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May is the time when the beautiful island of Ibiza starts to come to life once again. Usually, Ibiza should be now getting ready to inaugurate a busy summer season, with the opening of its famous clubs and discotheques and of a wide range of first class accommodations, ready to welcome most demanding guests travelling to the Island to enjoy Med’s ultimate destination for clubbers.

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2021 will still have to wait a bit longer to see the island at its best. The re-opening after a year of restrictions will be more paused and controlled so as to secure the stable situation Balearic Islands have reached. But no worries! We are sure there are many ways to discover Ibiza for those first-time visitors, in a more tranquil pace but, at the same time, genuine. Experts will find also their way to best attractions and best hotels and, we are quite sure, to a renewed way to enjoy Mediterranean nights.

At the moment, the official event calendar for summer 2021 gives as confirmed some parties in July-September period. Events organised under the most strict anti-Covid measures and with limited assistance so, most likely it will be possible to enjoy, even if not 100%, discotheques and clubbing.

Ibiza, the second smallest of the Balearic Islands, is one of the world’s most attractive islands, a gathering point for countless celebrities from the worlds of fashion, cinema, music and sport. The wonderful thing about the so called “White Island” is that it has as many faces and provides as many options as visitors can desire: beautiful safe white sand beaches, cosy coves, a relaxing inland with rural villages, lively coast towns with a rich heritage and the best nightlife you could ever dream of.

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Honeymooners and couples can relax in Ibiza’s crystal-clear waters, enjoy unforgettable sunsets, explore its natural beauty spots, taste local renowned cuisine and have fun in an evening out at one of the famous nightclubs and bars. During the day, try one of the diverse leisure activities: visit a hippie market, book a day boat tour to famous Formentera, go on-board and try a diving experience, join a tour and discover the island by Vespa bike, visit a farm-house and learn how to produce traditional herb liquor and artisan soap …

When the day is over, a broad offer of hotels and accommodations will be waiting for you, from internationally prestigious establishments to good boutique hotels, from beach resorts offering all-inclusive services to cosy rural villas for those looking for a relaxing stay away from tourist spots.

Looking for best privacy and luxury options? Rent one of the wonderful villas. Private pool, garden areas to relax, large serviced properties, surrounded by nature but still close to lively towns and beaches. Prefer to stay at a hotel but still keep privacy levels high? Check in at one of the boutique coast or countryside chateauforms.

Looking for a top accommodation in fancy Ibiza? Platja d’en Bossa, just off Ibiza Town, is the place. The famous Hard Rock Hotel and Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel are home to best DJ performances and parties.

Prefer a more only adult location but still not too far from Ibiza Town and its top party spots? Santa Eulàlia is your destination, surrounded of relaxing beaches and coves, with top quality hotels offering first class rooftop bars and beach clubs.

2021 will perhaps be a good chance to step away from crowds and discover hidden spots, quite beaches, activities to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings …

And remember, before or after staying in Ibiza, take the chance and spare some days for a visit to Spain’s mainland cities. Ibiza offers several daily flight connections with Madrid and Barcelona, just 40min away from the latest. Bachelors and singles will enjoy big city life, with good nightlife, shopping, restaurants and fun experiences. Couples and honeymooners may like to extend the trip and immerse in Spanish culture and heritage. Start with Barcelona and continue afterwards to the south, where charming Andalusian cities are waiting with incredible monuments and cosy old towns. Madrid can be the departure city, easily connected from Sevilla, Córdoba and Málaga by fast train. Families may prefer to extend the stay in the fantastic beach resorts and end with a short visit to main capitals before heading back home.

To sum up, The White Island, is a must-visit location at least once in everybody’s life. Get in touch and we will send you all information for an upcoming escape to the most versatile Mediterranean island.

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Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain, has become one of the destinations chosen by companies around the world to celebrate their events, meetings and incentive trips. Situated 100 km west from Málaga, in the interior, and conveniently located between Seville and Granada, it is one of the most famous spots in all Andalusia. The surrounding beautiful landscape, the charming narrow streets, its emblematic bridge, the houses on the edge of the canyon, bullfighting tradition, wineries and unique gastronomy are some of the attractions of the dream city.

Weather is also a plus, with a Mediterranean warm and temperate climate prevailing. Summers are warm and dry with fresh evenings, while winters can be cold due to the height of 742m above sea level. Best time for incentives are spring and autumn months.

