NEWS FROM D&P YOUR DMC FOR SPAIN AND MORE…
Between approximately 21 June and 21 September, the temperatures rise and the long days are prefect for sightseeing. You are sure to have heard about Spain’s incredible beaches. It’s true: we have many hours of sunshine, some of the best beaches in the world and seaside towns complete with brightly coloured houses.
However, in this selection of what’s on offer we also want to inspire you with incredible inland destinations and let you know that summer is a time for fiestas, music festivals and unforgettable nights out. Here are some of Spain’s best summer options.
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.
The intense blue of the sea, the smell of salt, bustling fish markets and ports, local cuisine… Seaside life in its purest form. In northern Spain, the coastal towns of Baiona, Ribadesella, Llanes, San Vicente de la Barquera, Santoña and Laredo will delight you.
And Spain is full of charming coastal villages, such as Muxía and its cliffs, Cudillero and its amphitheatre of coloured houses, Bermeo and its visitor centre to find out more about the region’s exciting whaling history, Cadaqués and its museum dedicated to Dalí…
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.
Special evenings in cities
In summer, we all love to enjoy cool evenings outdoors in the city. Some unique events are organised: the Córdoba Guitar Festival, the Classical Theatre Festival in Mérida in a Roman theatre with 2,000 years of history behind it, evening guided tours to monuments such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the performances of the Veranos de la Villa summer festival in Madrid or the Grec in Barcelona, mystery tours around cities such as Toledo…or the Classical Theatre Festival in Almagro.
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.
Ideas for summer nights in Madrid:
Cocktails up high and nights at the races
There’s a Madrid saying which seems to make more sense on summer nights: “De Madrid al cielo” (from Madrid to heaven). It’s easy to understand why if you decide on cocktails at one of the city’s fashionable rooftop bars. Apart from the iconic ones at the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Cibeles Palace, several hotels and restaurants in the area of the Gran Vía and Calle Alcalá boast modern rooftop bars for enjoying a drink with incredible panoramic views of the city. Look up when you are in the area of las Letras as well, as here you can find some of the most popular rooftop bars frequented by locals and tourists hidden away.
The Hipódromo de la Zarzuela, a racetrack on the outskirts of the city, has plenty to do when the sun goes down. It has a large outdoor café and park area, a restaurant and a cocktail bar perfect for cooling down on a hot night. Additionally, on most Thursday nights in the summer there are the Noches del Hipódromo, featuring horse races and the chance to place your bets.
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
La Zambra, a new benchmark for luxury on the Costa del Sol from Juneve
Located between Malaga and Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol, in June the La Zambra hotel opens its doors under the brand The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The luxury project, owned by the European fund Intriva, is the rebirth of the iconic Byblos, hedonistic symbol in the 80s and 90s, and will be managed by the company Marugal, which has already opened reservations through the web.
Half an hour from Marbella, 20 minutes from Malaga airport and 13 from Fuengirola, La Zambra is located on a hill between two 18-hole golf courses in the urbanization Mijas Golf. The ideal destination for those seeking peace, tranquility, exclusivity and “relaxed luxury” in a magnificent setting.
La Zambra has 197 rooms of different categories, all with terrace and splendid views of the golf course or the mountains. Very bright, spacious rooms, decorated in soft colors and natural materials to create a relaxing atmosphere and Andalusian essence. All this harmonized with designer furniture and a contemporary interior design that emphasizes comfort, topped with equipment of the highest level.
The facilities of La Zambra include 3 swimming pools, 2 tennis courts and 1 paddle courts, a gym, a room for yoga and pilates, as well as a wellness center with water area and jacuzzi, sauna and hammam. It will also offer 10 treatment rooms.
As for the gastronomic and leisure offer, the hotel includes five spaces: Bamboleo, in homage to Julio iglesias, a place that transmits the essence of the golden 90s and that will have music and live performances several times a week; Palmito, with buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, which in the evening gives rise to a rotisserie and will also host private events; La Bartola, with a menu based on current Andalusian cuisine and seafood from the area; and Picador, a neo tavern in which to see and be seen. To crown the evening will be the Sarao nightclub, also available for private events.
Sublimotion returns to Ibiza to premiere its new show
The gastronomic performance created by chef Paco Roncero and creative director Eduardo Gonzáles returns to the island next June to offer a new experience (with novelties), after a winter season in Dubai at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira hotel. Sublimotion, which was born in 2014 within Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, a hotel in the Palladium Hotel Group portfolio, already had its first international foray in 2019, when it mounted its first pop-up in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), during the Riad Season. With this second experience outside the island of Ibiza, Sublimotion strengthens its international projection and will soon be able to reveal the opening of this format in new international destinations.
A menu adapted to more innovative formats such as the new “caleido-plato; the opportunity that the client will have to eat in the metaverse, and to be able to enjoy real haute cuisine within a virtual universe; and the collaboration with the Spanish artist Antonyo Marest, one of the world leaders of “urban art”, will be another novelty for this year. The Sublimotion team has worked with the artist to combine art, gastronomy, design, music and choreography, recreating one of the most surprising moments of this performance.
