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Ten brilliantly fun things to do in Spain this June

Summer is here and Spaniards are ready to welcome it with a range of fiestas, sporting events and cultural activities across the country from Madrid's Pride festival to a celebration of classical music and dance in Granada. Here are some of the highlights.

Ten brilliantly fun things to do in Spain this June
A battle where the weapon is wine takes place in La Rioja. Photo: AFP

Fiestas

The San Juan Bonfires, June 23rd


Photo: AFP

On June 23rd, the people of Spain celebrate the beginning of summer with traditional music and dance as well as parades and street performers. Each region celebrates San Juan in its own way, but in A Coruña, in the Region of Galacia, the solstice will be celebrated with a roaring bonfire and a fiesta into the early hours of the morning.

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Madrid Orgullo, June 28th – July 7th


Photo: AFP

In June, people across the world celebrate Gay Pride. Although Madrid’s famous parade isn’t until July 6th, the city will be bursting with colour from June 28th, when Pride Week begins. Performances, concerts, parties and expositions will salute the LGBTQIA+ community. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which signified the beginning of LGBTQIA+ liberation across the world.

 

Batalla del Vino, La Roija, June 29th 


Photo: AFP

At 8am on June 29th in La Roija, two teams of villagers will celebrate the feast of San Pedro by soaking each other in litres of wine, a spectacle which dates back to the sixth century when pilgrims to the region would enjoy a feast after mass with great quantities of wine.

 

X Emerita Lvdica, Mérida, June 3rd – 9th

Between June 3rd and June 9th, the city of Mérida in Badajoz travels back in time to the 1st Century AD as it celebrates its Roman past with performances in the amphitheatre, fashion shows, a Roman market and the opening of monuments through the night.

 

Music

Festival de Granada, Granada, June 21st – July 12th

Originating in 1883, this festival of music and dance is a historic event involving an array of performances including chamber music and ballet shows as well as workshops in music, dance and photography. It takes place in the Andalusian City of Granada, showcasing performing arts in striking venues such as the Palicio de Carlos V.

 

Azkena Rock Festival, Basque Country, June 21st – 22nd 

The annual Azkena festival will welcome Stray Cats as part of their 40th Anniversary tour this year as well as The B-52s, Wilco, and The Cult, offering a full weekend of rock in the Basque Country.

 

Ed Sheeran, Barcelona & Madrid, June 7th & 11th


Photo: AFP

Ed Sheeran continues his “Divide” tour with extra dates across Europe this summer, including gigs in Barcelona and Madrid, with support from two brilliant artists: James Bay and Zara Larsson.

 

Sport

The “Quebrantahuesos”, Sabiñánigo in Aragon, June 22nd

Sabiñánigo in the province of Huesca once again hosts the “Quebrantahuesos” this year. The exhausting 205km cycle race demands a spectacular ride through some of the harshest mountain passes in Pyrenees, testing the resilience of around 8,000 athletes from all over the world.

 

Catalan Motorcyle Grand Prix, June 14th – 16th


Photo: AFP

Since 1992, the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit has played host to the Catalonia Motorcycle Grand Prix. In the two days prior to the big race on June 16th, training sessions and classifying stages can be watched, all taking place just north of the city of Barcelona.

 

Last Chance

“Pioneers. Women of the Russian avant-garde”, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, until June 16th

Photo: Detail of Liubov Popova, Painterly Architectonic /Thyssen Museum

An exhibition at entitles “Pioneers. Women of the Russian avant-garde” is entering its final weeks in The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, presenting the work of a selection of prominent female artists from the 20th century cultural resistance in Russia. The display’s curator will be giving a free talk on the featured artist at 6pm on June 5th.

 

List compiled by Alice Huseyinoglu

READ ALSO: The intern's guide to surviving a summer in Spain 

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US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Authorities in the USA have announced the end of the Covid-testing requirement for arrivals from Europe, meaning that fully vaccinated people will soon be able to travel between Europe and the US without needing pre-travel tests.

US to end Covid testing requirement for travellers from Europe

Most of Europe had dropped the testing requirement for fully-vaccinated arrivals in the spring, but the US has maintained the requirement to show proof of a negative test for all arrivals.

However on Friday, the Biden administration announced that it would not renew the testing requirement.

The new rule is expected to come into effect at 12.01 Sunday EDT, until then passengers will still need to show a negative Covid test before they can board a plane to the US.

The US currently bars unvaccinated travellers from entry – although this does not apply to US citizens, US residents or those travelling for essential reasons – there was no announcement on lifting this restriction. 

The CDC said that testing requirements could be reinstated if new variants of Covid emerge, and added that it continues to recommend pre-travel testing. 

Covid travel rules vary between individual countries in Europe, but most countries now only require pre-departure tests for unvaccinated travellers. Check the rules of the country you are travelling to for full details. 

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If their vaccination was more than nine months ago, they need a booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated – people who have had a booster do not need a second, even if their booster shot was more than nine months ago.

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