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World Tapas Day, enjoy a gastronomic event in Spain!

The world tapas day is a gastronomic event that will take place the next June 15th, 2017 in different cities all over the Spain. Gastronomic lovers, can not miss it!

wolrd tapa day1Tapas are a typical Spanish custom loved by locals and tourists all over the world. As a result, an special day has been chosen to celebrate such an important tradition in Spain. Enjoy tapas routes, master classes, competitions, workshops and all kinds of activities organized in different cities all over Spain on this specific date. It’s a perfect chance to discover new flavours of Spanish cuisine while enjoying an authentic gastronomic event.

You will have the opportunity to taste tapas from Pais Vasco on the north of Spain to Andalusia region located to the south. Enjoy your favorite tapas and try new creations! Also you could try special menus elaborated by renowned chefs and restaurants.

Find bellow some suggestions of the most typical tapas, that you absolutely must try:

  • Patatas bravas: fried potatoes with a spicy tomato-based sauce.
  • Classic Iberian ham.
  • Croquetas: fried balls that can be filled with meat, fish, vegetables, cheese or mushrooms.
  • Spanish omelette: made with eggs and potatoes.
  • Pulpo a la gallega: boiled octopus seasoned in olive oil, salt and paprika.

And do not forget to match tapas with a cold beer or a glass of wine!

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Madrid or Barcelona: What city choose to visit?

If you are wondering about what city choose to visit: Madrid or Barcelona. These two destinations are totally recommended for holidays with family and friends and for incentive trips within Spain. Keep reading and discover the best of both cities!

Art, architecture and heritage.

In Madrid you will find the Triangle of Arts formed by the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía National Museum; three of the world´s greatest art galleries. You will also find the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, considered a World Heritage Site and the Temple of Debod, an Egyptian temple located in the heart of the city, a few steps from the Royal Palace. Do not forget to visit the green lung of the city: the Retiro Park, where you can enjoy a water ride on a boat or admire the Crystal Palace.

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In Barcelona, the only city in the world awarded with the Architecture Prize, you can visit the Sagrada Familia, the Güel Park, the Pedrera and the Casa Batlló; all of them works of the modernist architect Gaudí. It is also recommended to visit the popular Gothic quarter, next to Las Ramblas, one of the most beautiful and ancient areas of the city. Finally, a “must visit” for lovers of modern art is the Raval district, where the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) is located.

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Sport: football

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid team, is one of the most visited places in the Spanish capital. Another main club is Atlético de Madrid, which owns The Vicente Calderon Stadium, located on the banks of Manzanares river. Madrid has a deeply rooted football tradition that fills the city with life the “games days”.

stadium_bernabeu       Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

stadium_vicente_calderon       Vicente Calderon Stadium

Barcelona hosts the largest football field in Europe with a capacity of almost 100,000 spectators, FC Barcelona´s Camp Nou. In the Stadium, there have been concerts of famous artists like Michel Jackson or Bruce Soringsteen.

Like the two prevois stadiums, if offers the possibility to take a tour to discover the interior and visit its museum.

stadium_camp_nou       Camp Nou Stadium FC Barcelona


Gastronomy

The gastronomic proposals of both cities are excellent and it is a must to go for tapas and “cañas (small glass of beer) either in Madrid or in Barcelona. If you are in Madrid, you must try a typical squid sandwich in the surroundings of the Plaza Mayor. If you travel in winter, to shelter from the cold and warm up, the best option is to hace a cup of hot chocolate with churros, a sweet made with wheat flour cooked in oil. Do not forget to enjoy a plate of stew, one of the most representative recipes of Madrid cuisine.

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A classic of Barcelona is the “pan tumaca”, a simple recipe of bread with tomato that serves both for breakfast and to accompany colf meat or any dish when eating. In addition, if you like sweet, a typical delicacy of Barcelona cusine that you should try is the Catalan cream, a cheese dessert that is usually served with honey or nuts. Finally, a classic of streetfood is the delicious coca, a salty mass covered with vegetables similar tot he italian focaccia.

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Shopping 

Madrid and Barcelona are two Europe’s top cities for shopping. Both have a varied offer to satisfy all tastes, from Spanish brands at economic prices to luxury brands, such as the Golden Mile in Madrid, Salamanca´s district, There awaits us the shops of the most famous international designers and boutiques of haute couture in Spain. You will also find the most significant luxury fashion outlets in Spain, Las Rozas Village in Madrid and La Roca Village in Barcelona. It is also worth mentioning the “Paseo de Gracia” in Barcelona, ​​one of the main avenues, due to its tourist importance, commercial areas, business and a great showcase of outstanding works of modernist architecture in Barcelona.

shopping_roca_villageLa Roca Village. Source: https://wannabemag.com/garaziibarrolaza/gucci-la-roca-village/

 

shopping_rozas_village       Las Rozas Village. Source: http://www.minube.com/fotos/rincon/2050/333747


Nightlife

Madrid has a lively nightlife, some of the most popular places to get out are the neighborhood of Huertas, Malasaña and Gran Via. In addiction, there are countless discos that fitl all styles.get_out_malasaña        The neighborhoof of Malasaña. Source: Condé Nast Traveller.

In Barcelona, the Port Olimpic on the coast, is one of the party areas par excellence, especially in summer. Also, in the most central districts, we find a wide offer of bars, terraces, pubs and nightclubs.

Without a doubt, the two cities joy a privileged environment to enjoy the nightlife.

port_olimpic      Port Olimpic Barcelona

Both cities have a great variety of tourist attractions and constitute an excellent destination for business or leisure. We encourage you to personally discover the best of each and leave your trip in the hands of a specialist such as Premium Incoming DMC.

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