Jul 19 2016

Madrid Events August 2016

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Madrid is not only the capital city of Spain, but it is also one of the highest capital cities in Europe; it is 646 meters above sea level. It is a place where Penelope Cruz, Placido Domingo and Enrique Iglesias have born…

Come and enjoy this Royal city, there is going on a lot in August!

Madrid Night

 

Festivals

The series of popular festivals in Madrid begin with the San Cayetano Festival, it is followed by the Feria de San Lorenzo, and conclude with the most important of them all, the Feria de la Virgen de la Paloma. In this time (first half ot the month) you can hear music in the streets and see lanterns that are hanged out form balconies and terraces, you will be welcomed to join the attractions and competitions, watch performances, dance, taste lemonades, tapas, paellas and hot chocolate with churro doughnuts and to view concerts.

 

Veranos de la Villa 2016

Veranos de la Villa 2016 presents a wide range of content for the entire city and absolutely everyone in it, including folk, classical, jazz, electronic and flamenco music as well as sport, circus, dance, local festivities and gatherings by, for and with people of all ages. Veranos de la Villa will be present in city’s 21 neighborhoods. The aim is to bring culture to all citizens of all ages and in the neighborhoods where this kind of offer could not be enjoyed traditionally.

In addition to music, film, theatre or dance, the event includes also activities such as kite flying, zarzuela concerts by bicycle, circus shows amid the pine trees, ballroom dancing in front of the Royal Palace  or salsa in the Plaza de La Remonta and a floating cabaret in the lake at Casa de Campo. The event is of high quality and affordable for all: 80 percent of the activities are free and the rest are at affordable prices (between 3 and 12 euros).

For more information have a look at the event’s homepage by clicking here.

Veranos de la Villa 2016 Madrid
Photo from http://www.veranosdelavilla.com/en/

 

PHotoEspaña 2016

From 1 June to 28 August, Madrid is home for a new edition of the classic International Photography and Visual Arts Festival, featuring numerous exhibitions with a particular focus on European artists.

Event claims to provide a panoramic view of photography on the European continent after covering photography in Spain as well as Latin-American. The artistic program for the Festival will include exhibitions commissioned from a range of specialists which seek to analyze the very concept of Europe; what it is, what it has been and how the continent as a whole is configured in social, geographic, political, economic or creative terms.

Go to PHotoEspaña 2016 web page by clicking here.

PHotoEspaña 2016 Madrid

Photo from http://www.phe.es/en/phe/festival/40/inpho_%E2%80%93_information_points_for_festival_visitors

 

 

Cibeles de Cine is still continuing to impress us until the beginning of September.

Cibeles de Cine is running for already third year taking place in Glass Gallery (Cibeles Palace). Event is one of the eagerly-anticipated film, leisure and art offering of the summer, with the best national and international cinema, classics and premieres, accompanied by a wide variety of food and a programme of activities to complement the films that are being shown. 

In the event there will be showed over 70 films including classics, cult films, European and auteur cinema, as well as recent hit movies all shown in their original version with subtitles.

 

This is a MUST if you are visiting Madrid and are a movie lover.

 

General: €7

Groups: €6

Combined (including food): €12.50

Season passes: €27.50

Cibeles Midnight Movies (Fridays and Saturdays):

Ticket + drink: €9

Ticket + cocktail: €12

 

For more information click here.

Cibeles de Cine Madrid

Photo from http://sunsetcinema.es/

 

 
 
 
Flamenco by Rafael Amargo. Tiempo Muerto

The flamenco dancer from Granada returns to the stage of the La Latina Theatre with Tiempo Muerto 2. It is a new version of one of his most successful shows with which he has toured Spain and theatres and festivals all over the world, combining flamenco with urban dance.You can watch this show until 21st of August and prices are 20-40 euro.

For more information. click here.

Rafael Amargo. Tiempo Muerto 2. Flamenco. Madrid

 

 

Madrid Bullfight is taking place at Plaza de toros Las Ventas each Sunday.

Bullfighting is one of the expressions paid to the Hispanic culture, because its origins were in the Iberian territory in what is now Spain and Portugal today. It is considered as one of the oldest shows in the world.

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If you are treveling with kids, don' t foget that there are various  amusement parks, museums and Zoo for kids in Madrid. for example, Parque de Atracciones, Zoo Aquarium, Parque Warner, Faunia and Natural Science Museum.

amusement park Madrid

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Jul 15 2016

Barcelona Events August 2016

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Summer in the Mediterranean diamond Barcelona is full of experiences, adventures, joy and priceless moments. August in Barcelona is perfect month not only to enjoy the sun and beaches, but also to attend breath-taking fiestas that are taking places in different districts of Barcelona. August is going to pull you into the adventure whirligig of this exotic city.

