Padel trips – how to play padel abroad [Guide + 60 tips on courts]

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Are you also dreaming of padel holidays to combine the sport with your holidays? 
Good – you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’ll go over the following:

  • +60 tips for padel courts in Europe
  • Estimated prices in different countries
  • Popular cities for padel holidays
  • …more things to know when playing padel abroad

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What is generally included in a padel trip?

When you book your padel trip, you can do it in different packages through travel companies or you can book flights, hotels and padel courts separately.

This is usually included in a package for a padel trip:

  • Direct flights
  • Checked baggage
  • Hotel
  • Transfer to/from the airport
  • Breakfast
  • A couple of hours of padel every day

Padel trips to Spain

A guide to padel trips in Spain

Spain is Europe’s leading country when it comes to playing and practicing padel. As many people want to combine their new-found love of the sport with sun, warmth and swimming, padel holidays to Spain suit many people very well. 

Below we go through, among other things:

  • How to experience Spain
  • Price examples for padel holidays in Spain
  • Cities and recommended facilities

Experience Spain

What better place for a padel trip than the cradle of the sport in Europe, where it all began in the 1970s. Padel is a hugely popular sport in Spain, as evidenced by the large number of Spanish players at the top of the ranks in the world. So it will never be too far to the nearest padel court.

The Spanish culture, outdoor life, and gastronomy are what makes Spain one of the world’s most popular destinations – a classic that will always be in fashion. Enjoy balmy evenings in outdoor cafés, sunbathing on countless sandy beaches, and days filled with either activities or relaxation – the advantage of Spain is that everyone can find what they’re looking for.

Price examples in Spain

The prices below differ from city to city and from establishment to establishment, restaurant to hotel. However, we have made a summary and tried to calculate an average to give you an idea.

 Price euroPrice swedish crowns
Renting of court€15,00150,00 kr
Meal at restaurant€20,00200,00 kr
Domestic beer€2,5025,00 kr
Standard hotel€75,00750,00 kr

Mallorca

Mallorca is the favorite island of charter travelers as well as the European jet setters. It’s the largest island in the Balearic archipelago, and few ports boast as many impressive luxury yachts as the one in Mallorca’s capital, Palma.

The main tourist resorts are Alcudia in the north and Magaluf on the northwest side. The island offers both stunning Mediterranean beaches and breathtaking scenery, making it a great choice if you’re looking for an active holiday – cycling, diving, and hiking are sports enthusiasts’ favorites.

With no shortage of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, you’ll never be bored in Mallorca.

Suggested padel courts in Mallorca

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal’s hometown of Manacor is on the eastern side of the island, and it’s here that most of the top padel facilities are to be found, apart from the capital Palma.

Popular padel courts in Mallorca:

If you’d rather be in a classic tourist resort like Alcudia in the north of the island, there are:

  • Club Tenis in Padel
  • Club Tenis Padel Belevue

Palma

Mallorca’s capital on the island’s southwest coast is one of the Mediterranean’s gems, and a blissful blend of its Roman, Muslim, and Christian heritage. Take a leisurely stroll along the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town, sip a coffee in one of the charming cafés found around the squares, enjoy the beautiful churches and older buildings under the warm sunshine.

Even if you’re not into boats, a visit to the harbor is almost obligatory – it’s hard not to be jealous of the many luxury boats moored there. Palma has a stunning 14th-century cathedral and a grand old fortress called Castell de Bellver that shouldn’t be missed.

The city’s most touristy area is Sa Llotja, home to trendy hotels, plenty of hip bars, and upmarket restaurants, but if you want to get a taste of the real locals, the Santa Catalina district is the place to go.

Suggestions for padel courts in Palma

There is a wide range of padel courts in the city of Palma, so the capital is undoubtedly the place to be if you want a wide selection or want to try out many different variations. 

Popular padel courts in Palma:

Nerja

Nerja is a small town on the Spanish sun coast, close to the big city of Malaga, and very popular with tourists. This is a good choice if you prefer the cozier atmosphere, as Nerja has just over 20,000 inhabitants.

Attractions include the Cueva de Nerja, a cave with paintings that are over 42,000 years old, a stunning viewpoint that has been dubbed the Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe), and, of course, the long sandy beaches.

Suggestions for padel courts in Nerja

There are many padel courts and facilities in and around Nerja. We have tried to compile the most interesting ones for you and your padel trip to Nerja. 

