Some news from Spain XXIII

Well it has been hot here in the late 20’s C cloudy ,and looking at my Spain there is in the middle upper 30’s C sunny. Thinking ahead to next month, Esperame España!

Some of the latest on Spain, my favorites things to write about.  You have heard of all those travel booking places we all like, well in Spain, the ones used the most are Booking.com, Atrápalo, eDreams, Trivago, and Kayak. I have always use  well most of the time El Corte Inglés travel section, Viajes El Corte Inglés as well.

I will be in many places next month but one of them will be Valencia, my aunt used to lived there before passing away many years ago, and not been ever since. It is time to go on site and taste the best Paella in the world, from the source. Some of the family and friends favorites are

La Pepica,  avenida de Neptuno, 6    Tel +34 96 371 03 66. http://www.lapepica.com/en/the-restaurant

El Racó de la Paella  calle Mossen Raussel, 17  Tel +34 96 348 82 52. http://www.elracodelapaella.es/

Ricard Camarena Restaurant calle Dr. Sumsi, 4 Tel +34  96 335 54 18. http://www.ricardcamarenarestaurant.com/en/

Looking for some family oriented resorts in Spain, these are the latest on an article in guia del ocio , the Entertainment publication in Spain for several cities.

Hotel del Juguete, Ibi, Alicante; http://www.hoteldeljuguete.com/es/

and across the hotel you can go to the Museo del Juguete or toys museum: http://www.museojuguete.com/es/

Hotel PortAventura. Salou, Tarragona; https://www.portaventuraworld.com/en/hotels/port-aventura

Barceló Punta Umbría. Punta Umbría, Huelva: https://www.barcelo.com/barcelohotels/en_us/hotels/spain/huelva/hotel-barcelo-punta-umbria-beach-resort/general-description.aspx

Magic Aqua Rock Gardens. Benidorm, Alicante: http://en.magicrockgardens.com/

Hotel Holiday Palace. Benalmádena, Málaga: http://www.holidaypalace.es/en/S

Skytrax World Airline 2016 just published their best Airlines of the year ranking and they were: 1.- Emirates 2.- Qatar Airways 3.- Singapore Airlines 4.- Cathay Pacific 5.- ANA All Nippon Airways 6.- Etihad Airways 7.- Turkish Airlines 8.- EVA Air 9.- Qantas Airways 10.- Lufthansa . Iberia of Spain came in at no 52 moving four slots from 2015 but still unfortunately way behind. I am still waiting for credit on my miles on a Partner airline Latam for almost 3 months now lol!

If you want to match your Horoscope to the place you should be in vacation well here they are from Guia del Ocio as well. Horoscope of the travelers. Aries: Formentera (Spain), Tauro: Favignana (Italy), Géminis: Malta, Cáncer: Isquia (Italy),Leo: Corsica (France), Virgo: Skye (Scotland), Libra: Hvar (Croatia),Scorpio: Senja (Norway), Sagitarius: Cefalonia (Greece), Capricorn: Creta (Greece), Aquarius: Madeira (Portugal), Pisces: Fehmarn (Germany).

And here is one for the modern inclination in all of us, the best nudist beaches in Spain as per Guia del Ocio are:

Cala de Ambolo, Jàvea:  http://en.xabia.org/ver/1529/Cala-Ambolo.html

Moraig ,El Poblenou de Benitatxell : http://www.turismo.elpoblenoudebenitatxell.org/en/calamoraig.html

Cala dels Pinets, Benissa http://www.benissa.net/ver/100/cala-pinets.html

Cala de la Barra Grande, Altea http://www.altea.es/val/turismo/visitaltea

Ràco Conill ,Villajoyosa :http://www.villajoyosa.com/index.php

Llomes de Reixes, El Campello : http://www.elcampello.es/index.php?s=playas&i=en

Saladar , Alicante : http://www.alicanteturismo.com/discover-alicante/beaches/?lang=en

Carabassi, Elche : http://www.visitelche.com/turismo-sol-y-playas/elche/el-carabassi/

Playa del Pinet, Elx-Santa-Pola : http://www.turismosantapola.es/santapola/web_php/index.php?contenido=descripcion&id_boto=458

Els Tossals , Guardamar del Segura:  http://www.guardamarturisme.com/english/

You want to be in a nice pool with great views of Madrid then head for these hôtels and escape the heat of August: Hotel Emperador (my favorite), Hotel Santo Domingo, Gymage Lounge Resort, O2 Centro Wellness Manuel Becerra, Room Mate Oscar, Holiday Inn Bernabéu (for the games I stayed here always) ,Hotel NH Colón, hotel Índigo, Hotel Urban, Hotel The Principal, and Hotel EXE Moncloa.

