NEWS FROM D&P YOUR DMC FOR SPAIN AND MORE…
If you have chosen the winter to travel to Spain, we want to give you some ideas to inspire you and make you live unforgettable experiences. Winter, which officially starts around 22 December and ends around 21 March, is a great time to travel to Spain for many reasons. For one thing, you can enjoy everything you love about winter, but it’s usually sunny, with milder temperatures than most of Europe and not much rain. In many places cold weather means snow and winter sports, and everywhere there are traditional seasonal dishes to warm you up. Spain has famous resorts such as Baqueira Beret, Formigal (in the Pyrenees) or Sierra Nevada, which is the southernmost part of Europe and just over an hour’s drive from the beach.
And if you would really rather skip winter and go straight to spring, you can visit the Canary Islands to enjoy a perpetual gentle 24 degrees centigrade and spend some pleasant days on the beach.
This season is also full of traditions you will love, from the fun of Carnival to Christmas or Easter, which is often celebrated in late winter or early spring. We are going to tell you about some of the travel plans that make Spain a fantastic winter destination !!!
Highlights of the season in Spain
Urban Tourism in large cities
The calendars for large cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Seville and Malaga are packed during these months. Escape to one or more of them this winter and as well as sightseeing, you’ll find infinite possibilities for entertainment, such as a musical at the theatres on Madrid’s Gran Vía, a Barça football match in Barcelona, the latest exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, an opera at the Palau des Arts in Valencia, a flamenco show at a “tablao” in Seville or Madrid, or rediscover the works of Picasso in his birthplace of Malaga with temporary exhibitions at the Picasso Museum. All these cities have international airports and most of them have high-speed train connections.
A sweet Christmas in Spain
From the end of November, you can already feel the Christmas atmosphere in Spain. The streets are adorned with lots of lights and decorated Christmas trees, and the squares in many cities are full of markets selling all types of traditional foods and crafts, fairs and ice-skating rinks. If you decide to spend Christmas here, you can have some truly Spanish experiences: seeing enormous nativity scenes, running the famous San Silvestre Vallecana race, eating 12 grapes during the 12 strokes of midnight on 31 December to see out the year (we call New Year’s Eve “Nochevieja”, or Old Night), receiving gifts from the Three Kings on 6 January…and why do we call it “sweet Christmas”? Because sweet treats, such as “turrón”, “polvorones” and marzipan, are an essential part of the festivities.
Fly to the Canary Islands, an average of 22°C in winter
These islands off the south-eastern cost of the Iberian Peninsula (less than three hours by plane from Madrid) boast what many describe as one of the best climates in the world. The average temperature is around 22 degrees centigrade, so even in winter most people wear summer clothes. Thanks to the mild climate, winter is as good a time as any to explore the landscapes of their four National Parks or to have special experiences like seeing out the year with a swim and sunbathing on 31 December on one of their beautiful beaches.
Enjoy two of the most traditional fiestas
These traditional events are as old as they are fascinating. In February, the whole country celebrates Carnival. This is a time for fancy dress costumes and partying in the streets. The most popular Carnivals are in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands), Cádiz (in Andalusia), Águilas (in the Murcia region) and Xinzo de Limia (in Ourense, Galicia). After Carnival, in late March or April, Holy Week, is one of the most traditional and deeply felt events on Spain’s calendar, filling the streets with passion, religious processions and the sound of drums. The Easter traditions in Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla y Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Cantabria, the Community of Valencia and the Region of Murcia are especially well-known.
INDUSTRY FLASH NEWS
Madrid, Europe’s top Meetings & Conference destination 2021
The Spanish capital has been named Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination for the fourth year in a row at the World Travel Awards.
Industry professionals demonstrated their continued confidence in the city as a top MICE destination as Madrid beat out other European cities like Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, London and Berlin.
Madrid is now in the running to be re-named the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination, a title which goes to one of the regional winners and will be announced on 26 November at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards.
This award recognises the commitment of Madrid’s tourism industry and City Council to maintaining the sector’s activity while ensuring the same standard of quality and professionalism and the highest possible level of safety.
Public-private partnership will be even more central to the MICE promotional activities carried out in 2022, which will focus on the target markets in the United States, Europe and China and on sustainability and legacy as cross-cutting priorities.
Madrid has been named Europe’s top MICE destination for the fourth year in a row. The Spanish capital took first place as Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2021 at the 28th edition of the World Travel Awards, which enjoy great prestige in the industry and recognise excellence in its key subsectors year after year.
As for the Americas, with the start of flights to Sao Paulo at the end of october, Rio de Janeiro in December and Caracas as soon as the country’s opening is confirmed, in addition to flights to Medellin and Cali in the Christmas period, the company will be offering regular or special flights to all countries of its network , a total of 20 destinations in 16 countries.
Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel
The Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel has been fully refurbished and is still the perfect place for those looking for the ideal location in the city centre. Its location allows you to explore the area on foot, including the elegant shopping district of Serrano, the city’s most fashionable restaurants and bars, as well as cultural attractions, such as the prestigious museums on the Paseo del Arte – Art Walk.
Located in the sophisticated neighbourhood of Salamanca, its 154 spacious rooms and suites offer discreet elegance, a distinguished aesthetic, comfortable furniture, and premium quality linens and amenities. On the top floor of the hotel are its two most exclusive and spacious suites, with exceptional views of Madrid.
In terms of its gastronomy, it has a number of different restaurants and bars each with its own unique atmosphere for different times of day. These are: Las Brasas de Castellana, ideal for breakfast; Tardeo, a bar that invites you to relax with a drink, tapas, or an aperitif; Amós Restaurante, a place that achieves an exceptional synergy between quality ingredients from the ocean and land, transformed by the creative touch and contemporary vision of the three-starred Michelin chef Jesús Sánchez; and finally, Flor y Nata, an all-day coffee shop that turns your morning coffee, light lunch, or afternoon get-togethers into memorable gastronomic moments.
The many services offered by the Rosewood Villa Magna include an exceptional spa with premium quality facilities and services for both relaxation and fitness, as it has a complete gym with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, it offers elegant indoor and outdoor areas for hosting events and meetings for between 10 and 500 people.
Hotel ME Barcelona
Located on Passeig de Gràcia, in the heart of the city, ME Barcelona opened its doors on November 25, the grand opening of the season in the luxury and contemporary design segment. Creators such as Ronan & Ewan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola and Jaime Hayón sign the pieces of furniture and decoration.
Located next to the famous Casa Rocamora, ME Barcelona is committed to innovation, technology, local art and music as an essential part of a very marked identity. Its energy reflects the creativity of its predecessors in Dubai, Milan, London, Madrid or Ibiza. Its three different gastronomic concepts, a swimming pool on the top floor and a large interior garden that functions as a green lung, with large spaces for events, are some of the novelties with which the hotel will surprise travellers.
The establishment has 164 rooms and suites distributed over 14 floors, a total of 12,649 m2, of which more than 3,000 m2 are outdoor spaces in the heart of the city that include a large terrace in a patio and an urban garden. It will be the first five-star brand to open in Barcelona since 2008 and joins the one that Meliá Hotels International already has in Catalonia: ME Sitges Terramar.
Galería Canalejas and Food Hall
Located in the former Palacio de la Equitativa, between Calle Alcalá and Calle Sevilla, is this exclusive shopping centre, the latest symbol of luxury in the heart of Madrid. Find over 40 boutiques selling fashion, accessories, perfume, and high-end jewellery and watches by some of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands (including Hermès, Cartier and Rolex), not forgetting a fantastic selection of restaurants and gastronomic concepts designed by renowned Michelin-star chefs.
Covering an area of 15,000 m2, Galería Canalejas is spread across three floors, with the ground floor and first floor dedicated exclusively to shopping. The opening of its first phase saw the French-owned Hermès store, with direct street access, welcome the public on 1 October 2020, which will be followed by the remaining stores in spring 2022.
The shopping centre’s lower level, also with direct street access, will house the 4,000-m2 Galería Canalejas Food Hall. This unique gastronomic experience boasts 13 restaurants serving a wide selection of food from around the globe, led by the best international and national chefs.
ART: Madrid and more
American Art from the Thyssen Collection
As part of the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921-2021), the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is organising an extensive exhibition from 14 December to 26 June 2022, which brings together 170 works of American art to raise awareness of this genre in Europe.
From the early 1970s, Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza was an active collector of American art. Therefore, he accumulated a significant repertoire of paintings, particularly 19th century landscapes.
Now, many of these canvases are on display to categorise and chronologically present this pictorial style, which is not very well known on the old continent. The pieces will focus on categories, such as religion, politics, the environment, popular culture and urban life in order to facilitate a greater understanding of societies on the other side of the ocean.
The paintings belong to the art gallery’s permanent collection and to Carmen Thyssen and the Thyssen family’s private collections. The exhibition has received support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the collaboration of the Community of Madrid.
Born in Scheveningen (Netherlands) in 1921, Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza was a businessman and art collector from one of the most important families in European industry, the Thyssen family. He was the founder of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, which opened in 1992 with the aim of exhibiting the private collection of ancient and contemporary painting, which is considered to be the most important collection of the 20th century. It had been acquired by him and his father over seven decades. He died in San Feliu de Guíxols (Gerona) in 2002 and was buried in the family pantheon at Landsberg Castle, close to Essen (Germany).
