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Valencia Marathon 2020, don’t miss out before it sells out!!


On Sunday 6 December 2020, take part in the Valencia Marathon 2020 with Valencia Sports Tours. We have created the perfect package at excellent value for those visiting from across the world, offering hotel, airport transfers, race registration and administration plus all the support and information you need for the race and of course on the ground knowledge of the city we live and love which we want to pass to you.

Valencia running continues to go from strength to strength. With some real investment in the sport in the region, the major races in the city are attracting some of the worlds finest athletes. Both the Valencia Half Marathon in October and Marathon in December are classed as IAAF Gold Label standard due to its exceptional climate for running at this time of year and flowing flat course. To highlight this, both male and female half marathon world records broken on the Valencia course in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

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In 2019 the race saw 25,000 runners take part from countries from all over the world. The stunning course takes in all the major sights of the city including the Plaza Ayuntamiento, Port and Beach area, Torres de Serano, Valencia football clubs famous Mestalla Stadium and of course the breathtaking City of Arts and Science, where the race both starts and finishes. As previously mentioned the course is flat and temperatures at this time of year are a mild 17ºC. With a wonderful atmosphere created all around the race, it really is becoming one of the most sort after marathon tickets around.

In 2019, the Marathon sold out in July. With the number of running increased this year to 30,000 due to the demand, at the time of publication (11 December 2019), over 20,000 bibs have already been sold. This could even sell out before the New Year!


Located in Valencia, we are in the perfect position to organise your marathon place and visit to the city. We know from working with clients over the last two marathons what is required to make your stay a smooth and successful one.

Our package –

3 nights in central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast, arrive Friday 4 or Saturday 5 December
Valencia Marathon entrance fee
Local Federation license required
Airport transfers
Advice and support on any further aspects of your weekend

Price per person – £489/549€

Entrance only option available without hotels and transfers on request. Price based on two people sharing a room and transfers. We are also able to create bespoke packages to suit your needs, with alternative star accommodation, apartments, further nights, massage and spa post race, half and full board at hand picked restaurants or hotel, activities or anything else that you want to experience while in Valencia. Non runner packages can also be offered. Price subject to change in line with any increases in local costs.

“Excellent service and highly recommended. Barry arranged everything for our weekend in Valencia to take part in the marathon. Nothing was a problem and due to the excellent organisation by the company we didn’t need to worry about anything. A fantastic weekend and we’ll be back next year!
Thank you and highly recommended

Contact us now to find out more or to book your place

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Valencia Smash! T20 2019 – How it Happened

What an incredible Valencia Smash! tournament it was. Two home sides from Levante CC and two from the south-east of England, Hoboes CC of Essex and Bidborough CC of Kent, offering a real test to the local boys who are also ECCL champions for 2019 at the T20 format.

Over the first two days we saw all teams play each other once, with the final day offering a third place play off and final before an evening of presentations, Tapas, Paella and a good few beers.

A warm and sunny Day one was so eventful and really set the tone for the whole occasion. With the two visiting sides playing the first game of the day, no side had any advantage in respect of experience on the artificial wicket. Both sides were a little delicate from the night before but this didn’t stop the sides smashing nearly 500 runs between them with Bidborough CC posting an enormous 278 for 4 from their 20 overs with Dan Page hammering 140 in 55 balls. Hoboes CC finished their innings with a more than respectable 218 for 6 but the Kent outfit took the points in the first match by 60 runs.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 1

Match 2 was Levante Thunder, a side comprising of club members from both Levante CC and their friends at Barcelona International, against Hoboes CC. Winning the toss Hoboes CC chose to bat and put them straight to the sword with an impressive 241 for just 2 wickets with Andrew Kennedy on 82 and Darren Eckford on 71, both not out. The Thunder started well with captain Garvey and Alex Wollauz who scored 57 but no batsman after that would reach double figures and they ended up losing by 87 runs.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 2

Match 3 was the final game of the day and Levante Lightning‘s first match. After an impressive start to the day against Hoboes, Bidborough who brought a very big squad made quite a few changes from match 1. Batting first, Bidborough did not go well and were all out for 114 in 15.2 overs following some exceptional bowling from the Lightning team. The hosts took 11.2 overs to reach the target and captain Shakeel made a sharp 53 in the process. Something for the visitors to remember however as during this innings, after not playing for a year, George Barret took a great hat trick with the ball. This lack of runs in this match and quick chase, could this be costly down the line?

