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Puerto del Rosario: What to see

The Canary Islands are very attractive for tourists and the reasons are very simple: the beauty of the landscape of these islands, their mild climate and their great offer of fun.

Looking at the Canarian archipelago, it is seen that the Island of Fuerteventura is just past the island of Lanzarote which is separated by the Channel Bocayna. The African continent is very close and you can feel also almost the Saharan climate as it closely resembles the Morocco’s temperatures here. Puerto del Rosario is the capital of Fuerteventura and lies on the east coast.

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Puerto del Rosario is not a very big city, but its port is connected very well with the other Canary islands with the Spanish or African coast. Even the internal connections with other towns on the island are well organized. This city is less touristy than the rest of the island but certainly not less attractive; indeed, one can say that for this reason it is more authentic and original.

The attractions that characterizes spectacularly Puerto del Rosario is the Parque Escultoreo: it is made by numerous pretty special statues, all by the artist Juan Bordes, scattered in various parts of the city.

The beautiful white houses, typical of the Canary Islands, they become even more attractive in the port area. In the heart of the city, in Calle Virgen del Rosario, you can visit the Casa-Museo Miguel de Unamuno, where the famous Spanish writer and philosopher stayed during his exile. Opposite the Casa-Museo Miguel de Unamuno is the Church of the Patron Saint of the island, Nuestra Señora del Rosario; the construction of the church dates back to 1828.

Near the port there is the beach town of Playa Chica, a beautiful white sand, much loved by the people, given its proximity to the city center; along the promenade you get to Playa Blanca, a modern beach more than 1 km long, well-equipped with hotels, bars and restaurants. The other beaches are developed mainly to the east of the city.

Fuerteventura for his position is always exposed to the winds. This outstanding feature makes it the preferred destination for all surfers. All Puerto del Rosario area is perfect for sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. There are also courses for beginners. Even fans of diving and underwater fishing will find a wonderful sea where to give vent to their passion.

There are various occasions during the year of celebration, but the party as fun and is certainly one that takes place during the carnival. There are parades of floats with prizes and, above all, the parade at the decorated sea rafts called “Los Achipencos”.

Another feature worth seeing is without any doubt the Ecomuseum de Alcogida. It’s walking distance from Puerto del Rosario, heading inland; is a true “living” museum consists of 7 lodgings where are played all the typical activities of peasants and artisans of the past of Fuerteventura. There are also some workshops for children (for their admission is free).

Another excursion is to do absolutely the Montana de Tindaya, considered a sacred mountain. It is located to the north of Puerte the Rosary and there are still traces of the first inhabitants of Fuerteventura, the people of Majos; all around the mountain there are some rich lagoons of various species of birds.

The city of Rosario Puerte is not only interesting, but it can certainly become a starting point for discovering the beauty of Fuerteventura (click here to book a ferry).

Spain’s typical dishes

Who says Spain means good food, appreciated all over the world. In fact, how to resist the famous paella? Or how not to drink the queen of summer parties, namely sangria?

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The list of Spanish cuisine is very long: potato tortilla, grilled octopus, chorizo, gazpacho, paella of course, not forgetting the tapas (it is not a dish but many tastings of various specialties that many bars serve as an accompaniment to appetizers, or in wine tasting). Then there are also the typical products such as Jamon Serrano (mountain ham) or Pata Negra, the most expensive ham in the world.

The typical Spanish cuisine is made of many incredible dishes, but some are less known (but no less good!). From North to South, the various specialties reflect the regions of origin even though many have been influenced by the culinary culture of the peoples who have occupied Spain in the past.

All coastal areas of the Mediterranean or the Atlantic side prefer the dishes of fish or seafood, of course. On the other hand, in the inland areas is more often proposed meat- based dishes. In all cases, however, all the vegetables and typical Mediterranean vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, are part of most recipes throughout the Spanish territory.

When you come to Spain, to Madrid by plane or by ferry to Barcelona or Alicante, you already know that some dishes such as gazpacho or paella are part of traditional Spanish dishes and you will expect to try them as soon as you can. But if you take the time to know a little better the territory, you’ll get the opportunity to discover many other local specialties that will make you appreciate even more the traditional Spanish cuisine.

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For example, it is thought that the cod is cooked mainly in neighbouring Portugal, but in Spain there are some very tasty recipes that showcase  a very particular taste for this dried or salted fish.

