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now that the sun is back on track it is time to enjoy a well-deserved break by the sea. and where better to hit the beach than in the charming town of sitges, located 35 km southwest of barcelona. this worldwide renowned city is most famous for its many beaches (there are 17!) and its vibrant nightlife. especially the waterfront with the numerous ´playas´ (beaches) is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious paella, play some volleyball with your friends or have a picnic while watching the magnificent sunset.

however, if working on your tan is not captivating enough, there is always the possibility to go and check out the fashionable crowd that strolls over Sitges´ endless boulevard. no doubt that you will encounter some interesting characters as many of Sitges´ visitors and inhabitants are gay. this aspect gives the city a special touch and contributes to the great variety of people and activities that create the open and friendly atmosphere. all caracteristic for this small town.

Sitges Boulevard

sitges´ boulevard

Sitges beach

sitges´ beach 

many people say that sitges has something for everyone and that is hard to deny! with its many festivals and local fiestas during the whole year, the cultural heritage of the city is celebrated and everybody is welcome to join the festivities. this past weekend was dedicated to the celebration of festa major and next in line is the international movie festival in october. 

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sitges´s old town


festa major 

sitges is the perfect destination for a weekend break or a short getaway from busy barcelona. trains take you from barcelona to sitges in approximately 35 minutes and run every 20 min from barcelona’s main stations. below some more pictures of the stunning beaches, the beautiful old town and the endless boulevard of sitges. 

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catedral de sitges

sitges beach 2

sitges´ harbour and boulevard


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sometimes you may feel tired from all the attractions, activities and touristic objects surrounding you in a big city… you may find yourself wondering where you can simply take a glass of red wine with tapas, relax and enjoy a good movie.. if you recognize yourself reading these lines then you´ve come to the right place. in this article we´ll guide you through some outdoor cinema options in the capital for a perfect calm end of a long and stressful day.

the most extensive open-air cinema program in madrid is prepared by fescinal, which also happens to celebrate its 30 year anniversary this year.

situated in parque de la bombilla, this summer cinema not only gives you the feeling of being in an old american movie but also lets you enjoy both the good old classics like kubrick´s “the clockwork orange” and new classics like sorrentino´s “la grande bellezza” (“the great beauty”).

for the smallest viewers the organizers have prepared a children program with animated movies like “frozen” and “how to train your dragon 2”.

all movies start at 22.15 and the cinema will be open until the end of september. all that is left for you to do is to drive-in or simply take a seat and enjoy the movie.

more info and the full program can be found here: www.fescinal.es


another great option right in the very heart of the city is the cinema in plaza de cibeles (cibeles palace), the site of city hall and cultural space centrocentro.

in addition to the movies this pop-up cinema offers a wide range of different activities and means of socializing, such as expositions, pop-up stores, finger food and bar, DJs and summer terrace open until 2am.

the cinema will be open until 31st august and the program can be found here: www.thecinema.es/



finally, we also recommend the freshly opened pop-up summer cinema el cuartel by city lights, located in centro cultural conde duque.

the cinema will also be accompanied with a gastro terrace with the menu prepared by the chefs albert adriá, andoni luis aduriz, ramon freixa and paco pérez del miramar (who altogether happen to share 11 michelin stars); and shopping space with well-known fashion labels.

this cinema will bring joy to all your senses until 14th september. the full program can be seen here: www.cinedeveranocondeduque.reservaentradas.com/cgi-vel/cineverano


at across spain we truly believe that madrid is a city where everything is possible, just name it. and, to be completely honest, such is spain in general – the country of diversity, culture and so much life that you simply cannot get enough.

across spain is your expert in all-things-good in spain, and we are here to help you well into all the possibilities the country has to offer and help you pick the best options. so “hola!” as we say and see you around soon!

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in case you find yourself in the capital of spain, overwhelmed by the increasing heat, you may want to find interesting and exciting places where you can spend your days and prepare for even hotter madrid nightlife.. there is certainly a number of great options for any taste, however, in this artice we have prepared a little insight into what the city can offer to travellers interested in culture and art.

first of all we want to encourage you to explore the so-called the golden triangle of art which consists of three art museums that are among the most important museums in the world: the prado museum (museo del prado), the reina sofía museum (museo nacional centro de arte reina sofía) and the thyssen-bornemisza museum (museo thyssen-bornemisza).


the prado museum,
is among the most prestigious art museums in the world, storing more than 8000 masterpieces from the spanish, flemish and italian schools, starting from the middle ages to the 19th century.

the accent is put on spanish artists, including the magnificent “las
” by velázquez which happens to bealso the best-known work displayed at the museum.

in addition to permanent exhibitions this summer you can also enjoy two temporary exhibitions: “el greco and modern painting” and “evil vanishes. egusquiza and wagner´s parsifal in the museo del prado”.

the museum is located on paseo de prado, with the nearest metro stations being banco de españa and atocha.

the opening hours from monday to saturday are from 10am to 8pm; on sundays and holidays from 10am to 7pm.



the next museum on the “art walk” list is the reina sofía museumsofiacol2.jpg, which is the house for around 20´000 masterpieces, dating from late 19th century to today.

once there you must definitely see the masterpiece “el guernica” by pablo picasso. museum also has an extensive collection of other spanish artists, such as as joan miró and salvador dalí.

nevertheless, if you are more interested in international artists,. the collections also include works by artists like francis bacon, damien hirst, max ernst, lucio fontana, etc.sofia.jpg


the programme of museum includes all types of artistic disciplines, divided into three collections: “the irruption of the 20th century, utopia and conflicto (1900-1945)”, “is the war over? art in a divided world (1945-1968)” and “from revolt to postmodernity (1962-1982)”.

this summer we recommend you to visit also the temporary exhibitions that include works by richard ham
and kerry james marshall.

the museum is located on street santa isabel, 52 with the closest metro station being atocha.

opening hours from monday to saturday are 10am – 9pm, on sunday 10am – 7 pm. the museum is closed on tuesdays.






last but not the least important museum in the golden triangle of art is the thyssen – bornemisza museum which housesaround 1000 arthyssencol1.jpgtworks from the 13th to 20th century.

it is interesting to note that the museum initially started of as a personal collection by baron hans heinrich thyssen-bornemisza and his father, baron heinrich.

thyssen supplements the madrid´s art temple with unique works of such underrepresented areas as the early italian school, impressionism, german expressionism, russian constructivism, , pop art, etc.

if you visit thyssen this summer, you have the opportunity to see two temporary exhibitions, a mixture of conventional and contextual exhibitions. these are – “pop art myths” and “alma-tadema and victorian painting in the pérez-simón collection”.


thyssen is located in palacio de villahermosa, paseo del prado, 8 which is near the metro station banco de españa.

until september 14 the temporary exhibitions are open from 10am to 10pm on tuesdays to saturdays and from 10am to 7pm on sundays and mondays.



although the three aforementioned museums are the very cornerstones of madrid´s art collections there are even more interesting cultural places to see, e.g. the arts centre matadero or caixaforum – the live space for old, modern and contemporary art, music and poetry .matcaixa.jpg

across spain would like to invite you to be our guest and explore the never-ending artistic and cultural opportunities the city has to offer, be it either by yourself or by choosing any of our several guided tours and art gallery routes.

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