When: from December 14th 2021 until June 26 2022
Where: Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
The Frida Kahlo Experience
From 17 December onwards, Neptune Palace will be home to an exciting immersive experience, created by means of videomapping , accompanied by a selection of photographs that refer to known and unknown moments in the life of artist Frida Kahlo, recognised as a pop icon of Mexican culture.
Organised by Next Exhibition and curated by Alejandra Lopez, the exhibition takes you on a journey through the artist’s life and showcases the settings and surroundings that characterised it, such as her home, La Casa Azul. The exhibition is an ode to joy, to life, and to resilience in the face of adversity.
Frida Kahlo (Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico, 1907 – 1954) was able to transform her immobility into opportunity and suffering into energy. The artist is a true icon of the contemporary world. Her work revolves thematically around her biography and her own suffering. Throughout her career she created approximately 150 works, mostly self-portraits, where she captured her difficulties surviving.
Alejandra López, curator of The Frida Kahlo Experience, has for ten years now coordinated the collections, temporary exhibitions, and restoration of Frida’s legacy at La Casa Azul, the Frida Kahlo Museum located in Mexico City. In her words, the exhibition is a visual selection of important moments in the artist’s life that allow us to appreciate the different stages of her journey. You will learn about her personal care and the intimacy of friendly encounters captured by famous photographers, as well as iconic moments from Mexican and world history.
When: from December 17th 2021 until May 29th 2022
Where: Palacio Neptuno, Madrid
SHOWS: music, theatre, dance, gastronomy, fashion…
The Teatro Real, under the artistic management and production of SO-LA-NA, opens the fourth season of Flamenco Real, hence consolidating the presence of flamenco in its Dance Hall, with a more extensive and diversified programme. Between 4 November and 22 July there will be a total of 14 shows featuring leading artists from flamenco song and dance, such as Amador Rojas, Alba Heredia, Antonio Lizana and Kiki Morente.
This new edition, which opens its doors with 100% capacity and recovers its original flamenco house format, is devoted to three references on the flamenco scene, namely the dancer, Merche Esmeralda, the singer, Ramón el Portugués, and the guitarist, Manolo Sanlúcar. They are all well known and respected beyond flamenco for their prestige, career and professionalism.
The programme includes 14 shows, with a total of 42 performances by various artists, expressing their art with different and genuine personalities, hence spicing up the best of flamenco and the evolution of a unique genre worldwide.
The versatile guitarist, El Amir, well known internationally for his collaboration with the composer of soundtracks, Hans Zimmer, will open the cycle on 4 November. He will be followed by other consolidated and up and coming artists in this universal art, such as the dancer, Amador Rojas, who will present his show, Vidas Rojas; the pianist from Seville, Dorantes, who forms part of one of the best known gypsy families in the flamenco world; and the dancer, Marco Flores, a protégé of Canales and Javier Latorre.
When: until July 2022
Where: Teatro Real, Madrid
Naturaleza Encendida. EXPLORIUM
The event of the season reopens its doors at the Royal Botanical Garden from 2 November to 16 January with a new installation that invites the public to immerse themselves in a maritime expedition through the ocean, its flora and its fauna. It is a light experience that invites visitors to discover nature and the ecosystem and it is full of surprises and special corners to immortalise the moment with special photos as a keepsake.
The new installation, called EXPLORIUM is located in the central pathway, Carlos III Path, where the iconic trees at the entrance to the Garden are lit up in ocean tones to the rhythm of the waves in order to welcome visitors to a magical and unique outdoor stroll. Of course, the expedition will set off aboard a boat moored in the middle of the garden path where the light is synchronised with music to illuminate the journey.
A total of 15 kilometres of led lights will turn the space into a surreal and special Atlantic Ocean, full of sea creatures that appear to be swimming throughout the route. Some textile sculptures capable of coming to life and changing colour raised on 3-metre masts can be seen in the fountain area of the Royal Botanical Garden. Different inhabitants from the seabed, such as sea horses, sea turtles, puffer fish, hypnotic jellyfish that magically change colour to the beat of the music and beautiful corals that live in the depths of this peculiar ocean can all be seen. This exciting adventure will come to an end with the beautiful Christmas lights which invite visitors to enjoy the magic of the garden at nightfall.
As a new feature with respect to other editions, the visit may be extended with the Botanical Exhibitions, an indoor journey in the Villanueva Hall, which includes illustrations of the original archives of the Royal Botanical Garden to celebrate its 265th anniversary.
A stroll full of fun and magic with millions of light sources that illuminate the Garden in a concept created by the LETSGO production company, which is behind international hits, such as Ghost, The Addams Family or Dirty Dancing.
