The closest racing circuits to Barcelona
The Catalonia region, with Barcelona at its epicenter, has become a key hub for enthusiasts of both car and motorcycle racing. In the vicinity of the Catalan capital, there are several circuits that resonate with the thrill of adrenaline and the roar of engines, ranging from internationally renowned tracks to more intimate and specialised ones.
In this article, we will explore the circuits nearest to the city of Barcelona, looking at their features and highlighting the distinctive elements that characterize each of these racing tracks.
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Located in the towns of Montmeló and Granollers, about 32 kilometers northeast of Barcelona, the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya has solidified its position as one of the most prominent circuits nationally and internationally. Thanks to its exceptional accessibility from Barcelona, being approximately 40 kilometers from Barcelona Airport and 70 kilometers from Girona Airport, the circuit has earned a privileged reputation in the automotive and motorcycle racing industry. It serves as the stage for the most prestigious competitions in both disciplines, annually attracting the best drivers on two and four wheels.
Since 1991, the track has uninterruptedly hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and since 1992, it has also consistently held the Catalunya Motorcycle Grand Prix, both being the top competitions in car and motorcycle racing. In addition, the circuit hosts other important international championships in its sports calendar, such as the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the Superbike World Championship, the FIM JuniorGP, the Barcelona Speed Festival, the International GT Open, the Catalunya Motorcycle 24 Hours, and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
Regarding the technical specifications of the layout, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya stands out for its highly aerodynamic design, combining a long main straight with curves of varying speeds. With a total length of 4,675 meters, the circuit features a total of 16 turns, divided into 6 left turns and 8 right turns. Additionally, it has 50 garage boxes.
The layout is divided into three distinct sectors. The first sector, housing both the main straight and several long-radius curves, is characterized by its aerodynamic profile. The second sector, from before turn 4 to the end of the back straight, stands out as the most demanding section, intertwining aerodynamic demands with power. Turn number 9, known as Campsa corner, stands out as one of the most challenging, as any mistake in this section can compromise the exit onto the second longest straight of the circuit. The third and final sector is distinguished by its technical nature, featuring low-speed turns that demand stability in braking and optimal traction on exit.
Circuit Parcmotor Castellolí
Located in the town of Castellolí, just over 30 minutes from Barcelona Airport, the Circuit Parcmotor Castellolí is a renowned complex in both Spain and Europe, with over 800,000 square meters dedicated to motorsports in all its disciplines. The complex features a motorsport race track, a motocross track, a driving school, a karting and supermoto circuit, as well as designated areas for trial, enduro, and 4×4. The exceptional versatility of its facilities allows it to host a variety of activities, from competitions and team training to presentations and corporate events, as well as training courses for various vehicles and situations, and automobile tests.
The strategic location of Circuit Parcmotor Castellolí, just minutes from Barcelona, makes it an ideal enclave, isolated enough to ensure discretion in conducting tests or events. As for the motorsport race track, its major attraction lies in being a highly technical layout, with a total length of 4,146 meters and a total of 11 turns, distributed into 4 left turns and 7 right turns. Characterized by significant elevation changes and a bridge crossing the track at two levels, the circuit has a unique personality and stands out as the only Spanish circuit with a tunnel in its layout. Additionally, the circuit has 14 garages of 72 square meters each and two paddocks, one of 10,000 square meters and another of 4,000 square meters.
Circuito de Alcarrás
Located in the municipality of Alcarràs, in the province of Lleida, this circuit is approximately 150 kilometers west of Barcelona. With a total length of 3,743 meters and a track width of 14 meters, it features a highly technical and demanding layout, consisting of a total of 14 curves of various types, including tight and high-speed turns, distributed into 10 left turns and 4 right turns.
Additionally, the circuit has a mixed layout, commonly used for supermoto or karting. The circuit’s facilities are constantly updated, and currently, it has 28 garage boxes.
Circuit de Calafat
Located in the municipality of l’Ametlla de Mar, in the province of Tarragona, this circuit is situated in an idyllic setting, surrounded by a small forest and next to the sea. Strategically positioned in the center of the axis connecting the cities of Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza, and Lleida, it enjoys a privileged geographical location. It is only about 25 minutes from the capital of Tarragona, while Barcelona is approximately 145 kilometers away, less than 2 hours’ drive.
The layout is characterized by its winding and technical configuration, lacking fast turns. With a total length of 3,250 meters, it incorporates a 600-meter straight and has a track width of 10 meters. Overall, it comprises a total of 16 turns, with 9 right turns and 7 left turns.
The circuit’s facilities stand out for their great versatility, featuring the main motorsport race track with different variants, a sliding track with sprinklers for drifting, a karting circuit, and the only permanent mixed dirt and asphalt rallycross circuit in Spain. Additionally, it has two paddocks, one of 5,000 square meters and another of 7,245 square meters, as well as 22 garages of 24 square meters each and 3 competition boxes of 80 square meters, designed to meet the needs of teams choosing to conduct their tests at the circuit.
Circuito de Can Padró
Located in the town of Castellbell i el Vilar, near the city of Manresa in the province of Bages, and amidst the Monserrat Mountain range, is the Can Padró circuit, less than an hour from the city of Barcelona. This circuit has a total length of 2,200 meters and features a layout with 13 turns, distributed into 7 right turns and 6 left turns.
The facilities have become an ideal location for high-performance testing, both for individuals and law enforcement agencies. In addition to the training circuit, they have an operational firing range, a shooting gallery, and tactical facilities designed for police or state security forces. They also have an area dedicated to 4×4 and off-road activities