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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND WITH THE MAN OF LA MANCHA. FREE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION!

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.

Entertaining Holidays – December 2021

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"

BELENES IN MADRID

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!

TEN RINKS FOR AN ICY WHITE CHRISTMAS IN MADRID!

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-TO-BLACK SALE: AN INVITE TO THE FREEDOM TO SPLURGE

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.

OBITUARY MOREEN “LA MARRURA” SILVER

She came, she saw, she conquered

€140,000 MILLION OF EUROPEAN FUNDS BRIGHTEN UP THE SPANISH PANORAMA IN THE NEW YEAR

President of Spain: "Our project for Spain is for Spain to grow. Never before has it been so worthwhile to invest in Spain."

HIS MAJESTY EL REY EMÉRITO WON’T BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

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.

BY NOW YOU’LL HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE SPANISH BIZUM. HERE’S ITS UNDERPINNINGS

"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.

SPECTACULAR SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, “SPANISH CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY” FOR 2022!

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?

YOUR DATE WITH THE VICTIMS OF LA PALMA VOLCANIC ERUPTION, 17 DECEMBER 2021. BE THERE!

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!

BELENES: WHAT MAKES CHRISTMAS TRULY NAVIDAD!

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!

SPAIN IS CENTER OF WORLD TOURISM THIS WEEK!

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."

BLACK FRIDAY, FAKE OR TREAT?

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 SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL AND ITS SMASHING PROGRAMMING

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.

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.