Popular padel courts in Nerja:

Marbella

Marbella is one of the most famous and most exclusive destinations on the Sun Coast. The town is famous for its impressive luxury villas, beautiful golf courses, and the harbor that is filled with really expensive boats.

Of course, like the rest of the sunshine coast, Marbella has plenty of fine sandy beaches where you could just as easily bump into a sports star as one of the many world celebrities who like to holiday in the town.

It is worth noting is that there is plenty of culture and sights here, the old part of town is very charming and a perfect place for a stroll. The extremely pleasant climate is one of the main reasons why so many people choose to visit southern Spain.

Suggested padel courts in Marbella

Marbella boasts over 20 different padel facilities, but most of them are quite small. 

Popular padel courts in Marbella:

Malaga

Malaga is the largest city on the Spanish sun coast and the hometown of Pablo Picasso. Here you will find more of a metropolitan pulse than the typical feel of a tourist town, and thanks to the airport’s many international connections, getting here is very easy.

The metropolitan area has about a million inhabitants, and there are always plenty of things to do. The wineries located around the city with their own wine tasting are something that can definitely be recommended, and a city walk to discover the cathedral, the Alcazaba palace, and the Gibralfaro castle. For the art enthusiast, there are several museums to visit, and the city’s shopping should also be mentioned.

The city’s 300 days of sunshine a year and the wonderful Andalusian gastronomy, renowned both for its quality and its cheap price, make Malaga an option that you should really look into.

Suggested padel courts in Malaga

Given the size of the city, there are many facilities to choose from. 

Popular padel courts in Malaga:

Alicante

Alicante is a very popular destination in the region of Valencia in south-eastern Spain. The city is located in the area known as the Costa Blanca, thanks to its miles of white sandy beaches that line the Mediterranean Sea.

This is the place to go if you want to enjoy a classic Spanish paella with a glass of sangria. In Alicante, you will of course find sun and sea, and a wealth of attractions in the form of several palaces and castles such as Santa Barbara, which are part of the rich cultural heritage the city can boast.

You’ll find a great mix of old and new, and boat trips of various kinds are one of the most popular activities among the millions of visitors who come here every year. The city’s archaeological museum is a gem, and for those looking for more adrenaline, the Guadalest Valley offers hiking, climbing, and cycling.

Suggested padel courts in Alicante

There is a wide range of padel courts in the city of Palma, so the capital is undoubtedly the place to be if you want a wide selection or want to try out many different variations. 

Popular padel courts in Alicante:

Torrevieja

Torrevieja is one of the Swedes’ favorite places on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, and many people own some kind of holiday property here. Located about 5 miles south of Alicante in south-eastern Spain, the town is known for its sun and sea and its fine golf courses. 

What 700 years ago consisted of a collection of watchtowers (hence the name Torrevieja – the old tower) and salt marshes is now a thriving tourist paradise with long sandy beaches, shopping, a myriad of restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. 

Perfect for those who want a wide range of water sports, water parks, and activities.

Suggested padel courts in Torrevieja

There is a wide range of padel courts in the city of Palma, so the capital is undoubtedly the place to be if you want a wide selection or want to try out many different variations. 

Popular padel courts in Torrevieja:

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura belongs to the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands, where most of us have probably been on a charter holiday at some point. It is the second-largest of the islands and lies out in the Atlantic Ocean, only 100 km from the coast of North Africa. 

Fuerteventura is a very flat island, which means it has the driest climate in the archipelago. The island is most famous for its almost endless sandy beaches and dunes and is an excellent choice for those seeking sun, bathing, and relaxation. 

The capital is Puerto del Rosario, but most tourists head for Corralejo in the north or Jandía in the south. The most sought-after activities tend to be windsurfing, water skiing, sport fishing, diving, and boat excursions. 

Suggested padel courts in Fuerteventura

Fuengirola

Fuengirola is a rather small and charming town located in Andalusia, southern Spain, about 3 miles south of the big city of Malaga. It’s one of the Swedes’ holiday havens on the sunshine coast, so you’re likely to meet plenty of fellow countrymen. 

The town boasts the longest promenade on the Sun Coast, a zoo, and an amusement park. The Castillo Sohail castle, which dates back to the 11th century, is a great destination for those interested in culture or history. 

What attracts so many visitors, in particular, is the wonderful climate the area offers, and the fine beaches that invite relaxation and ensure that we can go home with recharged batteries.

Suggested padel courts in Fuengirola

Padel trips to Portugal

A guide to padel trips to Portugal

Portugal is a popular destination for those looking for warmth, swimming and racket sports combined in one holiday. 

