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What’s on in Spain: June 2015

Made any plans for June? The Local has rounded up a list of some of the best events in Spain, from a wine throwing battle in La Rioja to a high speed air race in Lleida.

What's on in Spain: June 2015
Fancy being drenched from head to toe in wine? Photo: Alfonso Bermejo Garcia / Flickr Creative Commons.

Culture

W B Yeats Exhibition (Ateneo de Madrid) June 2 – 14th

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, the month of June will see the Yeats Society Madrid organise a series of cultural events across the Spanish capital in close collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland.

Vogue Like A Painting (Thyssen Museum, Madrid) June 30th – October 12th

Peter Lindbergh, 2012 Museo Thyssen

This exhibition brings together sixty fashion photographs inspired by painting. The photographs, from the Vogue Archive, are the work of great photographers over the past three decades.

Corpus Christi (Toledo, Castile—La Mancha) June 4th

One of the oldest and most important religious festivals in Toledo mixes singing, aromatic smells and spiritual devoutness in a spectacular solemn procession. Corpus Christi is celebrated all around Spain so you might also want to check out what's going on where you live.  

Music Festivals

Sonar (Barcelona) June 18 – 20th

Photo: Oh-Barcelona / Flickr Creative Commons.

This festival in Barcelona is for music lovers looking for new progressive sounds from international artists of the electronic music scene. The festival has a wide range of activities, DJ sessions, concerts, and multimedia art exhibitions.

Mulafest (Madrid) June 25th – 28th

Madrid’s festival of all things urban includes concerts by some of the world’s hippest DJs, a skate park, tattoo convention, fake beach and street food. Glasgow producer/DJ Hudson Mohawke and Belgian brothers 2ManyDJs are just two of the big draws to this year’s festival. A ticket for the Friday and Saturday, including entrance to concerts is €35.

International Sephardi Music Festival (Córdoba) June 8 – 13th

Held annually in Córdoba's Botanical Gardens since 2002, this event is designed to promote deeper understanding of the traditions of Sephardic culture, inluding music, talks and typical dishes.

Fiestas

Madrid Pride (Madrid) June 23rd – July 2nd

Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP.

By far the largest gay parade in Spain and with around two million people taking to the streets, one of the biggest pride events in the world. The Madrid Orgullo has become one of the main fiesta's of the capital with activities are centred around Chueca.

Sawdust carpet festival (Albacete) June 6th – 7th

If you love carpets and er sawdust, then this unique celebration is just the event for you. Teams in the town of Elche de la Sierra compete to create the most vibrant crapet designs out of wood shavings over the Corpus Christi weekend. There is also a music festival, dancing and of course drinking in this beautiful seating in the Sierra del Segura mountain range near Albacete.

Batalla del Vino (Battle of Wine), La Rioja, June 29th 

Photo: Alfonso Bermejo Garcia / Flickr Creative Commons.

A town in the province of La Rioja hosts a festival to celebrate the feast of San Pedro. After mass a peaceful battle begins where litres and litres of wines are thrown on participants on either side of the battle.

Sport

Air Race 1 World Cup (Lleida, Catalonia) June 28th 

Photo: Air Race 1

A great fun spectator sport which might leave you with a crick in the neck, Air Race 1 is the first international title in the sport of formula one air racing, when eight airplanes race around simultaneously on a circuit at speeds of up to 450kph.  

Windsurfing World Cup (Costa Brava) June 9th – 14th

The gulf of Roses on Girona's Costa Brava will host the world cup event on the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) calendar and will feature participation by many top international windsurfers. 

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Six beautiful villages and small towns which are close to Barcelona

Barcelona is an exciting city to live in, but it's also great for weekend getaways. Here are six of the most beautiful villages and small towns within a one or two hours' drive from the Catalan capital.

Six beautiful villages and small towns which are close to Barcelona

Whether you prefer hiking in the Pyrenees or strolling on the beaches of the Costa Brava, there are plenty of lovely places to visit just a short drive or train ride away from Barcelona.

In fact, if you live in the Catalan capital, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to ideas for weekend getaways. Here are six of the most stunning pobles (villages in Catalan) that are definitely worth a visit.

Sitges

Sitges is a popular weekend seaside destination for Barcelonans and foreigners alike, and for good reason. The town has plenty of restaurants and shops as well as a beautiful seaside promenade and beach. Don’t miss a visit to the Maricel Palace, one of the most emblematic buildings, which also houses a collection of painting, sculpture and medieval art.

A beach in Sitges. Photo: sytpymes/Pixabay

2. Castellar de n’Hug

Located on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees, this village is near the waterfalls that are the source of the Llobregat river, which reaches the Mediterranean just south of Barcelona. Its well-preserved cobbled streets and stone houses are typical of the region, and if you board the Tren del ciment (the “cement train” that used to lead to a former cement factory) you can visit the nearby Artigas Gardens, designed by none other than Antoni Gaudí.

The awe-inspiring vistas of Castellar de n’Hug. Photo: Josep Monter/Pixabay

 

3. Begur

Begur is one of the Costa Brava’s most picturesque villages and its turquoise beaches attract many tourists in the summer. Surrounded by rocky cliffs and pine forests, the town has a colourful historic quarter dating back to the 15th century, but it’s also known for its grand colonial built in the early 20th century with a distinctive Indies style.

Begur is a sight to behold. Photo: Enquire/Pixabay

4. Miravet

Nestled on the slope of a hill and on the banks of the Ebro river, Miravet is a tiny village of just 700 inhabitants in the province of Tarragona. It strategic location meant it was occupied by a long series of settlers, but its 12th century Templar castle is the main attraction. The warm springs of Fontcalda are a 40-minute drive away and well worth a visit.

Miravet is as picturesque as villages come. Photo: Ryan Hogg/Pixabay

5. Peratallada

Just 22km east of Girona, this picturesque village takes its name from its stone buildings (the Catalan words pedra tallada mean ‘carved stone’). As one of the most significant centres of medieval architecture in Catalonia, it was declared a historic-artistic monument.

Find peace and quiet in Peratallada. Photo: Jaime Alcolver/Pixabay

6. Besalú

If there’s one place that exudes the Catalan middle ages, it’s probably Besalú. This town’s rich medieval legacy includes the 12th century Romanesque bridge across the Fluvià river, the Cùria Real and the residence of Cornellà, with its vast arcaded gallery, as well as several churches. A trip to the village could be followed by hike in the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa Natural Reserve, which includes 40 dormant volcanoes.

Travel back in time during a visit to Besalú. Photo: Adolfo Rumbo/Pixabay

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