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What’s on in Spain: July 2015

From bull running to beach festivals, The Local rounds up some of the best events in Spain this July.

What's on in Spain: July 2015
Benicassim takes place from July 16th - 19th. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP

CULTURE

Merida International Festival of Classical Theatre (Teatro Romano, Merida) July 1st-August 27th

For a whole two months, classical theatre performances will run at Merida’s stunningly preserved Ancient Roman theatre, the Teatro Romano. 

Photo: http://www.festivaldemerida.es

Veranos de la Villa (summer in the city) (Madrid) From July 3rd

Film, theatre, music and dance share equal prominence in Madrid’s festival of culture that spans some of the city’s best venues, including the Teatro Circo Price and Matadero Madrid. The festival runs from July 3rd until the end of August and will see performances from the likes of Ara Malikian and Silvia Perez Cruz.

 
MUSIC
 
Cordoba Guitar Festival (Cordoba) July 1st-12th

This international festival celebrates every aspect of the instrument, running classes on historical playing styles such as flamenco and medieval, and even guitar making. An extensive programme of concerts incorporates blues, jazz and folk performances by talented musicians from around the world. 

FIB – Festival Internacional de Benicassim (Benicassim, Valencia) July 16th-19th

An ever-popular fixture on the international festival circuit dubbed 'Glastonbury in the sun', FIB takes place in the Valenciano seaside resort of Benicassim. This year’s headliners include The Prodigy, Blur, Portishead and Crystal Fighters. 

Photo: Ignacio Brotons/Flickr

Low Festival, Benidorm (Benidorm) July 24th-26th

The “low” of this festival’s name refers to low cost, with a standard three day ticket setting music fans back a mere €49. Top of the bill this year are Kasabian, The Libertines and Foals.

FIESTAS
 
San Fermin (Pamplona) July 6th-14th

As much a Spanish institution as tapas, flamenco and paella is bull running, and the San Fermin running of the bulls in Pamplona is by far the biggest event of its kind in Spain, thanks to being made world famous by Ernest Hemingway. The festival runs from the 6th-14th July. Anyone can take part in the 8am 'encierros' as long as they’re over eighteen and sober. 

Photo: Ville Miettinen/Flickr

Rapa das Bestas (shearing of the beasts) (Pontevedra, Galicia) July 3rd-7th

Every year, hundreds of wild horses are captured from the mountains surrounding Pontevedra in Galicia to have their manes and tails cut by “horse fighters” before being released back into the hills, in a traditional local festival dating back 400 years. This being Spain there is a party attached to the haircut with music and merrymaking.

Madrid Pride July 1st-5th

Parties, live street performances and a colossal parade take over Madrid between 1st and 5th July in one of the biggest and best gay pride events in Europe.

SPORT

Red Bull X-Fighters Tour (Madrid) July 10th

A chance to see some death-defying stunts as motorcross riders from around the world descend on Madrid’s La Ventas bullring for the freestyle motorcross championships.

By Rory Jones

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BEACHES

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

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