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Pelota Vasca, Bilbao

Club Deportivo de Bilbao
28 Alameda de Recalde
Tel: 34 94 423 1108's insider take:

Sports fans looking to witness something unique to this region should check out a pelota match. Pelota is a traditional Basque handball that comes in three varieties: a paleta (with a wooden paddle), a mano (bare-handed), or cesta punta (played with wicker baskets and better known as jai alai). The matches themselves are fun to watch, but even more entertaining is the loud, chaotic crowd, with bookies constantly calling out the changing odds to gamblers, even while the point they're betting on is played. Bilbao's frontón (court) features professional pelota a paleta matches. Tickets can be bought on game day, or the day before, at the frontón.

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