Archive for December, 2016

Christmas time has arrived and if you are still looking for the perfect gift, a shopping tour in Spain is always a good idea. But not only for your Christmas shopping – Spain is known for its amazing shopping facilities, huge department stores and unbeatable sales throughout the whole year.


source: Área de Turismo Ayuntamiento de Malaga

One of Spain’s most famous stores is probably El Corte Inglés. Discover Spain’s leading department store dedicated to fashion and lifestyle. Benefit from the widest selection of international brands in one store. El Corte Inglés sells clothing and shoes from well-known brands for men, women, juniors and kids, and a wealth of accessories like handbags, jewellery, watches, fashion jewels, perfumes, cosmetics, and much more. Moreover you could make use of the tax refund service, the gourmet experience, healthcare and beauty services and multilingual international products.

The best times to find amazing offers and sales are definitely the winter sales after Christmas, from January to March, and the summer sales, starting from July. In the last years the famous Black Friday is also becoming more and more popular in Spain, and nearly every store offers great discounts on the last Friday of November.

Even if you are travelling to Spain during the rest of the year, there are always possibilities to find great discounts in one of the numerous outlet shopping centres. If you are looking for special deals for high fashion and designer brands, visit the outlets that are part of Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages: La Roca Village in Barcelona and Las Rozas Village in Madrid. A world of exclusive offers and luxury shopping is awaiting you in elegant surroundings. You will be able to find discounts of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Additionally there is a wide selection of restaurants and cafés in each village, serving diverse menus of cuisine, appealing to guests from all over world.

In case you are looking for more high fashion brands and luxurious shopping experiences, there are some shopping areas you should visit! In Madrid this area is the Salamanca district and the “golden mile”, where you find the best and most exclusive fashion brands together with antique shops, bookshops, jewellers, galleries and other prestigious establishments. two of the most prestigious streets within this area are Calle Ortega y Gasset and Calle Serrano, home to popular luxury brands.


Calle Ortega y Gasset (source: Vogue)

In Barcelona you should look for the area around Avenida Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia. There you’ll find many designer stores and luxury brands, as well as popular furniture brands. In this area you could also visit one of Barcelona’s best shopping centres called L’illa, which houses many top fashion brands and has an excellent food court in the basement.

Barcelona - View of Passeig de Gràcia - Eixample district

Passeig de Gràcia (source: Amics del Passeig de Gràcia)

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Do you like classical music? How about combining top-level international orchestras and soloists with subtropical weather, beautiful beaches and idyllic volcanic landscapes? From 7 January to 6 February 2017, the 33rd International Music Festival of the Canary Islands will be held on the Canary archipelago, considered to be the most important music event of the Canary Islands.

The festival is aimed to enrich the islanders’ cultural life as well as to promote high-level cultural tourism. Due to the islands’ favourable weather, the festival is celebrated during the winter months, being the only European festival to be held in winter. During the months of January and February the average maximum temperature on the Canary Islands is 22ºC and the average minimum temperature is 14ºC, with sunny and clear skies. The perfect weather to go for a hike or take a walk along the beach.

The festival has become a relevant event on the winter agenda, counting with the presence of renowned soloists and artists. The 2017 festival is specially aimed to diffuse the Spanish and South American musical heritage. It will count with about 650 musicians from around the world, 89 concerts and 78 works to be performed. One of the highlights of this edition will be the historical union of the two greatest symphonic orchestras of the archipelago. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will be performing together Schoenberg´s “Gurre – Lieder” on 13 and 14 January.



Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife (source: Gobierno de Canarias)

The main venues of the festival are definitely worth a visit, even without events taking place. The Auditorio Alfredo Kraus on Gran Canaria, named after the most international Canary Island tenor, is located at the end of Las Canteras Beach and is one of the most representative and outstanding constructions of the island. You shouldn’t miss to see some highlights of the auditorium: On the one hand, you can enjoy stunning views over the sea from its enormous panoramic window in the Auditorium Symphonic Hall. On the other hand, this hall houses a spectacular organ with 2.750 pipes, one of the largest of the Canary Islands.

Another main venue is the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martin. It is located in the Canarian capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, next to the Atlantic Ocean. The majestic profile of the building has become an architectural symbol of the city and the archipelago. It is especially famous for its great arc, with its tip not being supported. Seen from the sea it is often compard to the Sydney Opera House. Inside, the auditorium also differs from traditional designs, as it attempts to surround the listener with sound sources.


Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín (source: Turespaña)

To know more about both venues, you could participate in one of the guided visits that are organized to introduce visitors into the history and show the architectural highlights the buildings have to offer.

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