This spring, designers offer a variety of denim garments. Denim overalls, dresses, shirts and skirts are the main trends of this summer 2015.
Nightlife in Spain is very attractive to both tourists and locals. After the hour of ten o’clock in the evening, after the sunset everybody goes out. The most typical time to have dinner is ten o’clock in the evening. And at midnight the famous “Marcha” begins, when people have fun in different bars and discos, going there one after another to relax after a hard working day, to dance and to have a glass of good Spanish wine! Our review includes traditional elite casinos, nightclubs and disco bars in Madrid and Barcelona.
A world of emotions and experiences. Casino Barcelona (Barcelona)
Enjoy an entertainment hotspot where you’re guaranteed a unique experience. Taste Mediterranean, international and fusion cuisine paired with the best wines and cavas at the Exquisit, Buffet del Casino, Ají and Vinoteca restaurants and discover the taste of Casino Barcelona.
And what would be a casino without live music? Shake your body on nights like Thursday Dancing and La Milonga del Casino and see top national artists while you enjoy dinner and a show at the new Cotton Club Barcelona.
To top off a great night you can have fun playing in one of the most innovative slot-machine rooms in the business and the Casino’s flagship game room. Come and enjoy an experience you’ll never forget!
C/ Marina, 19-21 (Port Olimpic)
Gorgeous nightclub Eclipse Barсelona is located on the 26th floor of the architectural masterpiece of the Catalan capital W Hotel Barcelona.
Here, almost in the sky through the round window you can see the charming night city panorama. Here in the club the most famous DJs prepare their mixes for you; and you can try creative cocktails, that are really incomparable! Watermelon martini, martini with passion fruit and Venezuelan mojitos are specialty drinks. Eclipse bar concept has been developed by Isabel López Vilalta to attract the most fashionable people of Barcelona. But remember, that Eclipse nightclub has a dress code.
Address: Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1, 26th Floor
Rhythm of the blues. Charada (Madrid)
It’s a place where there are no noisy young companies. It is a place where solid, quiet people with the status meet.
They want to relax in a quiet natural atmosphere and listen to a good music in the style of blues with some notes of house (one of the most modern sound systems Funktion One is used). Waiters wearing bow ties serve delicious cocktails mixed by professional bartenders. The interior of the club is made in the style of retro-futurism. Particularly interesting is the roof of the building, which is represented by a LED-screen, developed and patented by military engineers. Charada is classic and at the same time modern place.
Calle de la Bola, 13
Conceptual disco-pub. Nxt Club / Sala Studio 42 (Madrid)
Studio 42 is a new fashionable concept in nightclubs and bars by the creators of the cult Pachá and Alegoria. It has two floors with ample space intended for a mature audience with high income.
On the first floor there is a dance floor and two bars and on the second floor you can find another bar and a comfortable sitting area with white leather sofas to enjoy the evening. The music here is in the style of house, funk, as well as dance and Spanish music.
Villanueva Street, 2
In Spain there are many wonderful areas, where traditional agriculture coexists perfectly with modern world. To these areas run old route of pilgrims and it seems, that nothing had changed since the Middle Ages. We are talking about the Catalan Pyrenees. The charm of these places is that most of the villages are lost in the mountains, surrounded by wild nature and beautiful landscapes, and, of course, historical heritage. For now we intends to introduce you 5 magnificent villages, that are ‘lost’ in the Pyrenees.
Also known as the town of witches, this town is not exactly in the Pyrenees, but rather in its foothills, situated on the place of volcanic eruption and it is without a doubt one of the most picturesque places in Spain.
At first glance this mountain village may seem very cozy with its beautiful and long stairs, made with remnants of volcanic lava, its narrow streets, stone houses, some of which are dated back to the XI-XII centuries, balconies with flowers and the smell of firewood for heating in winter… But like all ancient settlements do, this town also hides some secrets. It is no coincidence that Rupit is known as the town of witches. According to legend, at the times of Spanish Inquisition in the Middle Ages, witches lived here in the village, and later on were burned. Who knows what have they conjured? Among the main attractions of the village we can note the Romanesque churches of San Juan de Fábregas and San Miguel de Rupit As for the food, Rupit will offer you excellent homemade bread, goat cheese La Garrocha and variety of homemade smoked and cured meats.
This historic town is situated at the confluence of two rivers: Fluviá in the south and Capellades in the north.
This is the place, where once lived in harmony Christians and Jews, and today on its streets is hovering the spirit of the Middle Ages. Besalú Jewish baths are the only ones found in the Iberian peninsula. To access the city you will have to go through the old bridge of fortress, which looks like a true gateway to the past. This town has witnessed many historic moments related to peaks and declines of the Catalan nation; and its streets keep many memories. The main attractions of this place are the old stone bridge, dated from the twelfth century, the impressive castle of Besalú, stone houses and the seats of two meters high, where according to the legend evil spirits take rest. Gastronomy also has a great importance in Besalú. In the local restaurants you can try such dishes as duck with pear sauce, lamb with peas, sweet and sour rabbit, wild boar stew and cod with garlic and mint.
