The Palau Robert in Barcelona presents the exhibition “Ferran Adrià and elBulli. Risk, Freedom and Creativity”, which will run from 2 February 2012 to 3 February 2013, showing the talent and comprehensive capacity to innovate that Ferran Adrià, the late 20th and early 21st centuries’ most influential chef, has applied to gastronomy” Dont miss it!! www.madeforspain.com
San Fermin Festival is without any doubt the wildest and most fun festival in Europe and maybe in the world. The amazingly festive atmosphere and the way pamplonicas (locals) party has to be seen to be believed!! The Festival begins on the 6th at 12 Noon with El Chupinazo (an amazing opening ceremony) then the fiesta runs non-stop through the midnight on July 14th
The Running of the Bulls (the encierro –enclosing–) takes place in Pamplona from July 7th to the 14th at 8 AM each morning from and it lasts around 3 minutes at the most. It is how locals take the bulls for the evening bullfight from outside of the city to the bullring.
Even though the festival is famous for this unusual event, it is only a small part of the fest, something guests really only want to watch it once or twice. It is free to run, if guests want to take the risk but we, at Made for Spain, strongly discourage this. We have the best balconies in the city for seeing the running of the bull so that our clients enjoy the fiesta with no risk.
If interested in San Fermin fiesta or having clients willing to enjoy it please make sure you contact us at Made for Spain so that we can guarantee the ultimate travel experience in San Fermin www.madeforspain.com
Everyone visiting Barcelona wants to enjoy Gaudí’s architecture and decorative arts but… not many get to visit the beautiful Cripta/Church at the Colonia Guell. It will be appropriate to describe it as “Gaudí’s best kept piece of art” or “off the beaten path Gaudí”
This Church of Colonia Guell is an unfinished work by Antoni Gaudí. It was built as a place of worship for the workers of the textile factories of Mr. Guell. However with Güell losing profits from his business, the money ran out and only the crypt was completed.
The Colonia Guell is located 15 kilometers away from Barcelona city center. It is an Industrial colony and as such was conceived as a socio-economic organization that had industrial production as their primary purpose. Eusebi Güell improved social conditions for his workers and sponsored cultural activities. He provided cultural and religious amenities at the Colònia Güell, which were built in Modernista style by various architects whom he commissioned, notably Antoni Gaudí, who was responsible for the church.
Despite remaining unfinished, the church represents a high point in Gaudí’s work. For the first time, almost all of his architectural innovations are combined in this building.
Next time in Barcelona don’t forget to call us so that we can organize a visit to this wonderful gem with one of our top guides. www.madeforspain.com
Set apart and towering above the rest of the hotels in downtown Barcelona, the architecturally striking Hotel Arts is the upshot of acute competition that has pushed hotel innovation here to new heights. From the voluminous lobby the hotel’s immediate vibe stands for endless cool in all its senses. The sleek interior displaying modern sculptures and art becomes the perfect antidote to the intense tempo of the vibrant city. The design in calming pebble-tones is streamlined with ‘un- Gaudi’ restraint, exuding nonetheless the artist’s Hispanic flair.
Elevated above the city my room was a generous retreat with touch-pad technology, an expansive bed and geometric furnishings placed with graphic precision. The extravagant double bathroom, hydro- shower and dressing area created a spa-like ‘chill-out’ zone. Electronic blinds revealed a panorama of the sparkling Mediterranean and the hotel’s unique beachside location, with the prospect of an ocean-dip before breakfast.
Intriguing dining options are many for one short stay, either in leafy settings ‘alfresco’ or at the chic and ultra-pristine venues offering inspired interpretations of local gastronomy. The cocktail bar is solely cocooned in a plush and dusky fusion of traditional upholstery and contemporary accents. A tranquil spa suspended high with airy platform terraces and incorporating a glazed sauna, provides stunning vistas of both the city and the sea, and in a hotel that is all about ‘outlook’ proves to be the ideal vantage point for a spectacular sunset.
Made for Spain has been nominated for the “Best Local Destination Management Company Award” at the “Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence 2011”
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”Family meal“… Spanish traditional recipes by Ferran Adriá (good food to feed the soul) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSpBzXQorWg&feature=player_embedded
The latest in Madrid by Andrew Ferren for the New York Times http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/travel/recreation-on-madrid-waterfront-heads-up.html?ref=travel
Don’t miss this article if you want to learn about “What is now now” in Spanish Gastronomy…. Loved reading it and felt I must share the delight with my friends… ENJOY!!
Sitting around a marble table in an authentic, family-run 1920s delicatessen in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, among hanging hams, select preserves, colorful tins of seafood, and bottles of wines, you will sample a range of delicacies from the country’s most legendary producers. Famous dry-cured jamón ibérico de bellota and other cured pork products such as chorizo, llangonisa, and Mallorcan sobrasada. Different types of cheeses—fresh and old, goat and sheep. A variety of olives, tinned seafood, even preserved white asparagus so good that King Juan Carlos famously blurted out when tasting, “Cojonudos!” That might be a slightly vulgar way of saying “great”—especially from royalty!—but an authentic sentiment for such a sublime product.
With tasting comes learning and appreciation. For instance, you will not only sample a selection of top Spanish olive oils, but find out how they were produced and what makes each type unique. As well, you will learn how to appreciate, select, and best-use olive for yourself.
You will get an expert’s take on the products as well as an insider’s view of their role in the culture. In Spain, food and culture are so closely linked that to talk about one is to talk about the other.
So taste, learn, and enjoy. For these products are the true Michelin stars of Spanish gastronomy.
Peter Greenbergs webcast on Madrid