Igualada, capital of the Anoia, is a city of forty thousand inhabitants, located in the center of Catalonia, at sixty kilometres from Barcelona. Founded in the year 1.003, throughout history has stood out, as an enterprising city, with textile industry and especially with leather industry as their big economic engines and stamps of the recent centuries identity.
It is also, however, a city with a long sporting tradition. Their hokey clubs, football, basketball, cycling and motor have added significant achievements of the recent decades and from this city has come out sportmen of the first level.
Igualada has the ambition of becoming also a reference of sport tests and competitions of international level and, therefore, welcomes events such as the European Ballon Festival, an international appointment wich turns into annually in international reference point of continental balloons.