Click here or on image for score book – Match 3

Saturday was hot hot! Both blue skies and 30 degrees and some mesmerising cricket. Match four and first of the day was the local derby. Thunder against Lightning! With the Thunder put into bat, they struggled to get away the Lightning bowlers and finished all out with just 3 balls left of the innings and 138 runs on the board. 12.4 overs later, the game was over. Two wins from two for Lightning and no wins for Thunder meant they needed a strong performance in their 3rd and final match vs Bidborough.

Click here for scorebook – Match 4

Match 5, Bidborough won the toss and chose to bat. A solid performance with Eddie Grey the pick of the batsman with a classy 60. Needing 228 to win, the Thunder started well. Garvey and Wollauz again kept the score board moving and a good few batsman contributed with 20s and 30s, and all in double figures. Unfortunately none of the batsman could really pull away and although a much better performance, they fell short on 189 for 5. Thunder were out, Bidborough were well in it with 2 wins and waiting on the final match to see who would be in the final.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 5

Match 6 and the final match of the round robin stage. Lightning were all but through, a solid net run rate was under their belt and aside from a total hammering, a place in the final was likely. Hoboes however had to win. If they did, with their previous performances, Bidborough who had beaten them on day 1 would be pushed to 3rd place. Hoboes CC won the toss and chose to bat. And bat they did, a destructive partnership of Julien Russell with 86 and Darren Eckford who ended up 100 not out with a 6 off the final ball of the innings to get his ton, saw the total fly to 277 for 6. In all this big hitting, Lightnings Faiz Bhat bowled an absurd spell of 4 overs, 3 wickets for just 19 runs, in such a match, this needed to be recognised. Lightning started steady but it was the entry of Tariq Iqbal that exploded Lightning into life, ending up with 108 in just 34 balls, the ground was mostly watching mouth open enormous 6’s, of length the ground hasn’t witnessed before. Unfortunately the finish line was just out of reach and the hosts finished on 266, just 11 short. This meant Levante Lightning finished top of the round robin league and Hoboes CC just finished second on net run rate ahead of a very unlucky Bidborough CC.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 6

Finals day started with some drizzle. The 3rd place match was reduced as a result to 15 overs and a good fun match was attended by the whole Bidborough squad who was a great bunch of guys. They didn’t allow Levante Thunder a chance to take their first win of the tournament and officially took 3rd place with a 7 wicket win.

Click here or on image for score book – 3rd Place

After the antics in the match the day before, the final was always going to be a little more tactical and both sides will have learnt a thing or two about their opposition. Hoboes CC won the toss and put Lightning into bat. After the very large number of wides the day before, Hoboes were on target and toppled the opening pair within the first couple of overs. Tariq Iqbal and Asad Raza (55 off 23) however kicked on and were looking in destructive form before a mix up saw Tariq run out. Wickets began to fall and a score of around 170 looked likely before Faiz Bhat stepped up for a cameo of 35 and pushed the score through to 202. Hoboes went in and after losing Fernandes early Lightning’s tails were up however this was all they really had to celebrate as Darren Eckford put on another great unbeaten innings of 76 not out and managed the chase perfectly, reaching the target and 203 in 18.2 overs.


Click here or on image for score book – FINAL

Following the final 70 players and supporters enjoyed free-flowing drinks, tapas, paella, awards and presentations and plenty of laughs before the visiting teams embarked on their final night in Valencia. A massive thank you to the umpires Rico, Dave and George and also tournament referee John Howden from Cricket España who is a vital part of the tournament and cricket support in Valencia and across the country.

Finally to those at Levante CC who helped make this years Valencia Smash! such a memorable one, from help setting up each day, the Smash! music and more. And of course without the brilliant visitors from both Bidborough CC and Hoboes CC, it wouldn’t have been the same without you.

