Basque Pelota – Fastest Ball Game On Earth

The Basque lands are in the northern part of the Iberian peninsula. They are currently under the control of the Spanish government but the people there have fought for independence for decades. The Basque people are a fiercely proud lot with their own language (distinct from any other European tongue) and culture. One of those unique pursuits is the extremely athletic and fast ball game of Pelota. The ball in this sport has been clocked travelling at 200+ MPH. It’s like squash for the Flash.

In this brief video, a Lonely Planet wanderer tries his hand at Pelota. It’s a nice look into a fascinating sport that is becoming more popular across the globe, at least for those fit enough and brave enough to give it a go. Would you dare?

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