The COSTA BRAVA COD is such a rich dish that constitutes a full meal, not only for the inhabitants of the region of origin. This consists of pan-fried cod fillets to which are added boiled potatoes and cooked in a fish broth with the addition of tomatoes.

The SPANISH COD is just as rich and tasty: the fish is first boiled then plunges into a sauce made with broth and white wine, and it will be added anchovies, mushrooms and shrimp and finish with the addition of whipped egg yolks and parsley.

Even the recipe of the Barcelona-style LAMB  is quite complex, actually a soup with mutton stew cooked in broth and  lamb breast; the stew is passed into the eggs, garlic and onion and then in flour and fried, then to put it back in the pot with tomato sauce.

The BASQUE KID  is cooked in such a simpler way but just as tasty: you brown the pieces of meat with a lot of onions, salt and pepper, then add hot water and, after 40 minutes, the rice and let cook all for another 15 minutes.

COSTA BRAVA ARTICHOKES  are first emptied, then filled with minced meat flavoured with onion and herbs, and it will be cooked in the oven, after being placed upon a base of chopped tomatoes.

The most famous Spanish sweet pudding is without a doubt the Catalan cream. There are still many others, but one of the most popular throughout Spain are the pancakes or Buñuelos. These pancakes may include other ingredients such as for example the fruit, and are based on eggs, sugar and flour with the addition of milk or liquor, to form a batter to be fried. Some recipes replace the sweets with other savory ingredients like mushrooms or spinach and the Bunuelos thus become a starter or side dish.

The sangria is undoubtedly the most popular Spanish drink and certainly welcomed in many festivals around the world. But since everyone already know about it we want to talk instead of a Spanish cocktails less known but very good. This is the CAP FINISTERRE. Try it right away! We do not know the exact origin of the name but legends say that the cocktail was invented by one of the captains rounding on his boat Cape Finisterre in the north-west Spain. The barmen put three ice cubes in a shaker with two glasses of ginger then they add lemon juice, one tablespoon of honey and a small glass of Calvados, then whisk vigorously.

There is a great variety of Spanish wines, but one in particular has crossed the boundaries of the region of origin to be appreciated all over the world; it is the MALAGA. This fortified, sweet wine is born in Andalusia and is amazing particularly after lunch with desserts, puddings or cookies.

The recipes here are certainly less widely reported than those that we usually see when researching about Spanish recipes but very worthy. Try them all once you arrive in Spain, and look for the local places to taste them. Enjoy your meal!

Facts you might not know about Spain

Every year many tourists come to Spain, both by car and plane or by ferry. Then many young people choose to study in Spain, and in recent years, many also decide to stay there to work. The lifestyle is pleasant and relaxed, the food is great and the Spanish are very welcoming. But do we know well Spain? An entire country’s rich culture and historical heritage can’t be certainly described in a few lines. This interesting and lively nation give us many to reveal and we will try to discover in this article some facts and characteristics which distinguish Spain from the other European countries.

– When we speak of the Balearic you think immediately of sun, sea and  beach. But do you know that in Mallorca there is also a mountain where may even snow in winter? We are talking of the Sierra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain range is spread over 100 km, parallel to the coast, and the highest peak, Puig Major, reaches 1445 meters.

– The PAELLA is one of the most popular dishes of Spanish cuisine, indeed, and it is certainly the best known. But speak only of a generic kind of paella in Spain is wrong because there are so many different types and recipes which varies from region to region. There is for example the paella Valenciana, the Catalan paella, in the coastal areas you will taste the paella marisco, etc … The most known throughout the world is the mixed paella, with chicken, vegetables and fish (of course the main ingredient is rice), but there is also the paella with beans, the paella made only with fish and seafood, with or without vegetables. In short, with many variations, however, you got the same result: paellas are all delicious!

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– Almost everyone has heard of the WAY OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. It might think it is a pilgrimage like so many others, but this is not so, you don’t go on the “Camino” just out of faith and religion, but it means a lot more for the modern travellers. The time taken for the entire route can vary from person to person, but still it is not cheap. Just think, if we start from the Pyrenees and you end the journey in Finisterre, after Santiago, you need to walk more than 700 kilometers on foot! But what makes this experience unique is that it allows you to cross very beautiful areas that offer unforgettable sensations, even though the physical effort is great. You will make new friends on the way, but you can also stay in perfect solitude, and the journey becomes an experience of deep knowledge of both others and themselves. What matters in the end it is that the Camino de Santiago will give you much, much more than you might imagine.