Best Batsman – Darren Eckford (292 in four matches with 3 n/o)
Best Bowler – Charlie Fernandes (7 for 108)
Champagne Moment – Julian Russell (One handed catch and highest wicket taker of the Smash!)
Smash! Awards – Tariq Iqbal (108 in 34 balls and the biggest 6 seen at the VCG) and George Barrett (Hat trick)


To be part of the 2020 Valencia Smash! T20, contact us now by emailing info@valenciasportstours.com


THANKS to WOODSTOCK who kindly donated some of their stunningly brilliant cricket equipment to Levante CC to use for a fundraising raffle during the tournament. This is massively appreciated and this kind of support allows clubs like ours to continue to progress and function in Spain. WE HIGHLY recommend you visit their website by clicking on the image below!

La Liga Coaches to Visit UK, Book Your Session

Levante UD International Training and Valencia Sports Tours continue their partnership with an exciting opportunity this Autumn for Schools and Clubs in the UK. For the third time in the last 12 months, we will be sending two of the Levante UD coaching staff to the UK for a week to deliver coaching sessions that will allow all those taking park to experience coaching of the very highest level and also the methodology and ethos that the club instill through their own academy to their top flight La Liga first team.



All of the information is available via this direct link to the downloadable brochure. This is a unique opportunity and also great value. Levante UD are a club who pride themselves in their connection to the local Valencian community and you will experience this same passion within their coaching sessions in the UK. Click on the link to the brochure and book your sessions now!

Potential available coaching dates – Tuesday 29 October to Sunday 3 November



Should your school or club be interested in Levante UD staff coming to your area, please get in touch. Also, make sure you contact us concerning tours to Valencia which can include sessions with Levante UD plus friendly matches against local opposition. For high level teams and academies, potential matches vs the Levante UD and Villarreal CF academy sides are possible.

The New La Liga Season 19/20. See the worlds best in Valencia!

We are just weeks away from the start of the new football season with both Valencia clubs, Valencia CF and Levante UD taking their place in the top flight of the Spanish league set up. Valencia CF go back into the champions league pot while Levante UD seem to have secured their place as a regular in the primera liga and another good run in the Copa Del Rey will be on their radar.

As always, we will be offering packages and tickets to all Valencia and Levante matches across the season. Whether you are visiting Valencia already and want to add some match day tickets to your visit or visit Spain’s 3rd largest city specifically for a match, just talk to us and we will create the perfect package for your at great value.

With this in mind, take a look at some of the fixture dates of several of the key matches including visits of the big three and local derbies, now get booked in early –

23rd August – Levante UD VS Villarreal
3rd November – Levante UD VS Barcelona
1st December – Valencia CF VS Villarreal
8th December – Levante UD VS Valencia CF
15th December – Valencia CF VS Real Madrid
26th January – Valencia CF VS Barcelona
16th February – Valencia CF VS Atletico Madrid
23rd February – Levante UD VS Real Madrid
15th March – Valencia CF VS Levante UD
13th April – Levante UD VS Atletico Madrid

Click here to ask any questions or to book any match for either Valencia CF or Levante UD across the entire season.


Valencia Half Marathon, 27 October 2019

This world renowned half marathon returns to the streets of the wonderful city of Valencia on Sunday 27 October. This IAAF Gold Standard race attracts the best athletes from across the globe as well as club and social runners, making this a race with excitement and sensational atmosphere.

The flat and fast Valencia course, as well as perfect running climate at the end of October, this race has seen both Half Marathon world records broken over the last 3 years, both of which are still held (mens – 58:18 minutes, by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum 2018 and womens – 64:51 minutes, by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei 2017).

For this years half marathon, we have created the perfect package at excellent value for those visiting from the UK and beyond, offering hotel, airport transfers, race registration and administration plus all the support and information you need for the race and of course on the ground knowledge of the city we live and love which we want to pass to you.

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The stunning course takes in all the major sights of the city including the Plaza Ayuntamiento, Port and Beach area, Torres de Serano, Valencia football clubs famous Mestalla Stadium and of course the breathtaking City of Arts and Science, where the race both starts and finishes.