Below we review, among other things:

  • How to experience Portugal
  • Price examples for padel holidays to Portugal
  • Cities and recommended facilities

Experience Portugal

Portugal is a destination that is becoming more and more popular with Swedes every year. Just like in neighboring Spain, there is something for everyone, no matter what we are looking for during our holiday. 

The Algarve coast can’t be described, it has to be experienced. The big cities of Lisbon and Porto are perfect for weekend breaks when you want a much-needed change of scenery. It’s also considerably cheaper than in Sweden, so you don’t have to spend a lot to have a memorable experience. Perhaps Portuguese food isn’t quite in the same league as Spanish or Italian, but their stews, pastries, and freshly caught seafood are not to be missed. 

Fertile valleys with vineyards, stunning beaches, a rich cultural life, shopping, wonderful gastronomy, and an exciting nightlife – all this and much more can easily be found in Portugal for a cheap price.

Price examples in Portugal

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 Price euroPrice swedish crowns
Rental of padel court€15,00150,00 kr
Meal in a restaurant€15,00150,00 kr
Domestic beer€2,5025,00 kr
Standard hotel€75,00750,00 kr

Lissabon

You can’t visit Portugal without seeing its capital, Lisbon. This southern European metropolis has a lot to offer in terms of high-class restaurants, cozy bars, charming cafés, and a nightlife that never seems to end. 

Don’t miss the Castelo de San Jorge, the Dos Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, the Monument to the Discoverers in memory of the Portuguese explorers, the Santa Justa lift located in Lisbon’s city center, and the Market Square. 

There is also a popular aquarium and a zoo. Getting around Lisbon is easy thanks to a well-developed transport network that includes metro, trams, and buses. 

Suggested padel courts in Lisbon

Madeira

Madeira is an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 400 km north of the Canary Islands, where Madeira is also the name of the main island. It has political autonomy, but is part of Portugal, and has made a name for itself as the place where superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was born and raised. 

The climate in Madeira is very pleasant, with many people going there mainly to hike and experience the stunning scenery or to play golf. Most of the beaches on the island are artificial, so when it comes to sun and swimming, it’s common to stick to the hotel pool. Madeira’s main industry is tourism, but it also grows sugar cane, bananas, and oranges – and produces lots of Madeira wine, of course. 

The capital is Funchal, where the airport is located and where you’ll also find the vast majority of padel courts.

Suggested padel courts in Madeira

Padel trips to France

A guide to padel holidays in France

Although France is the world’s most popular tourist destination, padel is not as big here as in Spain. However, there are plenty of opportunities for those who want to make their padel trip to France. 

Below we go through, among other things:

  • How to experience France
  • Price examples for padel trips to France
  • Cities and recommended facilities

Experience France

France is the world’s most popular tourist destination – and that’s saying something! No other country receives as many tourists each year as France, and visitors come from all over the world. The diversity of what the country has to offer is probably what has made it so attractive. 

Who wouldn’t want to visit the metropolis of Paris with its romantic glow that can enchant even the most emotionally cynic, the lush valleys with all their rich vineyards, the French Riviera where the rich and famous like to gather, the villages in the countryside where time seems to have stood still or the countless castles and palaces that bear witness to the past. 

There are architecture, museums, art galleries, monuments, and buildings that simply must be seen. 

And yes, French cuisine isn’t bad either, so they say. Unlike its neighbors, France is comparatively a little more expensive than Sweden, which means you may need a slightly larger travel budget than you would for Spain or Italy, for example.

Price examples in France

The prices below differ from city to city and from establishment to establishment, restaurant to hotel. However, we have made a summary and tried to calculate an average to give you an idea.

 Price euroPrice swedish crowns
Rental of padel court€17,00170,00 kr
Meal in a restaurant€25,00250,00 kr
Domestic beer€660,00 kr
Standard hotel€90900,00 kr

Nice

The city of Nice is located in south-eastern France on the French Riviera and has long been the center of the wealthy European and American elite. Luxury cars and luxury yachts are commonplace here, and celebrities can be seen on every street corner. 

The city has a strong Italian influence, in fact, the local French dialect is a mix of French, Italian and Provençal. One of Nice’s hallmarks is the long promenade La Promenade des Anglais which runs from the castle hill between the harbor and the flower market to the airport, and is a paradise for those who like to skate – you’ll find plenty of rentals along the way, wall to wall with hotels, restaurants, cafes and former casinos. 

