A summer of cultural tourism to feed your soul
To enjoy art, history, architecture and culture is a craving we feel with more strength in summer. Numerous institutions offer a great variety of exhibitions, outdoor music festivals are organised, all of which contribute to the growth of cultural tourism all over Spain. In today’s article we’re going to take a tour through through the numerous options and stop at the most interesting places this summer has to offer to feed our soul.
Granada: the Alhambra Palace and the mummies exhibition
The south of Spain is one of the must-see regions when you’re thinking of a cultural tourism trip to Spain. If you stay in a hotel in Granada, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful city home to the majestic Alhambra Palace. It’s a wonderful place reminiscent of ancient times and the Arab culture, which you can also visit at night. Moreover, there’s also a great number of activities you can participate in in order to enjoy this stunning, historical enclave.
On the other hand, el Parque de las Ciencias de Granada (Science Park of Granada) currently holds the “Mummies. Witnesses of the Past” exhibition, which delves into the culture of extinct societies. All visitors will be able to see 50 mummies and real remains collected from 270 institutions, a total number of 240 pieces of mummification, mummies’ scanner, interactive modules and much more. Thanks to the study of all this material, specialists have been able to establish connections between the particularities of the obtained data, getting to know about rituals, illnesses and the food habits these societies had.
It’s important to highlight the fact that the city of Granada -besides being a jewel of cultural tourism- is also the ideal destination to visit in the company of your family, thanks to the fantastic cuisine you will thoroughly enjoy.
Madrid: cultural epicentre all year long
Even if the capital city of Spain doesn’t have a beach, it has an extraordinary cultural tourism offer to make up for it. During this year’s summer months visitors will be able to enjoy the recently inaugurated “El arte mochica del antiguo Perú” (Moche Art from Ancient Peru) exhibition. Held at the Caixa Fòrum, all those interested will find themselves deeply immersed in this pre-Inca culture and enjoy a great number of artistic representations.
All through July Madrid is also host to the Madgarden Festival, located at the Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII (Royal Botanic Garden Alfonso XIII). The second edition of this festival brings us several renowned artists, namely Sara Baras, Suzanne Vega, Imelda May, or Yann Tiersen. All these fanstastic performances in an outdoor, dazzling night atmosphere. Such a programme makes for the perfect excuse to stay in a hotel in the centre of Madrid and enjoy these celebrated artists in privileged settings.
If you’re more into theatre, Madrid won’t disappoint you on that respect either. Al otro lado de la cama (On the Other Side of the Bed) musical is on until August 31st, at the Compac Gran Vía Theatre, whilst comedy-musical El día que Chéjov bailó con Elvis (The Day Chekhov danced with Elvis) is on until July 26th at the Sala Azarte venue.
The cultural tourism of Madrid also has room for those who are looking for something more indie, like the Frinje Festival of Performing Arts, on until July 25th. Enjoy 120 dramatic performances taking place at Matadero Madrid.
Valencia: culture on the seaside
The city of Valencia also makes for a great option in cultural tourism, with the added appeal of being able to take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean. The city of Arts and Sciences is currently holding a Pixar exhibition, with an array of drawings commemorating the best characters of this highly-acclaimed film production company.
At the Valencian Institute of Modern Art you can see Construyendo nuevos mundos (Building New Worlds), which takes all its visitors on a tour throughout historic avant-garde (1914-1945). And if you would like to immerse yourself into the child soldiers issue, make sure you visit the “Future Plans” exhibition at the University of Valencia.
Now that we’ve shown you this wide range of cultural tourism options, which of these destinations are you going to choose this summer?