Top options for a sports-based break

Posted by on 19th January 2022

As you’ll have seen on the website, the beauty of a voucher from is the fact that you can use for any kind of holiday.

For some people, that holiday will be based around a nice pool or beach with plenty of sun and a cocktail in hand whereas for others, the time will be spent out exploring the sights and embracing the history and culture of a destination.

Sporting holidays are also becoming increasingly popular and have gone way beyond people packing their golf clubs when heading for the Algarve, or jumping on the Eurostar for a trip to France with the bike onboard.

Now, sports fans are looking to book holidays that focused around some of the biggest events in the world - making an overseas holiday into more of experience as they combine the chance to spend time away from home with the opportunity to tick an event off the 'bucket list'.

What that sporting event might be will depend on the individual, but here’s a few suggestions from the HolidayVoucherShop team that sports fans might want to consider…


There are a number of big motorsport events that take place every year that people will look to use as the centre piece of an overseas holiday - many of which revolve around Formula 1.

Those who are looking to travel a budget could for the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix or hop on a ferry to see the Netherlands Grand Prix at Zandvoort - which is less than an hour away from Amsterdam.

That makes both races ideal for someone who wants to see Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen et al in action but also fancies the idea of a short city break thrown into the mix as well.

The Monaco Grand Prix around the streets of Monte Carlo remains the crown jewel on the F1 calendar and can be visited on a regular hotel break or as part of a cruise along the French Riviera, whilst heading further afield, the Singapore Grand Prix - which takes place under lights at night - and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit are great options for something long haul.

Away from F1, thousands of British fans every year travel to Le Mans in the heart of France for the famous 24 Hour race whilst the Indianapolis 500 or Daytona 500 are fantastic options for motorsport fans who want to explore Stateside.

Lovers of two wheels don’t need to head quite as far for their racing fix, although there are a number of European circuits that you could visit to catch a race as part of a holiday - such as the Portimao circuit in the Algarve for the Grande Prémio de Portugal, Assen in the Netherlands for the TT Assen and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Even closer to home, the short hop over to the Isle of Man for the annual Tourist Trophy (or TT) is very much on the 'to do' list for many biking fans.


This one seems particularly appropriate because at the time of writing, Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray have both made it through to the second round of the Australian Open - which just so happens to be one of the events that features on our list.

The first Grand Slam of the year takes place in Melbourne, so you could pay a visit to Melbourne Park during a trip Down Under if you’re a tennis fan who wants to see the stars in action.

Of course, Australia is a long way to head for even the biggest fan but the French Open - held at Roland-Garros in Paris - is much more accessible, and has the added bonus of the fact that you can book tickets to watch whilst enjoying a city break in the French capital.

Travel Stateside, and the US Open at Flushing Meadows in late August and early September rounds out the Grand Slam season, and is one of a number of attractions that are available to travellers to New York as Summer crosses into Autumn.


For many fans, booking an overseas break around a football match will largely be dependent on the fixtures of your favourite club - but there are a number of games that a neutral might enjoy as part of a sports-based holiday.

Perhaps the biggest of the lot in terms of the European game is El Clásico, the name given to any match that takes place between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Whether the game is played at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid or at Barcelona’s Camp Nou, getting tickets to a match can be the highlight of a short break in either Spanish city for football fans.

It’s a similar story on Italian soil, with two big derby games taking place in two of the major cities - including the capital city Rome. The Derby della Capitale between Roma and Lazio is one of the top games on the schedule in Serie A, and is perhaps rivalled only by the Derby della Madonnina between AC and Inter Milan.

In both cases, you’d be able to not only take in a fantastic game of football, but would also have the chance to explore two of the most popular cities in Italy - both of which are rich in history and culture.

Le Classique between Paris St Germain and Olympique Marseille, and Der Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are highlights in both the French and German leagues, and both can be tied in to fantastic short city breaks.

Of course every four years, the World Cup and the European Championships are another great option for a sporting holiday, with the 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar and the 2024 European Championships to be played in Germany.


Most people thinking about booking a golfing holiday will probably be doing so with the plan of hitting the fairways themselves, but if you’re more of an armchair fan then you might want to book a holiday that includes taking to the course as a spectator.

The European Tour (now referred to as the DP World Tour) and the PGA Tour see the best golfers from around the world take part in competitions across Europe, Asia and the USA across the year meaning there is ample opportunity to book a break that includes the chance to see your favourite stars in action.

The three Majors that take place in the USA - the Masters, the PGA Championship and the US Open - are also a great base for a holiday Stateside, as is the Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States when it comes round every two years.


Another sport where people can participate when on holiday, cycling is also a popular option when it comes to spectating on an overseas trip - with plenty of people heading for European soil to follow the three major events that are held each year.

The Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España are the 'Grand Tour' events of cycling and are held on an annual basis, providing cycling fans with the chance to marvel at the efforts of household names like Tadej Pogačar, Peter Sagan, Julian Alaphilippe and Geraint Thomas.

Special holidays can be booked to follow the races from the roadside, whilst you could always take your own bike and sample a stage for yourself either before or after the experts have tackled them.


Based on the result of the recent Ashes series in Australia, you could make the argument that booking an overseas holiday around cricket isn’t likely to be the most enjoyable experience in a sporting sense.

However, the chance to head for the Caribbean when England take on the West Indies is a unique way in which to combine a high level sporting event with an overseas holiday and is something different to a number of options on this list.

That’s primarily because rather than being based around a city break, a cricketing holiday to the West Indies will allow you to head for the beach when play finishes for the day

Rugby Union:

In much the same way that football fans enjoy following the national team overseas, so rugby fans jump at the chance to board a flight in order to cheer on their heroes.

The annual Six Nations provides the chance to visit the likes of Paris, Rome and Dublin each season with all three being amongst the popular options for a city break. It means rugby fans get plenty of chances to enjoy themselves when the big match has drawn to a close - regardless of the results.


We round off our list with another sport where participation levels are high in the form of athletics - with plenty of people happy to add a quick run into their holiday plans when they head abroad.

We’re looking at big events however, and those who prefer to go long distances rather than showing their pace in a quick sprint could look to enjoy a city break round one of the many top class marathons that take place around the world.

For those who prefer a watching brief, you can enjoy the whole carnival atmosphere around a big race whilst cheering on from the sidelines in the likes of New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin or Tokyo.

There are also plenty of stadium events every year thanks to the Diamond League, where you can see top stars of track and field during city breaks to the likes of Monaco, Paris, Zurich, Rome and New York.