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The honeymoon is without doubt one of the most important vacation for couples – a time they will always remember and connect with positive memories. Therefore, it is very important to choose the perfect location for it. And what else is better for this romantic getaway than the combination of sunny beaches, stunning nature and exciting culture – Spain has it all!

A honeymoon in Spain is always a good idea, but some regions are especially suitable for newlyweds to spend their romantic holidays together. In addition to the most popular city destinations like Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla or Valencia, there are some other regions that offer great possibilities to spend these special vacations.

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Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for honeymooners due to their warm subtropical climate all year long.
The island of Tenerife offers all you may desire for your honeymoon: diverse nature, from tropical forests to volcanic landscape, beautiful beach resorts and many possibilities for activities. Visit the famous Loro Parque zoo, go hiking through stunning ravines or do water sports.
The other islands are also well worth a visit. You could visit La Palma to relax, practise golfing, and visit the national park or the natural pools. also, you could spend your vacation at Lanzarote and do surfing, go mountain biking or hiking – there are endless possibilities.

Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are another good option for a honeymoon during the warm months (from April to October). Visit Mallorca, if you are seeking a combination of luxury and adventures. You can go hiking, yachting, just relax on the beach or visit some historic sites. There are several forts, windmills and nice mountain villages to be explored. A hotel that could make your stay even better is the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, a luxury hotel overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller.

A different program for your honeymoon awaits you in Ibiza. The island is famous for its international dance club scene and white sand beaches. This chic island is perfect if you are looking for the best parties and small remote beaches to relax. But the island has more to offer. If you are interested in culture, visit Dalt Vila, the historic centre of Ibiza Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a romantic evening have a drink at Café del Mar in Sant Antoni de Portmany, from where you have the best view of the most beautiful sunset of the island.

Costa del Sol

Furthermore, on the Spanish mainland there are many ideal places to spend the honeymoon. A popular destination is Costa del Sol with small fishing villages, charming coastal towns and famous spots like the bustling Puerto Banús marina in Marbella. In Marbella and the surrounding towns you can also find a lot of beach clubs and spas. You can decide if you just want to relax or attend great parties. If you need more action, there are loads of possibilities for water sports, sailing or golf. Moreover, from Costa de Sol there are various options for day trips. visit Nerja and the “Balcón de Europa” (Europe’s balcony) viewpoint for impressive views over the ocean. The ultimate place to take photos and collect memories of your honeymoon!

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Puerto Banús, Marbella

Apart from the mentioned regions of course there are numerous other options for honeymooners in Spain. You might find your ideal honeymoon destination at the wild green coasts and white beaches in Galicia, where you can enjoy great seafood. Another option is visiting the bustling Costa Brava, where historic towns, botanical gardens and small fishing villages await you.

All in all, every married couple will be able to find their perfect honeymoon in Spain, thanks to the unlimited possibilities!

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The football season has started and some matches of the Spanish league La Liga and the Champions League have already been played. This means that also the football fans start to meet regularly again to support their teams. Every community of football fans has several bars or restaurants where they tend to meet before, during or after the matches. In case they don’t attend the match in the stadium, many fans choose to watch their team’s matches in a place with a great atmosphere, together with other people supporting the same team and enjoying some delicious snacks and a cold beer.

Real Madrid

For supporters of Real Madrid there are a lot of possibilities to choose a bar close to the stadium Santiago Bernabeu. in the Chamartín district, the streets and bars are full of fans on match days. There are some popular bars that are a good option to watch a Real Madrid match: Penalti Lounge Bar is a welcoming bar and restaurant, combing the love for gastronomy and football, and offering some special hamburgers. The Realcafé Bernabeu is another perfect place for Real Madrid supporters, located inside the stadium with direct views to the pitch and a nice terrace in summer. It offers homemade and modern cuisine, with some gourmet influences.

 

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Atlético de Madrid

On Atlético de Madrid match days, the fans gather in the area of the Manzanares River, close to the Vicente Calderon stadium and the whole area turns red and white. Some of the common bars are located right at the stadium: El Doblete is situated next to the Gate 32, its interior decoration is inspired by the clubs successes. The 1903 Sports Bar is a modern bar, located next to Gate 23, and offers different areas and several screens at match days. Right at the riverside, one can find La Esquina del Calderón that serves homemade and traditional Spanish cuisine and of course shows all the matches. El Rancho, also located close the stadium, is specialized in Argentinian meat – the country where coach Diego Simeone and players Augusto Fernández and Ángel Correa are from.

