No doubt Spain is a country full of festivities, parties and special celebrations all year round. But there are some events happening that catches attention to most travelers interested in Spain that can be added to other exclusive ones. Here is our selection and ideas around them:
February 22nd to 26th – ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair.
In its 36th edition, ARCOMadrid – one of the most important contemporary art fairs worldwide – will gather once again the most innovative artists and top critics in the contemporary scene. There’ll be a series of Professional Meetings where art critics, galleries and artists can better understand the Fair’s content. The Forum will host talks on art collecting, organized in collaboration with Banco Santander Foundation. ARCOMadrid 2017 will have Argentina as guest country.
What we can do: secure tickets and passes to the event, secure private tours around ARCO with experts and art professionals, arrange private visits to Madrid´s top art galleries…
February 23rd to March 5th – Cadiz Carnival
One of the most popular carnivals in Spain, yet to be discovered by many visitors. A full city that gets packed those days and lives for the carnival with street parades and amazing local atmosphere at every corner. A carnival for the people and to immerse in an authentic whirpool of music, colours and fun in one of the most charming cities of Spain.
What we can do: book the best accommodation and private apartments around, arrange city tours to mingle with the locals, go tapas with them, or book tables for the finest seafood restaurants in Cádiz.
February 17th to 26th – Málaga Spanish Film Festival
Since 1998, the city of Malaga in Andalusia has hosted this festival dedicated to showcasing and promoting Spanish film.Every year the festival includes previously unseen feature-length and short films and documentaries. Malaga is transformed into a centre for debate and a meeting point for figures in the national film industry, as well as showcasing a wide range of productions.
What we can do: arrange experiences around the festival, access and afterparties, yacht parties, cultural tours in the city, day trips, Marbella shopping…
April 9th to 16th – Holy Week in Seville
Prepare yourself to experience the most amazing expression of religion and faith that comes out to the streets of a city that lives for it. Crowds gather to see all the processions (around 60 of them) invading the streets simultaneously during 7 days, an impressive baroque show not to be missed.
What we can do: organize a full experience around it with local experts on Seville´s Holy Week, as you follow them on their particular pilgrimage around the churches, processions and the best spots to see all the action. But don´t be confused, it is also a week to enjoy the city within the cultural and gastronomic aspect.
April 23rd El Clásico, Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona
The biggest football (soccer) game ever. Attending this fantastic game between the most powerful teams in the world is a show beyond compare, few sport events come close to this. The impressive Santiago Bernabeu stadium will be the host.
What we can do: secure seats, vip tickets and boxes, provide private transportation to the game, book the best hotels around the stadium…
April 30 to May 7th – Feria de Abril, Seville
After the Holy Week, this city completely turns from a religious experience to a full week of 24h fiesta, literally. Hundreds of colourful casetas in a dedicated area within Los Remedios neighbourhood and built for the ocassion are home to serious dance, sing, drink and socialize. During those days, Sevilla also hosts some of the most important bullfights in Spain.
What we can do: take you to the Feria the way it must be done: with locals. Arrange horse carriages to get there in style or horses to ride around the Feria, secure the best seats for bullfights, prepare visits to the best designers for flamenco outfits for ladies where they can rent them and get dressed, take you to the best privately-owned casetas, and if you don´t sleep in the mornings after a full night of fiesta, explore the city with the company of the best private guides.
May 12th to 14th – Formula 1 Gran Premio de España
The F1 returns to its yearly date at Montmeló circuit in Barcelona. Expect the usual great F1 show that comes with it and the passion for speed.
What we can do: secure tickets, vip seats and paddock access. Meet & Greet with some drivers, hospitality experiences, afterparties in the city, sports cars rentals…
Plácido Domingo – different shows in Spain
As part of his 2017 world tour, the Spanish tenor and one of the world´s best, will be performing different shows across Spain: La Traviata at Palau de Las Arts Valencia in February, Thais at Liceu Barcelona in March, and Macbeth at Teatro Real in Madrid in July.
What we can do: secure tickets and vips seats, arrange accommodation at the finest hotels in every city together with private transfers to the shows, organize experiences around music and opera with experts, musicians or singers, prepare visits to luthiers…
July-August: Mérida Classical Theatre Festival
A new edition of the prestigious Mérida Classical Theatre Festival will be held in this historic town in the province of Badajoz in July and August. The event is dedicated to theatre, and while the fundamental core of texts are of Greco-Latin origin, the festival is also open to the dramatic arts in general and includes music performances and a film season. One of the event’s main attractions is its stunning setting: the Roman theatre dating from the end of the first century B.C., and which has today been restored to its original function as the venue for this festival. Exact dates to be confirmed.
What we can do: arrange passes and access to the shows, private cultural and archaeological tours in Mérida or Cáceres, gourmet experiences around the Ibérico ham, accommodation in luxury country homes…
July 29th to August 5th: Copa del Rey de Vela (King´s Cup), at The Real Club Náutico in Palma de Mallorca
The Copa del Rey is one of the most important sailing regattas of the Mediterranean sea and Spain’s most historic and celebrated yachting event. Once a year international celebrities, Spanish royalty and the world’s best sailors come together in Palma de Mallorca for a glorious week of offshore competition and onshore festivities and the perfect combination of sun, fun and aristocracy. During the Copa del Rey, Majorca turns into the capital of sails.
What we can do: arrange tickets for the show, vip access, parties, yacht and boat rental to see the races from the sea, organize experiences around the world of sailing in the island, rent private villas or the best hotel suites during the event, plan gourmet tours and book the finest restaurants…
September 16th to 24th – San Sebastian International Film Festival
Since its creation in 1953 it has established itself as one of the most important cinema festivals in the world. It has hosted several important events of the history of cinema, such as the international premiers of Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock.
What we can do: arrange access to premieres and afterparties, meet & greet with industry professionals, book tables at the many Michelin star restaurants or go pintxos within the amazing food scene in the city.
October 19th to 22nd: Andalucia Valderrama Masters
Golf lovers, this is for you. One of the best European tournaments, that will surely soon be part of the Rolex series. Hosted by Sergio Garcia Foundation, and taking place at the impressive Valderrama Golf Course in stylish Sotogrande, Cádiz.
What we can do: special and vip access to the tournament – teetimes at Valderrama or the best golf courses nearby before or after the tournament days – accommodation in golf villas or private villas in stylish Sotogrande area by the harbour…
There are many other exclusive and interesting events in Spain worth discovering and attending. Please feel free to get in touch with your preferences and we will provide a list of the best events accordingly, or to arrange services on any of the events proposed.
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