The Eslava Theatre is transformed to host events in Madrid
Located in the heart of Madrid, on the new Golden Mile (Arenal Street, one of the streets with the largest influx of public in the city). The space has been transformed by Philippe Starck (a French industrial designer recognized worldwide for the functionality and aesthetics of his designs), and responsible for giving a new skin to the Slavic Theater, and for impregnating every corner with his style: something surreal and timeless, with a mixture of authentic roots and sophistication. The Eslava Theater has three floors with a total capacity of: 300 pax in dinner format; ‘Floor 0’: 150 pax (table); ‘Floor 1’: 75 pax (tables + grandstand); ‘Floor 2’: 75 pax (tables + grandstand); 1,278 in cocktail format.
One of the attractions of the space is the experience with flamenco soul that offers for groups by the hand of Cristina Hoyos (one of the great names of flamenco and culture in this country) and Jose Carlos Plaza (reference of the stages with several national theater awards) a staging of contemporary flamenco.
Air Europa continues to resume its frequencies to Latin America
TAir Europa continues to progressively recover the capacity levels it had before the pandemic on its long-haul routes. As of next June, a daily flight to Lima and Havana, among other connections, will operate again.
There will also be 6 weekly frequencies to Miami, Asunción and Córdoba, 5 weekly flights to New York and Ecuador and 4 to Panama, Cancun, Medellín, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Montevideo.
Flights to these cities are operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, aircraft that combine maximum comfort with excellent environmental performance, reducing emissions and fuel consumption by 20%. In addition, these models feature Air Europa’s new Business Class. According to company sources, “it is gratifying to see the recovery of the market and to be able to offer daily flights again, and to do so under maximum safety and efficiency.”
ART: Madrid and more
From 24 May to 21 August, the Prado Museum hosts its first monographic exhibition dedicated to the Madrid painter and watercolourist Luis Paret y Alcazar with a selection of paintings and drawings.
Luis Paret y Alcazar (Madrid, 1746 – ibidem, 1799) was an artist with a French father and Spanish mother who studied at the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His style was unique in Spain as it was very close to the French Rococo, producing landscapes, interior scenes, portraits, mythologies, still lifes…
In 1774 he became the personal painter of the Infante Mr. Luis de Borbon, who the following year was reprimanded by King Charles III for his promiscuous intimate life and removed from the court. At the same time the monarch banished Paret and Alcazar to Puerto Rico. In 1778 he returned to the mainland before being exiled to Bilbao, where he lived until 1789, when he was able to return to the Spanish capital.
The Prado Museum is the institution that holds the largest collection of its paintings, and the gallery also has loans from other public and private entities, both national and foreign. It is also curated by Gudrun Maurer, curator of 18th century Spanish Painting and Goya at the Prado Museum, and is sponsored by the AXA Foundation.
When: until 21st August 2022
Where: Prado Museum, Madrid
For the first time in Spain, from 11 June to 11 September 2022, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will be presenting a retrospective on the American painter Alex Katz (born New York, 1927), one of the key figures in the history of 20th century American art and a forerunner of Pop Art who continues active today.
The exhibition will include around thirty large-format oil paintings, accompanied by various studies, offering a survey of the artist’s habitual themes: his individual, double and group portraits together with his distinctive flowers and sweeping landscapes painted with bright colours and flat backgrounds.
Curated by Guillermo Solana and Tomàs Llorens, the museum’s artistic director and emeritus artistic director, respectively, the exhibition has the support of the artist and his studio, both of which are closely following the implementation of this project.
When: until 11th September 2022
Where: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion…
Musical strolls around the Botanical Garden
For yet another year, the Royal Botanical Garden is organising Los paseos musicales del Botánico, a night-time classical music experience which, on this occasion, has been designed by the musician of Lebanese origin, Ara Malikian. From 19 May to 25 September, on Thursday to Sunday, this proposal designed for all audiences can be enjoyed, in which three metal, string and wood ensembles will respectively perform Spring, Summer and Autumn from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.
Music and nature are brought together on spring and summer evenings in an intimate stroll around the Royal Botanical Garden, with first-rate musicians who will give a concert inspired by the spring, summer and autumn seasons by Vivaldi. Spaces like The Rose Garden, the Plane Tree Square and the Chestnut Tree Square will be the natural stages that will host the performances by the three metal, string and wood ensembles.
The Lebanese musician, Ara Malikian, who is responsible for the artistic management, has been inspired by the centre’s colours, plants and trees to create a proposal in which classical music and nature go hand in hand to offer an experience that enables attendees to discover the special places in the Royal Botanical Garden, in small groups at specific times.