 

Les Nits at Palau Güell (Nights at the Palau Güell)

The Parc Güell is certainly a place worth visiting, because of its unique architecture by the world famous architect Gaudi and of breathtaking views that take you to the whole different world.

Concerts are taking place at Palau Güell's rooftop terrace and they feature different musical styles and tastes. Price of the ticket is 35 euro in which a glass of cava, pica-pica (small Spanish snacks) and a guided tour through the park is included.

Upcoming concerts are in 4th, 11th and 18th of August.

Concerts begin at 21:30 and are 1 hour long; enterance is open from 20:30.

For more information, click here

Barcelona Park Guell

 

 

Summer Nights at Museu d’Història de Catalunya

Each Wednesday until August 10th music lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy jazz music on museum terrace which has amazing views to the port, and out to the sea. The concerts are in different jazz genres (including blues, gospel, soul, rhythm & blues and rockabilly).

Price of the ticket is 12 euro, it includes one free drink,entrance to the museum nad the concert.

For more information, click here.
Museu d’Història de Catalunya Barcelona
 

 

Música als Parcs (Music in the parks)

One of the outdoor activities that take place till the end of August is the Música als Parcs festival. As part of this festival, all sort of outdoor concerts are organized in various parks in the city. Music in the Parks includes 47 concerts in different styles, such as classical music, jazz, blues and choral offerings from music schools and orchestras.

All concerts are free of entry.

You can check the schedule here.

musica-parcs-Barcelona

Photo from http://continguts-lameva.barcelona.cat/en/enjoy-it/parks-and-gardens/music-in-the-parks

 

 

Dinners with Stars

Those of you, who are gastronomy lovers, don’t miss the unique opportunity to have a dinner at the Fabra Observatory with a menu created by Guimerà, executive chef from Paradís Gourmet.
The evening consists of the finest cuisine dinner, served at dusk on the terrace, visit of the Observatory which includes not only wisit of the museum, but also observing stars and most part of the Solar System through the 1904 telescope, one of the largest and oldest telescopes still in use in Europe.

Are you fascinated by the idea of observing stars and dinning mean time? Click here for more information.

Fabra Observatory Barcelona

 

 

La Festa Major de Gracia

The Gracia Festival is one of the Barcelona's best, nicest, most festive and most welcoming street festival. The festival is very colorful and it fills many streets and plazas in the Gracia. It takes place from 15tht to 21st August. Everyone is wellcome to enjoy the beauty and charm of the fiesta.

For more information, click here.

La Festa Major de Gracia Barcelona

The picture is taken form http://www.festamajordegracia.cat/

 

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Jun 29 2016

World Travel Awards – Spain´s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2016

“The award goes to…” – Habitat Apartments? With this year`s nomination we gain once again the chance of retaining the award of Spain`s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand in the World Travel Awards 2016.

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https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-spains-leading-serviced-apartment-brand-2016

Since 1993 the World Travel Awards are decorating regional, national and international companies with this famous price to “support, promote and develop the global travel and tourism industry”. They should inspire participants to “continually raise the standards of their product and service offering”. The World Travel Awards could be seen as the “Oscars” of our sector.

We were honored 2014 and 2015 with this price but our goal is it to maintain it. To reach this objective we put much effort into improving our product – the superb apartments. Therefore high quality management and professionalism are the key components of Habitat Apartments. We pride ourselves in having an extremely attentive and well-trained customer service that are easily contactable and speak a variety of languages, so that we can answer the majority of our clients’ questions in their own language.

This year the World Travel Awards will be presented in Antalya, Turkey at the 27th of August. If you think we deserve to win then please vote for us, it´s very quick and easy! 

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Jun 17 2016

Events in Madrid July 2016

July is hot! Not only the weather but also the events will be fantastic. Experience great exhibitions and festivals all over Madrid – the heart of Spain.

 

Festival Cultura Inquieta 2016
30th of June 2016 – 16th of July 2016

Festival Cultura Inquieta 2016. (2016). [image] Available at: http://rockthebestmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/CUL-628×356.jpg [Accessed 16 Jun. 2016].

There is no way around this festival in Getafe (district of Madrid) during July. Many musicians from all genres are combined in 3 weeks of good music. Hip hop, jazz, rock, soul, classic and blues – sounds for everyone is the slogan of these concerts. They will take place in the Polideportivo de San Isidro – a multifunctional arena next to the the metro station “Alonso de Mendoza”.

In the daytime there are several exhibitions, conferences and different activities at the impressive Mercado de Abastos (Getafe). Young and also experienced painters have the space to display their work and discuss with people about different aspects of life.