The town

Ronda is a mountaintop town set dramatically above a deep gorge, which separates the town’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish era. Since the the Roman times, Ronda has held an outsized role as a regional crossroads thanks to its scenic and strategic location at the lip of El Tajo Gorge. A stone bridge spanning over the gorge, Puente Nuevo, is one of its symbols, along with the new bullfight arena – dating from 18th century. The three bridges where aimed to create a bottleneck for armies, bandits and anyone else trying to travel through the area.

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Where to stay

Here you will find first class accommodations for incentive groups. We can highlight it is Parador, next to the Puente Nuevo, with impressive views over the Tagus river from its rooms, gardens with outdoors pool, two restaurants and meeting room facilities.

http://www.parador.es

If looking for a conference hotel, Reina Victoria is a perfect option, an exclusive property surrounded by a pine forest and located also next to the historic centre. Spa and sun pool terrace are also there for your relax time.

Activities for an unforgettable MICE experience

Its surrounding landscape, bullfighting tradition, wineries and a fantastic gastronomy has convinced many companies around the world to celebrate their MICE events here. Let’s see what the area has to offer make your event a success.

Experience bullfight and breeding world

Ronda is the birthplace of the modern Spanish bullfight and the hometown of its greatest dynasty. Here, during the 18th C., a fighter faced the bull on foot for the first time rather than on horseback, as it was the tradition.

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A local bullfighter immerses attendees in the culture of bullfight and the rearing of bulls through a range of original activities. The place? A breeding farm of fighting bulls and pure Andalusian horses just 5 km from Ronda. The finca is located in an area declared biosphere’s reserve by UNESCO so you can be sure your event will take place in a privileged environment.

http://www.reservatauro.com

Guided tours in the beautiful meadows among bulls and horses ending with a taste of local food and wine, walking or by private vehicle; team building with unique experiences; product launch and presentations; special venues that can be adapted to all needs; activities to get to know local culture, gastronomy and heritage… A place full of possibilities.

Racing experience in a stunning natural setting

A stunning oak trees valley is the perfect frame for the first race resort in the world. Motorsports enthusiasts can now enjoy a facility designed for both entertainment and business presentations. High speed track, club house, driving school, helipad …

5425m of pure adrenaline in a technical and balanced track designed to enjoy the driving rhythm, speed and nature and which respects the orography or the original grove. Tailored events, from driving programs, track rentals, testing, to brand presentations, filmings, incentive or team building events.

Active experiences

Canyoning, kayaking, via ferrata, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding… whether you want high-adrenalin extreme sports adventure tours or relaxed activities, Serranía de Ronda is the place. There are beautiful hiking trails all around from where to admire clear water rivers with gorges, natural landscapes and white villages.

Prefer a less active but still adventurous experience? A Jeep circuit between Ronda and Marbella is a great idea to explore the mountain areas towards the sea and will test team orientation skills while discovering the natural surroundings.

Wine and gastronomy

Ever since Roman times, Serranía de Ronda has been used for wine-making and is now particularly known for the delicious red wines produced there. Red, rosés and whites offer a great display of aromas and personality thanks to the uniqueness of the area:  its particular location in the southernmost latitude of the Mediterranean arch, the geological diversity of the soils, the altitude and the climate characteristics. Up to 18 wineries can be visited in the wine tour of Serranía de Ronda while you enjoy the beauty of the mountain green landscape and, of course, take the change to taste the rich local gastronomy.

Enjoying the flavours and local products of the Serrania de Ronda is a must and both the city and surrounding offer the possibility to do so with its restaurants and manor houses. Hunting has been the diet basis since Arabic times in the area and is present in most of the local dishes prepared with rabbit, oxtail, chicken or partridge. Serranía de Ronda is also a fantastic garden that provides of excellent vegetables as legumes, broad beans and pumpkin as well as a huge variety of mushrooms to accompany most dishes. The confectionery has received the influence of Arabic culture centuries, with honey and almonds present in every local dessert. Of course, the traditional Andalusian products can be found in Ronda so be sure you will not miss the delicious tapas with pork products and fish. 

Would you like to learn more about all possibilities this Andalusian jewel has to offer to your MICE groups? Contact us, we will be pleased to tailor-size the most suitable program.

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Located at the southernmost tip of Spain, where the Med meets the Atlantic, Tarifa is famous for being the European Capital of kite-surfing. It is a small town with a walled old centre and a Moorish fort, offering fantastic water-sports all year round thanks to its reliable breezes and its kilometres of white sandy beaches. The town caters all needs of water-sports enthusiasts, who come from around the world to take advantage of its strong winds and waves.

