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Spain: music for everyone in the summer



You can surely think of many reasons to visit Spain on your holidays, but did the thought of music cross your mind? Our country is pleasing to all the senses, and also to the ear. If you visit in the summer, you can enjoy some of the most famous festivals in Europe. Castles, palaces and places of great historic value become elegant stages for internationally renowned musicians.

Enjoy a concert in a majestic natural setting, attend a recital in a Renaissance palace, see a show in an emblematic place like the Alhambra in Granada, take master classes with musicians expert in their disciplines, or enjoy an improvisation session in a night club: these are only a few of the options available at the different music festivals held in many places in Spain during the summer.

These are prestigious, established events with an international reputation. They encompass a variety of styles and attract not only a huge audience eager to listen to the best music, but also the most representative artists from the international scene. While the musical performances are the focal point at these events, the programmes usually include other parallel activities in which those in attendance become active participants: from practical workshops to lectures, conferences, seminars and thematic courses.

All kinds of styles

These festivals, which are distributed throughout Spain, take place in both major cities and in beach or mountain areas or in smaller, quieter spots. The pleasant summer temperatures make it possible for many of the performances to be held outdoors. On occasion, the setting where they take place is as interesting as the event itself: emblematic places, monuments and historical buildings are often the magnificent stage for these performances.

Whatever your musical tastes, you can enjoy them in Spain. The Santander and Granada International Festivals are some of the indispensable events for classical music lovers. Those who like jazz will not want to miss the Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival or the San Sebastián Jazzaldia; and for flamenco, you will love the International Cante de las Minas (Mine Songs) Festival and the Córdoba Guitar Festival. For pop/rock, new trends and alternative styles, there are huge gatherings like Sónar or the FIB (Benicassim International Festival), while world and folk music have their place at festivals such as Pyrenees Folk Festival, Etnosur, Grec, La Mar de Músicas and the Ortigueira Celtic Festival.

These are only some of the musical offerings throughout the length and breadth of our country that will give you the chance to enjoy your stay in Spain even more. Check it out.





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