £1159 per person

On most stages, places are available in an official VIP Car that follows the race. This is a full day that starts with enjoying start village followed by driving on the course and enjoying food and drinks along the way. Your driver and guide for the day is a former Pro rider who shares insights along the way. The day finishes in style with hospitality at the finish line.

Finish Hospitality all stages - £95 per person

Finish hospitality offers a superb vantage point along the finishing straight. The venue has an elevated viewing platform and seating areas. Non-stop catering and open bar service are included. Plasma TV screens broadcast the race until the riders come into view and you can see the finish and winner’s ceremony live.

Finish Hospitality in Madrid

La Roja - £499 per person (minimum of 10 pax)

La Roja Hospitality venue is the best place to watch the final stage in Madrid. The venue is located on the 6th floor of the Palacio Cibeles with access to a terrace that looks out onto the race. You will enjoy VIP access to a private area located at a few metres from the finish line in Madrid.

Enjoy a gourmet lunch with local delicacies whilst you enjoy the live race broadcast live on plasma TV screens. Also included are an open bar all afternoon and an exclusive “La Vuelta” gift.

Neptuno - £330 per person

Finish hospitality in Madrid is extra special. The venue has an elevated viewing platform and seating areas. Non-stop catering and open bar service are included. Plasma TV screens broadcast the race until the riders come into view and you can see the finish and winner’s ceremony live.

Cross the Finish Experience in Madrid – From £449pp (minimum 20 pax)

Be a pro for the day and ride on closed roads in Madrid on the same roads as the professionals of the men’s and women’s pelotons.

The Final Weekend

The final weekend is extra special with a high-quality hospitality experience at the finish in the centre of Madrid. We offer a hotel stay for 1 or 2 nights nearby which makes it a great excuse for a city trip.

Official Vuelta Tours

Spend 5 days or a week in Spain at the Vuelta a Espana with us on one of our tours and get right to the heart of the action. We will follow the riders as they make their way across the mountain stages of the Basque Country, Asturias as well as Andalucia and the final stages near Madrid. Fabulous hotels, daily transport, guided rides and hospitality experiences are all included with our tours.

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Vuelta a Espana Start Village

Every day at sunrise for 21 days, the Vuelta starts anew. In the most beautiful squares of the cities that host the start of the race, the riders gather each morning at the Start Village before setting off, along with the sponsors, the guests, and the organisation management.

Meet the riders in this exciting pre-race atmosphere. Upon arrival at the Start Area, guests will collect their pass to access one of the different Hospitality Areas near the signature podium, offering non-stop coffee/bar service. They will meet the riders and experience the exciting pre-race atmosphere.

Included with your start village experience:

  • Guest reception, and collection of the pass
  • Access to the hospitality area
  • Non-stop coffee bar service
Need to Know

Entry and Hospitality Ticket Sales

In the selling of any entry or hospitality tickets, Sportive Breaks act as an agent for the event organiser.


Barcelona Airport

Barcelona airport, with several terminals, is located 16 kilometres south of the city and is also known as Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports, including Girona, Reus and Lleida-Alguaire.

From the airport there are good connections by Bus, Train or Metro and it takes between 30 – 50 minutes to get into the city centre depending on what mode of transport you choose.

Barcelona and the Vuelta a Espana

Barcelona will host the official departure of La Vuelta 23. The 78th edition of the Spanish Grand Tour will take off with a T.T.T. that will take place entirely within the city. Barcelona will also host the second stage finish-line and will play a prominent role in such key, emblematic La Vuelta events as the team presentation gala and the filming of the race’s official videoclip, providing its natural settings as a backdrop.

Barcelona is a city with a long-standing sporting tradition with close ties to cycling. This fact is evident through the numerous sporting events that take place there throughout the year – the Volta a Catalunya and the City of Barcelona International Track Cycling or Mountain Bike Trophy, in particular.

The last time La Vuelta stopped in Barcelona was in the race’s 2012 edition. The 9th stage left from Andorra and ended at Montjuïc, with Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert crossing the finish-line in first place.

Barcelona already hosted La Vuelta’s official departure in 1962, with a first linear stage spanning over 90 km that both started and ended within the city itself. Victory went to Antón Barrutia.  The last time Barcelona held a time trial was back in 1978, also in Montjuïc. Victory went to Bernard Hinault, who inaugurated a brilliant victory tally featuring five Tours de France, three Giros d’Italia and two Vueltas.  

The City of Barcelona has also seen the Tour de France ride through in 2009, with a stage finale won by Norwegian rider Thor Hushovd (stage 6) and the departure of the 7th stage. It also hosts an emblematic and historic cycling race every year: the Volta a Catalunya.

Barcelona is now preparing to receive La Vuelta once again. The event will be broadcast on TV in almost 200 countries, with daily average ratings of 1.5 million viewers in Spain. The race mobilises a travelling caravan that transports over 2500 people, among them over 600 journalists from around 20 countries, and over 200 different types of media.

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