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Sporting Cities 2014

Something for everyone to enjoy

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With all the sports fans of the world excited about a jam packed year of sporting events don’t shy away from the sports filled holiday destinations just yet, even if bats and balls aren’t your thing here are some of Contiki’s tips for the best food, fashion and fun to be had in 2014’s sporting cities around the world.

Super Bowl

With the highly anticipated Super Bowl Sunday getting ready to kick off in New Jersey, America is alive and buzzing with sport fans cheering on the Seahawks and Broncos in the nail biting play offs. Set in New Jersey’s outdoor stadium for the first time, head over and enjoy the beers and hot dogs in local sports bars or hit the shops that have been made famous over the years. Think Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen on the Met steps or channel your Leonardo DiCaprio with a trip to Wall Street followed with a Helicopter ride around Manhattan, like a boss. 

The most glamorous event in the London sporting calendar calls for a trip to Oxford Street for any last minute fashion finds but if a day at the Royal Ascot sipping champagne, curtsying to the royal family and yelling at horses as they run by isn’t your style, London certainly has you covered. Take a walking tour of Soho, see a show at the West End or just enjoy a few drinks and a tradition meal at one of the many English pubs, bangers and mash, alright Guv’nor?

The annual surfing event held at Banzai in Hawaii, Pipeline is one of the biggest and most challenging of the ASP series. Gawk as the pro’s take on the 15-foot barrel, but if watching doesn’t tickle your fancy, pop over to Waikiki Beach for your own surfing lessons, go for a hike around Koko Head Crater or join in on a session of Yoga on the beach. The options are endless.

Monaco 

What Monaco might lack in size it definitely makes up for in A-List status. Million dollar yachts, views, casino’s and a list of neighbours including Bono, Novak Djokovic and Ringo Starr, it’s no wonder it’s the home of the Formula One Grand Prix. If all things Ferrari start to get a little too much, take a day trip to Marineland and see one of the few killer whales, indulge in fresh seafood on the pebble beach front or take in the history of the tiny country that Grace Kelly once ruled. 

  • Bilbao, Spain – Red Bull Cliff Diving

Free for spectators, Red Bull puts on this unique event featuring 14 of the best 27 metre cliff divers from around the world for a two-day competition. Held for the first time in Bilbao this year, if diving from 8 stories into the water below isn’t thrill seeking enough, challenge your tastebuds with some wine tasting, explore the historical museums or head over to San Sebastian to soak up the sun.

Rio 

Usually when you think of Brazil the first thing that comes to mind is beaches, Carnival and barbeque, but all eyes are on the South American country this year for the FIFA World Cup and not the small bikini bottoms that usually drum up attention. While the five time world cup winners are expected to put on a sporting extravaganza for those not interested in football check out Christ the Redeemer one of the 7 wonders of the world, go hang gliding over Sugarloaf Mountain or dance through the streets and explore the market stalls.

Pack your fur and boots as you make your way to Russia home of the 2014 Winter Olympics! Take a break from cheering on your home team and marvel at the second largest metro system in the world decorated with murals and chandeliers, wash down the traditional beef stroganoff with a shot of vodka or practice your pirouette with some inspiration from the Russian ballet. 

 

PR Chick, Zoe

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