– The CANALEJAS PARK is located in Alicante, in the south-eastern part of Spain, and it is a green park, with trees, plants, flowers, fountains and sculptures, like so many other green areas suitable for walking and relaxation. What makes it unique and a must visit is the map of Spain, which, instead of being simply printed on a board, is engraved in stone.

– One of the most ancient Spanish tradition is to eat 12 grapes during the NEW YEAR night. In almost all Spanish cities, but also in smaller countries, people pour into the streets to celebrate the arrival of the new year. When midnight comes, for each chime of the bell you must eat a grape, and therefore 12 in all. Tradition has it that it is a good omen for the new year.

– The beautiful and interesting museums to visit in Spain are numerous and you’ll be spoiled for choice. In Malaga, for example, there is also a museum dedicated entirely to FLAMENCO: This is the Museum Pena Juan Breva that bears the name of one of the greatest flamenco singers. You can understand the importance of flamenco in the life of the Spaniards, simply by visiting this museum: photographs, paintings, costumes, ancient guitars and then again discs, films and books, to state thate flamenco is a real art.

– At the end of the ’60s, the hippie movement was important and decisive for all that meant in terms of freedom and way of life. Even the fashion of that era was particularly lively and cheerful. Still it is revived continuously by stylists. In Spain, and more precisely in the Balearics, the hippies found everything they were looking for; so they settled in each of the four islands and the result is that even today the hippies Markets Balearics are an attraction for tourists.

Barcelona is surely the most beloved Spanish city by tourists, especially by young people. It can be easily reached also by ferry and offers everything that can be of interest and pleasure, from the architecture of Gaudi to the museums, not to mention all the possible fun coming from the nightlife. Instead, have a walk and reach the RAMBLAS: they are very crowded streets both during the day and at night, with lots of attractions, artists and street food. The most popular Ramblas are Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis and de Mar.

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– The CHIRINGUITO is not, as it may seem from the name, a Spanish dish, but it is rather a resting spot on Spanish beaches. It can be a simple bamboo hut with rough tables or, conversely, the restaurant with various luxurious facilities and equipment. In any case, it’s good to drink a cold cerveza  or eat good well grilled fish, without having to move from the beach!

– Spain is quite advanced as regards to the NATURISM. In fact, in almost all its beaches there is an area reserved for naturists, or even you can find entire resorts, campsites or beach resorts dedicated to what is considered simply a way of living in harmony with nature.

Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Catalan autonomous province of the Balearic Islands. The Island of Mallorca is the largest of the four main islands that create the Balearic archipelago. You can get very comfortably in Palma by ferry, departing from Barcelona.

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Palma has long been a favourite destination of tourists who find in this beautiful city all that makes you happy when you go on holiday: the breathtaking scenery, fabulous beaches, interesting monuments to visit, entertainment and discos. Then do not forget the many sporting activities, great food, appetizers on the beach. Last but not least, the climate is Mediterranean and thus mild throughout the year.

We van start exploring the landscape: the Bay of Palma is absolutely gorgeous with its rocky coastline and its white sandy beaches; but not very far to the north, there is also the mountain ranges of SIERRA TRAMUNTANA and Cap Formentor. Sierra de Tramuntana is a World Heritage Site of Unesco, too.

The beaches of Palma are numerous and each boasts  its own characteristics. The resorts can easily satisfy the needs of both young people who are looking for fun and families with children. It is true that also those who appreciate tranquillity and relaxation will find their spot here in Palma.

Nearby the El Arenal beach we can find the fun of AQUALAND park, suitable for young and old, offering swimming pools, restaurants and fast food; going a little further you will get to the WESTERN PARK.

Without taking much  out of your plans for relaxation and fun, the holiday can be just for a few hours redirect  also to history and culture. It is, for example, fab to take a ride in the pine forests that dominate the Bay of Palma and visit BELLVER CASTLE connected to the Tower of Homenaje by a bridge. The castle was  the residence of the king in 1300, but later became a prison where even prominent people were imprisoned. From the castle you have a spectacular view across the bay. You get there by car or by panoramic bus; if you visit the castle on a Sunday, then, admission is free.

