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Christmas celebrations in Spain

Christmas in Spain has a lot to offer visitors looking for a less commercial festive season, and the traditional Christmas Markets of the major cities will certainly delight those looking for some seasonal retail therapy or just some unusual gifts.

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Christmas festivities in Spain are a lot like Spanish lunches – long and relaxed. Holidays and feast days run throughout the month of December, but unlike in the UK, you won’t see any decorations being thrown up at the end of September. In fact, the festive season doesn’t really begin in earnest until December 8th with the public holiday Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception). You may well see Christmas lights and decorations appear in the larger towns and cities before then, but in general, people don’t decorate their homes until later in the month, and even then, it’s a much more subtle affair. Trees are smaller, baubles less gaudy, and there’s much more emphasis on the Nativity scene and all its players.

Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) and Christmas Day are very different to the UK. These two days are usually spent in larger family groups, eating and drinking, before Cathedral bells ring out at midnight announcing mass. Santa may well visit all the good boys and girls, but he’ll only leave the one gift. The main presents are brought by The Three Kings, to be opened on Kings Day of January 6th, and are left in a clean pair of shoes put out for the occasion. The day is spent giving and receiving gifts, cakes and sweets to family and friends, many of which will have been bought specially from a local Christmas market. These appear in most larger towns and cities throughout December, however there a four major Christmas Markets in Spain that attract visitor from far and wide – the Plaza Mayor Market in Madrid, the Santa Lucia Market in Barcelona, the Christmas Market in Seville, and Granada’s traditional Christmas Market – each with their own unique atmosphere.

Plaza Mayor Market, Madrid

Madrid Christmas market

Located in one of the city’s oldest plazas, the market itself is pretty old at around 150 years. Over 100 stalls selling Christmas items fill the square, with trees, decorations, and Nativity figures being a speciality. Popular with tourists and locals alike, the market usually runs throughout December.

Feria de Santa Lucia, Barcelona

Barcelona Christmas market

Another traditional market location; though the Feria de Santa Lucia occupies Barcelona’s Cathedral Plaza, it’s a much more modern affair. Along with the usual Christmas items, this market features a large number of stalls selling trinkets, jewelry and small gift items.

Christmas Market, Seville

Christmas sevilla

Right in the andalusian heartland, this market attracts visitors from across the region and tourists alike. Along with all the decorations and gifts, this market is famous for its food and drink – to be given as presents or enjoyed on the spot.

Christmas Market, Granada

Granada christmas market

Nestled underneath the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada’s Nativity celebrations take place throughout the city, often including live actors and animals. The market here is famous for its hand crafted gifts, candles and not to mention a vast array of traditional sweets.

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Museums and Exhibition Centers of Ibiza

Casa Broner

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Casa Broner was built in 1960 by Erwin Broner (1898-1971), an important character in the creative scene of the city. Founder of the group of artists “Ibiza59” and an architect and painter who gave their best to the city ​​that adopted him when he fled from the Nazis chasing him for his Jewish origin. The property which functioned as a residence and studio Broner was declared of Cultural Interest in the monument category in 2000 for being a representative building of the architecture of the island and is part of the Broner Foundation dedicated to promoting the work of the artist and other activities of cultural interest. So in addition to spreading the artistic legacy of Broner and his group, is a reference to the architecture of Ibiza and a space for research and exchange of knowledge and architectural proposals.

In 2005 dies Gisela Broner, the artist’s widow and last inhabitant of the property, leaving reflected in her will that the property would be donated to the city council of the city of Ibiza.

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconIt carreró of Sa Penya, 15 Ibiza
Tel.: (+34) 971 399 232

Hours of 01/10 – 31/03

From Tuesday to Friday: 10: 00h – 16: 30h
Saturday and Sunday: 10: 00h -14: 00h
Mondays and holidays closed.

Hours of 01/07 – 31/08

From Tuesday to Friday: 10: 00h – 14: 00h and 18:00 to 21:00
Saturday and Sunday: 10: 00h -14: 00h
Mondays and holidays closed.

Hours of 01/04 – 31/10

From Tuesday to Friday: 10: 00h – 14:00 AM 17: 00h – 20: 00h
Saturday and Sunday: 10: 00h -14: 00h
Mondays and holidays: closed.

Museum of Contemporary Art Ibiza (MACE)

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Ibiza is located in the historic town called Dalt Vila, one of the most symbolic and important buildings of the architectural jewels of historical weight safeguarded in the Renaissance walls of Dalt Vila, the old room Armas de la Real Fuerza de Ibiza and stores to Prova, the plans signed by one of the most prestigious engineers of the eighteenth century, Simon Poulet in 1727.

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In 1964 he conducted the First Biennial of Ibiza with the aim of promoting, recognize and spread the thriving artistic activity that was in the city, organizers stated that the winning works in this event form the basis of future Museum of Contemporary Art Ibiza, so according to this view pioneered by the City of Ibiza was inaugurated in 1969 MACE Museum, becoming one of the first of its kind and the third oldest in Spain, occupying the same location since its founding.