 

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FC Barcelona

The Bar Llopart is a good option if you want to watch a Barça match in Sants. Upon entering the bar, you already see numerous flags and scarfs on the walls which creates the perfect atmosphere to watch a match while enjoying the local cuisine and a nice cold beer. Another bar where FC Barcelona supporters would meet on match days is Taverna de Barcelona, situated a few steps from Plaça Catalunya. This bar and restaurant’s decoration is inspired by Barcelona in the 30’s and delicious tapas and Spanish beers are served – the perfect surrounding to see your team win.

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Camp Nou stadium

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almost all of us know this famous heading quote from lord edward stark from the tv serial “games of thrones”. he was referring with this sentence that the people should prepare for the winter which is coming soon.

as the days are getting colder in madrid and the first christmas decoration are hanging around the city center, we also prepare for the coming winter.

for this week we came up with the idea to write about different ways of enjoying the winter and practising sports, so let us introduce you several activities which can be done during the winter in the snow.

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the bullfighting in spain is questioned since years, people saying that the act and killing of the bull should be forbidden and not be longer a part of spanish culutral activities. however when the event is taking place the entrance card are sold out quickly and banns thousands of people for some hours in the world of bullfighting with all his emotions.

in this blog we will not focus so much in the history of it moreover we want to present famous bullrings as “the plaza de toros” in ronda, “plaza toros las ventas”  in madrid and  “plaza de toros de la maestranza” in sevilla. for sure there are a lot more rings all over spain, as almost every bigger city has his own bullring, but as the three “plazas” mentioned before are the most important ones in spain, we will have a closer look to them.

but before presenting the three rings let me take you shortly through the history of the bullfighting in spain. the bullfighting in spain as we know today was created in the early 18th century from francisco romero, while the first ring was build in 1749.

one of the oldest plaza de toros in spain, younger and smaller than that at sevilla, but home to one of spain’s most famous ‘schools’ of bullfighting, is ronda.  this city became the city of birth of the traditional bullfighting and the city of practice for the first toreros. torero is the definiton off all people participating during the act. otherwise there are novilleros, matadores, banderillero and picadores. however the main protagonist is the matador who is angering the bull with the “muleta“, the red cloth, and giving the bull the deathblow witht the sword.

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the traditional bullfighting, corrida in spain, and his main act are divided into three parts

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in the first part the torero is meeting the bull, this part should give him the opportunity to get to know his enemy, read his movements, and get along with him. some movements of the torero are accompanied by the audience with an “olé”

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in the second part the banderillos, helpers of the torereo, comes into the act. their task is it to weaken the bull by stinging 3 banderillas, colourful spears, into the back of the bull

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the final showdown in which the torero is trying to prick the rapier into the bull´s heart and finish him off

today the plaza de toros is a museum, open to tourists, and used only in the spectacular september goyesca bullfights, in which combatants dress in the manner of goya’s portraits of 18th century life in spain. this year the act will be performed the 6th of september.

however the plaza de toros de las ventas in madrid became through the decades to one of the  most important ring of bullfighting worldwide. the plaza was build up in 1929 and presents since then the bullfighting spectacle to their audience. the ring has a capacity of ca. 25.000 people, who can enjoy the fighting.

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the season of the bullfighting is from may til october, however the best time to experience this act is during the san isidro festival in may and june, where almost every day a bullfight is shown to the audience.

apart of the bullfighting it is posible to visit the ring and his museum, a tour giving you the opportunity to learn more about the history of bullfighting and about the spanish passion for it.

the third ring which is being presented is the plaza de la maestranza in sevilla, the oldest and most significant bullrings in spain. it took more than 100 years to build up this ring with all his beauty. in this ring the bullfight moved from horseback to foot, and many of the cherished theatrical traditions of the matador evolved

 

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during the feria de abril, a week-long celebration of all things in seville, the season´s most prestigious fights are held. every afternoon, crowds pack the plaza de toros (under locals known as “the cathedral”) to see the “dance” between the matador and the bull. 

if the spectacle turns your stomach and is to much for you, you might like to visit only the museum and leave it at that. here you will find the chapel where the matadors pray, the hospital area in case of accidents, bull´s heads and matador´s costumes

bullfighting for sure is not as popular as it was once, but people still go and enjoy the act. for most of the outsiders it is hard to understand how people can get joy of this spectacel. but this not understanding exists in for example every kind of sports, not everyone likes futbol, saying what is so interesting about when 22 people are trying to catch a ball. and as long as the goverment will not forbid this event, the audience will go on jellying and shouting an “oléééééééééééééééé”

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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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