Do you know what they say in Spain? The sap rises in the spring! It's because the days are longer, the countryside looks beautiful and the terraces of the bars are full of people who feel like being outdoors.
There are many interesting things to do this season. For example, we can explore the Jerte Valley (in Extremadura) and experience what it feels like to be surrounded by two million blossoming cherry trees. The hills look like they are covered with a spectacular white blanket. There are routes in this part of Spain and many other cultural and natural routes that lead to other places. We can also going hiking and observing the scenery in the Covadonga Lakes, Sanabria Lake, Arribes del Duero (where we can arrange a boat ride), Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, or Tablas de Daimiel National Park.
As for popular spring festivities, there is Easter week, and then the April Fair in Seville and the Festival of the Courtyards in Cordoba, where we can enjoy a walking route around beautiful courtyards decorated with lots of pots full of geraniums, carnations and jasmines. And on the subject of flowers, in June we have the Corpus Christi, and in towns like San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Sitges and Ponteareas the streets are adorned with enormous carpets made out of petals.
Highlights of the season in Spain
Spain is completely transformed during Easter week. Everybody, everywhere, turns out to experience one of Spain's most traditional events to the full. Do not miss the chance to travel to Spain at this time. Very special moments and a totally different atmosphere await you.
There are many ways to discover Spain: enjoying the coast and beaches, following a route taking in different monuments, exploring the countryside, playing sports like golf... However, if you've never visited Spain during Easter week, then you simply have to come. And even if you already know this famous fiesta, it's well worth making another trip, as each region of Spain has its own way of celebrating the event.
In Spain, Easter week is celebrated with a great deal of emotion. People take an active role in its events and traditions. All day and night the streets are filled with the beat of the drums, masses of colourful flowers, and the consummate art of religious sculpture, all combining to produce a highly moving atmosphere.
When: from April 14th to April 21st, 2019
April Fair Sevilla
For one week life in Seville revolves around this fiesta. The music, food, dancing and general joy create a very special atmosphere.
The April Fair is one of the most international and popular of Seville’s fiestas. It was created in 1847 as a cattle fair, and over time the festive atmosphere that had grown up around the occasion took over the business aspect, and it became a permanent fixture in Seville’s social calendar. For a week more than a thousand “casetas” or tents installed in the fairground area become the second home of the city’s inhabitants, a place where people come together to have fun and share experiences until the early hours of the morning.
When: from May 4th to 11th, 2019
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
Iberia, back to Puerto Rico
As of March 31 Iberia takes flight from Madrid to San Juan de Puerto Rico. The airline will operate this route during the summer with five weekly flights. Iberia again to fly to Puerto Rico, at least during the summer season. As of March 31, the company will fly five times a week from Madrid to San Juan airport. Iberia will fly with scheduled times to connect with domestic airports. On its website and in its new application you can find offers to fly to Puerto Rico from Madrid from 615 euro roundtrip.
The route Madrid-San Juan was one of the routes in the market of Latin America, Iberia had to suspend in 2014 for lack of profitability and that, after the restructuring and productivity with its collective agreements, rejoined his programme in 2018.
Norwegian, heading to Chicago
Starting this summer, Norwegian will operate a new route long haul from Barcelona, with the start of operations to Chicago, where it will fly four times a week. Since June 7 and until October 26th, Norwegian will begin operating four weekly flights between Barcelona and Chicago. In this way, the airline will operate five routes from the airport of El Prat to United States: in addition to the existing four to New York/Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland, Chicago and Miami/Fort Lauderdale.
Norwegian reinforces their operation in the summer season with increasing frequency to New York and Los Angeles. In this way, the Barcelona-Nueva York passed operated with six weekly frequencies to do with daily flight and the route Barcelona - Los Angeles, for its part, passes from five to six weekly flights, and will operate every day of the week except on Thursdays.
Of Chicago and the increase of frequencies they require a fourth plane at Barcelona Airport. Therefore, from the month of June, a fourth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be incorporated into the base of long radio of Barcelona. Along with the five Boeing 738-8 which has its base of short radius, Norwegian will have a total of nine aircraft based at El Prat, an all-time high.
Madrid, a 5-star destination
From 2020 central Madrid will feature 12 hotel projects, eight of them in the Premium category, that will add 1,200 new rooms. In this way, it will double the supply of luxury in the capital and will boost quality tourism. Madrid and especially the downtown area, opens the door to the luxury tourism. From here to 2020 is expected that 12 new hotel projects provide the city new 1,200-room Premium category.
Four Seasons landed in Spain with an establishment located in the Centre of Canalejas. It is expected that five-star hotel opens its doors this year, in an area of 26,000 m², with 200 rooms and 4,000 square meters of common areas. For the gastronomic offer, it sounds the name of Dani García. The hotel is part of the Canalejas project, which also includes a commercial gallery with 50 stores of the most exclusive brands.
