Spanish cities you must visit in 2017
Every year, dozens of cities around the world have something to celebrate: anniversaries, commemorations, tributes to their illustrious children, a title achieved in close combat with others. In Spain there are also many places that have something special happening in 2017. It is now time to plan trips and study destinations that should not be missed this year. The powerful search engine of flights and hotels www.jetcost.es has selected 10 Spanish cities that have much to offer in 2017 and are worth a visit.
Numancia: 2,150 years of heroic resistance
2017 is 2,150 years since Numancia (Soria) fell in the power of the Roman troops, an anniversary that is celebrated with multiple activities. Numancia is not only an archaeological site, but a symbol of resistance and struggle of a people for their freedom.
With the aim of exploring the scientific and didactic side through tourism, an extensive program of activities has been designed for the commemoration of ‘Numancia 2017’, including the organization of different exhibitions referring to the event:
- ‘Soria and Numancia’ opens on April 21 at the Public Library of Soria.
- ‘Numancia en la escuela’ can be seen in the Numantino Museum from 18 May
- ‘Numancia en imágenes’ opens to the public on June 9 in the Provincial Historical Archive.
The exhibition program will be completed with a sample called ‘Schulten and the discovery of Numancia’, which will exhibit at the Numantino Museum; Numancia materials that were brought to Germany at the beginning of the 20th century by the German archaeologist Adolf Schulten. Music will also be present in ‘Numancia 2017’ through a concert offered by the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y León in July and will also offer the ‘Menu Numantino’ with which the hotel industry will be involved in the event.
Cuéllar, home to “Las Edades del Hombre” (The Ages of Man)
The most outstanding event that reveals the sacred art of Castile and León is The Ages of Man, a meeting with culture through different exhibitions that show most of the most important works of the religious heritage of this community and other places of Spain.
Since its creation in 1988, the founding of the Ages of Man has invited us to discover a part of the region through its sacred art pieces, while at the same time making a touristic, cultural and gastronomic visit to the towns and cities that have exhibitions.
The municipality of Cuéllar, Segovia, this year will host the XXII edition of the exhibition of sacred art, which on this occasion is called “Reconciliare. As a venue for the exhibition, the Foundation has chosen three emblematic churches of Cuéllar: religiously, historically and artistically – the church of San Andrés, the church of San Martín and the church of Esteban.
The exhibition will be held between April and November 2017.
Lovers of Teruel are 800 years old
It is at least curious how a legend about a kiss, or rather the absence of it, has turned out to be so inspiring and profitable for a city. Every February, Teruel recreates the tragedy of the lovers Diego de Marcilla and Isabel de Segura, whose mummified remains exhumed during works in the 16th century, rest in the mausoleum that sees more than 100,000 visitors each year, with several representations in the key points of the historical center.
It is the festival known as the Marriage of Isabel de Segura. This year, which will be held from 16 to 19 February, commemorates the 800th anniversary of the death of the couple who, thanks to popular folklore and oral tradition, has placed Teruel on the map as the Spanish capital of love.
One hundred recreational and cultural activities have been developed throughout 2017, designed as a tourist event. Among the most striking, it is worth mentioning the premiere in the Church of San Pedro de Teruel of an opera composed by the musician of the land Javier Navarrete whose tickets were sold out in two days. In the program there will also be competitions of poetry and stories, concerts, exhibitions, theatrical visits and talks.
Huelva is the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy
Huelva is the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2017. The sixth city that receives this title, and the first coastal one, represents the recognition of the fruits of the sea; a tribute to the products that each morning enter the fish markets. Fish and seafood, along with their rich soups and stews, form an essential part of the Spanish culinary tradition. Without forgetting the jamón of Jabugo, among other products of the province.
A program of activities has been prepared to promote the destination of Huelva. The second edition of the Flamenco Festival, accompanied by the Gastronomic Show with local products, is scheduled to celebrate the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition (Cimve) in 2017.
The Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2017 will coincide with the 525th anniversary of the Discovery of America, where they will take advantage of the deep Ibero-American roots for the international tourist and economic promotion of the province of Huelva.
The Lebaniego Year begins and Santander renews itself
The forthcoming inauguration of the Botín Centre in the dock of Santander (although there is no official date) will certainly put this city in the target of many travelers, although even without the Botín, there are sufficient reasons to visit it.
The centre will be a place of art that will contribute to the development of creativity to generate economic and social wealth. The project, in collaboration with Luis Vidal and Architects, aims to create a space for art, culture and training activity and generate a new meeting place in Santander.
On the other hand, the Cantabrian capital is the starting point to visit Liébana and its sanctuary and to commemorate the Holy Year celebrated each year that on April 16, the feast of Santo Toribio, falls on a Sunday.
The Government of Cantabria will organize a series of religious and cultural activities, aimed at highlighting the historical, social, political and religious importance of the region of Liébana, with the Monastery of Santo Toribio as a central point.
