Some news from Spain XCI

And well, need to catch up on my beloved Spain news, it has been a while. I let it pass the worse moments and come back to the real world, my world of Spain. Therefore, I am back with Some news from Spain, on its 91st post! thank you for reading.

Spain is considering quarantining UK visitors when it opens its borders June 21st in reciprocity to a similar measure imposed by London, Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya has told the BBC. We do not seems to learn restriction keeps away the human race and we need more opening.

The bull taurino sector has concentrated in Salamanca to claim bullfighting as a part of universal culture, as a means of expression of the people around tradition and reminded the “new powerful” that, therefore, the culture “does not is censored, it cannot be limited. ” About three thousand people have gathered in the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca, wearing masks and scrupulously keeping the security distance, among which were active matadors such as Enrique Ponce, El Juli, Miguel Ángel Perera, El Capea and Jiménez Fortes, seconded this protest in the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca ; that this past Saturday was repeated in various cities of Castilla y León. What is a tradition of a country where thousands come to see even from abroad it must be maintain. My region of Canarias abolished corridas, the first in Spain as it was not our Guanche culture, but that does not mean other places can’t have it. Open up freedom of choice is an important human trait.

In Santiago de Compostela to study in depth a stone sculpture of a Gothic-looking Virgin that, according to the first analyses, could date back to the 14C and which was casually located in recent days in a surprising setting. An amateur fisherman discovered it leaning on the bed of the Sar river as he passed through La Coruña, semi-submerged in an area with little flow. It is a round bundle carving that is carved on four of its five faces and represents a virgin enthroned with the Child. On both sides of the Virgin, on her shoulders, two angels arise. This part of the sculpture is quite worn, but in any case, the face and hand of each of the angels can be seen holding some object or the Virgin’s own cloak. Therefore, another one to see soon in the Cathedral

Benito Pérez Galdós (there is a new bio coming out on him) toured the mid-19C and the first bars of the 20C with a vocation to look at everything, understand it on site when possible and write it without fatigue. It is not a modern pawn nor a vintage one by installments. He was a writer unleashed in all directions. A Canarian (Las Palmas) boy who came to Madrid at the age of 19, in 1863, with the purpose of studying Law until the city, journalism, theater and the upheaval of those years turn him to writing. He was the giant who starting from nothing (no family of education, nor great fortune), he became one of the best European writers of his time. He was such a popular author that on the day of his death, the mayor of Madrid dictated a side ” With his books he honored his homeland, with his life he honored himself “, who encouraged the neighbors to honor him. More from Casa del Libro in Madrid here:

The Council of Ministers is expected to approve two museum expansions: that of the Prado (see post) salon de Reinos or kingdom hall; and that of the Sorolla house-museum,(see post) both located in Madrid. Originally scheduled for 2019 and postponed on successive occasions until 2024 due to the tumultuous political situation of recent years, the works of rehabilitation and museum adaptation of the Salon de Reinos of the Prado National Museum will be carried out by the studies of the British architect Norman Foster and the Spanish Carlos Rubio. These two buildings are the last remains of the Royal Palace of Buen Retiro, a complex erected between 1633 and 1639 under the reign of Felipe IV. The urban reorganization of the project, called Campus Prado, will connect the Prado and the Salon de Reinos, facilitating the transit on foot of visitors through Calle Felipe IV and joining in the same complex the buildings of Villanueva, Los Jerónimos, El Casón del Buen Retiro and the Salón de Reinos. This extension is linked to the candidacy of El Paseo del Prado and El Buen Retiro, Landscape of Arts and Sciences for World Heritage, which UNESCO must decide soon!!

The King Felipe VI appeals to international tourism: “Spain is a safe and quality tourist destination” “We have demonstrated world leadership in tourism development policies and now is the time to continue doing so”. Spain opens borders on July 1. And where to go , well some points. Yes he is the tradition that must represent folks knowing about Spain and coming over to see its wonders!

Here is some ammunitation for you planning to visit Spain next week!!!