Truly lost in the Pyrenees town, surrounded by mountain peaks of 2000 meters height. A town, that looks like a post-card, Viella is located in the valley of the river Garonne.
Here wide avenues contrast with narrow streets and medieval houses, giving Viella the modern charm and, at the same time, without depriving the city of authenticity. XII century buildings, manors, museums and churches of Viella, with its picturesque scenery, make this town a place, that you can not miss. Moreover, here starts a chain of routes of great beauty through the Pyrenees. The main attractions are San Miguel church and paintings of Gothic and Baroque periods in the parish church. Viella is well known for its superb cuisine. Here the famous cheese Bargergue is produced. One of the most typical dishes, that is served in the restaurants here is the traditional wild boar stew or soup with peas in Aranese style.
Valle de Bohí
There is no need to close your eyes to imagine what was life like in Valle de Bohí a few decades ago.
It is as if the valley is frozen in times and its landscapes refuse to change. The village forms eponymous route, which brings together nine Romanesque churches built between the XI and XII centuries, that are as UNESCO World Heritage sites. For landowners, artisans, farmers and vassals, who once have inhabited this earth, the church had not only been a meeting place to pray, but also a symbol of protection. The traditional cuisine of Valle de Bohí is a mixture of the authentic recipes of the area and mountain cuisine. The most typical dishes of this town are rabbit baked with rice, homemade soup with thyme, snails and traditional Spanish tortilla.
Esterri de Aneu
It is a small village where time goes slowly and the beautiful landscapes relieve the stress of travelers from big cities.
Knowing Esterri de Aneu should you should start with medieval bridge of Romanesque style, dated from the twelfth century, and to end up in the shops and restaurants of the village, because if there’s something that the town is known for is its excellent cuisine: cured pork and lamb, smoked meat, cheeses and homemade soups, and delicious desserts, prepared according the recipes passed down from generation to generation. All these dishes are so popular among gastronomy lovers. The main attractions of the town are the Church of San Vicente de Esterri de Aneu, the medieval bridge and the Ecomuseum Valls d’Àneu.
Whichever destination you choose, immersion in the culture of the Catalan Pyrenees and time travel are assured! It is essential, at least once in life, get ‘lost’ in the beautiful scenery of the Spanish Pyrenees. And that’s not all! Remember, that if you still want for more, you have to discover the French Pyrenees and Andorra!
This year is supposed to be perfect for health tourism, claimed Secretary of State for Tourism Isabel Borrego during the exhibition Fitur 2015. The Government is actively implementing programs aimed at attracting tourists wishing to improve their health to the country’s spas.
It is estimated that in Spain there are about two thousand mineral and thermal springs and many of them have Spa centers. In addition, in the Spanish resorts thalassotherapy techniques are used actively. Groundwater and seawater, the healing mud, salt and algae, combined with pure air, are capable of doing real miracles.
The spas of the country are mainly concentrated in Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia and Andalucia, since springs have different chemical structure, or are situated just near the sea all of them have different types of treatments. Some of them already exist for over 100 years. In Andalucia are offered excellent treatments for all types of cystitis and urinary infections, kidney stones, etc. People come to Murcia searching for treatments for musculoskeletal; and salinity of local waters is especially beneficial for people suffering from skin diseases. The purification and detoxification of the body is offered in Valencia. The doctors here will help you to lose weight, offering guidance for a proper diet.
Catalonia is perhaps the most comprehensive region in terms of healing waters: there is a wide variety of spas that treat diseases of the respiratory, digestive, nervous system, circulatory system, and musculoskeletal problems or skin irritations. Therefore, while naming a few of the leading resorts in the country, we should particularly note that there are 16 resorts with spas. Six of which are located in the central part of the region, three on Costa Brava, two on the Costa Dorada, three on Costa del Maresme and two in the Pyrenees.
The region has 49 springs; water in some of them is recommended for intake and is sold in almost any store. One of the best known brands is Vichy Catalán, which is being marketed since 1881! With its mineral structure it is similar to the hot spring water of the famous French spa Vichy. In total in the country there are more than one hundred brands of bottled water. But the main supplier of mineral water in Spain is Catalonia, and more specifically — foothills in northeastern area. National Bottled Water Association (ANEABE – Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Aguas de Bebida Envasadas) is in charge of preparing water for selling.
The municipality of Caldes de Montbui is the oldest spa region in Catalonia, which is situated just outside Barcelona. It was founded by Romans, although Iberian tribes have used these thermal waters long before the arrival of Romans.
