Spending the summer in Spain is an experience you have to live at least once in a lifetime. You've probably got time off and plenty of time to visit places, and you probably want to make plans and get the most out of those days. What's more, thanks to the nice weather, you're almost sure to enjoy a dip in one of the best beaches in the world. For example, would you like to enjoy the atmosphere on the Costa del Sol, go diving on the Costa Brava, discover our fishing villages or hire a boat? And if you love staying active you can try all kinds of water sports.
As well as beaches, in Spain there are many options to suit all tastes and pockets. There are popular festivities in summer, like the famous San Fermín or La Tomatina tomato festival. But if you prefer to dance, there are also many world-renowned festivals. And of course, if you love clubbing you shouldn't miss going out at night in Ibiza.
At lunchtime you can try a refreshing dish such as our cold soup – gazpacho. And you can make the most of the bars and restaurants that have outdoor terraces.
What are you going to do this summer?
We invite you to “fall in love with Spain”
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Highlights of the season in Spain
Veranos de la Villa Festival 2018
Thanks to the Veranos de la Villa, Madrid becomes a great festival that includes a varied programme at numerous venues. In line with the last edition, the spaces will be particularly important. The centrally located venues are joined by more peripheral ones in a bid to rediscover the urban territory and turn the whole city into one big culture festival this summer, with over ninety artistic proposals.
This initiative is able to reach out to the city’s 21 districts in a bid to bring culture to all of the citizens, all ages and all the neighbourhoods where this type of proposals could not be traditionally enjoyed.
The festival’s cultural proposal is extremely diverse in terms of genres, disciplines and styles. Its programme, which spans over more than two months, includes concerts, magic, film, circus, sport, theatre, dance and unprecedented participative activities in Madrid, which take place at numerous venues throughout Madrid, with the aim of rediscovering the urban territory. This is the case of the most popular and traditional games, the possibility of listening to an electronic concert under the water, enjoying firework displays during the day or dancing salsa accompanied by the best Latin bands, among other activities.
Popular, classic, jazz, electronic, flamenco music, sport, circus, dance, meetings and popular parties bring together the proposals of various well known artists on the international scene. It is a cultural offer that is committed to accessibility, providing free access to the activities for the public.
Artists from extremely diverse musical genres took part in last year’s edition of the festival, such as Susana Baca, the most representative voice of Afro-Peruvian song, Carla Morrison from Mexico, an emerging figure on the alternative pop scene, or Antonio Zambujo. There will be no lack of theatre and dance proposals for all ages.
When: from June to September, 2018
Nights with rythm in Barcelona
In addition to the already known "magic nights" of Casa Batlló and La Pedrera now joins another gem, Casa de les Punxes with new proposals to enjoy its majestic roof (600 m 2) located in the central district of l'Eixample in Barcelona, during the months of June July and August.
What better way to harmonize music and cuisine in an attractive and modernist jewel like the Casa Terrades, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Every Friday's summer house of les Punxes is full of good melodies, jazz, swing, Bossa Nova and soul-related musical performance. This year the Nits amb Ritme include access to the exhibition (from 19 to 20 h) the main floor and the terrace to enjoy a tour of the history and symbolism of one of the most paradigmatic monuments of Catalan modernism. Discover the House of night and vibrate with the live music while you give with a glass of cava in iconic surroundings. And of course any of these emblematic spaces can be booked exclusively for an amazing event.
XX Bienal de Flamenco in Seville
La Bienal is the biggest flamenco event worldwide. Every two years, Sevilla becomes the place to be for all flamenco fans -both professionals and aficionados. The main venues of the city welcome the Festival to host, for almost a month, the most expected premieres, the art of the most significant figures but also what the young artists have to say.
Since its birth in 1979, la Bienal celebrated 17 editions during more than three decades. During all this time, the Festival programmed all kinds of flamenco expressions, aesthetics, colors and perspectives on this timeless art form. A melting pot where the most traditional flamenco roots and the experimental, avant-garde expressions coexist in pure harmony.
From 6 to 30 September 2018, Sevilla.
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
Gran Hotel Inglés
The Great English Hotel, the oldest hotel in Madrid, located in the Barrio de las Letras, reborn into a luxurious five star hotel with 48 rooms, six suites and a range of gastronomy. A remodeled design inspired by art deco and the famous New York Festivals Grand style Gatsby that reinsert this establishment in one of the most cutting-edge in the city.