Take a stroll through the Old Town and eat at one of the many fish restaurants, or why not take a day trip to the Alps, which are just a stone’s throw away.

Suggested padel courts in Nice

Marseille

France’s second-largest city, Marseille, is located in the southeast of the country on the Mediterranean coast. Its mild Mediterranean climate and strategic location by the sea have meant that people have lived here for over 30,000 years, and the port has developed into one of the most important in Europe. 

The city has a very lively city center where sightseeing is certainly in order to experience the magnificent Opera House, the City Hall with its spectacular architecture, the Old Town and the Cathedral. Marseille has a strong North African influence, which can be seen in particular in the Noailles district with its African markets. 

Something truly memorable is to take a boat trip to the nearby former prison island of Château d’If, made famous by the classic novel The Count of Montecristo. The Calanques National Park offers a magnificent natural experience with its beautiful coastline and distinctive limestone formations.

Suggested padel courts in Marseille

Padel trips to Italy

A guide to padel holidays in Italy

Although Italy is a very popular destination for holidaymakers and has also seen a resurgence of interest in padel in recent years. This means that you can easily go on padel holidays to Italy nowadays. 

Below we go through, among other things:

  • How to experience Italy
  • Price examples for padel trips to Italy
  • Cities and recommended facilities

Experience Italy

When you think of Italy, padel may not be the first thing that comes to mind – culture, gastronomy, history, shopping or sun, and sea are usually the classic reasons for visiting the southern European country, but the fact is that here, just like in Sweden, padel has become enormously popular in recent years and therefore new facilities are popping up like mushrooms out of the ground. In fact, the sport has become very popular among all the talented football players, and the trend has thus really taken off. 

An exciting possibility is to combine padel with, for example, wine tasting over a weekend, to get the best of both worlds – sport and pleasure. The advantage of traveling to Italy is that there is something for everyone, you can enjoy architecture, culture, history, gastronomy, activities, shopping and magnificent beaches. What’s more, you often have all this in one place, or at least very close.

Price examples in Italy

The prices below differ from city to city and from establishment to establishment, restaurant to hotel. However, we have made a summary and tried to calculate an average to give you an idea.

 Price euroPris swedish crowns
Rental of padel court€17,00170,00 kr
Meal in a restaurant€25,00250,00 kr
Domestic beer€550,00 kr
Standard hotel€75750,00 kr

Milano

Good food, shopping, football, beautiful buildings, and sun are just some of the things Milan has to offer – and of course padel. An economically thriving city in northern Italy with around 1.4 million inhabitants, Milan is a fashion designer’s mecca – nowhere will you find better shopping when it comes to all the most exclusive brands in clothing, shoes, and bags. 

Football fans are sure to enjoy watching the home games of top teams Inter and Milan, where many of Europe’s biggest stars play – including a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

Among the city’s sights is the cathedral Il Duomo, the third-largest in the world, La Scala opera house, the convent church of Santa Maria Della Grazie where the painting The Last Supper can be seen, and the enormous Sforzesco Castle.

Suggested padel courts in Milan

Turin

Located in northern Italy at the foot of the Alps, Turin has about 900,000 inhabitants or 1.7 million if you count the surrounding suburbs. Turin gives us a sense of a fairytale world, the city used to be home to the royal house of Savoy, and traces of this can still be seen. 

The royal palace Palazzo Reale di Torino with its armor is a must-see, here we get a clear picture of how European royalty could have it. The Mole Antonelliana is one of the city’s most famous buildings, offering a breathtaking view from which you can see all the way to the imposing peaks of the Alps. 

Turin Cathedral showcases the Turin Sweep, considered by many to be the last sweep of Jesus. The Royal Gardens, Castello del Valentino Castle, and the city’s stunning piazza are other popular stops for visitors.

Suggested padel courts in Turin

Padel weekend in Sweden

Go on a weekend in Sweden while playing padel in new places

As you probably know, the number of padel halls and padel courts has exploded in Sweden in recent years and there are now many facilities all over the country to choose from. This means that you can now easily go on a padel weekend in Sweden. 

Below we go through, among other things:

  • How to experience Sweden
  • Price examples for padel weekends in Sweden
  • Example of what to expect during a weekend away

Experience Sweden

As you have probably noticed, padel is the number one trending sport in Sweden right now, and new fresh padel halls are constantly popping up in more and more places.

Thanks to the large selection that is only growing, it is therefore not a bad idea to stay at home if you want to do a padel trip with friends, colleagues or the family for a weekend or so.