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Camping sites, apartments and hotels stretch along the beach just off old town, a wide range of restaurants and bars provide the best of the local gastronomy and wines, nightlife always ready for relaxing evenings and nights – nonetheless, most consider Tarifa has the most chilled out atmosphere ever.

Are you travelling with your surfer friends but prefer a more relaxed activity? No worries, non-surfers are well catered too, with a fascinating nature and ancient history backing in time to Moorish and Roman Empire eras.  The coastline is as popular with nature-lovers as with its unconditional surfing crowd. Bird-watching, horse-riding, scuba-diving, whale and dolphin-watching, rock-climbing … are perfect ways of engaging with the beautiful countryside and blue waters.

https://kitespot.reviews/en/activities-tarifa/

Tarifa for beginners

Though Tarifa is not an ideal beginner spot, it is said that if you learn kiting here you can kite anywhere. Summers are quite crowded, peak season that coincides with Spanish holidays and most European’s as well. Therefore early spring and late autumn may be the most recommendable seasons: less crowded and better prices for lessons and still good weather, good water temperature and air most days in the week. But remember, even if we are in southernmost European beaches, it is the Atlantic sea that waters the shores so long-suit (4/3) in spring, autumn and winter is 100% advisable while shorty is fine during summer.

There are two wind directions in Tarifa that switch on and off at irregular intervals throughout the year. The first type of wind is called Poniente; if you’re a beginner this is the kind of wind you should be kiting in. It’s a warm, onshore wind that blows from the west/northwest and brings moderate chop and 15-25 knots. The Levante is a cold, dense, off/cross-offshore wind that comes from the east/northeast and it’s much stronger and gustier, which makes it quite a bit harder to learn in (plus when you’re a beginner, offshore wind should be avoided at all costs).

When it comes to best beaches for learning, Los Lances is where most kite schools and other water sports facilities can be found. This 3km long stretch of beach is one of the better organised in all Spain, with a segregated area where schools can operate and where independent kite-boarders can ride.  Valdequeros, Punta Paloma and Las Dunas are also a great Poniente spot, just west of Tarifa itself and a perfect location for beginners and more advanced riders alike. The designated kiting area can get a bit busy during the peak summer months, but most of the time it’s a favourite for the locals because it works in more wind directions than some of the beaches closer to town. The après-surf is also a must, with some great beach bars and burgers, ideal for chilling out at after a big session.

Learning how to kite-surf and discovering Cádiz region

Beginner, intermediate and advanced courses as well as adapted courses for kids with maximum safety are all available in Tarifa. Experience kite-surf for the first time, improve your skills or just learn more skills and technics, there are programs for all profiles.

Travel in spring and autumn if you can, when beaches are not so crowded, so you can enjoy the kiting experience at most. Málaga, 2 hours away, is the nearest international airport, with most connections with main European capitals as well as some overseas destinations. A pleasant motorway 2 hour trip connects the airport with Tarifa.

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Stay in a hotel, apartments, camping site or hostel, there are options to all budgets. Kite-surf material will be provided by instructors, adapted to your skills. A non-windy day is never a lost day during your stay. Surfing, beach volley, hiking, horse riding, SUP, kayaking … are all active “no wind experiences” and great fun for everyone.

Let’s not forget the rich cultural heritage that surround Tarifa. You made it all the way to Andalusia, one of the richest regions with most monumental cities and UNESCO heritage spots. Cádiz, Jerez, Gibraltar, the beautiful white-washed villages in the nearest mountains, Marbella, Ronda, even Sevilla if you have a couple of days spare, are all options to complete your stay.

https://www.cadizturismo.com/es/municipios/vejer-de-la-frontera

So, wish to learn & practice kitesurfing in a top destination with tons of wind, sun, warm weather and a wide range of spots surrounded by a beautiful scene? Let us know, we will send you more information.