The Canadian brand is not the only one that has set its sights in the heart of Madrid. Opposite the Four Seasons - in the carrera de San Jerónimo - is expected in the second half of 2020 opens the second hotel W Hotels of Spain, the Madrid W. The opening of a luxury hotel in the plaza de las Descalzas reales, hotel Pestana CR7 from Gran Via and second Iberostar hotel in the capital in what was the teatro Albéniz is also expected. Not to mention the RIU in Spain square opening at the end of the summer this year.
De momento, el pistoletazo de salida lo ha dado el primer hotel Bless Collection en Madrid, que ya ha abierto sus puertas con las señas de identidad del lujo hedonista. Y anteriormente el Hyatt Centric, en pleno corazón de la Gran Vía, el Barceló Torre de Madrid y el VP Plaza de España Design.
In this way, with new openings, is expected to offer luxury in Madrid is expected to double by 2020, which will promote tourism quality-with longer stays and greater expenditure means - and raise the concentration of luxury and high-end buyers in the capital.
H10 Hotels open a new five stars in Lisbon
H10 Hotels has recently opened The One Palácio da Anunciada, a five-star located in the Baixa, a few metres from the Avenida da Liberdade and Praça dos Restauradores. The second hotel of the brand is The One after the inaugurated in Barcelona in 2017.
The new hotel of H10 Hotels is located in the historical Palace gives announced, built in the 16th century and closely linked to the history of Lisbon. It is located in the popular area of La Baixa, a few metres from the Avenida da Liberdade and Praça dos Restauradores, near the main tourist attractions in the Portuguese capital.
The One Palácio da Anunciada has 83 rooms designed with decorative elements of Portuguese tradition. In addition, the hotel boasts a wide gastronomic offer, with a firm commitment by the local flavors that can be tasted in the restaurant counts of Ericeira. Or Jardim Wine Bar on the other hand, offers a more informal proposal while Boêmio Cocktail Lounge, with street access, is ideal to enjoy light meals.
New hotels in Ibiza
Among the most outstanding novelties of Santa Eulària des Riu include openings of hotels Luxury Marriott and BLESS Collection, enlargement of the Melia Sol Beach House and the reform of the hotel Miami Alua Ibiza.
2019 arrive to Santa Eulària Ibizan des Riu with new hotel projects. On the one hand, Marriott International will refurbish and enlarge the Orquidea Aparthotel to convert it to the new 4-star W Ibiza hotel. On the other hand, Palladium Hotel Group will expand its brand portfolio with the launch of BLESS, a new super luxury brand segment of five-star - just released in Madrid - with the conversion of the Hotel Cala Nova.
For his part, Melia Hotel Group will expand its establishment of the 4-star Sun Beach House with 40 rooms and the Alua Miami Ibiza Hotel will be renovated to walk four star category and expand its offering of accommodation up to 249 rooms.
In addition, Santa Eulària des Riu is preparing for a season of events that start this spring as the sporting competition reigns on the island Ibiza Marathon, which held its third edition on April 6 and the Santa Eulària nautical fair, from 26 to 28 April that has emerged as one of the most important nautical events of the island above the may holidays.
ART: Madrid and more
Alberto Giacometti in the Prado
Among the activities to mark its Bicentenary, the Museo del Prado is intending to emphasise its role as a place of inspiration for the great masters of the 20th century with the work of an artist who has never visited the Museum. The exhibition will be curated by Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of 20th Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and with a special collaboration of Beyeler Foundation from Basel and support from Comunidad de Madrid.
Alberto Giacometti (Borgonovo, Switzerland, 1901 - 1966, Coira, Switzerland) was born into an artistic surrounding to father, Giovanni, who was a well-known post-Impressionist painter. He attended Fine Arts School in Geneva before he moved to Paris to to study under the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle at the Grand Chaumière Academy.
In the early 40s he started to developed his characteristic style asking philosophical questions about the human condition, as well as existential and phenomenological debates. Becoming more interested in how to represent the human figure in a convincing illusion of real space, he wanted to depict figures in such a way as to capture a palpable sense of spatial distance. The solution he arrived at involved whittling the figures down to the slenderest proportions.
Although the 1950s art world was dominated by abstract painting, Giacometti’s figurative sculpture came to be a hugely influential model of how the human figure might return to art. His figures represented human beings alone in the world, turned in on themselves and failing to communicate with their fellows, despite their overwhelming desire to reach out.
When: from April 2nd to July 7, 2019
Where: Prado Museum, Madrid
Toulouse-Lautrec and the Spirit of Montmartre
Through paintings, drawings, posters and illustrations, this exhibition shows the work of the artist, Toulouse-Lautrec, in tune with that of his contemporary artists in Paris at the end of the 19th century. A journey through Bohemian Paris at the turn of the century with over 350 works on international loan from public and private collections.
