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. Imagine you're lazing on a beach in Spain. The sun's shining and the fine sand feels good to the touch. You fancy taking a dip. 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.
The arrival of summer and the warm temperatures in Spain brings people out of their houses and into the streets to live life together in the open air. During the summer months, the streets, squares and promenades in Spanish cities come alive with terrace bars and “chiringuitos”: places to enjoy a cool drink, sample local dishes, listen to music or just to have a quiet chat. Whether by day or by night, they are a pleasant place to while away a few hours in summertime.
Highlights of the season in Spain
Some of the best beaches in the world
One ocean - the Atlantic - and two seas - the Cantabrian and the Mediterranean. Spain's almost 8,000 kilometres of coastline have a lot to offer. Visiting the lighthouses in Galicia, diving on the Costa Brava, sailing the turquoise waters of the Balearic Islands and enjoying coves like Turqueta and Caló des Moro, watching the sunset over bays like the one in San Sebastián, taking in the atmosphere on the Costa del Sol or lying on volcanic beaches in the Canary Islands. Over 600 exceptional beaches await you, as year after year, Spain retains its position as global leader in Blue Flag beaches.
Mountain landscapes are perfect for escaping the high temperatures. The summits of the Pyrenees or the Picos de Europa National Park in northern Spain are some of the most visited mountain areas. For adventure sports, you can try rafting on the river Gállego and then go on to nearby Lanuza to attend the Pirineos Sur International Festival of Cultures, with a floating stage on a spectacular reservoir. Taking a dip in natural pools in inland regions like Extremadura, or boat trips through landscapes such as the Arribes del Duero, will also refresh you.
Summer in Spain is welcomed in with a magical festival: the night of San Juan (from 23 to 24 June) when hundreds of bonfires are lit on the beaches of cities like A Coruña and Alicante, and the daring can jump over them for good luck. After these, the calendar is full of festivals: San Fermín in Pamplona, Moors and Christians in Villajoyosa, Descent of the Sella in Asturias, the Viking procession in Catoira, and a multitude of fiestas in August in almost all the villages of Spain.
A summer of music and theatre in Spain
The good weather is here again, bringing with it Spain's summer festivals. These are unique opportunities to enjoy music and theatre in the open air or in distinctive venues. A perfect option for a different way to spend the summer evenings.
Music or theatre? Dance or guitar concerts? A classical performance or a jazz session? Whatever you're looking for, you're sure to find it in Spain this summer. What's more, these festivals almost always take place in historic sites, in castles, palaces, gardens… below you'll find a few of the most important ones.
The great classics feature in many of these festivals. This is the case of the Mérida Theatre Festival in Extremadura, which is held in the spectacular Roman theatre, a part of Mérida's archaeological site which has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
In Castile-La Mancha, the most famous festival is the Classical Theatre Festival in Almagro, which has been held since 1978 in the streets and historic buildings of the city. In Castile-León in Olmedo (Valladolid) the Olmedo Classical Festival is becoming an established fixture, and also includes acting classes and an international congress on classical theatre.
Many of the summer festivals feature a range of different arts. For example, the programme of the International Festival in Santander (Cantabria) combines dance, music, and classical and modern theatre. This is also the case of the Festival Grec in Barcelona or the impressive Granada Music and Dance Festival. The summer festival in Madrid known as Los Veranos de la Villa (Summers in the City) is also a very popular event. Its programme includes film and zarzuela.
Welcome festival goers!
Our stages welcome some of the best groups on the national and international music scene every summer. The line-ups get better every year at well-known festivals like Sónar (Barcelona), Mulafest (Madrid), FIB (Benicàssim), BBK Live (Bilbao), San Sebastián Jazz Festival, the Ortigueira Festival of the Celtic World, Arenal Sound (Burriana) and Sonorama (Aranda de Duero). Party animals can also enjoy clubbing season in Ibiza, when the most famous DJs in the world flock to the legendary island nights.
One of the midsummer events is to go and see the Perseids meteor showers (“lágrimas de San Lorenzo”, or the tears of Saint Lawrence) in mid-August. Summer is an amazing time for stargazing, and Spain has some of the best places in the world to see the stars. The best example? The island of La Palma, which has been declared the first Starlight Reserve in the world and features star-themed country house lodges, organises star gazing sessions with specialist instructors and allows you to visit the impressive facilities at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory.
You will also find other incredible regions for stargazing in Spain, such as Monfragüe National Park in Extremadura.