Our package –

3 nights in central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast, arrive Friday 25 or Saturday 26 October
Valencia Half Marathon entrance fee and all administration
Local Federation license required
Airport transfers
Advice and support on any further aspects of your weekend

Price per person – £339

Now is the time to get in touch and book your place. It is a sort after ticket, so make sure you are a part of it.

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Running Clubs partner with Valencia Sports Tours and get great Discounts and Cash Back

Valencia Sports Tours have created a partnership programme in which Running, Athletics and Fitness clubs in the UK can receive reduced rate packages on all bookings purchased by members of their club. Depending on the choice of the club itself, this saving can be passed onto its members, a great addition to your membership offers, or receive cash back, something that can be a vital annual addition to general fundraising and income.

You can download your registration form below which we require to be completed. It is just a few simple questions to allow us to know who you are, your club details and how to contact you.

Valencia Running!

Moving forward, we will send you the necessary information for all the major running events in Valencia. At this time, we will advise of the basic packages, prices and discount you will receive as a club. We will also ask if you would like further marketing material to pass to your members. You will then receive
the marketing material you need to send out for possible bookings. This will also be branded with your club details and logo and Valencia Sports Tours.

Download your club registration form here


We are happy to receive group bookings direct from you or individual bookings from your members. It is up to you, whatever works best at your club. If individual bookings, the marketing material will highlight how to book and also include a Promo Code which they are to use to receive the discount or cash back for the club. Don’t worry, we know sometimes people forget to include the Promo Code so every booking is always asked where they heard about us and this will stop anyone falling through the net.

Receiving Cash Back

Clubs who wish to receive cash back from their member bookings will receive this amount with a detailed receipt within 4 weeks following a running event their members have purchased. With our terms and conditions allowing certain refunds on cancellations (all will receive detailed T&Cs when booking), we need to wait until after the events to determine the final payment to you.

Now Get Going!

With the registration process straight forward, complete the attached doc. and return. We will immediately send you through the forthcoming running events in the city for you to look at, basic packages, prices and your club offers. With the major events such as the 15k night race in June, Half Marathon in October and Marathon in December still to come this year, there is no time to lose.

Download your club registration form here

Download a PDF version of this page here

Visit our running page for forthcoming events

Academy Level Youth Football Tours To Valencia

With being based in Valencia, our connections with local sports federations, clubs and schools are second to none. In respect of Football tours to Valencia, we are able to offer tailored packages that will allow any visiting club the opportunity to experience the finest coaching alongside matches against local opposition that will be selected to provide the most competitive fixtures at the right level.

This is also the case at the highest levels. Whether you are a professional academy, national level schools, development academy or regional talent centre, Valencia Sports Tours can offer packages that include training at premier La Liga clubs Levante UD and Villarreal as well as fixtures against both named team as well as Valencia CF and other local sides who play in the same youth leagues as these highly regarded La Liga academy sides.

Essex based FITC Academy have recently visited Valencia for the second time with a third visit scheduled for the end of May. For this forthcoming tour, we have created a package that provides a busy and exciting schedule. It includes stadium tours of both the Mestalla of Valencia and Estadi Ciutat de Valencia of Levante, plus coaching session with the Levante UD academy coaches and two matches vs both Levante UD and Villarreal.

FITC Academy – Valencia Feb 2019

Whether pre/during or post season, we will discuss with you your expectations, goals and requirements and work to create the right package for you. As we are Valencia based, we will have one of our staff members with you during all key elements of your tour, making sure the days you are in the city are as rewarding as possible.

We are here to help so get in touch with us now and you too can prepare for your European matches with La Liga’s finest! Call us on 07870 215474 or email to info@valenciasportstours.com

Valencia Smash! 2019 to support Chance to Shine once more

Cricket in Spain is very much an expat sport with many players from the teams here, including our own Levante CC, coming from the UK and many of the most popular cricketing nations. The development of the sport in Valencia and Spain as a whole is something Cricket España continue to strive towards in a very difficult climate and with amazing dedication, something Levante CC and Valencia Sports Tours admire. The Valencia Smash! T20 Tournament was launched in 2017 as an annual event that would look to attract teams from across Europe and beyond to Valencia for a 3 day tournament, alongside hosts and local side Levante CC. The idea was to not only offer excellent cricket for the hosts, but the chance to shine a bright light on cricket in the city and Spain as a whole, bringing the focus to a sport that needs local support and inclusion to see cricket become an option for young people and adults to be involved in over the years to come.

