Alcala de Henares will raffle off 100 free hotel double-room accommodations to promote tourism in this city where Miguel de Cervantes of the "Don Quixote" fame was born. Winners will enjoy their free hotel accommodation in April when they will be able to join the Holy Week celebrations declared Fiesta de Interes Turistico Nacional (Tourist Festival of National Interest), and other exciting events.
Let´s get in the mood. Christmas is not only material things, it´s also a feeling of warmth, home, loved ones, togetherness and tradition. Entertaining is, apart from our how-tos, about the ambiance of our home. One of the best ways I know, aside from the decorations, is TV and computer screens filled with Christmas scenes, fireplaces, with or without music. And now our special recipes: "Easiest Christmas Cookie House" • "Anti Stress Smoothie" • "Parmesan Cheese Straws"
Saint Francis of Assisi, who spent time in Madrid in 1214 on his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, is credited for creating the first live nativity scene in 1223 in order to cultivate the worship of Christ. The scene's popularity inspired communities throughout Christian countries to stage similar exhibitions. Go visit the belenes (Nativity Scenes) in Madrid. See GUIDEPOST's list!
Rinks to skate on ice in not-so-cold Madrid! (But wait till the surprising Madrid winter sets in and you'll get truly chilled -- to the bone! As Christmas should do?)
Black Friday is no longer a “day”. It has been extended to at least a few days. Many Spanish retailers are announcing that they’ll be on “Black” till the 28th which is the Sunday that closes the week of Black Friday. The longer Black Friday lasts, the better for the establishments that have suffered from the brutal lockdowns. Whether or not the shoppers’ billfolds could stand the extension is another matter altogether.
President of Spain: "Our project for Spain is for Spain to grow. Never before has it been so worthwhile to invest in Spain."
It's been more than a year since Juan Carlos I left Spain (3 August 2020) following the financial scandal swirling around him. He lives in the United Arab Emirates, in a gilded cage, as some would say. He wants to return home. The fulfillment of that wish is in the hands of his son, King Felipe VI.
"Bizum was born with the objective of making easy payments between people by linking their phone numbers and email addresses with their bank accounts," says BIZUM S.L. The very nature of money is changing. In an encompassing framework, the EU wants secure and cheap instant payments with stablecoins as gamechanger.
Sanlúcar was chosen by INFUR the new Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2022, turning the charming city of Cadiz into the leading gastronomical platform in Spain for next year. The beauty of the city and its rich delicacies were not the only reasons for its selection, as the year 2022 will mark the celebration of the Fifth Centenary of the First Circumnavigation of the Globe by Magellan and Elcano. Who can ask for more?
On 17 December 2021, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra is offering a very special solidarity concert for the victims of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, the Canary Islands archipelago. Here's your chance to show your concern for the people of La Palma. Be at the concert!
In the Spain of the post-Franco era, secularism has been steadily gaining ground. One might say, at an alarming rate. Then why, despite the steady waning of Catholicism, are the belenes (Nativity scenes) still profoundly popular in Spain? Read on and find out!
From 1 to 3 December, Madrid will host the 24th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization. Says WTO Secretary-General: "In difficult circumstances, Spain has stepped forward to host this important General Assembly. In UNWTO's host city, Madrid, the world's tourism will come together to plan for a future in which our sector fulfills its unique potential as a pillar of inclusive growth and opportunity for all."
This probably won’t come as a surprise to the great majority of consumers but prices do go up on Black Friday week. The Organización de Usuarios y Consumidores (OCU), Spain’s largest private non-profit consumer organization, warned that instead of getting great pre-Christmas deals, you could end up getting fooled. Of the 2,500 products that OCU monitored on Black Friday week, only 19% had their prices down. The prices of 27% of the other products rose. The prices of the rest were unchanged. Think about all this when you go shopping on Cyber Monday!
The 18th edition of the Seville European Film Festival was held with an impressive calendar of screenings which exceeded the geographic limits of Europe. Inaugurated on November 5th, the Festival included the world premiere of seven feature films along with 15 shorts, in addition to highly varied programming with the following categories: The New Waves, Endless Revolutions, Extraordinary Stories, Family Cinema, Special Sessions and Andalusia Panorama, among others.
ACM NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2021: "Happy Hour" <> "Special Dates in December" <> "What Taxpayers Should Know. . ." <> "Important Dates in December" <> "Christmas Cookies" <> etc. etc. etc.
Madrid is vying for the honor and privilege of becoming Europe’s New Capital of Luxury Travel. The capital city's proposition is audacious. Let’s see what happens.
On 9 November the Madrileños celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Almudena, their patron saint. It was a lovely day, cool, crisp, and sunny. Typical of Madrid in the early Fall. The air was fittingly festive. The weather couldn’t be better; you’d think the Mother of Jesus Christ had asked it of her Son. There were the traditional procession, the High Mass, people joining in the festivities. They feasted on the "Crown of Almudena".
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The three-day festival of All Saints and Souls Days honor the dearly departed by visiting them in their final resting places. And as such it has nothing to do with trick or treat. Because of Spaniards flocking to the cemeteries, local governments offer extra bus services. In Madrid, the municipal government has acted in character. See the extra bus services here.
See what's on at the American Club of Madrid. Check out ACM'S October 2021 Newsletter!
When “El Abuelo" had to reinvent itself, it decided to serve wine with a prawn tapa. We wondered if that wouldn't be too expensive. But Daniel Waldenburg explained: “My grandfather waited until the end of the day to go to the Legazpi market when he could buy the leftover prawns at a very good price. He did well by selling the grilled prawns and the sweet wine for 1.60 pesetas.” And that is how the news spread that the best prawns in Madrid were found on the Calle Victoria 6
INSTANTES is about "gestos y palabras de una tarde de toros (gestures and words in an afternoon at the bullring)". Venue: Ruedo de la Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid. 18 September 2021, 12:00 Noon. Accomplished photographer, foremost authority on tauromaquia and GUIDEPOST's longtime writer MURIEL FEINER illustrates the book with Anthony Moore
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