You’ll want to visit the places you’ll be reading about in Spain Destinations. They’re every bit as charming and irresistible as the writers say! Besides, you won’t have any problems getting there; they’ll tell you how.
For the eighth straight year, Lavapies has been the home to the loudest and tastiest Tapas festival in Madrid: Tapapies. With live music performances and flavors from around the world, there’s no better place to get your tapas fix. Of course, with that vast array of offerings there’s no easy way to try them all during the six-day festival. Here are some of the places we liked the most.
If this is the first you are hearing of the Festival de Cine de Madrid, then you have already missed it. But for cinephiles and casual movie-goers alike, last week (23 October 2018) marked the end of a two-week-long indulgence into the colorful world of emerging independent cinema in Spain and from around the world. In a culmination of international and Spanish films, the Festival allows the adventurous moviegoer to explore titles beyond the realm of the oversaturated slate of Hollywood produced films and discover cinema that would otherwise fly below the radar.
Spain is gearing up for the festivity that is somewhat confusing. It’s a feast that’s celebrated in a very personal way. A special day for communing with the deceased relatives, telling them they haven't been forgotten. But wait a minute, what they're actually celebrating is All Souls Day which in Spanish is Dia de los Muertos, i.e., Day of the Dead, and, strictly speaking, it falls on 2 November! People celebrate ALL SOULS DAY on 1 November which is ALL SAINTS DAY. So there's a bit of confusion here. . .
Sure, Spain is known for all that sun. Summer weather persists all year round in places like the Canary Islands. But Spain is actually a land of contrasts and a country blessed with almost every imaginable natural and cultural treasures. Never mind the Spaniards' alegría de vivir!
Raul Berdones: "We are delighted that Netflix has chosen Ciudad de la Tele as the location of its first European production hub. Netflix sets a world-class standard in its production process and the decision to create a production hub in Madrid is proof of Spain's leadership in the audiovisual industry, as well as the depth of its talent pool"
GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPANIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (7) Poverty, Suffering & Gracia »
"Not all is so rosy. To some Spain is the pagan, murky land of cowled monks and Inquisitional torture racks, of lugubrious piles, of hunger and despair, the España Negra of Emile Verhaeren. Yet in this flood of impressions by foreign travellers, it is striking to note the complete absence of certain themes. Has any traveller ever written a book on Spanish humor? How many are capable of seizing and understanding the Spaniard’s gracia, which, like his casticismo is impossible to translate"
GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPANIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (8) Which Then is the True Spain? »
Indeed, which is the 'true' Spain? And as to the Spaniards, "who" and "what" are they? On this you might want to check out THE SPANIARD AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, probably the most succinct symposium of Spaniards’ shortcomings and virtues ever published. It says much for Spaniards that the book quickly became a best-seller in Spain, despite the hard line and painful truths that the author brings to the fore.
(1) ARROZ CON LECHE, THE MOOR THE MERRIER. Ask your friends to come join you and while you’re feasting you might want to ponder how two clashing cultures could have produced such a simple comfort dish! There's still hope for this old battle-scarred world!
GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPANIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (5) iIndividualism, Independence & ‘Democracy’ »
The remarkable sense of individualism and independence is particularly striking among the Spanish poor. "He is not a common being; he is an extraordinary man…he possesses a spirit of proud independence"
GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPAIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (6) Awestruck Writers »
The flood of writers and tourists who “relieve” the wonders of the Prado, the Escorial , who wax rhapsodic over the Alhambra, who visit each city and tell their tale with the illusion of having seen Spain is ever greater