This multidisciplinary exhibition helps to understand the role of the spirit of the Parisian neighbourhood of Montmartre marked the development of modern art and the way in which Toulouse-Lautrec and his contemporaries influenced ephemeral artistic production. Posters, illustrations, etchings and designs rose public awareness of the bohemian spirit and artistic creations.
In addition to being the scenario for many of the multi-faceted artist’s works, Montmartre was the social and cultural driving force, defining its modern style and bohemian character. Its streets, cabarets, theatres, circuses and cafeterias were the centre of a creative explosion, marked by the bohemian and avant-garde lifestyle of young artists and revolutionary intellectuals.
The painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Albi, France, 1864 – 1901, Saint-André-du-Bois, France, 1901) and other artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, Jean-Louis Forain, T. A. Steinlen, Pierre Bonnard or Édouard Vuillard fostered the birth of a breakthrough movement beyond the bourgeoisie.
When: until May 19th, 2019
Where: CaixaForum Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion …
After more than a half a century playing concerts with a greatly successful career that has redefined the cultural scene, the British musician has announced the dates of his farewell tour where he also visits Madrid.
Farewell Yellow Brick Road is the name of Elton John’s last tour that brings more than 300 shows to five continents visiting North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia ending in 2021.
A three-year long tour that starts on September 8th in the USA will have a new stage production allowing the spectators an incredible musical and visual journey. It is sure to include all the greatest hits this singer has had in his 50 years of career, new songs and his most iconic songs like Your Song, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and Sacrifice.
Elton John has had a long and successful career publishing 30 studio albums, selling more than 300 million copies, receiving 38 gold and 31 platinum records and an Oscar for the Best Original Song for Can you feel the love tonight. He has performed in more than 3,000 concerts around the world.
When: 26th June, 2019
Where: Wizink Center, Madrid
Jesus Christ Superstar
The musical that has taken London's West End and Broadway by storm will be in Madrid for three weeks only. Staged by LETSGO company, in collaboration with Show Bees, and performed in English with subtitles in Spanish, the rock opera stars Ted Neeley, the actor from Norman Jewison's 1973.
Regarded as one of the best musicals of the 20th century, the show is a retelling of the last week in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from his arrival in Jerusalem to his crucifixion. Featuring Tim Rice’s lyrics and Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, the production is directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo who was eager to commemorate the musical’s 20th anniversary in style.
When: from 22nd May until 9th June, 2017
Where: EDP Theatre, Madrid
TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESSES
The Gourmets Fair, the largest event devoted to “delicatessen” products in Europe, is back with its 33rd edition in Halls 4, 6, 8 and 10 at IFEMA - Feria de Madrid where manufacturers, producers of the fine food and beverages sector in Spain will come together. A programme of activities includes competitions, tastings, presentations, show cooking, conferences, etc.
The Gourmets Fair is the largest European event devoted exclusively to delicatessen products and one of the world’s leading showcases for fine food and beverages. The Fair has a commercial spirit, aimed exclusively at national and international professionals from the hotel and catering, agri-food distribution, catering, specialised trade sectors, etc.
Among the innovations, the participation of Thailand as Honorary Country stands out, as well as the presentation of 26 new gourmet products in the innovative exhibition area. This is one of the most crowded and media spaces at the Fair, which enables you to discover the advances and latest tendencies in the sector, and where up to 1,300 fine foods and beverages are on display.
Since it was founded in 1987, the fair has been committed to fine food and beverages , bringing together the best of the sector each year. The 2018 edition attracted over 1,600 exhibitors and exceeded 90,000 professional visitors, with around 12,000 international purchasers from 63 countries. It also hosted more than 2,400 business meetings and around 900 activities, including tastings, competitions, prize ceremonies, workshops or talks.
When: from April 8 to April 11, 2019
Where: IFEMA, Madrid
World Olive Oil Exhibition
Feria de Madrid (Madrid Fair) welcomes the World Olive Oil Exhibition, the international olive oil meeting place that gathers the most important international olive oil professionals. It is a space dedicated to debate and analysis of the field through conferences, tastings and the presence of the prominent professionals.
Around 200 olive oil producers and more than 3,000 professionals, buyers and business persons in the field are estimated to participate in the fair. World Olive Oil Exhibition welcomes more than 30 different nationalities including the United States, Germany, Dubai, India, Oman, Lebanon, Iran, United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Greece or China.
Big companies and institutions related to the oil industry will be present: Casas de Hualdo, Migasa, Oleícola Jaén and García de la Cruz. Cooperatives such as Montes Norte, Viña Oliva or El Progreso and protected designations of origin such as Baena, Montes de Toledo, Campo de Montiel, Campo de Calatrava, Bajo Aragón, Sierra del Moncayo or Montes de Granada.