To get a better overview of all the events and activities visit the website of Cultura Inquieta

 

Universal Music Festival 2016
5th of July 2016 – 30th of July 2016

Universal Music Group, (2016). Universal Music Festival – 2016. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_58AcFnpXMU [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].

After last year’s great success, the Universal Music Festival is this time in Madrid.  On the occasion of its 200th anniversary, the Teatro Real – Opera House features seven of the best international and national artists. The most influential singer is Rod Stewart (05. July) who is providing several generations with his unique music.

But also Rufus Wainwright (16. July) and Enrique Bunbury (26. July) are going to show an unforgettable performance in one of Europe’s most famous theatre halls. The Teatro Real at Plaza de Isabell II (s/n) is easily reachable by public transport.

It is a “must-hear” for people of all ages and a good reason to visit Madrid July. But be careful – the tickets for the single artists go quickly out of stock! You can simply buy them here.

 

Bosch – the 5th Centenary Exhibition
31th of May 2016 – 11th of September 2016  

Jheronimus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights – central panel (fountain). (2016). [image] Available at: http://www.artbible.info/images/bosch_tuin_fontijn_grt.jpg [Accessed 16 Jun. 2016].

Jheronimus Bosch is one of the most renowned painter of the renaissance. Due to the fifth centenary of the Dutchman the Museo del Prado is presenting his paintings from art museums all over the world. In this exhibition visitors could not only admire his creations but also get an insight into the life of people in that epoch.  

The Museo del Prado is well known for his exhibitions and different collections of coins, sculptures and drawings. Its location at the park El Retiro allows visitor to stroll through the green heart of Madrid. For further details or tickets visit the website of the museo. 
 

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Jun 17 2016

Events in Barcelona July 2016

Summer has finally arrived in Barcelona! July in Barcelona means many outdoor events and activities all around the city, such as music festivals, various annual local festivals, the festival of performing art and so on! In order to discover the best events in July in Barcelona, we made a selection just for you!

 

Música als Parcs (Music in the parks)
(June, July and August)

One of the outdoor activities that takes place throughout July (also June and August) is the Música als Parcs festival. As part of this festival, all sort of outdoor concerts are organized in various parks in the city. All concerts are free of entry.

Musica als parcs, (2016). Musica als Parcs. [image] Available at: http://www.pensio2000.com/cat/files/2012/07/Musica-als-parcs-G.png [Accessed 14 Jun. 2016].

 

The annual Poble Sec Fiesta
(Mid-July)

One of the most charming areas in Barcelona is the Poble Sec area. However, the Poble Sec area is not a popular area among tourists. Despite not being a touristic area, the Poble Sec area celebrates its annual fiesta in mid-July. There are many various events, one of the highlights are the many outdoor concerts. When you decide to visite this lovely fiesta, do not forget to visit Carrer Blai, where you will find many bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces.

Festa Major Poble Sec, (2016). [image] Available at: http://www.seriebcn.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Festa-Major-del-Poble-Sec-2013.jpg [Accessed 14 Jun. 2016].
 

The annual El Raval fiesta
(Mid-July 2016)

Another annual local area fiesta will be held in the El Raval area of Barcelona. El Raval is also an area that is not quite popular among tourists, however it is also one of the most central disctrics in Barcelona. Throughout the festival, the Raval neighbourhood organises various events. The most interesting events are the events connected to discovering the culturale heritage of the area and also concerts. The majority of the events takes place on the Rambla, where you will also find the great sculpture of ´El Gat´ (The Cat) by Fernando Botero.

Fiesta Rambla del Raval. (2016). [image] Available at: http://irbarcelona.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/fiesta-rambladelraval.jpg [Accessed 14 Jun. 2016].

 

Sala Montjuïc
(Various days throughout July 2016)

On various days throughout July, there are open-air cinema screenings held at the Castle Montjuïc. These open-air cinema screenings are one of the events that are very popular among tourist and locals. The open-air cinema is set-up with a huge screen and the screenings always take place after it gets dark. All films are shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles. Before the screening, there are short sets of live music to keep you entertained.
 

Going to one of the open-air screenings at Castle Montjuïc is more than only watching a movie: it is also a social evening which you can enjoy together with your partner, friends, family or all of them together as one group. A lot of families decide to make a picnic out of the event and take tupperwares with their own food and drinks.

The entree for this lovely event is €6. To buy tickets, you can visit their website.

Sala Montjuïc, (2016). Sala Montjuïc. [image] Available at: http://www.esencialblog.es/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/salamontjuic-1.jpg [Accessed 17 Jun. 2016].

 

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