The water temperature in the local spring – the hottest in Spain – reach the mark of 74 degrees Celsius. The city has excellent Spa-hotels, as for example, Balneari Termes Victòria, Balneari Broquetas or Balneari Vila de Caldes. Here you can find such procedures as respiratory disease prevention or anti aging programs. This spa also offers treatments for rheumatism.
La Garriga is considered to be the most privileged resort in the region, located in 35 kilometers far from Barcelona. This province is known for its hot springs (temperature: 56 degrees) since the times of the Roman Empire. The first clinic was opened here in the mid-fifteenth century. Representatives of the Catalan bourgeoisie went there for treatment. Today, as in antiquity, jet set regularly visit La Garriga to improve health. Their favorite place to stay is the Gran Hotel Balneario Blancafort 4 * (which was founded in 1840), opened in 2002, after the total reconstruction. In this hotel once have stayed the King Philip VI. The guests of this resort are treated with the best care possible, ensuring the harmony of body and soul. Center specializes in the treatment and prevention of depression, dermatitis, insomnia, migraine, diseases of the musculoskeletal system, kidney, stomach. Furthermore, there is a possibility to have a weight normalization program.
If we talk about other areas of Spain, Archena spa deserves special attention, it is located northwest of Murcia, in the valley of the River Segura. Known since 1869, this resort is one of the most popular in the coastal area of the country. In Spain hotels and local welfare centers perform treatments of neurosis, depression and skin diseases. The water temperature of some local springs reaches 52 degrees. And the spa waters are rich with sulfur, sulfate, chloride, sodium and calcium.
Also we would like to note some wellness centers that deserve special attention, historical balneological hotels such as Hotel Balneario Villa de Olmedo in Castilla y León, Balneario de Solares in Cantabria, Gran Hotel Las Calda in Asturias, Hotel Balneario Guitiriz in Galicia and the Gran Hotel Cascada in Aragón, among many others.
You have started your career in Galicia, far from the strategic fashion centers. What were the reasons for this decision?
Although I have disappointed many businessmen with this decision, but it was quite sentimental. Galicia is my land and when I came back from Paris, where I have studied fashion, I accepted a challenge to turn a small family business into a big fashion brand. At that time it was very difficult to make this dream come true, but still it was possible. Although the example of the world leading company like Inditex, that was also founded in Galicia 25 years ago, showed me that this is no such a bad place to start conquering the world.
How did you develop your projects?
Сalmly and gradually… I think I have always maintained a commitment to quality and utility. Everything could change: the length of skirts or using of shoulder pads, needless to say about the constant return of certain colors and materials, but the products by Roberto Verino have always been defined by its quality.
In your opinion, what is the best podium in the world?
In recent years it was undoubtedly Milan. Now, it seems that Paris begins to regain its former crown.
You have over 150 stores worldwide and you keep opening new markets, which of them are the most awaited ones?
– There is a market for which I feel a special weakness, this is New York. But for sure not for quantitative, but rather for qualitative reasons.
What designers do you admire?
Many of them… Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent…
Besides fashion you have other interests. You work with interiors, are involved in winemaking and have reached success in these areas…
I make an excellent wine and create collections for home, and don’t ever forget, that the real success requires good value for money. I’m always willing to show that the brand Roberto Verino is a benchmark of quality.
Last year in June international media paid special attention to Spain: Spanish King Juan Carlos I has abdicated, handing over power to the legitimate heir, his son Felipe. He was born on January 30, had an excellent education, and at the age of 46 became a new king.
On the day of Coronation the King Felipe VI was wearing military officer suit of the highest rank. Everybody was admiring him. Ladies were whispering: the new king is really handsome and looks like a true aristocrat. He is almost two meters height!
Despite the fact, that he is a person of high rank, he is a modest man, devoted husband and family man, who spends much time with his wife Letizia and their two charming daughters. People really like the king. The royal couple is not hesitate to communicate with ordinary people, prefers affordable Spanish clothing brands like Mango and Adolfo Domínguez and actively participates in social life. King enjoys reading, going to the cinema with the whole family, and in the evenings he goes out to have dinner with his wife and friends. He is interested in astronomy. Another of his hobbies is sport. He likes cars and motorcycles and loves sailing.
Designer Roberto Torretta claims that the King of Spain has a perfect style and compelling stage presence. According to Roberto Torretta a beard suits the king more than a clean-shaven look. However, the designer recommends Felipe to add some modern details to his perfect classic image. For example, it may be ties with small knots, colored prints, slightly form-fitting suits, etc.
Felipe dresses like a real aristocrat, respecting etiquette norms and rules. He prefers gray and blue tones of clothing rather than bright colors. He always adds accessories of different tones to diversify his image. In every day life the king prefers simple clothes and doesn’t try to stand out from the crowd. The royal kids have been instilled an ability not to show their level of income from childhood. Aristocrats recognize each other not by their looks, but by the manner to behave and speak. So the new king of Spain is a real aristocrat!
