October 12 is a date full of meanings, symbolism and fond feelings; America’s discovery was not only geographical, but a revelation of unprecedented culture and ethnic revelations that would forever change the course of history and the ways of life of both the new and old world. Today, rather than celebrating the first contact between the two continents, Spaniards commemorate the cultural identity, the Native American resistance, the respect of diversity and the Hispanic American cultural heritage, depending on the region. There are many curiosities and historical data that make Hispanic Heritage Day one of the most important dates on the calendar, not only for Spaniards but for all of humanity.
The Bonfires of San Juan, one of the biggest celebrations in Alicante takes place during the middle of June, when all the streets fill with emotion, fireworks and bonfires. Thousands of people cross the municipal to see the opening show; a truly memorable event that awakes the most traditional spirit of these lands like no other.
Humanists, artists, poets and sportsmen are just some of the most famous figures in Alicante’s history, some of them pertaining to the remote past such as the wise Jorge Juan or the politician Eleuterio Maisonnave, but some of them however, are more recent such as Eusebio Sempre or Azorín, and some of them are still active, such as tennis player David Ferrer – All of them have contributed to Alicante’s past and present, come and discover why.
Valencia, one of the pioneering cities in the field known as’ Smart Cities ‘ was selected as a model of the innovative urban concept by the Global Congress City Teams Challenge, held in Washington last June. The event hosted around 160 projects from San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam and Milan, demonstrating just how urgent it is to optimize overall transport and energy efficiency, amongst other issues, in major cities. Continue reading
Emotion, history and lots of gunpowder all come together in one of the most symbolic and cosmopolitan Valencian events – The Falles bonfire festival; a unique festival which will once again take place in 2015, with the burning of hundreds of monuments in a strange ritual which captivates both visitors and natives alike. Being more than 250 years old, the festival has become famous on both a national and international level, and considered a Festival of International Tourist Interest – A one of a kind event that is worth learning about. Continue reading
Drastic rises in global temperatures, growing contamination and constant increasing forest fires, will drastically affect the Costa Blanca in 30 years, as shown by studies. Even now it is suffering the consequences of human activity during the last few decades – What will the future hold for the Costa Blanca? How will global warming affect this paradise? Continue reading
During the last decade, the Costa Blanca has become a tourist paradise due to the excellent facilities offered not only within Europe but also within Spain itself. Hotel companies have discovered an unlimited goldmine, with last august bringing in 2 million clients from Spain alone. The number of visitors is overwhelming, with 4,3 million visitors just from Alicante – Impressive figures that have been growing steadily. But what is the secret to its success ? Why is the costa Blanca one of the best destinations for hotel lovers? Continue reading
The Spanish language, Summer Camps, and other features have all become some of the greatest tourist attractions in Spain. Last year alone, Spain had an increase of 23.8% of Germans and an increase of 31% of French people visiting Spain, according to the statistics of the ISC International Spanish Courses – admirable figures which further increase the touristic potential of cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante. Continue reading