And the prettiest interior towns of Spain as per the Guia del Ocio de Madrid are: Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz) Santa Eulalia de Oscos (Asturias) Pedraza (Segovia) Hervás (Cáceres) Potes (Cantabria) Valverde de los Arroyos (Guadalajara) Ronda (Málaga) O’Cebreiro (Lugo) Montefrío (Granada) Albarracín (Teruel) Candelario (Salamanca) Santillana del Mar (Cantabria) Laguardia (Álava) Priego de Córdoba (Córdoba), and  Alquézar (Huesca) . Highlights the ones I have been to.

For the centenary celebration you can see the exposition until September 11 2016 in the Museo del Prado. For more of the painter you can come to the Monasterio  de El Escorial to see more of  El Bosco ( until November 1st 2016) with the royal collection of Spain. https://www.museodelprado.es/actualidad/exposicion/el-bosco-la-exposicion-del-v-centenario/f049c260-888a-4ff1-8911-b320f587324a

More on this year celebration of the IV centenary of Cervantes’s death. http://400cervantes.es/

You can see it in August at  the Espacio de Arte Contemporario de Almagro, Ciudad Leal en Miguel en Cervantes until September 15,2016 . http://www.almagro.es/eac/

In the Church of San Agustin, Almagro, Ciudad Real, “Escenificando a Cervantes” extended until September 15. http://www.festivaldealmagro.com/obra_actual.php?id=241

In the Museum of Bellas Artes of Granada you have the expo Zuloaga and Falla , history of a friendship until September 18 see the wonderful  ‘El retablo de maese Pedro’. http://www.museosdeandalucia.es/cultura/museos/MBAGR/index.jsp?redirect=S2_1_3_1.jsp&noticias=3368

And at the Royal Palace or Palacio Real the work of  “from  Caravaggio to Bernini” until October 16 including paintings and sculptures of the royal collection done by artists from the Italian  Seicento. http://www.patrimonionacional.es/caravaggio/

At the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, see the expo ” Caravaggio and the painters of the north” until September 18. An opportunity to see the barocco artist and Caillebotte, the painter gardener until October 30th to see the them of gardens from the impressionist artist.  http://www.museothyssen.org/microsites/exposiciones/2016/Caravaggio/index_en.html

http://www.museothyssen.org/microsites/exposiciones/2016/Caillebotte/index_en.html

And to follow up with the Phillips collection on Impressionists and modernistes until October 23 showing work of Manet, Courbet, Sisley, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinski, Pollock ,and Rothko. At the CaixaForum: http://www.agendacentrosobrasociallacaixa.es/es/web/guest/-/impresionistas-y-modernos-expo?centros=caixaforum-Madrid

Festivals for summer are:

Dreambeach Villaricos 2016 in Almeria August 11-13 2016; http://www.dreambeach.es/2016/

Benidorm Low Festival 2016 until July 31; http://lowfestival.es/more-info/line-up-2016/

Músicos en la Naturaleza 2016 Avila until July 30; http://www.musicosenlanaturaleza.net/

Medusa Sunbeach Festival 2016,Cullera August 12-14 2016; http://www.medusasunbeach.com/web2016/

Festival de Teatro Clàsico de Mérida, classical theater in the Roman theater of Mérida. Various presentation of the classics, happening this  coming weekend, more in Spanish: http://www.festivaldemerida.es/

The summer wonders of the Cine Garden Conde Duque until September 18 in Centro Comercial Conde Duque, Madrid. A giant screen of 300 m2 with space for 800 spectators with drinks, foodtrucks to the rimes of a DJ at the end of the movie. http://condeduquemadrid.es/evento/cine-verano-garden-conde-duque/

Enjoy Spain, everything Under the sun ::)

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