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
NH Hotel Group offers a free medical service to its guests
NH Hotel Group has signed an agreement with Quirónsalud to make available to its guests a free medical service through which to attend to any health need during their stay in the properties of the chain in Spain. Urgent attention, at all times, can be telematic or face-to-face in the hotel itself.
The company, which thus becomes one of the first Spanish chains to include these services at no additional cost, seeks to guarantee the maximum security of its customers during the entirety of its stay in its hotels.
The agreement between the two entities includes urgent health care by Chironsalud professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, whether the host's pathology is related to covid-19 or not.
Healthcare will be carried out in person in the establishment in which the client is staying or telematically in case Quirónsalud does not have a hospital in that city.
The new Hard Rock Hotel Madrid will be ready this summer
Madrid continues to unstoppable by debuting new hotel establishments. This summer Hard Rock Hotel Madrid will open its doors, a four-star with 161 rooms in Ronda de Atocha Street, 17, near the Reina Sofía Museum and close to the Triangle of Art. It is the first Hard Rock Hotel on the peninsula (the other two are in Ibiza and Tenerife) and although we would love to dream of the mythical music and pool parties of its emblematic hotels (in a world without the Covid-19), we will have a version adapted to the way of life of the capital.
The modern rooms will offer free music channels, soundbars, turntables and helmets to listen to the best vinyls... and a musical program, called The Sound of Your Stay®, that allows you to rent Fender guitars® and custom playlists. For those who prefer something quieter, they also have a program to practice yoga in the room through free classes on television. For further exercise, the Fitness Body Rock Center will be open 24 hours a day and there will also be an outdoor pool.
For foodies the hotel will have several spaces, a restaurant author Sessions Restaurant, Spanish cuisine and decoration with musical details; RT60, the roof top with 360o views of the center of Madrid; GMT+1, the lobby bar for a few drinks; a lounge by the garden and a private space for 10 guests. Finally, you can't miss a Rock Shop® where you can find all the fashion with the Hard Rock label.
Casa Batlló presents the first ‘10D Experience’ worldwide
Pioneer and unique in the world, this is Casa Batlló ‘10D Experience’, a visit which offers a journey into the mind of Gaudí that appeals to the 5 senses, with the most advanced technology.
Casa Batlló’s new ‘10D Experience’ presents the most fascinating immersive experience ever imagined. Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality or Machine Learning are some of the features of this creative cultural proposal. Impossible volumetric projections, binaural sound, motion sensors, immersive spaces, unique in the world, and delicate proposals that appeal to senses such as taste and smell, offering the visitor sensations never experienced before.
Air Europa resumes flights to Miami and New York in June
Air Europa recovers its flight network with the United States. Starting in June, it will fly to Miami and New York aboard its most modern fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. With three weekly frequencies, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the connection to Miami resumes on the 12th. Operations to New York begin on the 25th, also with three flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Air Europa's return to its U.S. destinations is due to its commitment to progressively increase connectivity and flight options to its passengers, as restrictions are removed and whenever maximum safety conditions are ensured.
Air Europa will fly to Miami and New York with its Dreamliner fleet, the most efficient aircraft on the market, capable of reducing flight time by 45 minutes and emitting 20% less gas compared to other aircraft of similar size.
The airline has strengthened its strict cleaning protocols and activated measures to ensure maximum passenger protection. These include the reduction of manipulable objects on board; new boarding and disembarkation processes; maximum passenger separation whenever the occupation permits or the online processing of all arrangements related to your trip.
Ouigo rolls out end of Renfe's monopoly
The liberalization of Spanish tracks begins with the first Ouigo trains in operation, which will cover the high-speed route between Madrid and Barcelona. It is expected that in the coming months they will expand their services between the capital and Valencia and later, Seville.
After 80 years of Renfe's dominance in the Spanish rail network, with the trains of Ouigo - from the French SNCF - a new era begins which, coinciding with the end of the state of alarm, opens up to liberalisation and competition. And it does so in low-cost high-speed format, with a price "from" 9 euros each way between Madrid and Barcelona and a flat rate of 5 euros for children. In Barcelona the first train will depart at 6.45 a.m. and the last at 8.45 a.m. From Madrid, the first part at 7.05 hours and the last at 21.00 hours. The journey time is 2 and a half hours for direct journeys and up to two hours and fifty minutes if there are stops, for example, in Zaragoza or Camp de Tarragona.
ART: Madrid and more
Velázquez Tech Museum
This new museum, located alongside Plaza de Jacinto Benavente and close to Puerta del Sol, offers a 360º sensorial experience that takes visitors on a journey through the different interpretations of the masterpiece by Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas.