“Discover the way” in Caravaca (Murcia)
There are five holy cities in the world, and three of them are in Spain: Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), Santo Toribio de Liébana (Cantabria) and Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia). This last one was designated as a holy city only 18 years ago, the 9 of January of 1998, when Pope John Paul II granted this title as being the scene of a great miracle in the century XIII.
This year 2017, Caravaca de la Cruz celebrates a new jubilee year; cultural programming includes exhibitions and concerts, as well as environmental, sports, scientific and gastronomic activities.
The motto that encompasses the activities is ‘Descubre tu camino” (discover your way), which will accompany all the pilgrims who come to the holy city to win the jubilee in 2017.
Madrid hosts the World Pride 2017 … and 1.5 million followers
Not only is it one of the two Spanish cities that the New York Times recommends to visit this year (the other is Antequera for its World Heritage Patrimony), the Plaza Mayor is also 400 years old.
Madrid is popular this year, says Jetcost, for hosting the World Pride Madrid 2017, the largest LGTBI event in the world, from June 23 to July 2. The event is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors to the capital, as many as the Olympic Games Olympics.
Outdoor concerts, different stages, festivals, art, culture and sport will all be available around the Chueca neighborhood, in the heart of the capital.
This great festival to celebrate, debate and show diversity, whose main event will be the World LGBT Pride Demonstration, will be the largest in the world and will be held on Saturday, July 1 in the heart of Madrid. It is expected that more than 3,000,000 people and associations from around the world will participate.
Although with a very different idea, eighty years after Hemingway made one of his short stories based in Madrid “The Capital of the World”, it is going to come true.
One thousand years of the Fuero de León
It was Alfonso V who in 1017 decided to deliver the Fuero to the city of León, fully precursory of a series of legal provisions that ended up being adapted by many other cities and states of medieval Spain. This year marks a thousand years since that event.
Various events will form part of the agenda for commemoration of the first representation of citizens’ fundamental rights in Europe. April will bring to the city some Isidorian days of medieval history and the representation of Estampa of a Kingdom with Alfonso V in the square of the Cathedral.
One of the months that will have more activity will be July. The Jazz Festival will move to the seventh month of the year to take advantage of the ‘pull’ of the Festival of San Sebastian and that the ‘first swords’ take advantage of its presence in Spain to attend the edition of Leon to be held in the Cloister of San Isidoro.
The main dish will arrive with the ‘Congress of the Fuero de León, 1000 years of history’ and will address the different theories about ‘the first card of Europe’ and will have experts from all over the world.
The last months of the year will count as most outstanding events with a new event encompassing the history of the Kingdom of Leon, under the motto ‘From Alfonso V to Alfonso IX’. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the city, with its artistic offerings, with the spectacular cathedral as an emblem, and for gastronomy, with the Barrio Húmedo as a good example of variety, and of the whole province with charms like Ponferrada, Astorga, Valencia de don Juan, the caves of Valporquero, the Bierzo, the Ancares, the Médulas… … …
Valladolid celebrates two centuries of Zorrilla
José Zorrilla was almost considered a prophet in his land and always remembered Valladolid, the city where he was born on February 21, 1817. Valladolid has begun to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of the author of “Don Juan Tenorio”.
The year of José Zorrilla will run from February 21, the day of the birth of the writer, until January 23, 2018, which marks the 175th anniversary of his death in Madrid.
In addition to the planned program of works by Zorrilla in the theaters of the city, the exhibition “Genios e Ingenios en España de Zorrilla” will be visited by several educational centers, and the Sala de la Iglesia de las Francesas will host an attractive exhibition, “José Zorrilla and the face of the letters”, with a photographic tour focusing on the most important Spanish literary figures, from Romanticism at the beginning of the 20th century.
The International Congress (José Zorrilla y la Cultura Hispánica) will be held from June 22 to 24 with the aim of studying the influence of the Valladolid poet and playwright in areas such as poetry, theater, cinema, folklore, anthropology and journalism.
Jetcost says that next to the writer’s Bicentennial, the year 2017 will be the year of wine in Valladolid, with the celebration of the World Contest in Brussels, scheduled in the capital of Valladolid from 5 to 7 May and involving about 9,000 wines from around the world.
… and finally… Seville the 400th anniversary of the birth of Murillo
In few instances a painter and a city have reached a degree of mutual identification such as Murillo and Seville have reached. Not only because the painter was born in the capital of the Guadalquivir but also because his art sprang from the most intimate roots of the local culture.
The commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo will continue until 2018. There will be events such as exhibitions, concerts or workshops and other projects that will be more enduring and will remain as permanent testimonies after the celebration. This will be the case of publications, improvements in cultural infrastructures, Murillo’s itineraries around the city, the restoration of some of his works or the plastic interventions of recognized or new contemporary artists, performed in public spaces.
There will be dozens of initiatives around this event, including six exhibitions. In addition, Seville celebrates 25 years of its Expo; the commemoration will start on April 20 with an exhibition in the Pabellón de la Navegación on before, during and after the show.
by Elle Draper
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