Located in the calle Echegaray, in the Literary (Las Letras) quarter and at the cultural and commercial heart of Madrid, Gran Hotel Ingles is reopened while retaining the spirit of the 1920s. On December 16, 1886 was opened officially, and after more than 130 years of history, this renovated establishment hotelier keeps within its walls many memories and anecdotes. A historical memory that becomes the basis of the new space, a hotel of luxury, but with "a genunino local flavor", has Carmen Cordón, co-owner of the hotel. Together with Ignacio Jiménez, founding partner of Hidden Away Hotels, they have recovered the essence and classical elegance that had the hotel in the 19th century with contemporary allusions that do not go out of fashion.
NH Collection Gran Via
Recently opened its doors the new four star NH Hotel Group in the heart of Madrid. Located in a centenary building, the NH Collection Gran Vía is the most traditional establishment of the Group and one of the most surprising of the capital. Known as Gran Via 21, this architectural gem belongs to the first stage of the project of Gran Via Madrid, and its construction - in neo-Baroque style - out ended in 1918. Therefore, it has 100 years of iconicity in the capital.
The new hotel, located in the so-called “Madrileño Broadway”, is near the best musicals, theatres and one of the best areas of Madrid shopping as well as emblematic Letras or Chueca quarters. Completely renovated by the hand of Mercedes Isasa, it collects the merger between the more traditional Spanish tradition and the most avant-garde neatness, for a cosy hotel at the same time sophisticated.
NH Collection Gran Via has a total of 94 rooms and in the eighth and ninth floor hides one of the most striking attractions of the hotel: its roof of 360 degrees and its Picalagartos restaurant with an urban garden in the center of the city.
Do you like stars? Did you spent hours when you were a child watching them, looking for imaginary figures and dreaming of becoming so high someday? Dear dreamer it is possible that you love to know that to 90 km from Madrid, in the toledan village of Hormigos, is about to open the first hotel in the shape of sphere to see the stars, dawn and dusk, and definitely be happier. Miluna has chosen this place away from light pollution, and in nature to be able to see stars like never before. A total of four areas form part of this peculiar hotel located a few kilometres from Toledo, and it is inspired by two other hotels in Catalonia and Navarre.
More direct flights from Madrid with the USA
The Norwegian low-cost airline has announced the launch of a third route to United States long radius from Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport, in particular to the Fort Lauderdale Airport, next to Miami, which will begin operation on October 31. In this third route to Miami, Norwegian will offer two weekly flights with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes, with 291 seats, 32 Premium and 259 economy.
With the launch of the route between Madrid and Miami, Norwegian will offer seven links between Spain and United States, since all three at Barajas joined the four from El Prat, also in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, in addition to San Francisco, target that it did not rule out offering also from Madrid.
ART: Madrid and more
A hundred works review the careers of Boudin and Monet and show the origins of the impressionist movement. This pioneering monographic exhibition addresses the relationship between both artists.
Eugène Boudin (Honfleur, France, 1824 – 1898, Deauville, France) was one of the first French landscape artists to paint outdoors. At the age of 22, he was a full-time painter. The French painter, Claude Monet (Paris, France, 1840 – 1926, Giverny, France), one of the creators of impressionism, grew up in Le Havre, where he met Boudin. He was aware of his talent, but he did not think that he should devote his work on making caricatures. For this reason, Boudin persuaded Monet to visit him in Normandy and they painted landscapes together.
Both artists painted outdoors and learnt a lot from each other. An example o f the similarity between the works of the French artists can be seen in The Meuse at Dordrecht (1882) by Boudin and in The Regatta at Saint-Adresse (1867) by Monet.
When: from June 26th to September 30th, 2018
Where: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
Lorenzo Lotto. Portraits
The Prado Museum and the National Gallery in London are jointly organising an exhibition of one of the most fascinating Cinquecento artists: Lorenzo Lotto (Venice, 1480-Loreto, 1557). His portraits are original compositions showing psychological depth, usually giving away the thoughts and emotions of his subjects.
In his portraits, Lotto resorted to a wide range of techniques to convey psychological depth, including evident and hidden symbols in the paintings.
He used objects to define the status, tastes and ambitions of the people he portrayed. He also painted religious themes.
He painted the Martinengo Altarpiece for the Church of Santi Bartolomeo e Stefano, and decorated two other churches: San Bernardino and Sant’Alessandro. Breaking away from classicism in the expression of religious feeling, he developed a unique style that turned him into a much sought-after artist in those years.
