Feria de Málaga

Feria de Málaga

Málaga’s summer celebrations commemorate the taking of the city by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered Málaga on August 19th, 1487, thus incorporating the city into the Crown of Castile. That is why August 19th is always a day of celebration for Malaguenians. This year’s edition of the Feria de Málaga will be held from August 14th to 22nd. As every year, the celebrations draw in people from all over the country and from abroad. Over five hundred thousand visitors are expected this year between the celebrations in the old town and the fiesta in the fairgrounds. The Feria will start with its traditional fireworks and pregón (an opening speech) on Friday night, followed by eight days of partying throughout the city’s streets. The city’s summer celebrations never fail to gather countless local and national artists, be it singers, artisans or exhibitors. During the day time, there’ll be live music in different parts of the city, bullfights at the Malagueta Bullring, and artisans selling their products at crafts markets. You’ll also have the chance to taste delicious wines and tapas, and there will be several exhibits in the various museums in Málaga’s old town. At night, the fiesta will move on to the fairgrounds, where there will be funfair rides and live acts in its casetas. And here is a hand-picked selection of our best Malaga apartments so you can enjoy the Feria like a true local: KIM- From 160€/night This centrally located apartment stands out for its elegant decoration and its stunning terrace, where you’ll be able to sunbathe and delight in the Jacuzzi. The perfect spot to relax...
The Best Towns in Southern Spain

The Best Towns in Southern Spain

Andalusia: its summer heat, the colors of its streets, its charming little villages, its heavy southern accent, its flamenco dances, its cuisine, its rich history… Just breathtaking! Open your eyes wide and let us take you on a route through some of the prettiest towns in southern Spain.   Ronda Ronda, northwest of the province of Malaga, is one of the oldest towns in Spain. The Tajo River crosses Ronda’s old town, dividing it into two parts connected by the Puente Nuevo, a 100 meter tall bridge with picturesque views over the city. The labyrinth-like streets of Ronda are a constant reminder of its Muslim past. Don’t leave without visiting its famous bullring, built in stone.   Vejer de la Frontera Vejer de la Frontera is a village in the province of Cadiz, built atop a 190m tall hill, on the banks of the Barbate River. It is known for its walled historic center and the historic-artistic ensemble formed by its castle, with amazing views, and its numerous churches. There is nothing quite like exploring its narrow, steep streets, and delighting in the view of its palm trees and white houses before heading to Plaza de España, with its beautiful fountain, for something to drink.   Úbeda Úbeda is a small town in the autonomous community of Jaén, facing the Sierra Mágina massif. This town is regarded as one the maximum exponents of the Spanish Renaissance, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its renaissance buildings, such as the palace of Las Cadenas or the church of Santa María de los Reales Alcázares. A short wander through...
The Towns of the Tour de France 2015

The Towns of the Tour de France 2015

This year will see the 102nd edition of the Tour de France. The route starts in the city of Utrecht (the Netherlands) on July 4th, and ends, like every year, in Paris’ legendary Champs-Élysées, on July 26th. The cyclists will ride through a number of French towns internationally known for their cultural heritage. And so, this is our chance to introduce you to some of the gems of the French landscape. Rodez Rodez is located in the Midi Region, to the northwest of the city of Toulouse. Many of the town’s buildings are protected by the State for their historical or architectural value. Most of these buildings are in the old town, or Vieux-Rodez, like the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The town is eclectic, combining gothic, renaissance and baroque architectonic styles. Some other important sites include the Palais Épiscopal and the Saint-Amans Church, both listed among the town’s historical monuments. And these are but some of the features that have earned the town the label of City of Art and History. Arras You’ll find the town of Arras is in the Pas-de-Calais Region of Northern France. Arras is known for its two baroque squares, la Place des Héros and la Grand’Place, which together, form a unique architectural complex with its belfry and its citadel, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The town’s medieval streets attract tourists from all over Europe. Arras is also known as la ville fleurie (flower town) for its flowers. Abbeville The town of Abbeville, located in the department of Somme, in Northern France is known for its municipal theater, built in 1911 and listed among the...
What to Do in Seville in the Summertime?

What to Do in Seville in the Summertime?

Seville… the Giralda, the Plaza de España, the Alcázar, its tapas, its two spring seasons… but also its scorching hot summer! If you’re heading down to Seville during the summer season, you’ll find that it’s just not easy to find activities that enable you to escape the heat. And that is why we want to help you out by suggesting five different plans to make the most of the summer in this city: Open Air Concerts Sevillian summer nights are for open air concerts, and there is plenty to choose from, independently of your taste- there’s indie, flamenco, classical music… The city itself turns into the best of stages, be it in its streets, in the gardens of its palaces such as those of the Alcázar, or on terraces overlooking the city’s emblematic monuments, you are always sure to find live music. At the Isla de la Cartuja (Island of the Charterhouse) you’ll find Terraza Montpensier that plays live music all summer and brings national and international DJs. Always a good alternative when it comes to escaping the heat of the city. Another good option is the terrace of the Rocío Jurado Auditory, also at the Isla de la Cartuja on the Guadalquivir River, and which, this summer, will see the likes of artists like Carmen Boza, Andrés Suárez, Lila Downs or The Skatalites. Open Air Cinema You’ll be able to check the film screenings of Seville’s many open air cinemas, some of them on the city’s rooftops, and the most popular one in the neighborhood of the Diputación. Watch a good movie under the stars. Could there be...
Afterwork Events in Paris

Afterwork Events in Paris

Are you familiar with the concept of afterwork events? As the word itself indicates, it’s about what you do after work before getting back home. An interval of time that is yours to spend as you wish, though lately, going out for a drink and small talk with colleagues gets you the most points. It is time to relax, forget about work, and let your real self shine through. Paris is not short on afterwork events. This new trend that is gaining momentum has many adepts in the French capital. These networking events tend to have two parts to them: a first part that includes dinner and open-bar, generally running from 7pm to 9pm; and a second part, from 9pm to 1am, when the bar turns into a dance floor. Follow our tips below if it’s your first time at a Parisian afterwork. Before the Afterwork Itself Make sure you have concealer at home; you are going to need it the following morning. Coffee will also be high up on your priorities list; you’ll need plenty of it before work. The Buffet An open buffet doesn’t necessarily mean you should stuff your face. Pace yourself and check your manners when filling up your plate and eating. If you are still hungry afterwards, remember that you are in Paris and you can always get some food on your way home. Be a true gentleman! The Open Bar Same goes for the open bar. Just because you have access to unlimited bubbly and mojitos doesn’t mean you should drink recklessly, or you’ll pay the price the morning after. And keep in...