Paella Cup Tournament

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Annual field hockey tournament in Valencia

Introduction

Valencia is an enchanting city and the ideal place to go for a field hockey tournament. Spain’s third largest city boasts of beautiful beaches, a warm Mediterranean climate, state-of-the-art sporting facilities, many restaurants and museums as well as a lively nightlife.

The Paella Cup Tournament is now in its fifth edition and owes its success to the perfect blend of sport, cultural and social activities. Play on the same turf as Olympic finalists at one of Valencia’s top-notch hockey facilities and host of the World Hockey League (2016-17) and FIH Hockey Pro League (2019).

Make your trip one to remember with a bike ride through the architectural wonder La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, a tapas tour in the heart of the enchanting old city or by making new friends at any one of the many social activities we organise during the tournament.

With around 300 days of sunshine per year, who could think of a better place to play hockey with your mates!

The programme

Friday

06:40 – 09:10 – Arrival in Valencia
09:10 – 11:00 – Transfer to your accommodation
11:00 – 11:15 – Baggage drop
11:15 – 15:30 – Explore your neighbourhood and lunch
16:00 – 17:00 – Transfer to the club
17:00 – 21:00 – First round of matches
21:00 – 00:00 – BBQ at the hockey club

Saturday

08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00 – Transfer to the club
10:00 – 14:00 – Second round of matches
15:00 – 15:30 – Transfer to the city
15:30 – 18:30 – Bike tour with guide incl.
19:00 – 22:00 – Tapas tour in the old centre
22:00 – 00:00 – Drinks in the city

Sunday

08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast and check out
09:00 – 10:00 – Transfer to the club
10:00 – 15:00 – Final round of matches
15:00 – 17:00 – Paella lunch at the hockey club
17:30 – 20:00 – Transfer to the airport and check in
20:00 – 22:30 – Departure from Valencia

Quick facts

The Paella Cup is the perfect combination of sport, culture and city. Our standard programme includes:

*organisation of the tournament (all matches, referees and international rival teams)
*accommodation
*transfers to and from the airport and the city centre
*social and cultural activities (Friday night BBQ and of course…Paella)

The hockey facilities

Matches will be played on two astroturf pitches.  Both pitches are within walking distance of each other and only a short, five-minute tram ride to the Malvarrosa beach. The hockey complex is one of the best in the area and offers additional services such as a gymnasium, football fields, restaurant and padel courts.

Social and cultural activities

The tournament includes a Friday night BBQ at the hockey club with good food, friends and dancing; a picnic lunch on Saturday and a paella lunch after the awards ceremony on Sunday. You can also add on activities such as:

* a three-hour bike tour through the gardens of the river Turia, la Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias and the bustling old town,
* organised visits to the colourful Mercado Central or one of the many city museums,
* a tapas tour complete with refreshing Sangria or Cerveza,
* dinner reservations at some of the best local spots,
* group tickets for football and basketball games.

 

Accommodation

During the tournament you will stay at a four-star hotel located next to the Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias, which marks the beginning of the river Turia. You’ll find the central areas of the city are easily within walking and cycling distance from the hotel and there’s a direct bus link to the hockey pitches as well as the beach.

Travel to Valencia

While we handle everything you need once you’ve landed – including transport to and from the airport or train station – purchasing your plane (to Manises Airport) or train (to Estació del Nord) tickets should be organised directly with the airline or railway company.

Tournament dates

The 2019 edition of the Paella Cup will be held from Friday the 28th to Sunday the 30th of June.

 

Contact us

Are you interested in participating in this year’s Paella cup in Valencia? Contact us by filling in your details below and one of our team will be in touch within 2-3 business days.

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