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Archive for June, 2014

hot summer in spain – madrid or barcelona, what can be better?

enjoy warm sea and cosmopolitan city of catalonia or walk through the emblematic sunny streets of madrid.

however when it gets too hot, better to put on sun cream and panama hat, or  hide from the heat in some cool place, to avoid catching a sun strike.

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barcelona and madrid give you unique opportunity not just to escape from heat, but to experience a small northern adventure without going far away – and even see the northern lights!

how is this possible you will ask? – check it out!

ice bar in barcelona

opened in 2007, this ice-place suggests its visitors to get unique northern experience, just at the sandy beach of barceloneta.  ice bar is a wonderful place to be amused both for locals and tourists: lightened ice sculptures, ice interiors are forming two areas that are ready to welcome visitors and provide perfect place for fun and unusual celebration.

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entrance ticket (don’t forget to make pre-booking!) for the price of 15 eu provides you with 45 minutes visit and drink, that will warm you up. at the entrance you will get jacket and gloves, but better take some extra clothing with you if you are and easy freezing person.

temperature in the bar varies from -2oc to -10oc depending on the bar occupancy.

ice bar in madrid

ice bar in madrid presents more intimate atmosphere and is a good place for any kind of event or celebration. the ice bar has a number of packages to book for perfect event that you will remember for years!

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package for vip clients, ¨love package¨, ¨photography package¨, ¨vodka tasting package¨, ¨celebrations package¨. moreover in the bar there is an ice shop, offering you a number of exclusive products related with the ice world.

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and last but not the least! madrid ice bar can surprise you with a unique show of northern lights, prepared by the brightest video and photography specialists together with the ice bar members.

use a chance to experience north and south at once

and take rest from the summer heat in the ice-bar!

 

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spain is considered to be one of the most popular summer destinations. among its cosmopolite and authencity, cultural, historical and gastronomical richness, lies undoubtfull and strong advantage of its unique natural and biodiversity along with the geographical characteristics. lied by atlantic and maditerranean seas, spain has some the most precious coasts in the world – in costa dorada and costa del sol, asturias, galicia, costa blanca, costa verde and costa vasco, baleares &  canaries.. moreover, high number of spanish beaches are awarded with the blue flag voluntary eco label, what guaranties water quality, environmental management and safety of the beaches.

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fresh breath of air you can take when discover some less known spots like secluded coves and beaches, where on your own or with friends and family you can enjoy breathtaking natural landscapes and clean warm waters without being interrupted by the loud crowd. here are some of them:

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playa de rodas, islas cies, galicia

by taking a ferry trip (approx. 40 min) from vigo or barcelona you can reach islas cies – a spectacular and picturescue playa de rodas beach, where calm and crystal water makes perfect conditions for snorkeling or relaxing off the populated places.

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playa de silencio, oviedo, cudillero

not far from the asturian village cudillero you will find playa de silencio, quiet sand-and-stone beach in beautiful secluded cove.

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aiguablava, begur, girona

this natural beach is located in marvelous cove between cliffs of costa brava. it is not very secluded, but still much more quiet than other beaches of this area and is an ideal choice to go with family or friends if you are staying in begur or girona.

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das raias,  muxia, a coruña

tiny and unspoiled beach of das raias in the northwest spain, close to muxia town, offers amazing natural surroundings along with the white sand and clean calm water.

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cala dén serra, ibiza

ibiza nevertheless is known for non-stop parties and fun, however even here you can find peace and relaxation, e.g. on cala dén serra beach on the north of island, sheltered cove with impressing scenery,  known mostly by locals.

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cabo de gata, almeria

natural park cabo de gata is famous as ¨divers heaven¨, due to the excellent visibility along with the seascape and biological richness. here you can enjoy snorkeling (get some experience or equipment in the number of diving centers located in the park) or discover its small untouched beaches off the beaten places, starting at the sleepy coastal town of san jose and setting out to explore what the beautiful nature and landscape of this unique place can suggest you.

 

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what are the origins of flamenco performances that nowadays you can enjoy all over spain? – let’s have a deeper look..

unesco in 2010 has  declared flamenco an intangible cultural heritage of humanity and described as “..  an artistic expression fusing song (“cante”), dance (“baile”) and musicianship (“toque”)”.

routes of this art originally come from gypsy styles of andalusia, but through the centuries  andalusian styles have been mixed with other techniques coming from murcia and extremadura.

flamenco started being professionally performed for public since the XIX century and from that time performances have not change much(dancer accompanied by the song and guitar play).

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nowadays most popular places to enjoy the flamenco are “tablaos” (from the spanish floorboard). in ¨tablaos¨ you can see professional dancers showing their passionate art.

central flamenco cities with the oldest establishments and well-known artists regularly performing for the public are madrid, barcelona and sevilla.

in madrid you will have a great opportunity to enjoy flamenco in the world-known corral de la moreira. corral de la moreira, counting its history of more than 50 years,  is included in a book “1,000 places to see before you die”, and it is definitely not a tall talk.

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in corral de la moreira you will find authentic spanish music, dance, traditional cuisine and a list of celebrities, that have visited this place.

whenever you are travelling through barcelona, tablao cordobes is a “must” to visit among the other city gems. tablao cordobes is a small café-like place with the dining room next to the show stage, presents a perfect place to appreciate flamenco in an intimate atmosphere.

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this place, opened for public in 1970 has gained international recognition.

and sevilla – the “golden city”, also has something to show on this authentic route. casa de la memoria(¨house of memory¨) – you will not get a traditional dinner in this place, but explore flamenco in its purest representation.

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the performance  is settled in XVIII century andalucian palace. Moreover casa de la memoria offers to attend a large historical exhibition settled on its ground floor.

 

travel and compare which venue impresses you more!

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