The CATHEDRAL SANTA MARIA instead faces the promenade of Palma and the evening showcases a fantastic view with spotlights that illuminate much of its Gothic facade. It was built by the architect Joan Rubio; the construction began in the thirteenth century on top of what used to be an ancient mosque. The altar is a work of Gaudi. The cathedral has three doors, but the most beautiful is that of the Apostles or Portal de Mirador, overlooking the sea.

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ARAB BATHS reveals evidences of Arab rule in Palma; they are interesting Baths located both in Palma and on the coast, after Can Pastilla. They were built in the eleventh century.
PALAZZO DE L’ALMUDAINA offers a brilliant Gothic style and was built over an Arab fortress; it is the summer residence of the Royal family. Inside there are some beautiful Flemish tapestries datin back from the XVIIth century.

The nightlife in Palma, as well as in the Balearic Islands, is quite animated and lively; all young people( but also older people) can have fun here all night, dancing and listening to music of all kinds. The DISCO and nightlife are pretty numerous, both in town and on the coast: La Pacha nightclub, the nightclub BCM, Abacanto, Tito’s, Don Gatos, Zarabanda, Bolero, etc … In Palma you will go to very late night clubs every single night. There is therefore all the time in the vening to taste the typical Spanish dishes in the many restaurants of Palma. Fresh fish cooked in various ways, but especially on the grill, is such a preponderant dish in all menus, but, given the massive presence of young people, there is also a wide range of cheap menu available.

There are staged throughout the year various events and festivities which enable travellers to also learn about local traditions. Then you can have fun with many concerts of international artists, especially in summer – they played very happily in Palma.

For a pleasant holiday one could simply go to the beach, eat well, visit some monuments and then party all night at the disco. But to make the holiday not only a pleasant experience but an absolutely perfect one, you can do much more and Palma offers many other possibilities for alternative activities.
For example there are the beautiful golf courses: even beginners will appreciate the CANYAMEL court with the spectacular green offering also shops and restaurants; Here it is not unusual to see famous international jet set VIPs.

In Costix there is PLANETARIUM which is one of the largest golf resort in Europe and where, sitting comfortably on special chairs, you can observe the sport celebrities.

In Palma there are several markets, but the more interesting is without any doubt the FLEA MARKET taking place on Saturday mornings.

Then there are time to do all sort of sports; there is a great range of diving courses and sailing. You can go on trips by boat or riding by bikes; In this regard there are many paths, both for cycling and trekking.
A very interesting excursion could be the one to the caves: The COVES de Campaneta are caves with small underground lakes. There are also available to visit the Dragon’s Cave, the Cave of Arta, the Cave of Hams and the Cave of Genoa.

We did a little tour to check out all that a tourist can find in Palma de Mallorca; now you need just  to book your ticket to go by ferry and you are ready to embark for a memorable holiday!

Valencia, the third city in Spain

Valencia is a medium-sized Spanish city which is attracting every year a more young tourist flow, which are open to new experiences, as well as travel enthusiast away from mass tourism. In fact, in the city, many are  the things to do and see.

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We see in this mini-guide of Valencia which are the thing to do and see and what you can not miss during a trip to this wonderful and exciting city in Spain. We begin, however, from analysing the climatic situation of Valencia and the time of year most likely to lead a trip without a hitch and surprises.

What is the best time of year to visit Valencia?

Valencia is characterized by a mild and pleasant climate throughout the year: a big plus for the city, which is attracting more and more massive flow of tourists thanks to the fact that every month of the year is perfect to visit the city’s most famous and evocative attractions. Given that, however, it should be specified that spring and summer are certainly times when Valencia gives the best.

For those who can not stand high temperatures and the heat of summer, are highly recommend the months from March onwards, until the beginning of the summer season. For those who love the sea and aims to spend a relaxing holiday by the beach, taking a tan and sipping cool drinks, however, the best time is the summer months, when temperatures are high and the sun is always present.

Valencia is nice to visit during the periods in which the city will organize events, fairs and festivals, as well as during the celebrations of Semana Santa. Just the Holy Week aka Easter time is one of the most loved by tourists because the celebrations and rituals that characterize it are centuries old and retain a timeless charm.

Do not miss during Semana Santa is without a doubt the procession with floats that refer to the Passion of Christ, reinterpreting it in an ever new and original. The floats are followed by penitents dressed in a very special frock, with a hood and cloak. The procession marches through all of the most charming districts of Valencia, in particular in those most ancient and evocative as the Cabanyal and Grau.

