The US and Spanish teams gave a clinic at La Sella Resort on Tuesday

Dutch duo Christel Boeljon and Marjet van der Graaff set off from Holland by car over the weekend determined to arrive in time to defend their title. The Italians Veronica Zorzi and Giulia Sergas took two days to make their journey and the Swiss duo Caroline Rominger and Frederique Seeholzer had a relatively short 12-hour drive, but Danes Iben Tinning and Lisa Holm Sorensen are still en route.

Australian Karen Lunn, who had the furthest to travel, coming from Sydney, was the first player on site despite lengthy delays in Abu Dhabi. Her playing partner Karrie Webb arrived in Spain on Saturday and even had time to enjoy a football match between Real Madrid and Valencia at the Bernabeu Stadium.

There were no problems for the United States team of Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon, who arrived on Saturday, while Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson and Anna Nordqvist both had simple journeys coming from Jamaica, where Nordqvist won the Mojo6 tournament on Sunday.

Norway’s Cecilie Lundgreen flew in from her home in Zimbabwe, while her playing partner Caroline Martens drove from an LET Access Series event in north-western France.

“With such a big field it’s amazing that all the players wanted to come here and Catriona is still trying to come here,” said Alicia Garrido Villacieros, event co-ordinator of the European Nations Cup.

The players are all looking forward to representing their respective countries at the tournament, which will receive daily international television coverage.

Nightly highlights will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, Sport TV in Portugal, ESS in Asia, Viasat Sport in Scandinavia, Golf+ in Spain and Fox Sports in Australia.

Additional highlights will be shown on The Golf Channel in America, Sport + in France and on a number of other channels in various countries throughout the world.