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Guided tour of the “University of the Pelota” in Markina-Xemein

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What to do > Sports > Guided tour of the “University of the Pelota”

Learn about this ancient sport and its importance in Basque culture.

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Jai Alai, known as the fastest sport in the world, and explore the prestigious ‘University of the Pelota’ in Markina-Xemein. Since the 18th century, this iconic fronton (ball alley) has been a centre of learning for the most outstanding Jai Alai players (pelotaris), attracting fans and players worldwide.

Visit the historical fronton, open for training and matches, and experience the game of Jai Alai up close. Check the opening times to plan your visit: mornings from 10:00 to 13:00 and afternoons from 16:30 to 21:00, with Jai Alai school matches on Friday afternoons.

Discover why Markina-Xemein and its love of Jai Alai have put it on the world map, celebrating the culture and tradition of a game that is more than a sport, it is a joyful celebration. Don’t miss the chance to be part of the living history of Jai Alai at the ‘University of the Pelota’.

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