By means of dozens of high-tech projectors distributed around the museum’s eight halls, visitors can experience different ways of appreciating art through the five senses, entering, for example, inside the 4-D canvas of Las Meninas and in halls with holograms, enabling the painting to be studied, or enjoying the interactive facilities of sculptures of the maids of honour projected via video mapping, accompanied by Baroque music and contemporary rhythms.
Enter the room at the Alcázar, where it was painted, design your own Maids of Honour or talk to Velázquez through holograms are some of the options on offer at this innovative space, which also boasts a selection of the most representative maids of honour from the Meninas Madrid Gallery urban exhibition.
Lucian Freud: Portraits of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza
As part of the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921-2021), the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is extending the exhibition devoted to its founder through the portraits that the painter, Lucian Freud, made of him between 1981 and 1985 until 31 December in Hall 47 on the Ground Floor.
The event shows the complicity and the artistic relationship that was developed between the two figures. The first painting belongs to the Permanent Collection and depicts the Baron in the immediate foreground of the composition. Whereas, the second is a full-length portrait that belongs to the Thyssen-Bornemisza family. The exhibition is rounded off with the oil painting Pierrot Contento (1712) by Jean-Antoine Watteau, which appears in the background of the first portrait, behind the Baron’s shoulder and whose main figure may have served as a reference to Freud in the preparation of the second piece.
Born in Scheveningen (Netherlands) in 1921, Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza was a businessman and art collector from one of the most important families in European industry, the Thyssen. He was at the helm of a major multi-national emporium with more than 200 firms, but he is better known for his patron work.
He was the founder of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, which opened in 1992 with the aim of exhibiting the private collection of ancient and contemporary painting that both he and his father had acquired over seven decades and which is considered to be the most important collection of the 20th century. He died in San Feliu de Guíxols (Gerona) in 2002 and was buried in the family pantheon at Landsberg Castle, close to Essen (Germany).
Lucian Freud was a British painter and etcher born in Berlin (Germany) in 1922, who is considered to be one of the most important figurative artists in contemporary art. In his early days, he specialised in surrealism, but later focused on English figurative painting.
When: until 31st December 2021
Where: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion …
Musical strolls around the Botanical Garden
On Friday nights, the Royal Botanical Garden is organising Musical strolls around the Botanical Garden in collaboration with La Fábrica and CaixaBank. Classic music and nature come together with the CaixaBank Symphonic Orchestra performing a repertoire of classical music which includes works by Bach, Mozart, Händel, Mendelssohn or Hoffmeister, among others.
This initiative offers a tour around some of the most special corners of the botanical garden where different musical scenes can be enjoyed. Spaces like the Rose Garden, Plantain Square and the Chestnut Square, will host performances by a violoncello soloist, a flute and viola duo and a string quartet. They are musical scenes set to music by composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Händel, Franz Anton Hoffmeister, Felix Mendelssohn, Édith Piaf and Louis Guglielmi or Shostakóvich.
Under the artistic and musical management of José Sanchís, the CaixaBank Symphonic Orchestra is a group made up of young musicians from all over Spain who have finished their training but have not yet played in professional orchestras.
When: until 17th September 2021
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Madrid
Noches del Botánico
The Nights at the Botanical Festival will hold its fifth edition from 11 June to 31 July at the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Garden. It is a cycle of concerts for summer evenings and nights in which a selection of national and international artists will participate, presenting their latest albums and hits live in a unique environment. Nathy Peluso, Love of Lesbian, Amaral, José González, Niña Pastori or Rufus Wainwright are some of the artists that will participate in the fifth anniversary of the festival.
In June and July, this natural space will be the venue for the multi-faceted festival in which generations and styles (jazz, Latin, flamenco, rock and pop) will come together, making eclecticism its cover letter and becoming a not to be missed musical event for summer nights.
The last edition, which was held in 2019, attracted more than 65,000 visitors and included the participation of artists like Woody Allen, Jane Birkin or Michael Bolton. Following the cancellation of the festival in 2020 due to the health situation, another edition will be held in 2021 with a wide array of artists, kicking off with the performance by Nathy Peluso, a key figure in the Latin American musical avant-garde, who will present her latest album, Calambre.
The French musician, producer and graphic designer, Yoann Lemoine, also known by his artistic name, Woodkid, will perform on two consecutive days, presenting the much awaited continuation of his album, The Golden Age (2013). The Spanish Indie pop rock group, Love of Lesbian, will perform its latest album, Viaje Épico Hacia La Nada, in concert over three days. The Swedish Indie folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, José González, will present his latest songs.