The second most important religious celebration in Valencia is the festival of the Crosses of May. In this festival the people of Valencia pay tribute to Our Lady of the Forsaken with processions of floats and decorations made with huge crosses and colourful flowers. The second Sunday of the month, then, is the time when the image of the Virgin is carried in procession: the city is transformed into a carpet of flowers and fragrant petals.

For the young and adventurous there is another opportunity to have fun witnessing a ritual that repeats the same for centuries: the Tomatina. If you do not know, it is a “battle” that has symbolic as only weapons tomatoes. Every year during the Tomatina if they use more than 140 tons. La Tomatina is held in a small town near Valencia, Buñol.

What to see and do in Valencia

If you are planning a trip to Valencia here is some advice on what to see and do in the city. There are, in fact, tourist attractions and monuments that you can not really  miss in Valencia. What are they? Let’s find out in this concise and reliable guide to the city.

Valencia is composed of several districts, and in particular the old town, major tourist area, consists of 3 districts, the Barrio del Carmen, the Centro Historico (North and  South). The rest of the city expands towards the sea, with the outlying suburbs: Eixample, Russafa, the City of Arts and Sciences, the port and the Albufera Nature Reserve.

Begin your exploration of Valencia from the three portals of access to the beautiful Cathedral: the Puerta del Los Hierros, in Baroque style, the Puerta del Palau, in the Romanesque style, and the Puerta de los Apostoles, in the Gothic style.

The Cathedral of Valencia (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009) is an immeasurable charm from the building has been built in the thirteenth century in a very suggestive location. This place is considered sacred since ancient times and has previously hosted a Muslim mosque and a Roman temple.

Just near the Cathedral, about 200 meters from the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, dating from the seventeenth century. The church is located on the beautiful Plaza de la Virgen, a religious symbol of Valencia because it is linked to the celebrations of the “Fallas“.

They are interesting to see even La Lonja de la Seda of Valencia, that is, the old Silk Market (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996), and the neighbouring Central Market of Valencia, where you can also take advantage to do some shopping of  typical products.

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Along the river you cannot give up a relaxing stroll in the Gardens of Turia, a true haven of tranquillity, greenery and peace in the heart.

As for the nightlife and you have to go out in the evening in Calle de los Caballeros (try the aperitif Agua de Valencia) or in the Barrio del Carmen, in the heart of the historic centre. Many newly built premises are, then, in the Ciudad Universitaria or along the beaches, especially in the summer.

How to reach Valencia? By ferry very interesting routes and ferry are here at http://www.ok-ferry.com/en/ports/ferries-valencia.aspx

The most beautiful locations in Spain

Spain’s history and culture is amazingly rich and interesting. From ancient monuments left by the Romans and the Moors, medieval castles and the white villages of Andalusia inland, to the vibrant city of Barcelona and Madrid, there is a great mixture of cultural attractions in Spain. The landscape is equally diverse. The evergreen estuaries of Galicia could not be more different from the deserts of Almeria or from the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And then there are the countless sparkling beaches that dot the Spanish coastline. Although busy in the summer, you can also find some secluded beaches. In short, Spain is the place for all kinds of tourists: those who want to, of course, sip sangria in a dream beach, for those who want to enjoy the Spanish culture full of flamenco and bullfighting, those seeking to discover the history of Spain through its many historical and artistic treasures. For all so much fun, so much scenery which is always different.

Spain has much to offer: breathtaking landscapes, art, architecture and culture. A holiday in this land has some milestones not to be missed. Here are the most beautiful places in Spain.

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Granada
This wonderful city is an amazing place to visit. It is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain in Spain, and it is an excellent place for winter sports, but also in  summer for its nearby beaches. In Granada many and various events are also organized .

Barcelona

Located just north of the Spanish coast, Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan and lively city of Spain. Despite the fact that the city boasts many breathtaking monuments of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance periods, the Modernist building is no doubt the feature that best describes Barcelona, ​​particularly in the works of Antoni Gaudi. La Rambla, the colourful restaurants, the large trees and the Gothic Quarter with its Gothic buildings, the Roman ruins and several bars and restaurants, are locations certainly worth a visit.

To reach Barcelona besides the flights and buses, it is worthy to check a trip by ferry. Excellent low fares are to be find here: www.ok-ferry.com/en/barcelona-ferries.aspx

Pamplona

This medieval town in northern Spain has many fascinating attractions. For example, the Gothic house of prayer has been considered as one of the most important religious structures in all of Spain. In the beautiful mountain ranges around the city there are several places to visit.

