Every year, on Christmas day, a multitude of participants of all ages defy the cold and jump into the waters of Port Vell of Barcelona to make the most exciting journey. Do you want to see this crazy tradition with your own eyes? Come for a walk around Port Vell on December 25! For more experience like that and a perfect holiday, get the most unique experience with BE Apartment in the best luxury apartments in Barcelona and other cities, for your security, pleasure and comfort.
For more than a century, every 25th of December the Barcelona Swimming Club organizes the Christmas Swimming Cup (Copa Navidad de Natación). The competition consists of swimming 200 meters in open waters in the old port of Barcelona. The water temperature is about 15 – 17 ° C, so it is a competition for the most audacious! The exit takes place in front of the monument to Columbus, at la puerta de la Pau, from where leave the historic Golondrinas. It has some of the most fantastic views of the Port Vell and is presided by the old headquarters of the Port Authority of Barcelona.
The first edition of the Christmas Cup was organized on December 25 of 1907, which makes it the oldest sporting event in Barcelona and one of the oldest in Europe. The winner of the first edition was Edwald Poescheke, who crossed the water in a short time of 3 minutes 17 seconds. Since then, the competition has been carried out every year, with the sole exception of 1937 and 1938, when it could not be celebrated due to Spanish Civil War.
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