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Ibiza, the second smallest of the Balearic Islands, is one of the world’s most attractive islands,  a gathering point for countless celebrities from the worlds of fashion, cinema, music and sport. The wonderful thing about the so called “White Island” is that it has as many faces and provides as many options as visitors can desire: beautiful safe white sand beaches, cosy coves, a relaxing inland with rural villages, lively coast towns with a rich heritage and the best nightlife you could ever dream of.

www.ibiza.travel

Honeymooners and couples can relax in Ibiza’s crystal-clear waters, enjoy unforgettable sunsets, explore its natural beauty spots, taste local renowned cuisine and have fun in an evening out at one of the famous nightclubs and bars. During the day, try one of the diverse leisure activities: visit a hippie market, book a day boat tour to famous Formentera, go on-board and try a diving experience, join a tour and discover the island by Vespa bike, visit a farm-house and learn how to produce traditional herb liquor and artisan soap …

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When the day is over, a broad offer of hotels and accommodations will be waiting for you, from internationally prestigious establishments to good boutique hotels, from beach resorts offering all-inclusive services to cosy rural villas for those looking for a relaxing stay away from tourist spots.

https://www.nobuhotelibizabay.com/

Bachelors and singles will discover the island’s lifestyle and have the best summer experience ever. Every summer, after end of May and until mid-September, Ibiza becomes the ultimate party destination in the Mediterranean, with the arrival of the cream of the world’s DJs. Partiers flock there to hit the dance floor in some of the biggest and most famous clubs in the world, from iconic spots like Amnesia, Pachá, Privilege and Hi Ibiza to the already legendary Ushuaïa. Nights will be long but nothing to worry about. By beautiful relaxing small beaches and coves there is plenty of smooth beach clubs where one can relax, from super-chilled chic to buzzing party vibe, there is sure an option that suits all moods.  Spare some day time for fun experiences, such a tour to a diving spot or some shopping in town.

Looking for a top accommodation in fancy Ibiza? Platja d’en Bossa, just off Ibiza Town, is the place. The famous Hard Rock Hotel and Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel are home to best DJ performances and parties. Prefer a more only adult location but still not too far from Ibiza Town and its top party spots? Santa Eulàlia is your destination, surrounded of relaxing beaches and coves, with top quality hotels offering first class rooftop bars and beach clubs. And if you are wandering if these locations fit your pocket, just go ahead, here are options for less fancy budgets.

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Families have also their place in the dream island. Ibiza is a safe destination offering peace of mind and the chance to enjoy suitable experiences for all ages in an unbeatable environment. Contrary to popular belief, during high season a large number of families arrive to the island in search of sea and sun. With lots of beaches to choose from ranging from long and thin, to small, wild and rugged, there is a place to make everyone pleased.

Most beaches are family-friendly and little ones can safely run around and bath in shallow crystal-clear waters. Family resorts with all facilities can be found next to family beaches in locations as Cala Llonga, Cala Bassa and Es Canà, with beaches that are almost like a large natural swimming pool. 

And remember, before or after staying in Ibiza, take the chance and spare some days for a visit to Spain’s mainland cities. Ibiza offers several daily flight connections with Madrid and Barcelona, just 40min away from the latest. Bachelors and singles will enjoy big city life, with good nightlife, shopping, restaurants and fun experiences. Couples and honeymooners may like to extend the trip and immerse in Spanish culture and heritage. Start with Barcelona and continue afterwards to the south, where charming Andalusian cities are waiting with incredible monuments and cosy old towns. Madrid can be the departure city, easily connected from Sevilla, Córdoba and Málaga by fast train. Families may prefer to extend the stay in the fantastic beach resorts and end with a short visit to main capitals before heading back home.

To sum up, The White Island, is a must-visit location at least once in everybody’s life. Get in touch and we will send you all information for an upcoming escape to the most versatile Mediterranean island.

info@across-spain.es

Far from the typical stereotype of a cheap, beach destination, Tenerife is a place filled with potential within MICE tourism. Of course this beautiful island is a perfect spot if you are looking for plenty of sun, sand and sea but, now, we would like to explain you why you should have it in mind when planning your next meeting, conference or kick off.

The island

Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and sits in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Africa. 2 international airports offer direct connections with Spanish mainland (3h from Madrid, 3h30 from Barcelona) and with most major airports across Europe. Today Tenerife’s population is around 900,000 and around five million tourists visit the island every year. Santa Cruz is the actual capital city, situated in the north, while the most popular tourist destinations are located by the south coasts – Playa de Las Américas, Los Cristianos and the stunning cliffs of Los Gigantes gather most of the great resorts.

A perfect climate is Tenerife’s main asset. Mild summers and relatively warm winters are the result of its subtropical climate, with temperatures averaging 20-22ºC in the winter months and 26-28ºC in the summer. The atmosphere is cooled by the sea breeze and the trade winds and the Island’s unique orography gives rise to varying weather conditions in different areas, to the point that you could find yourself playing in the snow on El Teide’s slopes in the morning and sunbathing or swimming on the south coast in the afternoon.

