Spain, the best cultural destination for your incentive trip
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Spain is an ideal destination for a cultural incentive trip. Besides its excellent climate and beaches, there are various cities where you can organise a tailor-made cultural programme. Dramatised routes in historic centres, original competitions, gala dinners at museums and spectacular concerts are just some examples of the activities designed by the Convention Bureaux. Choosing Spain is a sure bet.
Creative cultural activities at any time of year are the basis for you to organise an unusual, original programme. The objective: to ensure that participants take home wonderful memories of their incentive trip to Spain.
Here are a few ideas. There is a wide variety of options, with everything from outdoor training activities to the chance to enjoy the art of each region in a fun way. The excellent, varied Spanish gastronomy and wonderful options for shopping are two more fundamental ingredients to ensure that the trip is a complete success.
There are various destinations offering "à la carte" cultural programmes, such as the cities of Valencia, Barcelona, and the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
If you opt for Valencia or Barcelona, then your incentive trip will have Mediterranean flavour. Both cities have a lively cultural agenda and artistic heritage that will guarantee success. Valencia is a modern city with an excellent climate and clear maritime tradition. Each year it is the setting for the Las Fallas Fiestas. Its Convention Bureau has designed a range of options. For nature lovers, nothing better than sailing on La Albufera lake, one of Europe's most valuable nature areas, in a typical boat of the region. Another option would be a fun competition in the Turia Gardens. For those who prefer urban activities, there are trips through the historic centre in horse and carriage, and nocturnal, dramatised city visits. And to round things off, a concert at the exclusive Palau de la Música auditorium while you enjoy a Mediterranean dinner.
Why not try a fun way to get to know Valencia's gastronomy. The Convention Bureau suggests a visit to Central Market, one of Europe's biggest, to discover the varied produce of Valencia's fruit and vegetable plantations. There, they can all sample horchata (tiger nut milk) and "agua de Valencia" (type of champagne cocktail). Then they can learn how to make a traditional paella or have lunch at a typical Valencia farmstead.
Other options are a visit to the interesting Fallas Museum (unique in the world) and the avant-garde Arts and Sciences Centre. Here your participants can explore the world of science with games, experience sharks at close range, or discover the mysteries of the universe with a large projector.
Barcelona, urban art
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city and a real open-air museum, with famous works of art such as the Sagrada Familia Church. It also offer a range of teambuilding options. Its Convention Bureau proposes a route through the city's historic centre in which participants must obtain typical Spanish items such as espadrilles, a water jar or an opera programme. Furthermore, there are two original competitions organised so that participants can enjoy Barcelona's most emblematic places. They have to take photos of works by prestigious artist Gaudí such as La Pedrera House, the Sagrada Familia Church and Güell Park, or work out the names of modern buildings in Barcelona.
Culture and fun in the islands
The Spanish Islands are another excellent option for incentive trips. Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, is a natural paradise. It has 236 kilometres of coastline and almost half the island is a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve. Its Convention Bureau offers everything from dramatised group treasure hunts, where participants discover the city, its monuments and its gastronomy, through to fun orienteering routes in cabriolet cars. The options are completed by a walk through the old town of the capital, Las Palmas, where participants can discover the historic Casa de Colón or by a delicious Moorish tea with Canary Islands cheese. All these activities will help you to discover the region in an entertaining way, strengthening bonds of cooperation between colleagues.
Another option is the volcanic island of Tenerife, also in the Canary Islands, one of Europe's most popular destinations. Tenerife is famous for its beaches, its Carnival… It is also home to a World Heritage city, San Cristóbal de la Laguna. Its Convention Bureau suggests an itinerary including a visit to the old town of the capital, Santa Cruz, with a day's shopping. Another idea is breakfast at the Pueblo Chico theme park (an interesting miniature city) in La Orotava, with an enjoyable cultural competition. To recover your strength, what better than lunch at an old Canary Islands palace, or a Carnival dinner with views of the strange pyramids at the Güímar Pyramids Ethnographic Park, in Santa Cruz?
Our experience in hosting this type of events, professionalism, excellent climate, cultural heritage and good communications come together to make Spain a magnificent destination for incentive trips. The Convention Bureaux offer made-to-measure programmes where cultural routes are accompanied by musical soirées and delicious lunches in prestigious restaurants. In short, Spain has the cultural incentive trip you are looking for.
If you require more information and advice on these itineraries, check the following websites: - Valencia Convention Bureau - Tourism - Gran Canaria Convention Bureau - Tenerife Convention Bureau - Barcelona Convention Bureau - Tourism
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