Palma de Mallorca is the most expensive, while Alicante the least expensive, according to the Habits of Savings report, which compares the price of a seven-night getaway in a three-star central hotel, a rental car, a dinner for two, a beer, a coffee and a liter of gasoline. Not surprisingly, at the moment Spain is already the country with the most hotel reservations for summer in the world. It is followed by the United States , Portugal , Italy , France and Mexico. These are the data managed by the online platform Travelgate, based in Palma de Mallorca. If we analyze only the Spanish regions, Andalusia takes 31.66% of hotel reservations. Then came the Canary Islands (16.7%), Valencia (13.4%), the Balearic Islands (13.01%) and Catalonia (9.69%). In the list are the 10 most tourist Spanish cities according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE). Spending seven nights in a three-star hotel costs an average of 508 euros. However, in Almería, the cheapest city to stay, the average cost is 314 euros (about 44 euros per night), 38% below the average. Almería is followed by Madrid (51.5 euros per night), a city whose prices outside the summer season are usually much higher than in August. Alicante (60 euros per night) and Barcelona (65 euros per night), as the cheapest cities to stay in a hotel. In contrast, Palma de Mallorca is the most expensive city, with an average price per night of more than 102 euros, followed by Cádiz (100 euros per night), Gijón (85 euros) and Tarragona (77 euros). When it comes to moving around the city and going from beach to beach, many people decide to rent a car at their destination. In this regard, Cádiz ranks as the city with the highest price (235 euros for a seven-day rental, 68% above the average) and Alicante -due to the greater offer of this service in the region- is the cheapest city (35 euros if the collection point is the airport, 75% below average).  Almería is the most expensive city to have a beer, with an average price of six euros per half liter, 35% above the national average, which stands at 4.40 euros. On the contrary, Cádiz is positioned as the cheapest, with a price of two euros, 55% below the national average. If we talk about the price of a dinner for two in a restaurant in the city center, A Coruña is the cheapest city, with an average price of 34 euros, 22% below the average, followed by Cádiz (34 euros, -20%), and Malaga (37 euros, -15%). At the opposite extreme is Palma de Mallorca, with an average price of 53 euros, 22% above the average, followed by Tarragona (51 euros) and Barcelona,with a cost of 49 euros (+ 12%). Now you chose….

And festivals are back , book quick, they are been taken in hordes, people want out!!!

Five absolute premieres this year make up the program of the most special Classical Theater Festival in Mérida in recent years. Throughout a month -from July 22 to August 23- the event will take place under security and hygiene measures and with the idea of being an example of the revival of the performing arts. The program proposes five great shows at the Roman Theater, all absolute premieres, in addition to performances in the Roman theaters of Medellín, Regina and the Roman city of Cáparra and a wide content of artistic, recreational, informative and educational activities both in Mérida and in other parts of Extremadura’s geography. More info in English here:

The Almagro Festival will celebrate its 43rd edition between the 14th and 26th of July this year there will be shows in the Corral de Comedias, the flagship of the La Mancha theater event; at the Adolfo Marsillach Theater (former Hospital de San Juan), the summer headquarters of the National Classical Theater Company; in the Old Renaissance University of Almagro (AUREA), a closed and air-conditioned space; and in the Palacio de los Oviedo, an old summer cinema recovered as a stage space two years ago. The Almagro Festival will be held guaranteeing all health regulations for workers, companies and the attending public, thus ensuring the well-being and health of all people who visit the town of La Mancha and its inhabitants this summer. More info in English here:

Now if you are like me who like nice places typical of the country and away from crowded cities, as a base; then check these out, all known visited by me over the years.

There are many rural accommodations, but they do not have a Michelin star. The Molino or Mill of Alcuneza de Sigüenza ,Guadalajara province is one of them. After a renovation, it is time to visit this 15C flour mill with 17 rooms and a spa. More information at

La Casona de la Paca is a 19C Indian (as from America) palace built in Cudillero by an Asturian who marched to Cuba (and we had plenty even in my town) and, on his return, wanted to pay tribute to his mother by giving it his name. It offers 19 rooms ,where you are greeted with a handful of walnuts and a few apples from the area, and several apartments that occupy the old blocks. More information at

The name of La Casa del Presidente is not accidental, since this was the summer residence of Adolfo Suárez (former prime minister and founder of Spanish democracy, a great men). Located in the city of Ávila, this five-star rural style preserves the structure of the original building built in the 70s and the president’s office practically intact. You can also see the wooden beams and shutters typical of Castilian palaces or the stone hallway that welcomes the guest. In addition, it is the only hotel with a swimming pool within the wall. More information at

Los Ánades, Abànades, Guadalajara province. We moved to 135 kilometers from Madrid, in the Serranía de Guadalajara mountains, to enjoy this complex consisting of a rural hotel plus three houses distributed in 180 square meters built on three floors. The town in which it is located, Abánades, barely has 70 inhabitants, so social distancing in these times is guaranteed. Another of its strong points is the one-hour private sessions in the spa, with a bottle of cava included. More information at

And there you , some news to start the new season of opening up all over Europe, and Spain is right there, waiting for its usual visitors, welcome to my beloved Spain! Hope you enjoy the post, and thanks for reading again.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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