Ibiza has been since the mid-twentieth century, an important point of agreement and residence of famous and talented artists who have nurtured with their works the cultural landscape of the island and of course the pieces of MACE among them Walter Benjamin, Rafael Alberti, Raoul Hausmann, Tristan Tzara, Wols and Ignacio Aldecoa, the artists of the Grupo Ibiza 59, Equipo Crónica and posters and prints donated by Carl Vab Derr Voort. MACE collection is continuously enriched with Ibizagrafic contest, which recognizes and takes the finest prints and conventional stamping and newer forms of expression involving the use of new techniques.

In 2012, the museum is reopened after being refurbished and extended with a new modern building, which allows a perfect and doubled lighting capacity to appreciate its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconRound Narcís Puget, s/n Dalt Vila, Ibiza
Tel.: (+34) 971 302 723

Hours April, May, June and September

From Tuesday to Friday: 10: 00h – 14: 00h and 17: 00h – 20: 00h.
Saturday and Sunday: 10: 00h -14: 00h.
Mondays and holidays closed.

Hours July and August

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 h. to 14:00 h.
From Tuesday to Friday 18:00. 21:00 h.
Closed on Mondays.

Hours from October to March

From Tuesday to Friday: 10: 00h -16: 30h.
Saturday and Sunday: 10: 00h -14: 00h.
Mondays and holidays closed.

Archaeological Museum of Ibiza and Formentera

The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza and Formentera is comprised of two offices, one in Dalt Vila, complex or old historic district and another in Puig des Molins, which is an important archaeological site that exposes at its headquarters in Monographic Museum finds from the necropolis. It’s two museums in one. The Archaeological Museum led the selection, conservation, research and exhibition of material remains of the historic legacy of the different civilizations that have settled and developed in the current Ibiza territory, such as the Phoenician, Punic, Roman, Arab and Christian finally.

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It is located on top of the old town, Dalt Vila, in the Plaza de la Catedral, where the castle is located, the Bishop’s house, the house of the Curia, and the old Lonja (center for trade and trade agreements, also offer product) currently transformed into a beautiful “Mirador” (where we see a very pretty view of the lower town, called “La Marina” and the modern port), and the church of Santa Maria, founded in Cathedral year 1785. Specifically stood since 1907 in the Chapel of the Saviour and the headquarters of the University (including self-government institution Ibiza which was replaced in 1717 by King Alfonso V), built, both in the mid-fourteenth century. Its opening thanks to the kind donation of the Archaeological Society of Ibiza that since its founding in 1903, excavated different places in Ibiza and Formentera (mainly in the Necropolis of Puig des Molins, Sa Barda and Ses Torres, and Sanctuaries in S’Illa Plana and Cuieram).

Its permanent collection consists of over 600 pieces including ceramics, sculptures, sarcophagi and jewelry spanning more than three thousand years of history and is divided into six thematic areas: Prehistoric Settlement Phoenician, Punic Age, Roman Era High Imperial Period Roman Low Imperial and Late Antiquity and Medieval Islamic Period.

Puig des Molins – Necropolis / Monographic Museum
Museum located in the Necropolis of Puig des Molins, archaeological site of major importance and uniqueness of their wealth in the Western Mediterranean, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The monographic museum has had a turbulent history since the dramatic political changes that marked its founding period in 1929, the war and its aftermath, until a period of closure and abandonment of 18 years (1995-2013).

The Archaeological Museum in addition to the pieces found in his space also hosts many pieces found in various archaeological sites on the island, mainly showing the funeral rites that have left the islands three civilizations: Phoenician, Punic and Roman.
Currently they are only open a plant of 5 rooms (one, temporary, dedicated to architectural project) and a hypogeum (burial spaces excavated).

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconMuseo de Dalt Vila
Plaza de la Catedral, 3 Ibiza

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconMuseo del Puig des Molins (Punic Necropolis)
Via Romana, 31 Ibiza

Tel.: (+34) 971 301 771

Winter Hours: 1/10 to 31/03

From Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 15:00.
Sunday 10:00 to 14:00.
Closed Mondays and holidays.

Summer Hours: 1/04 to 30/09

From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 18:30 to 21:00.
Sunday 10:00 to 14:00
Closed Mondays and holidays.

The Puget Museum

The Puget Museum is located in Can Llaudis, a palace that hosted larger families ancestry rooted in Ibiza and is distinguished by its decorative and architectural beauty. Its collection consists of “Saga of Puget” bringing together the best pictorial samples Narcís Puget Viñas (1874-1960) and Narcís Puget Riquer (1916-1983), father and son, respectively, considered the finest examples of Ibizan painting. The oil paintings of father and son consist of a portrait of rural Ibiza in the first half of the twentieth century, so that the route through these 130 works in the collection provide an insight into the picturesque and striking ordinariness of Ibiza . Also you can see many unique images of Ibiza dating from early and mid-twentieth century. The property is equipped with a very beautiful space that is used to house temporary exhibitions of other artists.

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Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconCalle Sant Ciriac, 16 Dalt Vila, Ibiza
Tel.: (+34) 971 392 147

From May to September

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30 hours
From Tuesday to Friday from 17:00 to 20:00 hours
Closed Mondays and holidays

From October to April

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30 hours.
From Tuesday to Friday from 16:00 to 18:00 hours.

