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 5th to 12th April, 2020
April Fair Seville
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 a guarantee of pure, unadulterated fun.The fairground and the marquees are always packed with people ready enjoy themselves, and the Sevillians’ friendly, party-loving nature is even more evident in these supremely festive days. It's perfectly fine to engage in conversation with strangers or spontaneously join a group of sevillana dancers. What with the music, laughter, raciones (dishes of tapas to share) and glasses of fino sherry or the typical “rebujito” (manzanilla sherry with fizzy lemonade), you’ll find time simply flies by. Drop by one of the stands selling buñuelos, a delicious sweet doughnut which is only made during the April Fair… and don’t miss the fantastic parade of horses and their riders, and the colourful horse-drawn carts. And when does the party end? It’s up to you…in the evening, late at night, or in the early hours of the morning…
When: from 26th April to 2nd May, 2020
Courtyards Festival in Cordoba, a world heritage event
Every year in May, the city of Cordoba in Andalusia celebrates its famous Courtyards Festival, a tradition which was declared a part of our Intangible World Heritage by UNESCO in 2012 and during which many of the courtyards or "patios" in the historic quarter are open to visitors for a few days. The festival is a competition to discover the most beautiful courtyards in the city, and fills the streets with colour, the scent of jasmine and orange blossom and the strains of flamenco.
The courtyards of Cordoba are a living tradition dating back to Roman times, and which continued throughout the Arab presence until being handed down to us today. The traditional houses in the city are noted for their courtyards surrounded by whitewashed walls adorned with hanging flowerpots filled with colourful geraniums, jasmine, carnations and orange blossom. Throughout the days of the Festival, most of the courtyards in the old part of town throw their doors open to the public, and often feature flamenco shows and the chance to sample the delicious tapas of Cordoba, accompanied by a glass of Montilla-Moriles sherry.
When: from 4th to 17th May, 2020
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
Gran Teatro Bankia Príncipe Pío
This large multi-purpose space, located in one of the disused wings of Príncipe Pío Station, will become a cultural and leisure reference for the people of Madrid in 2020, with a wide range of entertainment, including a theatre programme and concerts as well as restaurants.
The Gran Teatro Príncipe Pío will have different spaces, including a theatre with capacity for around 1,600 spectators, which will also be used as a concert hall. The restaurant area will be located in one of the station towers, whilst the other will house the only European branch of the Professional Performing Arts School, better known as the Fame School in New York.
The Station consists of a central space that occupies the theater itself and the two towers of Levante and Poniente, the first aimed at an innovative restoration proposal, offices and training rooms and the second, an impressive 360o viewpoint overlooking the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral and the Sierra de Madrid. In addition, the space has an outdoor area of 3000 square meters, intended for the organization of all kinds of outdoor events and activities, both public and private.
Hotel Room Mate Macarena
Located right in the heart of Madrid’s Gran Vía, and designed by the architect and designer Tomás Alía, this hotel has 130 rooms, divided into 5 categories: standard, standard superior, standard with views, superior with views, and suite. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning/heating, minibar, desk, and some look out over the Gran Via.
In this hotel, guests can enjoy innovative services such as breakfast served until 12 noon and free WiFi throughout the city, among others.
ART: Madrid and more
Rembrandt and his portraits produced in Amsterdam 1590-1670
For the first time in Spain, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is presenting an exhibition curated by Norbert E. Middelkoop, curator of the Amsterdam Museum, which is devoted to the portraitist facet of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
The gallery has around twenty portraits by the prestigious artist during what was known as the Dutch Golden Age, dating from 1590 to 1670. His paintings are accompanied by a further 60 paintings and 16 prints created by diverse artists in Amsterdam during this period.
Therefore, the exhibition reveals the wide variety and quality of these works, offering the possibility to become familiar with the people portrayed: married couples, craftsmen at work, children, scholars, businessmen, the artists themselves or group portraits.
Rembrandt was a painter and printer born in Leiden (Netherlands) in 1606, who has gone down in history as one of the great Baroque maestros. His iconography is based on classicism and he tended to freely portray his personal experience in his prints and paintings. His images were well received and he became the leading figure and influence for new Dutch painters for 20 years.
His legacy excels for the portraits of his peers, such as that of Saskia van Uylenburgh, his self-portraits and his illustrations of biblical or legendary scenes, like The Abduction of Europa , The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem or The Descent from the Cross.
When: until 24th May 2020
Where: Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
"The Other Treasure": The Cases for Dauphin’s Treasure
From 18 February, a set of exceptional 101 cases along with the 23 on display in the Dauphin’s Treasure Gallery, which represents one of the most complete collections in the world, with examples from the 16th to 18th centuries will be on display at the Prado Museum.
The cases, in different shapes, were designed to protect each work on display in the Dauphin’s Treasure Gallery, given their value and uniqueness.
Made out of wood and lined with diverse materials, the cases are mainly covered in fine leathers decorated with dry iron and gilted stampings, in which heraldic motifs prevail, particularly the Grand Dauphin, whilst other cases are covered in costly fabrics, such as velvet.
When: until 13th September 2020
Where: Prado Museum, Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion …
Sara Baras - Shadows
The dancer and choreographer Sara Baras is back (Fridays to Sundays from 24 January to 28 June at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo) with a show created to mark the 20th anniversary of her company, Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras. Sombras (Shadows) takes us on a journey through the evolution of her art, focusing particularly on farruca, a flamenco style usually performed by men for which she is particularly famed.