When: from June 19th to September 30th 2018
Where: Prado Museum, Madrid
The Recoletos Exhibition Hall at MAPFRE Foundation is putting on a retrospective of the work of one of the essential photographers of the twentieth century: Brassaï (n. Gyula Halász, 1899-1984). He belonged to the group of European and North-American photographers who reshaped the identity and expanded the potential of photography as art in the twentieth century.
Brassaï took his first pictures in 1929 and was restless in the 1930s. He chose Paris as his main source of inspiration: cityscapes, everyday lives, nightlife… In 1932, he published Paris de Nuit, which earned him instant recognition.
The MAPFRE Foundation exhibition was made possible by the collaboration of the Estate Brassaï Succession (Paris) and the contributions of several museums in France and USA. Curated by Peter Galassi, former Chief Curator of Photography (1991 to 2011) at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), it’ll be the first Brassaï retrospective since 2000, and the first in Spain since 1993.
When: from May 31st to September 2nd, 2018
Where: Mapfre Foundation, Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Russian Dada, 1914-1924.
The Reina Sofía Museum is opening an exhibition on Russian avant-garde art from 1914 to 1924: about 250 works including paintings, collages, illustrations, films and publications by a great number of Russian artists.
Dada or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early twentieth century, with early centres in Zürich, Switzerland. Dada artists rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works. The Dada movement's principles were first collected in Hugo Ball’s Dada Manifesto in 1916. Key figures in the movement included Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and many others.
The exhibition opening at the Reina Sofía Museum includes about 250 works by Russian artists such as Nathan Altman, Vasyl Yermilov, Ivan Kluin, Gustav Klutsis, Aleksei Kruchenykh, Valentina Kulagina, Vladimir Lebedev, Kazimir Malevich, Aleksei Morgunov, Ivan Puni, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Olga Rozanova, Sergei Sharshun, and many others.
The works on display are from a variety of disciplines: painting, collage, drawings, books and films, among others.
When: from June 6th until October 22nd, 2018
Where: Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion …
Mad Cool Festival 2018
The Mad Cool Space (located in Valdebebas–Ifema) is hosting the third edition of Mad Cool, an eclectic music festival that presents a wide variety of artistic manifestations in a fully sustainable and responsible way, with a remarkable line-up that includes Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Massive Attack, Jack Johnson, Fleet Foxes, MGMT and Future Islands.
In store for festivalgoers at this new edition are over 60 top national and international artists and a range of artistic disciplines, which will all come together in an incomparable setting.
In 2018, the festival will be hosted in a brand new venue with seven stages instead of five, bringing audiences more bands and a greater variety of music genres. There will also be a new restaurant area, and the Mad Cool Gallery and the Art Market will be returning this year.
Based on the concept of regeneration, Mad Cool has become a different option in both form and content, appealing to a society that has evolved towards innovation, quality and efficiency. The Festival goes beyond the conventional music event and takes the idea of communal entertainment to the next level on the basis of a model according to which the city and the environment are allies.
When: July 12 to 14, 2018
Where: Mad Cool Space, Ifema, Madrid
Universal Music Festival 2018
The stage at Teatro Real is set to host the fourth edition of the Universal Music Festival, which will once again feature performances by national and international artists. Like in previous editions, the festival will join in the Bicentenary celebrations of the Royal Theatre with a special programme, in which pop, rock, jazz or flamenco artists will take part.
This latest edition will include leading national and international artists, such as Steven Tyler, Pablo Alborán, Gregory Porter, Pablo López, Martin Garrix, Miguel Ríos, Niña Pastoriand Morat. Various concerts will be held throughout the month of July, whereby most of them will undoubtedly be a sell-out.
Universal Music Festival will continue joining in the second centenary celebrations of the Royal Theatre, with a special and unique programme. It is a celebration that will span over three years, from 2016 to 2018 (inclusive), and will give the Madrid audience the opportunity to enjoy top artists from a wide spectrum of musical styles in such an ideal venue as the emblematic Royal Theatre in Madrid. It is a musical palace that, like other important auditoriums worldwide, such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Olympia Theatre in Paris or Carnegie Hall in New York, offers a unique sound and image experience with privileged visibility, spectacular acoustics and a select capacity for 1,750 spectators.
When: July 3rd to 31st, 2018
Where: Teatro Real, Madrid
Forever - The best show about the King of Pop
Stage Entertainment, the musical production company responsible for hits like The Lion King or Mamma Mia! premieres the The Bodyguard in the heart of the Gran Vía of Madrid. It is a production based on the film featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner and includes the songs from the feature film.