Several eruptions (the last being in the early 20th century) have sculpted this volcanic island. The result is a great mix of rugged terrain and breath-taking dramatic landscapes being Mount-Teide, the highest peak in Spain, the symbol which welcomes visitors as they come into land.

Where to stay

A huge range of good and top-class accommodation is available across the island, with excellent facilities suitable to a wide range of needs. Large hotel and resorts, conference hotels, smaller boutique hotels, adult-only facilities … can be found in almost every area in the island.  South Tenerife concentrates most of the 5* and deluxe hotels. Larger and smaller resorts, with first class facilities, beautiful gardens and pools, restaurants for all tastes, fully equipped conference services, own golf courses … provide a perfect base camp for your event. Despite being the main tourist area, there is a bunch of properties that have chosen a more private location, still not far, so as to fulfil the wishes of companies that expect more privacy.

For those looking for city life and being away from crowded tourists resorts, Santa Cruz, the capital city, have a good offer of first class hotels and conference facilities, venues, restaurants and activities.

What to do & see

Being such a versatile place, with beautiful beaches and a breath-taking nature, there are many original and creative activities and excursions, in the middle of the Atlantic, in the sand of some beaches or in mountainous and volcanic landscapes as the majestic Teide.

Whale and dolphin watching, sea-kayaking, sailing regattas, jet skiing, beach games, golf clinics and competitions, balloon ascents, trekking, jeep-rally tours, canyoning … are experiences which guarantee the success of any corporate trip.

In need of a less active program? No worries, there is an activity to fit all options. Wine cellars open doors to visits and tastings; boats are ready to bring sun seekers for a ride along the beautiful south cliffs; the fantastic Canary gastronomy is always there for guests to both enjoy a meal or, why not?, learn how to prepare traditional dishes in a gastronomic workshop; and of course, picturesque villages and natural parks are a short drive away from most hotels.

We have picked up some of the “must-see” in Tenerife:

Mount-Teide and Mount-Teide National Park: a day trip to Spain’s highest peak is a must. Situated in the the centre of Tenerife, it is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Enjoy the views from its 3718m height. A volcanic landscape with pine forests and green valleys welcome visitors within a quick drive and a cable-car ride to the top will be the reward – a clean view of Tenerife and the surrounding islands. 

La Orotava: a visit to this old historic town can be combined on the way up to Teide. Set in an attractive fertile countryside and with a backdrop of Mount Teide, the wealthiest residents of Tenerife used to live here in the past and their influence can be seen in the many beautiful buildings with beautifully carved wooden balconies and interior courtyards. The old town of La Orotava has been declared a Site of National Historic and Artistic Interest and there are lots of Renaissance mansions to admire as well as some beautiful churches and convents.

The Pyramids of Güimar: a natural complex consisting of six free-standing pyramids built in the 19th century, just outside the town of Güimar. The pyramids have become a popular tourist site and definitely stand out in the national park of reed ships, ancient artefacts and tranquil grounds.

Masca Mountain and Valley: one of the most popular hikes on the islands, a 7km trail that starts in a village in the northwest side and goes all the way to the rocky beach below. Guided hikes can be arranged, ending with a boat trip from the beach to Los Gigantes cliffs.

Whale and Dolphin watching: more than 28 species of whales and dolphins live in the warm waters surrounding Tenerife. Daily boat tours are arranged from the south coast and can be privatised for groups.

Tenerife Auditorium Adan Martin: Santa Cruz is worth a visit just for being home to one of the most famous buildings of the islands. The The Tenerife Auditorium, created in an avant-garde architectural style, frequently hosts talks, exhibitions and music events that attract diverse crowds. Besides being a venue that hosts all type of events, the building is open to visitors: the first level has a large open space with a terrace restaurant and a great view.

In a few words: Tenerife is the place where your guests can get lost in nature, relax on the beach, climb Spanish highest peak (a volcano), stroll the old cobbled streets of picturesque towns, play golf, go shopping … but, above all, we will make sure they don’t leave without trying the food, a delicious and unique experience – from a terrace with sea views with a plate of the local shrimps, “papas arrugadas”, fresh fish with “mojo” and a good local wine.

Would you like to learn more about the endless possibilities Tenerife has to offer to a MICE group? Contact us, we will be pleased to tailor-size the most suitable program: info@across-spain.es