Archery has romantic connotations and is associated with legendary icons such as William Tell and Robin Hood. Today, it is an Olympic sport and a good way of learning about patience, marksmanship and one’s own skills. Precision, concentration and pressure are essential for this ancient tradition that has gone from being a means of defence to an Olympic sport. An entire array of modern technology has been brought to bear on one of mankind’s oldest practices. Those who wish to learn more about this sport and spend a day with the family can contact an adventure sports company, which will provide the necessary equipment and instruction. One such company is 7 d’Aventura in Seva (Barcelona). There you can try your hand at archery in the woods, where there are several targets in three different sizes, shaped like wild animals. If you want to take part in more demanding events you´ll need a federation licence. Competitions are held either in the open or in a closed-off field, for individuals or teams. First, you need to contact the Federació Catalana de Tir amb Arc (the Catalan Archery Federation). Barcelona is the province with the most clubs, over thirty, in all Spain. The equipment is provided by the organisation, or can be bought at a specialised store. A good place to start is the municipal archery range near the castle of Montjuïc, a perfect spot for practicing this sport outdoors.