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

So why is the Valencia Smash! and Valencia Sports Tours supporting a UK charity, Chance to Shine?

For the 2018 tournament we donated part of the individual player costs for the tournament to Chance to Shine. This is something we will repeat again in 2019. Chance to Shine is a charity that “aims to give all children the opportunity to play and learn through cricket”. Their work within schools and communities not only allows children to learn and enjoy the sport of cricket, but assists in personal, physical and social development. It is also a fantastic way to keep cricket alive and reach more and more young people in the UK, which is why Chance to Shine work with 39 county cricket boards across England and Wales.

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

Without going into lots of detail about Chance to Shine and what they do (we recommend you visit their website by clicking on the Chance to Shine banner below to find out more as it is fantastic), their programmes alongside their values are areas we can learn a lot from here in Valencia and Spain. Learning from such a pioneering and forward thinking charity can only assist the development of our own structure and how we can bring cricket to people young and old everywhere. Without a charity leading the way in this area, although outside of the country we play cricket, the cricketing community would suffer greatly. Which is why we feel our support from Valencia is valuable in the long term to cricket worldwide. In addition, with Valencia Sports Tours a UK company too, we are fully aware and grateful to charities such as this, who do so much for young people, especially within inner cities who just don’t have many of the opportunities they fully deserve.

For the 2019 Valencia Smash! we have two teams confirmed alongside hosts Levante CC and just one more team is required to complete the line up meaning we are two thirds towards meeting our target donation to Chance to Shine for this year. If you think you and your club would like to take part in this great tournament in a wonderful city, please get in touch now!

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

Interested in a stand alone tour to Valencia for your cricket team? Visit our Cricket page HERE

Shimmy n Groove Fitness return September 2019

City Break and Fitness Weekend Combined

City Break and Fitness Weekend Combined

In 2018 Shimmy In Spain saw 16 people from the south east of England visit Valencia to enjoy a long weekend of Fitness plus the bonus of the perfect city break. Combining fitness classes, wellness, sight seeing, great food and company, the weekend was such a hit, we do it all again from 19-22 September 2019. Run by the fantastic Shimmy n Groove from Essex, the weekend is aimed at both women and men of mixed ability.

The Fitness

The Fitness

For 2019, there will be a number of different classes in various locations, Aqua Gym and sunrise yoga in the pool on the hotel roof, studio time for classes such as Groove, Block Fit and Strength and Sculp plus complimentary wellness classes to wind down the sessions. In addition, there will be a 3 hour bike tour which will also offer some additional fitness activity while being able to take in and enjoy the stunning Valencia sights and landscape.

The City and Culture

The City and Culture

Valencia is a wonderful city that offers a combination of city break and beach holiday. Although Spain's 3rd largest city, it is relatively small in comparison to other major cities. During your stay, you will see all the city has to offer through a stunning bike tour, discover the beautiful natural park of Albufera, the birth place of Paella and visit incredible restaurants both at the beach and in the centre, plus the weekend finishes with dinner and Flamenco show, a unique experience.

The Detail

The Detail

The weekend includes all fitness and wellness classes, 3 night accommodation in a central Valencia hotel, full board at carefully selected restaurants, city bike tour, Albufera excursion and boat trip, Flamenco show/dinner and airport transfers. Even with all this we have allowed Saturday afternoon free for you to explore, shop, beach, pool or whatever you desire. Should you wish to add further nights to your stay, we of course can arrange this also.

Book Now!

Book Now!

The complete package price is £460, however you can secure your place with just a £60 deposit. Just click on the link below to contact us by email and we will contact you back as soon as we can.

*Flights are not included. The following airports fly direct to Valencia - Easyjet - Gatwick, Luton, Ryanair - Stansted, East Midlands, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, British Airways - Heathrow

EMAIL US NOW BY CLICKING HERE - info@valenciasportstours.com