The World Olive Oil Exhibition offers a unique opportunity, not only to grow your business but also to stay in touch with the latest developments in the field and to discover the direction the olive oil industry is going.
When: 27th & 28th March, 2019
Where: IFEMA, Madrid
SPORTS OF THE SEASON!!!
Sailing: Ruta de la Sal Regatta
The Salt Route regatta is held in the Mediterranean every Easter.
This is a sailing competition for cruiser yachts. There are three routes on the itinerary. The Northern route goes from Barcelona to the island of Ibiza. The Eastern route goes from Denia to Ibiza, and the Western route from the port of Andratx (Majorca) to the port of Sant Antoni de Portmany (Ibiza). The competing boats are grouped into existing cruiser yacht categories: classic 10, 20, and 30 cruisers, and multihull cruisers.
When: 18th to 21st April, 2019
2019 Champions League Final
Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, the new home of Atlético, has been selected to host the 2019 UEFA Champions League final on June 1st in the biggest continental competition next season.
It will be the first big international final held at Wanda Metropolitano stadium, which opened on September 16th 2017. Madrid has had plenty of experience with European Cup and Champions League finals, as it will become the second city to have hosted the event five or more times (Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu has previously staged these events four times). It will also be the fourth Spanish stadium to stage the games, after the Santiago Bernabéu, Sevilla’s Sánchez Pizjuán and Barcelona’s Camp Nou.
This stadium has replaced the old Stadium Metropolitano that held Atlético de Madrid’s games from 1923 to 1966. It has all the necessary amenities to stage one of the most important football matches. It can accommodate 68.000 spectators and has been built with regards to the highest standards of comfort and security to offer the best possible experience for the viewers.
When: 1st June, 2019
Where: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid
FINA Diving Grand Prix 2019 #4
The international FINA Diving Grand Prix is one of the sporting events sponsored by Madrid City Council with a view to offering the best in world sport. This complete competition is spread over three days.
The event will feature over a hundred of the best divers from over 20 different countries including Georgia, Japan and China, the world's leading diving powerhouse. China has not missed any of the past 25 years this competition has been held in Madrid.
The competition takes place around various different events held in the morning and afternoon. Audiences can enjoy dives from 3-metre springboards, the 10-metre platform, synchronised springboard dives and synchronised platform dives. The aim is to demonstrate the skill and difficulty of this sport, and the tremendous technique of the divers.
When: from June 7 – 9, 2019
Where: M-86 Sports Center, Madrid
Mutua Madrid Open 2019
The world's finest tennis players will be coming together at La Caja Mágica for the Mutua Madrid Open. The tournament is one of the world's elite tennis competitions, part of the ATP Masters men's circuit and the WTA Premiere Mandatory women's competition. It is only behind the Grand Slams in terms of importance. It is also one of the few opens in the world where the men's and women's competitions are held simultaneously.
Since 2009, the Mutua Madrid Open has been held at La Caja Mágica, designed by Dominique Perrault. An impressive modern tennis complex that is home to three courts with retractable roofs so that matches can be held in the open air or indoor.
The roll-call of winners is testament to the greatness of this trophy: Andre Agassi (2002), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003), Marat Safin (2004), Rafael Nadal (2005, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017), Roger Federer (2006, 2009 and 2012), David Nalbandian (2007), Andy Murray (2008 and 2015), Novak Djokovic (2011) and Alexander Zverev (2018) for the men's competition. Dinara Safina (2009), Aravane Rezaï (2010), Petra Kvitová (2011, 2015 and 2018), Serena Williams (2012 and 2013), Maria Sharapova (2014) and Simona Halep (2016 and 2017) in the women's competition.
When: from May 3rd to May 12th, 2019
Where: Madrid Caja Mágica, Madrid
Horse Racing: 2019 Season
The Zarzuela Hippodrome, that celebrates its 78th anniversary opens the 2019 season with the spring races and ends with the autumn season in December.
Between 3rd of March and 9th of June, the races will be held every Sunday morning on the turf tracks. From 15th to 29th of June they will be held on Saturdays. In the summer season, the races will be held in the evenings and the the autumn season in the mornings again on Sundays until 1st of December.
The spring and fall shows will have 6 to 7 races, while the summer and the special closing show will have from 3 to 5. All of them will provide an exciting adrenalin-packed show, especially the ones held on 29th of June, the day of the Gran Premio de Madrid, and on October 20th, when Gran Premio Memorial Duque de Toledo is held.
The evening shows on 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of July and 1st and 8th of August will be held on fibersand tracks. The rest of the races will be held on turf tracks, except those on 22nd of June (premios 109 and 110) and 29th of June (premios 113 and 114)
Where: La Zarzuela Racecourse, Madrid
HAPPY SEASON !!!
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