The travel time will be significantly shorter than if we choose to go to more southern latitudes, and there are certainly plenty of places in this long country that you have not yet visited or would like to return to.

Price examples in Sweden

The prices below differ from city to city and from establishment to establishment, restaurant to hotel. However, we have made a summary and tried to calculate an average to give you an idea.

 Price euroPris swedish crowns
Rental of padel court€40,00400,00 kr
Meal in a restaurant€35,00350,00 kr
Domestic beer€6,565,00 kr
Standard hotel€62620,00 kr

Stockholm

If you’ve never been to the Swedish capital, now is the time, and if you’re already familiar with the pearl of Lake Mälaren, you’ll definitely want to come back. Known as the Venice of the North thanks to its many canals and waterways, the Swedish capital always fascinates visitors from all corners of Europe, while we Swedes often get a bit homesick. 

If we take the opportunity to see the city from a tourist’s perspective, we will find a modern metropolis that is clean and well-organized, a wonderfully beautiful archipelago, and a wealth of places to visit and experience. 

The Old Town is a classic not to be missed, the Royal Gardens, the City Hall, the Riksdag, the Royal Palace, Skansen, and the amusement park Gröna Lund are all places worth a visit. The city is also rich in museums that tell more about both Swedish and Scandinavian history, such as the Vasa Museum and the Nordic Museum.

Suggestions for padel courts in Stockholm

  • PDL Center Frihamnen
  • Vinterviken Padel Courts
  • Padel Zenter
  • Padelverket
  • Globen Padel
  • Rocket Padel AB

Göteborg

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city, and it is a very popular destination for tourists and visitors of all kinds. The Maritime Museum and the Feskekörkan seafood market remind us of how important the city’s port is, and has been over the centuries. 

It is obligatory to take a walk along the Avenue until you reach the statue of Poseidon and then have a coffee at one of the city’s countless patisseries. When evening comes, it’s time to enjoy a good dinner at one of the outdoor restaurants that help give Gothenburg an almost southern European atmosphere.

Liseberg amusement park, Carlsten Fortress, Gunnebo Castle, and the stunning archipelago mean that there’s rarely enough time in the day to visit the city – which is why you always have to come back more than once.  

Suggested padel courts in Gothenburg

  • Padel Center Göteborg
  • Padel Arena Frihamnen
  • PDL Center Göteborg

Malmö

Malmö is the country’s third-largest city with 350,000 inhabitants and is characterized by being a multicultural and open city. The city has a very old history, as the Tunnel complex and St. Peter’s Church from the 14th century can testify. Malmöhus Castle with its museums, Stortorget with Malmö City Hall, and the nearby Lilla Torg with its many outdoor cafés are all places worth a closer look.

Suggested padel courts in Malmö

  • PDL Center Malmö
  • Malmö Padelcenter
  • Malmö Arena Padel

Falkenberg

This old port town is located in Halland on the Kattegat, near the outlet of the River Ätran. Falkenberg is a very popular summer town with excellent bathing areas and an open-air theatre that is a real crowd-puller. Carlsberg Sweden and Arla Mejerier are important companies in the area, providing many jobs for the local population. A walk through the oldest part of the city is recommended, as there are still many old wooden and half-timbered houses.

Suggestions for padel courts in Falkenberg

  • Falkenberg Padelcenter
  • PDL Center Falkenberg

Båstad

Båstad is located right on the border between Halland and Skåne and is internationally best known for its beaches and its tennis tournament where many of the world’s top stars make a habit of participating. A local attraction is St Mary’s Church, which dates back to the 15th century.

Suggestions for padel courts in Båstad

  • Båstad Padelklubb
  • VKIF Padel
  • Mellby Padel Center

Ystad

Ystad is located on the southern coast of Skåne and is a town that has had great importance since the Middle Ages. The city’s old town center has a street network that is virtually untouched since then, and interesting sights include Ale Stenar, Ystad Monastery, St Mary’s Church, and the zoo to name a few.

Suggested padel courts in Ystad

  • Ystad Racket Club
  • Folkestorp Padel
  • Öja Padel Park

Hotels with padel court in Sweden

Stay in hotels that also offer padel

Sankt Jörgen Park hotels

More and more hotels in Sweden have realized that padel is a sport that is here to stay, and have therefore started to include padel courts in their installations. One that we can definitely recommend is Sankt Jörgen Park Hotel, located in Gothenburg.

In addition to two newly built padel courts, they can also offer a beautiful spa, conference facilities, three restaurants, training, and their own golf course.

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