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Malaga

In the same way that you might expect from the capital of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), Malaga also has amazing beaches and an incredible climate. This vibrant city has much more to offer than ocean, sand, and light. You will come across it in many incredible monuments including the royal residence of the lords, the Alcazaba, the most representative building of Malaga from the Moorish period. The city boasts buildings from the wonderful designs, and an energizing nightlife. After dinner, you can indulge in theatres, clubs and traditional bar.

Costa Brava

It is characterized by its shores, and its landscape that resembles a paradise blue, with excellent tourist accommodation and beautiful beaches.

Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar is about 200 million years old and has 143 caves, over 30 kilometres road and several miles of galleries. The city of Gibraltar features many valuable historical periods, too: in the twelfth century a Moorish city,  in the fifteenth century Spaniard domination and in the eighteenth century it became a British province. Gibraltar has a rich nightlife with many discos and nightclubs.

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Benidorm

It is one of the main tourist resorts in Europe partly because of its large coastline which is divided between the Platja de Ponent, located to the west and Platja de Llevant which lies to the east. Many are located near Benidorm theme parks. Benidorm is also one of the most moden cities in Spain but there are plenty of historical places as Tossal de la Cala, a former Iberian town, such as El Mirador de la Punta del Canfali, a lookout perched on a small hill Platja de Ponient and Playa de Llevant and the Church of St. James and St. Anne, built between 1740 and 1780.

Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city of Spain. Valencia offers many sunny beaches that are a short drive from the city. It’ s just as prestigious for its orange groves as it is for its vibrant nightlife. The roundup of the pubs and many holiday destinations in Valencia are endless; there is plenty of fun and outdoor activities: golf, cycling and tennis. Do not miss the Science Park which highlights three different multimedia shows: Planetarium, Imax and Omniscan. And then the Palace of Arts, a concentration of art with music, dance, theatre.

San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a beautiful city, which boasts extraordinary beaches cha attract many tourists every year. Playa de la Concha is the largest beach in San Sebastian, is sunny and it is the best beach for swimming. When you are tanned enough you can direct us to the Old Town (Parte Vieja), dotted with excellent seafood restaurants and tapas bars. After dinner you can go to one of the many stylish bars and clubs.

 

Summer in Barcelona

 

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A clever mix of Mediterranean and Nordic charm is waiting for you in Barcelona. A holiday in this city is always a happy holiday because it combines everything that the most fascinating among the cities in the Mediterranean  can offer: a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, excellent food  with the cultural influence and the design of almost all the cities of the north.
The weather is wet and not as hot as in other Spanish cities. Between late July and early September you can enjoy this city peacefully and quietly, without any traffic or chaos.

The real pleasure of Barcelona is the wandering without a well-defined aim: it is needless to plan a trip in advance and in detail! Better to be guided by the spur of the moment: a last-minute concert , the Museum of Picasso or the MACBA.
Let’s see what it is on offer in this fascinating city.

Montserrat

The famous cradle of the independent spirit of Catalonia, this revered monastery is located atop a mountain with the same name. A famous choir sings around one o’clock every day, and although the monastery itself is not one of the most attractive of Spain, around it you can enjoy amazing walks. Reached by cable car (from the station to Montserrat – Aeri) or by train (from Monistrol de Montserrat station) . For further infos, see www.abadiamontserrat.cat

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Sitges

Just take a train and in 40 minutes you are by the coast from the Estacio de Franca in Barcelona.  Sitges is known as a party city of Catalonia and certainly sees hordes of tourists in the summer, but despite this fact it still manages to preserve its beautiful appearence. Its many beaches (some of them naturist ones) are very clean. Or you can get off the train a stop earlier in Garraf, a charming and peaceful bay lined with striped booths. A picnic is generally the best way to spend a day here, although there other alternatives to eat out.

Festivals and events

Calendar of festivals and events in 2014

Holy Week
April 13 to 21
Easter is not celebrated in Catalonia with the same pomp as in the south of Spain, but there are a number of interesting Good Friday processions. The previous Sunday (Palm Sunday, or Diumenge de rams), is the day when most of the Catalans join in, holding palm branches, and go to the cathedral, to bless them as a sign of protection.