When: until 16th January 2022
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Madrid
TRADE SHOWS & CONGRESSES
The Madrid Tourism Fair is the global meeting point for professionals in the sector and the leading fair for receptive and issuing markets in Latin America. A great event that serves to inaugurate the international circuit of appointments around the world of travel. Fitur is a privileged setting for the global tourism industry and a business tool for promoting and promoting commercial agreements and contacts. But it is also that place that the general public should always pass through: here it is possible to find the perfect destination to enjoy your vacation.
Once again, FITUR’s main axes will be sustainability, technology and specialisation, in addition to actions aimed at growing in professionalism, representativeness and internationality. One of the keys that has marked the evolution of Fitur has been the capacity that the show has demonstrated to recognize market trends and reflect them in its offer.
The growth of some of the sections such as FITUR CINE and FITUR FESTIVAL will continue to be deepened, in addition to monographic spaces such as FITUR GAY (LGBT +) and FITUR SALUD, as well as FITURTECHY and FITUR KNOW HOW where technology is shown as a necessary tool for the development of the sector. On the other hand, the FITUR NEXT Observatory continues to make progress in the identification and selection of good practices to promote tourism with a positive impact throughout the world.
Also noteworthy are FITURTECH, which will bring together the latest proposals in the technological field, and FITURGREEN, which will promote sustainability through energy saving measures in hotel and tourism management.
FITUR’s growing international recognition was highlighted in the 2017 edition when it was chosen by the World Tourism Organization to host the inauguration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, declared by the United Nations, thus strengthening its position among the most relevant events within the international ranking.
When: from 19 to 23 January 2022
Where: IFEMA, Madrid
Madrid Fusión 2022
The new edition of the Madrid Fusion International Summit is turning Madrid into the world’s food capital for three days in IFEMA MADRID (Pavilion 14). The participation of international speakers from all over the world, as well as renowned national and foreign chefs, year after year, ensures that this event goes from strength to strength. The 2022 edition will take place at the end of January and will focus on circular gastronomy, respect for the environment, the use of resources and the relationship between cuisine, the countryside, and the city.
The 2021 edition, which opted for a hybrid format combining in person and online events, attracted more than 15,000 visitors and 183 exhibitors over the three-day event. The last day was marked by the historic success of Javier Sanz and Juan Sahuquillo, of Cañitas Maite (Casas-Ibáñez, Albacete), who scored a culinary hat trick never achieved before in the previous 19 editions: The prize for Most Promising Chef, for best Joselito ham croquette, and first place in the National Preserves Contest .
At the end of January, the event will return for another year with the challenge of delivering a priceless meal prepared by five of the world’s top chefs that the American actor Robert de Niro has agreed to sample in exchange for promoting the congress. A foodie and also businessman who owns restaurants all over the world, including Spain, he will become the face of Madrid Fusion Foods of Spain 2022.
This year’s edition focuses on circular gastronomy, respect for the environment, the use of resources and the relationship between cuisine, the countryside, and the city, with Josep Roca and Italian chef Italian Diego Rossi demanding better working days, conditions, and working hours for his staff, in pursuit of job sustainability.
The programming includes Chefs Relief Training, a global training project for chefs led by the World Central Kitchen (WCK), an NGO led by chef José Andrés together with Javier García to help in the event of crises or disasters caused by climate change.
When: end of January 2022
Where: IFEMA, Madrid
SPORT OF THE SEASONS !!!
San Silvestre Vallecana 2021
Every year since 1964, on the last day of the year, Madrid has played host to the largest athletics event in Spain. One of the only four 10K races in the world to boast the IAAF Gold Race Running Label, the festive competition consists of two races, the fun run and the international race. In 2020 due to the pandemic, the format of the latter was changed and the race was run in four laps (2.5K per lap) in the Vallecas neighbourhood. It was won by Daniel Simiu Ebenyo, from Kenya, and Yalemzerf Yehualaw Densa, from Ethiopia. The 2021 edition of the San Silvestre will return to its original format and will allow a maximum of 40 thousand runners to take part.
The event consists of two parts, the fun run (which anyone over 16 can take part in) and the international race, and is regarded as a fairly easy competition since 8 out of the 10 kilometres are slightly downhill. Although the fun run officially kicks off at 5.30pm from Calle Concha Espina it will have a wave start, meaning runners will be starting at different intervals (check times). The professional race, which is run by top international athletes, commences at 8pm and will finish in the Vallecas Stadium. The finishing line for the fun run will be placed near the football stadium.
A few days earlier, on 26 December, the central Paseo del Prado will hold the San Silvestre Mini for kids up to and including the age of 16.
When: 31st December 2021
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.