Interpretation Center

This modern interpretation center is located opposite the Cathedral of Ibiza and owes its creation to the support of the University of Barcelona and Services Heritage Hall of Ibiza. Through technological audiovisual art tools and claimed this space rescues the memory of the old Madina Yabisa, Muslim city of the Middle Ages. The building of the Curia was restored by architect Toni Marí, who managed to give the space an enviable lighting and an edgy atmosphere that combines perfectly with the remains of the medieval wall on which it sits.

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Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconC/ Major, 2 Building The Cúria, Ibiza
Tel.: (+34) 971 392 390

Schedule 01/10 – 31/03

From Tuesday to Friday: 10: 00h – 16: 30h.
Saturday and Sunday: 10: 00h -14: 00h.
Mondays and holidays closed.

Schedule 01/04 – 31/09

From Tuesday to Friday: 10: 00h – 14: 00h and 17: 00h – 20: 00h (July and August: 18: 00h -21: 00h).
Saturday and Sunday: 10: 00h -14: 00h.
Mondays and holidays closed

Ibiza Cathedral Museum

The Cathedral “Nuestra Señora de las Nieves de Ibiza“, lies in the Dalt Vila of Ibiza town and was built on the ancient mosque Yebisah, in the thirteenth century, in XVII century its interior was completely remodeled in Baroque style. The Cathedral Museum is located mainly in the area of the sacristy, but also extends to other sectors of the cathedral. Houses important pieces related to the liturgy and religious art, showing pictorial art, jewelry and religious sculpture. It was founded in 1964 and is reopened in 2006, after being remodeled, presented from a current eight centuries of history of the Catholic Church on the island.

Catedral de Ibiza

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconPlaza de la Catedral, 1 Ibiza

Tel.: (+34) 971 312 773 (Bishop of Ibiza)

Timetable

Autumn and winter: 10 to 13.30 hours.
Spring and summer: from 9:30 to 13:30 and 17-20 hours.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

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Torremolinos museum by museum

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Tattoo Museum. “The Temple”

This unique project, unique in Spain, opened as an exhibition space and a center of body decoration is the fruit of efforts and management of two legendary tattoo artists: Lucas and Linda who have contacted renowned tattoo artists internationally as; as Lional Tichener (GB), Henk or Hanky ​​Panky (NL), Lyle Tuttle (USA), Ron Ackers (GB) and other enthusiasts and tattoo enthusiasts to gather in his workshop-boutique-museum, various utensils from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to illustrate the body through tattoos and form a valuable collection of more than 200 books, antiques, paintings and sheets that have been collecting since the early 70s of last century.

The Museum of Tattoo Temple specializes in the art of decorating the skin and is the first museum in Spain about tattoo. The collection includes utensils, sheets of famous tattoo artists in the world, patterns, diagrams and more than 100,000 drawings. Currently hope to expand their collection by contacting other museums that exist in other countries.

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconPlaza de la Gamba Alegre 19-20, Torremolinos
Telefono: (+34) 952 37 34 06

http://www.eltemplotattoos.com

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00. Wednesday by appt. only.
Price: Free admission.

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Cinema Museum

Located in the Plaza de Andalucía Torremolinos. Its modest but valuable collection consists of posters, films and articles related to the film industry, among them several old cameras, some dating from the late nineteenth century.

José Luis Mateos, a lover of cinema who has spent years collecting material related to the film, is the architect of the opening of this important museum space that rescues the important relationship between cinema and the Costa del Sol, who had a golden age in the sixties and seventies of last century when its main locations were important shooting scenarios.

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Centro Cultural Pablo Ruiz Picasso

The Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre located in the Old Railway Association of Orphans is a property of the municipality of Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain, declared a Cultural Heritage since 1990. It features a large public library which is a widely used resource for local students.
It is a very valuable space in Torremolinos because besides being available to accommodate various artistic, pictorial, photographic and theatrical and musical performances exhibitions, offers a variety of courses in arts accessible to all people.
The building has ample parking and there is also a café with fairly normal prices.

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconCalle de la Cruz, 42
Phone: (+34) 95 205 3835
 Hours: Monday to Saturday from 18-21 h.

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Municipal Auditorium Principe de Asturias

It is a recreational-sports-leisure complex in Torremolinos, the Municipal Auditorium Principe de Asturias is one of the largest in Andalusia, with over 200,000 m2 and a capacity for 1,790 people seated, 5,668 standing and 1,700 in benches.
It has a modern sound and lighting equipment for all kinds of concerts, ballet, theater, and all kinds of recreational and cultural events.

Google-Maps-Tiny2-IconCalle Pedro Navarro Bruna, s/n – Fairground
29620, Torremolinos
Phone: (+34) 952 050 293
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Best Benidorm Hotels

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In the magical city of Benidorm there’s a lot of great hotels to stay and enjoy a pleasant time. Ac city with such beauty as Benidorm offers to every visitor a different and rich experience in matters of hotels. In this case we are going to review some of the most important hotels in the city.

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