F1 Spanish Grand PrixCircuit de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Charter a Private Jet to the F1 Spanish Grand Prix
Mix the excitement of Barcelona with the thrill of racing and you have the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Cars have been racing around the roads of the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region since the turn of the 20th century. Now you can see them race as part of the F1 championship.
We Can Get You There
If you’d like to see the race and then walk through the streets of the artsy, quirky city of Barcelona, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a charter flight for you into any nearby airport, including:
- Girona Airport, LEGE, GRO, Gerona (Girona), Spain (25 miles)
- La Cerdana Airport, LECD, La Cerdanya, Spain (37 miles)
- Barcelona Airport, LEBL, BCN, Barcelona, Spain (46 miles)
- Seo De Urgel Airport, LESU, LEU, Seo De Urgel, Spain (52 miles)
- Rivesaltes Airport, LFMP, PGF, Perpignan, France (62 miles)
- Reus Airport, LERS, REU, Tarragona, Spain (80 miles)
- Les Pujols Airport, LFDJ, Pamiers, France (84 miles)
- Salvaza Airport, LFMK, CCF, Carcassonne, France (88 miles)
- Lezignan Corbieres Airport, LFMZ, Lezignan Corbieres, France (88 miles)
- Antichan Airport, LFCG, Saint Girons, France (95 miles)
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About The Race
There have been many stops and starts – usually due to safety concerns – for the Spanish F1 Grand Prix (Gran Premio de España).
Spain has been a regular part of the World Championship series since 1968 at several venues. The race finally got a permanent home in 1991 at the Circuit de Catalunya, which was built for the 1992 Olympics and is located about 30 minutes northeast of Barcelona.
But, there had actually been F1 races before that.
Spain made its first appearance in the World Championship in 1951 but was dropped from the calendar after the deadly crash at Le Mans in 1955. Spain’s spectator-lined venue at the time did not pass stringent regulations regarding spectator safety enacted following the Le Mans crash.
It made a bid to return to the F1 series in the 1960s and a new track was commissioned. It returned to the calendar in 1968.
But not for long.
In the 1975 race at Montjuic, a rear wing of a car broke off and flew into the spectators, killing four of them.
The race was moved to Jarama, where it was held until it was dropped from the calendar again in 1981.
In 1985, the city of Jerez commissioned a new circuit to be built to draw tourists to the city on the southern tip of Spain, 700 miles from Barcelona.
It would be held there until 1990 when a driver was seriously injured and his car destroyed in a high-speed collision during a practice run.
In 1991, the race was moved back to Barcelona where it has been held ever since.
2015 Spanish Grand Prix
Want to see what a driver in the Spanish F1 Grand Prix sees?
Take a lap in the pole position at the Circuit de Catalunya.
What To See And Do In Barcelona
Barcelona, a city of three million people cradled along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the northeast corner of Spain, is colorful in a way no other city is.
It’s painted in the colors of artist Antoni Gaudí, who designed the City’s fantasy-like architecture. The most famous is the Sagrada Família church, the many tall spires of which make it look like a sand castle built by a giant. Spend some time just wandering around the city, looking at the architecture and checking out its medieval roots.
Other must-do’s in the city that lies about two hours south of the French Pyrenees:
- The Picasso Museum: After you get your fill of Gaudi, check out the works of Spain’s other favorite son. More than 4,200 pieces representing the formative years of Pablo Picasso are on display. Although he was born in Malaga on Spain’s southern coast, he had a special relationship with Barcelona.
- Ciutat Vella (Old City): Discover the city’s medieval roots by wandering the narrow streets in the heart of Barcelona. While in the Gothic neighborhood, check out:
- The Santa Maria del Mar church
- The Cathedral Barcelona and its cloister garden
- Plaza del Rei and its monument
- Montcada Street (where you’ll find the Picasso Museum)
- Plaza Sant Jaume, the square in the center of Old City
- Shop: Small designer and trinket shops line the narrow, winding streets of Old City. There are also the commercial districts of the Plaza Catalunya, Portal del Ángel, and the Paseo de Gracia.
- To market, to market: The famous Boqueria market is only one of many neighborhood open air markets in the city.
- Race history: The former (1969-1975) home of the Spanish Grand Prix, Montjich Park, is open to the public. The circuit itself is gone but you can still drive the route of the track. Its hillside location offers fabulous views of the city.
- Eat: The French may claim crème brulee but Catalonia has its own stake in the claim of this egg-based custard dessert. No trip to Barcelona is complete without a taste or two of Crema Catalana.