For the occasion, Spring, Summer and Autumn from The Four Seasons will be performed, which is one of the most representative works by the Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). Created as a group of four concerts for violin and orchestra, the pieces narrate the cycle and alteration of the seasons, each with their characteristics, covering the pure light and warmth of spring to the heat of summer and autumn colours.
When: Thursday to Sunday, until 25 September, 2022
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Madrid
Noches del Botánico
The Noches del Botánico Festival celebrates its sixth edition from 8 June to 31 July 2022 at the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Gardens located within Universidad Complutense de Madrid. A series of evening concerts at which national and international artists will perform their latest music and greatest hits in a truly unique setting. Jessie J, Patti Smith, LP, Crowded House, Carlinhos Brown, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Cat Power, and Pat Metheny are some of the artists taking part in this year’s edition of the festival.
Between the months of June and July, the Botanical Gardens provide the backdrop for a multi-faceted festival that showcases the cross-over of generations and styles (jazz, latin, flamenco, rock and pop), a true celebration of eclecticism at this unmissable event of the summer season.
And it’s not just about the music. Here you can connect with nature in a unique setting in the city as you enjoy concerts by your favourite artists, turning this into a truly unforgettable experience starting at 7pm every evening in the Botanical Gardens of Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
In 2021, the fifth edition of this festival proved to be a huge success with 44 concerts. This new edition will also feature many artists, including Jessie J, one of the biggest names in British pop; New Yorker Patti Smith, a bona fide music legend and one of the first people to introduce openly poetic language into the world of rock; American singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi, better known as LP, who had a hit with her track Lost on You; and the Australian alternative rock band Crowded House who brought us tracks such as Don’t Dream It’s Over, Weather With You and You Better Be Home Soon.
American guitarist Pat Metheny, winner of 20 Grammy Awards and one of the biggest names in jazz in recent decades, will offer a live performance entitled Side Eye. The alternative rock band Wilco, American singer-songwriter Cat Power, Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, the ambassador of Brazilian culture and music Carlinhos Brown, and the contemporary jazz legend Herbie Hancock, who has been performing for almost six decades, will also feature on the line-up.
As for the national music scene, you can see performances by Fangoria; the group Nancys Rubias fronted by Mario Vaquerizo; Madrid-based rock bands Burning and Los Enemigos; and the musician Pablo Alborán. Representatives of the flamenco genre include the siblings Estrella Morente and Kiki Morente; the Spanish flamenco singer Miguel Poveda, the artist India Martinez with her flamenco-pop fusion; artists Israel Fernández and Diego del Morao performing together, and Israel Suárez “El Piraña”, one of the world’s greatest cajon players, who will present his project Lágrimas De Mujer.
An extensive line-up that includes even more great artists such as Tom Jones, Carlos Vives, Juanes, Steve Vai, Yann Tiersen, Hania Rani, Nick Mason, Zucchero, Belle and Sebastian, Beth Orton, Agnes Obel, John Grant, George Thorowood & The Destroyers, Cory Wong, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Cimafunk, Imelda May, Little Dragon, Youssou N’Dour, Cymande, Asaf Avidan, Oscar D’León and Eva Ayllón, among many others.
When: from 8th June until 31st July, 2022
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 2023 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 74th 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 2022
Where: Feria de Madrid
SPORTS OF THE SEASONS !!!
Chess Candidates Tournament
Madrid has been chosen to host the Chess Candidates Tournament to be held at The Palace of Santoña (Cámara de Comercio) from 16 June to 7 July. A total of eight players will play a double-round league tournament, and the winner will face off against the Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen in February 2023.
This competition is a double-round league between eight top-level players. At the moment six players have qualified for the 2022 edition: the American Fabiano Caruana and the Russian Sergey Karjakin (runners-up in 2018 and 2016, respectively); the Polish player Jan-Krzysztof Duda, winner of the World Cup; the French International Chess Grand Master Alireza Firouzja; the Russian Ian Nepomiachtchi, the current runner up; and the Azerbaijani Teimour Radjabov, at the direct invitation of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Ian Nepomiachtchi and Teimour Radjabov will be coming from the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix, to be held from February to April 2022.
The remaining two places in the tournament will be for the top two qualifiers from the Grand Prix, three tournaments planned in Berlin (two in February and March) and one in Belgrade in March.
The International Chess Federation has chosen Madrid to host the tournament because chess, as it is played today, was born in Spain at the end of the 15th century, and since 1988 Spain has held more international tournaments every year than any other country. In addition, Madrid has been named World Capital of Sport 2022 and is at the forefront of the educational, social, and therapeutic applications of mental sport.
When: From 16 June to 7 July, 2022
Where: The Palace of Santoña (Cámara de Comercio), Madrid
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, 2022, Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Gran Canaria (Canary Islands)
Cycling: Tour of Spain
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 19th August to 11th September, 2022
D&P is at your disposal to offer you an attractive program together with your attendance at the events and activities mentioned for your guests and team, just inform us of your objectives and needs, we will design a proposal that matches your expectations and budgets.