ON THE TOWN

Restaurants and bars, movies, theater, dance, sports arenas, even the home… Keep abreast of what’s going on where, and how you can have the greatest fun.

MADRID LAUNCHES A NEW INTERNATIONAL TOURISM CAMPAIGN

In its latest endeavour to inspire future visitors to the city, the Madrid City Council’s Tourism Department has launched a new international tourism campaign to promote the image of the capital. The target is the city’s main strategic markets and the aim is to secure Madrid’s position as a world-leading urban destination.

SAN ISIDRO 2021, WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

San Isidro festivities are under way! Get into the spirit of things. Join!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Sevilla: A Must in Spring,” 13 April 1984 (Part 2)

“Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla” (He who hasn’t seen Seville, hasn’t seen a wonder), and truer words were never spoken

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SEVILLA: A MUST IN SPRING”, 13 April 1984 (Part 1)

Seville is the most Spanish of this country’s cities: passionate gypsy ladies and their bullfighting beaus, orange blossom scented nights, the grandeur of the old Moorish buildings, blood red vino and airy patios so thick with bougainvillea and roses that they make the Garden of Eden look like a vacant lot in Houston during high summer. And the best time to witness this beauty is during the Feria de Abril or the April Fair when for a week the city becomes magic.

A Trek to The Met

"I made my way to 'Goya’s Graphic Imagination'. To my delight, the royals, majas and partisans all remained in the Prado. This exhibit consisted mostly of The Met’s more upbeat collection of his drawings and etchings. An incisive graphic chronicler of his time, Goya would have relished chronicling the Covid vibe"

NEWS ALERT: U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING TO SPAIN

Effective June 7, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain upon presentation of QR code generated through Spain Travel Health portal, and a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE EU’S “GREEN PASSPORT” — Better Known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate

Everything you should know about the EU Digital COVID Certificate, sometimes known as the Green Passport! Get it straight now, for your own safety it's going to be in use across the European Union and a few non-EU countries starting 1 July 2021 and until the pandemic is finally trashed. Spain is one of the countries ahead of this plan.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Monuments, San Francisco el Grande,” 11 September 1970

"On the spot where the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande stands today, St Francis of Assisi erected a small hut after he arrived in Madrid in 1217. This humble dwelling became a small monastery and refuge for the poor. In the fourteenth century, it was replaced by a larger one which was remodeled and enlarged in 1617. During the 17th century, it was one of Madrid’s most popular churches. It contained many fabulous tombs, including that of the wife of King Henry IV. Finally, in 1760, the older buildings were razed, in order to make way for a more magnificent structure. The one that stands today."

THE TOURISM THAT’S HERE ALREADY: What’s it Like?

The affluent post-Covid tourist seeks gourmet gastronomy in a safe and less crowded back-to-Nature environment. The lower-income would-be tourist won't be traveling yet.

THE COAST IS CLEAR

The pandemic in Europe is easing off satisfactorily, allowing Spain to finally open up its ports to international cruise ships. Get to know the fabulous ports that await you!

WHAT PEOPLE REALLY THINK ABOUT THE END OF THE LOCKDOWN

Most of the respondents have supported the State of Alarm. Now that it has been wound up, they intend to uphold the pandemic protocols set by it on a voluntary basis. The minority, who were not in favor, call the State of Alarm unnecessary when not illegal, "an instrument to allow corrupt politicians and the Ibex 35 to do what they want with us."

THE ALARM IS OVER!

There might have been some misgivings when the Spaniards ventured out into a world without the protective constraints of the Estado de Alarma for the first time in what feels like eons. But there was also some euphoria.

OBITUARY: Bonnie Rae Brown

Fort Worth, Texas - Bonnie Rae Brown (née Kositzky), 78, a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease on Jan. 31, 2021. Bonnie and husband Harold had strong ties with Spain.

HOW THE CORONAVIRUS INUNDATED SPAIN WITH THOUSANDS OF MOROCCAN MIGRANTS IN A SINGLE DAY

On Monday, 17 May 2021, Morocco opened the floodgates to a massive illegal migration into Ceuta, the Spanish exclave on the northern shores of Morocco’s Mediterranean coast, stunning the Spanish people. Sahrawi President Brahim Ghali is hospitalized for Covid-19 in Spain and triggers the Spanish-Moroccan migration crisis.

WORLD BOOK DAY: BLAME IT ON DON QUIXOTE (& SHAKESPEARE)

Spain was the springboard for World Book Day, at the initiative of Vicente Clavel Andrés who proposed designating a Spanish Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world’s first modern novel, Don Quixote de La Mancha. It took decades but in the end UNESCO took up the gauntlet.

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.