The duo, Amaral, will give a warm and organic concert accompanied by its acoustic band, performing the songs from Salto al Color, along with its greatest hits. The legendary American trumpet player, Wynton Marsalis, will appear on stage accompanied by a septet made up of members of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra. Rufus Wainwright from Canada will present the songs from his latest album produced by Mitchell Froom, and Ana Torroja, a reference on the Spanish pop scene, will pay tribute to Spanish music in this new edition of the festival.
The flamenco genre will be represented by Tomatito with Duquende, Israel Fernández and Antonio Reyes; the flamenco singer, Diego El Cigala; and Estrella Morente alongside Kiki Morente, the youngest of the Morente clan. The artist, Niña Pastori, will be responsible for closing the festival on 31 July with a concert in which bulerías and fandangos will be the main feature.
The extensive line-up is rounded off with the presence of artists like Rosario, Victor Manuel, Nando Agüeros, Amaia, Xoel López, Los Planetas, Niño De Elche, Dorian, Iván Ferreiro, María José Llergo, DORA, Ismael Serrano, Miguel Ríos & The Black Betty Trio, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Tigran Hamasyan Trio, Lori Meyers, Anni B Sweet, Coque Malla, Quique González, Fangoria, Nancys Rubias, Billy Cobham Band, Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodríguez Duo, Jorge Drexler, Viva Suecia, Andrés Suárez, Isma Romero, Rulo y la Contrabanda, Los Secretos and Twangero.
This year, the festival’s space has been optimised and the venue will have two different areas: the leisure and catering area and the auditorium, where the concerts will be held.
It must be highlighted that the organisation has rescheduled the concerts of the artists who were going to form part of the 2020 edition that was cancelled and who have confirmed their participation in the 2022 edition: Gipsy Kings ft. Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, Imelda May, Pat Metheny, Wilco, LP, Belle & Sebastian, Beth Orton, Crowded House, Agnes Obel, John Grant, George Thorogood, Vintage Trouble, Zucchero, Zucchero, Carlinhos Brown, Cimafunk, Youssou Ndour, Cymande, Oscar D’Leon and Eva Ayllón.
When: from 11th June until 31st July, 2021
Where: Botanical Gardens, Complutense University, Madrid
TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESSES
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (September edition)
Twice a year, the city of Madrid becomes one giant runway showing the most sought-after creations by fashion's leading visionary designers from all around the world, both established and new names. On this occasion, the latest tendencies for Spring-Summer 2022 can be discovered.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid takes the pulse of the latest fashion trends. A meeting place for creators, press and fashionistas, reviewing the most important trends that will define next season's style.
MBFW will give way to its 73rd edition in which the leading creators and brands will participate in a show that once more highlights the great creative moment of Spanish fashion. A total of 16 firms will support this event in which Mercedes-Benz, L’Oréal Paris and INDITEX are once more the main sponsors. Furthermore, various young creators will present their proposals at the Cyberspace Samsung Ego Showroom.
When: September 2021
Where: Feria de Madrid
SPORTS OF THE SEASON!!!
Horse Racing: 2021 Summer Season
La Zarzuela Racecourse, an architectural gem and a prime example of Madrid Rationalism built in the 1940s, hosts horse races every Sunday (Saturdays in June and Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August).
All races in January and February, the night races in July and August, and handicap races in June will be held on the fiber track. All other races will be run on grass.
Windsurfing: World Championship, Pozo Izquierdo
Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, hosts a competition for the World Windsurfing Championship.
Pozo Izquierdo, on the island of Gran Canaria, is a paradise for windsurfing enthusiasts. The climatic conditions in this spot provide waves of 1-3 metres, making the sport a real spectacle. This time it is the turn of world championship trials in the women's freestyle, men's slalom, and wave categories for both sexes.
When: from 9th to 17th July, 2021
Where: Santa Lucia de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Cycling: Tour of Spain 2021
This year sees another edition of the Cycling Tour of Spain, one of the most important stage cycling races on the international calendar.
Participants in the event cover more than 3,200 kilometres divided into 21 stages - flat, against the clock, and mid- and high-mountain. The Tour of Spain passes through a host of towns around the country to finish in Madrid, on a city circuit between Paseo de la Castellana Avenue and Plaza de Cibeles Square. As is traditional, the last stage tends to become a kind of victory lap for the overall winner, with an exciting sprint to the finish.
When: from 14th August until 5th September, 2021
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