This show is the world’s best production to date in tribute to the greatest hits of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. It is a show backed by the Jackson Family Foundation, which has been enjoyed by over 600,000 spectators from half the planet.
The performance includes an impressive array of singers, musicians and dancers who are accompanied by the most important videos in the career of the King of Pop: Thriller, Smooth Criminal...
Through all of this, we go on a vibrant journey through Michael Jackson’s musical legacy, as well as finding out more about the life of this musical legend and the message he left behind in his work.
Furthermore, the staging includes great special effects, a gospel choir and outstanding artists who take great care over every detail of their performances in order to be faithful legacy of Michael Jackson.
This unique production has been on an extensive international tour since 2012 which has taken it to cities like Paris, Lisbon, Prague, Warsaw or San Juan in Puerto Rico.
When: from June 1st to July 29th 2018
Where: Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Madrid
TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESSES
During this event which will be held at Feria de Madrid, the latest scientific developments and issues related to transplants will be addressed.
The 27th International Congress of the Transplantation Society will delve into the latest scientific developments in terms of transplants and the corresponding ethical questions. Such relevant issues as the development of transplant programmes, the donation and procurement of organs will be of great interest to those present.
It is an excellent chance to exchange ideas between professionals and it is also an educational opportunity for students. The International Transplantation Society has decided to hold its congress in parallel to the one held in Spain on a national level in order to share synergies.
The 5th Congress of the Spanish Transplantation Society will once more address the latest developments in the field of organ transplantation on 30 June and 1 July. This event is also biennial.
It is structured around plenary sessions of general interest and oral sessions in which professionals can present their work. The selected papers will subsequently be published in the Transplantation Proceedings journal.
When: from June 30 to July 5th, 2018
Where: Feria de Madrid
SPORTS OF THE SEASON!!!
Final of the Vuelta Ciclista a España 2018
Madrid is once again staging the final leg of the Vuelta a España, which celebrates its 83nd anniversary and LXXIII edition in 2018. After 21 gruelling days, the streets of Spain's capital have the honour of welcoming these heroes as they form a multi-coloured snake winding its way to the finishing line, presenting the last red jersey to the winner of the overall classification.
When: September 16th, 2018
Where: Cibeles Square, Madrid
Challenge Madrid Long Distance Triathlon
Challenge Spain holds another international triathlon in the city to visit the beautiful landscapes of the Community of Madrid, with a total course of 226 km and a final in the city centre, in the Puerta del Sol. The triathletes will face 3,800 metres swimming, 180 kilometres by bicycle and 42 kilometres running in five laps.
The triathlon world has not to be missed date with the arrival of the Challenge Madrid Long Distance Triathlon, which comes to the city again, although on this occasion, it will be in an ironman or long distance format, with a total of 226 km individual competition divided into Elite category and other age groups in addition to prizes to the value of €40,000.
The course will begin with the swimming segment in the Riosequillo reservoir in Buitrago de Lozoya, where the athletes will have to swim 3,800 metres to reach the first transition. There, the 180-kilometre bicycle segment will begin with the famous tour through the Canencia, Morcuera, Cotos, Navacerrada and El Escorial passes to give way to the second transition in the Madrid River area; ending with a 42km marathon in 5 laps around the Manzanares area, reaching the finishing line in Puerta del Sol.
This event stands out for the beauty of its landscapes whilst the course tests participants to the limit, whereby they will be supported by over 300 volunteers and two hundred members of the public forces to ensure safety and the smooth running of one of the world’s ten best competitions.
When: September 23rd 2018
Where: Final at Puerta del Sol, Madrid
Races at the Zarzuela Hippodrome (Summer Season 2018)
With the arrival of the summer, the Zarzuela Hippodrome opens its evening race season with 5 meetings in which the most exclusive leisure proposal in Madrid can be enjoyed.
The 77th season kicks off at the Zarzuela Racecourse on March 4 and will continue right through to December 2, with a special Christmas fixture to be held on December 22.
Turf races are held every Sunday morning from March 4 to July 1 and from September 16 to December 2. During the hot summer months, races are run on fibersand tracks on Thursday evening. The 2018 season will draw to a close on December 22 with a morning of races.
In spring and autumn between 6 and 7 races are held each day, whereas in summer and on December 22 there will be between 3 and 5. Particularly noteworthy fixtures are the Gran Premio de Madrid on July 1 and the Gran Premio Memorial Duque de Toledo on October 21.
When: Thursdays. From June 5th to September 6th, 2018
Where: La Zarzuela Racecourse, Madrid
HAPPY SEASON !!!
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