May 5 – 10, 2015 Bridal Week will traditionally take place in Barcelona. This year the event celebrates its 25th anniversary. More than 200 Spanish and foreign fashion houses will present outfits and accessories for the newlyweds. USA is honorary guest country at this anniversary edition of Bridal Week; designer Katharine Polk will present new collections by Houghton during the show Gaudí Novias.
On the 8th of May in Barcelona models will not only demonstrate 26 romantic images, but also present 6 impressive silk garments, created especially for the Catalan festival.
Address: Recinto de Gran Via (Pavilion 2), Av. Joan Carles I n.º 64, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona).
Opening hours: 10:00 – 20:00
Do you go on holiday with one suitcase and come back with two or three, even though you are no a robber, tomb raider or a speculator? Well, it’s a very common story if one of your destinations is a town outlet of Chic Outlet Shopping® chain.
Those are great outlet malls; each of them has about 100 boutiques of the most famous brands. These malls can be found in eleven cities, two of which are in China and the other nine are in Europe. At once two malls are here in Spain to satisfy the most demanding needs of shopping lovers: La Roca Village in Barcelona (www.larocavillage.com) and Las Rozas Village in Madrid (www.lasrozasvillage.com).
With the example of the mall in Madrid we will try to show off all the advantages of the outlet villages Chic Outlet Shopping® (www.chicoutletshopping.com), although, they are all different, so each should be treated separately. The outlet town Las Rozas Village, which is situated on a vast territory just half an hour driving from the Spanish capital, is an oasis of shopping, home to boutiques of fashionable clothes and accessories, perfume and cosmetics stores, electronics, optics, and home accessories. In total there are about 100 shops, where you can find more than 430 major international brands and items created by the best local manufacturers. In Las Rozas Village you will find incredible discounts up to 60% off the recommended retail price throughout the year. And in some boutiques it is offered TAX FREE shopping.
First of all, fashionistas from all around the world come here to find new outfits. Here are presented garments and accessories (jewelry, handbags and sunglasses), past seasons collections of the most prestigious brands such as Adolfo Dominguez, Armand Basi, Bally, Belstaff, Bimba & Lola, Bulgari, Burberry, Camper, Custo Barcelona, Calvin Klein Jeans, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada Sport, Gant, Hackett, Hoss Intropia, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, La Perla, Sita Murt, Spazio, Roberto Verino, Furla, Ray-Ban, Tous, and many others.
Since Las Rozas Village is a small town, its infrastructure looks similar to a real town. In addition to boutiques, you’ll find all kinds of cafes and restaurants. We should say that the superb two-starred Michelin restaurant Sant Celoni (Paseo de la Castellana No. 57) is situated very close to the village. Since shopping is a responsible activity that does not support hurry, and you can spend the whole day in the mall (and the next day go again and find something new), for that reason here are situated boutique-hotels. And the younger visitors will also be pleased, as here for them are prepared wonderful playgrounds.
When you arrive at Las Rozas Village at the entrance there is a tourist information desk, where you can get detailed maps of the town, we advise you to use it to orient easily in the town.
And if you come with your baby, don’t worry, here you can rent a great baby carriage for him. Also, near the village outlet you will find some incredible monuments protected by UNESCO, as well as some amazing golf courses.
You can reach Las Rozas Village by car or by premium class bus called Shopping Express, which has three trips daily from the center of Madrid. The opening hours of Las Rozas Village are: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00 and on Saturday you can enjoy shopping until 22:00. And remember that May 1 is a holiday, so all the shops are closed.
It is almost certain that you will get home with all kinds of new purchases! And the outlet Las Rozas Village is definitely very important shopping destination. But it is important not to forget about the relevant customs regulations.
Palo Alto Market takes place in Barcelona in the old textile factory every first weekend of the month. This market was opened in December of 2014 and is very popular with citizens and tourists. The market was opened by foundation of the same name, and in particular by the designer Javier Mariscal. There is a flea market where they sell antiques, designer clothes and accessories; there are also small manufacturies, where they create different thing: from glasses to bikes, here you can find restaurants on wheels… Street performers every time prepare an entertainment program. Your children can take part in a game or a workshop for kids. The next fair is to be held in May, 2 and 3.
Adress: Carrer del Pellaires n.º 30-38,Barcelona
Five of the most striking and characteristic dresses of everyday Spanish fashion (autumn-winter 2015-2016 collection), presented at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM), will become part of the permanent exhibition in The Costume Museum in Madrid (avenida de Juan de Herrera 2). The decision to expose the dresses has been taken by the Association of Spanish Fashion Designers (ACME), Capital Exhibition Centre IFEMA and the museum itself.