The show, which is directed by the Cadiz-born flamenco diva, fuses the virtuosity of der dance with striking choreographies, tradition with modernity. It is a journey through time, colours, silence and noise, multitude and solitude, light and shadows.
The set, designed by painter Andrés Mérida, breathes colour and texture into the production. The music is brought to us by Keko Baldomero, the company’s musical director and a talented guitarist from Cadiz, and renowned violinist Ara Malikian.
Since it made its debut in 2017, the show has been performed in many countries around the world to critical acclaim and now finally returns to the Spanish capital. Sara Baras became a professional dancer over thirty years ago, and since then she has performed over 4,000 times with her company. She has danced on the the world’s leading stages, including the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Sydney Opera House, the Oktyabrskiy Grand Concert Hall in Saint Petersburg, the New York City Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Shanghai Grand Theatre, confirming her status as one of the country’s most talented and beloved artists. .
When: Friday to Sunday. From 24 January to 28 June
Where: Teatro Nuevo Apolo, Madrid
TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESSES
The Gourmets Fair, the largest event devoted to delicatessen products in Europe, is back with its 34th edition at IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, where manufacturers and producers of the fine food and beverages sector from all over Spain will come together. From 15 to 18 June, IFEMA - Feria de Madrid will host an intense programme of activities, including 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.
Quality products will be the main feature of this latest edition, focusing on market trends related to traceability, sustainability and innovative technologies. There will be a wide variety of products that follow this line, labels such as Crianza de Nuestros Mares (From Our Seas), Denomination of Origin, Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) quality labels or those prepared by ASICI, the Inter-professional Association of Iberian Pork, indicate the origins of the products and the production process until reaching the final consumer.
There will also be Gourmet Round Tables in the programme, where the latest gastronomic tendencies will be addressed with topics, such as veganism, km zero and healthy cuisine as well as learning the avant-garde experience and techniques used by emerging chefs. Wine will also be present under the slogan, New faces of wine in Spain and the Recognition of Spanish wine abroad.
The 34th edition will have new incorporations, such as the Burger Combat with bread from Lantmannen, a championship to decide the best hamburger chef in Spain, and the first Spanish Championship of Gourmet Pizzas, organised by Jesús Marquina. Okelan beef from Navarra will be present with the first National Competition of Grilling Masters which will determine who is the best in Spain and Asturian beef will feature in The Search for the Best Cachopo prepared with Asturian Beef.
There will also be the classics, such as the 27th edition of the Ham cutting competition, the 26th edition of the Sommeliers competition, the Oyster Openers, the Atlantic Cuisine by Estrella Galicia event, focusing on Galician products and the seventh edition of the Beer Pulling competition.
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 2019 edition of the Gourmets Fair exceeded all expectations: 2,023 exhibitors (+26% on 2018), 57,000 products and 107,050 professional visitors, up 18.7% on the previous edition and attracted more visitors than ever.
When: from 15 to 18 June, 2020
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: 9th to 12th April, 2020
Tennis: Conde de Godó Trophy
The city of Barcelona in Catalonia is once again set to welcome many of the top tennis players on the international circuit who will take part in this prestigious clay-court tournament.
The competition takes place as part of the second stage of the international ATP circuit. The tournament is a good opportunity to enjoy some of the world's ten best tennis-players, including previous winners Fernando Verdasco and Rafa Nadal.
When: 18th to 26th April, 2020
Where: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, 1899, Barcelona
EDP Rock´n´Roll Madrid Marathon & 1/2 2020
In April, the streets of Madrid will host the Madrid Popular Marathon (known as Mapoma by runners), one of the most important sporting events held in Spain.
The event, classified as a Gold Label Race by the International Athletics Federation, which is the highest level of excellence, is on the same scale as such well known races as those in New York, London or Berlin. It also forms part of the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series, the world’s biggest running circuit, and there will be live music performances on over 20 stages, a finish line festival, a parallel 10 km race and a half-marathon, turning Madrid into a sporting celebration.
When: 26 April 2020
Mutua Madrid Open 2020
In May 2020, the world’s best tennis players will meet at Caja Mágica for the 12th edition o 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 Premier 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, 2016 and 2019) 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), Simona Halep (2016 and 2017) and Kiki Bertens (2019) in the women's competition.
When: From 1 to 10 May 2020
Where: Madrid Caja Mágica, Madrid
Horse Racing: 2020 Season
In addition to being an architectural gem and a prime example of Madrid Rationalism, La Zarzuela Racecourse is an iconic venue for sporting leisure in Madrid. The thrilling horse races, held every Sunday morning in spring and autumn and at night in summer, take place in an amazing atmosphere. A host of parallel activities are held every day, from children’s activities to themed events like street markets and special parties, as well as live music and a food and drink area with food trucks and gastro corners.
From 1 March to 28 June, 6 to 7 races will be held every Sunday morning (starting at 11.30am). During the summer season, 2 July to 6 August, races will instead be held in the evenings on Thursdays and Saturdays. There will be 3 to 5 races held each evening with the first one starting at 10.15pm. In autumn races will once again take place on Sunday mornings till 29 November.
Key events on the calendar are the Gran Premio de Madrid and the Gran Premio Memorial Duque de Toledo. The former, the most important race in Spain, features top Spanish and international jockeys and horses, and is held on 28 June. The latter takes place during the autumn season on 18 October.
Spring and autumn races are run on grass whereas the summer evening races are run on turf. On 23 December – still to be confirmed – the racecourse will hold the Special Christmas edition featuring 5 races on turf.
When: From 1 March to 29 November
Where: La Zarzuela Racecourse, Madrid
HAPPY SEASON !!!
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