Primavera Sound Festival
May 29 to 31
Catching up very fast with the popularity of its “sister” festival, Sonar, the Primavera Sound is the celebration of pop, rock and – most importantly –  indie. This five-day event, held at the Forum area north of the city, will include Arcade Fire, The National, Pixies, St Vincent, Disclosure, Caetano Veloso and a large selection of other bands of the past and the present in 2014.
Prices: one-day ticket are on sale at € 80 until May 6 , full passes to € 195 .
Contact: primaverasound.es

The egg dance
mid-June
“L’ Ou com Balla” is one of the most fascinating annual events in Barcelona, ​​and it is held for a few days close the Corpus Christi date (June 19, 2014 ). Several courtyards and cloisters of the church of some buildings particularly valuable to see and they are open to the public for the occasion. Everything is garlanded with flowers.
Contact: bcn.cat

Sónar Festival
June 12 to 14
The legendary International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art is held for three days over two main sites: the fair at Plaça Espanya in Barcelona and a number of spaces, out in L’ Hospitalet quarter, on the outskirts of the city. The festival in 2014 features Massive Attack, Skrillex, Four Tet, Caribou, Richie Hawtin and Bonobo, along with a number of small bands and DJs less known on the electronic scene.
Contact: sonar.es

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Sant Joan
June 23 to 24
The feast of St. John is the big party night of the year, when huge bonfires in the streets and on the beach take place, and when the fireworks fill the sky at night until dawn. 24 June is a public holiday and, generally, it is the quietest day of the year.

The Diada
September 11
The National Day of Catalonia provides marches, demos and free concerts in the streets. Plaça Catalunya and Via Laietana are often scenes of scuffles with the police.

Barcelona is beautiful by day and by night. Its nightlife makes it the perfect city for those who are not in couple, such as groups of friends who like to have fun, or for those who want to listen to good music, or for those who loves discos or either for those who want to enjoy a drink while listening to music jazz. In short, nothing is missing in this wonderful city. You can spend the night in Barcelona in one of the many bars.

Dry Martini

A beautifully stylish cocktail bar that is located in Barcelona with wood paneling, leather sofas and bartenders in white uniforms with nautical finishes.
Address: Carrer Aribau 162-166, Eixample .
Contact : 00 34 93 217 50 72
Opening Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 Mon.-Thu.; 1:00 to 3:00 Fri.; 18:30 to 03:00 Sat.; 18:30 to 2:30

Harlem Jazz Club

One of the favourites bar when it comes to nightlife, Harlem offers a wide range of musicians and genres.

Address: Carrer de Sobradiel Comtessa 8 , Barri Gotic .
Contact : 00 34 93 310 07 55 ; harlemjazzclub.es
Opening Hours: (July-September) from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 Tue. to Thu. , 8:00 to 5:00 a.m. Fri., Sat. (October to June) from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 Tue. through Thu., Sun.; 20:00 to 05:00 Fri., Sat.
Admission: € 6 (including a drink) Tue. -Thu., Sun. € 6 to Fri., Sat.

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Marula Café

The Marula specialty is soul, funk and latin, with live music in the evening and then with some of the best DJs in the city playing until the wee hours of the morning .

Address: 49 Carrer Escudellers, Barrio Gothic .
Contact : 00 34 93 318 76 90; marulacafe.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 p.m. to 05:00 Mon.-Thu., Sun.; 10:00 to 06:00 Fri.; Sat. 10:00 to 06:00.

City Hall

A relaxed nightclub where the music varies depending on the night#; it could be techno, minimal or more (see the website for the programs of the evening) .

Address: Rambla de Catalunya 2-4 , Eixample .
Contact : 00 34 93 233 33 33; cityhallbarcelona.com
Opening hours : Midnight – 06:00 every day.

Along the main shopping streets of Barcelona you can read many well-known names: Benetton, Diesel, Accessorize, Miss Sixty and so on, together with the Spanish chains such as Zara, Mango and more. Being a quite compact city, shopping in Barcelona is simpler than buy the goods online. Walking the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia you can all the main fashion-chains. For small boutiques you have to take the side streets.

Its patchwork of architectural styles shows dark Gothic facades next to harlequin, colourfoul buildings and also astonishing modern architectural creations by  Jean Nouvel, Herzog and de Meuron. A day can be well spent admiring these buildings, while shopping and ending up dining either in any one of the Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or in one of the tasty family-run small restaurants.