The Catalan parliament has declared independence from Spain following a secret ballot which received 70 votes in favor of independent rule, 10 against, and two blank ballots. The vote was boycotted by opposition members. Slovenian Socialist party leaders have congratulated Catalonia on declaring independence. Finnish MP Mikko Kärnä has also sent his congratulations and, Read More

Valencia, Spain, is one of the most vibrant short break destinations in Europe, and with new direct flights from the UK starting in 2017, it will also be more accessible. Easyjet will add direct flights from London Luton from 3 February and Ryanair will start flying to Valencia from Glasgow on 27 March. British, Read More

TENERIFE, Spain – One of Tenerife’s most long-awaited festivals, Starmus Festival III, has just unveiled its events program, including the presence of leading personalities including Prof. Stephen Hawking, Dr. Brian May and many Nobel Prize winners; the launch of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication; and a ‘Sonic Universe’ concert by English artist, Read More

The management of the Festival Internacional de Musica de Sevilla did not succeed in finding an adequate replacement for Maestro Lorin Maazel. The difficulties encountered in this task are mainly due to two reasons: firstly, because similar personalities are engaged in festivals all over the world and secondly, due to orchestras touring. Maestro Lorin, Read More

Next Sunday the 53rd Annual International Santander Festival will kick off and for 30 days this city in the Cantabrian region of northern Spain will come alive with performances of opera, music, dance and theatre. Spain’s oldest festival – along with the Festival of Granada – and the longest with 30 full days of, Read More

Spain’s newest parador, a 19th century palace set in the rolling green hills of Cantabria opened earlier this year. King Alfonso XIII – who coincidentally opened the first parador in 1928 – once held his councils of ministers in the Palace of Eguilior, now a four-star hostelry for modern travelers. Set between the Cantabrian, Read More

This summer the hills and valles of Galicia will be alive with music as thousands take part in the historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. And this being a jubilee, or Jacobean holy year, in which Saint James’ Day, July 25, falls on a Sunday, this region in northern Spain is laying out the, Read More

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia officially opened the newly completed expansion of one of Madrid’s renowned cultural institutions, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum on June 8. Sixteen new galleries have doubled the museum’s space all the better to show 300 new works (220 will be on permanent display) on loan for eleven years, Read More

This summer the hills and valles of Galicia will be alive with music as thousands take part in the historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. And this being a jubilee, or Jacobean holy year, in which Saint James’ Day, July 25, falls on a Sunday, this region in northern Spain is laying out the, Read More

For the first time in history, Seville itself will be the stage for Bizet’s CARMEN, the most popular opera ever written. In September 2004, the first Seville International Music Festival will present nine unique, all-star performances of Carmen in Seville, live, open-air, conducted by Lorin Maazel, directed by Carlos Saura, and using different historic, Read More