Here are some ideas for unusual nights in Spain this summer, when you want to spend time outdoors.
Noches de Embrujo ('Enchanted Nights')
These are nights where you can enjoy flamenco shows in unique settings. They can be experienced especially in Andalusia over the summer. For example, the Music and Dance Festival of Granada takes place in July in the Alhambra, Seville holds shows in the gardens of the Real Alcázar Palace, and at the Cordoba Guitar Festival, many of the concerts are held in the bullring and on the city's streets.
Nights in the Roman Empire
Mérida is the place to go, as its International Classical Theatre Festival takes place between July and August. The main stage is the city's Roman theatre, which is over 2000 years old. In addition, you can visit temples and monuments that have been conserved since Mérida's time of splendour during the Roman era.
Musical nights in a cave
These take place at Cova d'en Xoroi, on the island of Menorca, and Los Jameos del Agua on the island of Lanzarote. Nights at Cova d'en Xoroi are legendary, especially during summer when you can also enjoy live music in this wonderful setting with sea views. Meanwhile, Los Jameos is a lava tube which was transformed into a charming space by the artist César Manrique, blending architecture and nature. It offers concerts and DJ sets.
Nights under the stars
Did you know that Spain is renowned for its clear skies which are perfect for stargazing? The best-known dark sky areas are in Andalusia, Aragon, the Canary Islands, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Extremadura, La Rioja and Galicia. You can join nature expeditions to see the stars, visit observatories or spend the night in accommodation especially designed to enjoy the night sky.
Cultural nights under the moon
These are guided night-time tours of iconic sites and cities. Perhaps Granada's Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Cordoba are the most remarkable because they allow you to visit the site in a much calmer way, with fewer people than during the day. Nevertheless, there are guided night-time tours in almost all of Spain's tourist cities during the summer. In some cases, there are also dramatised tours.
Nights of purifying fire
On June 23, the shortest night of the year, Spain celebrates the Bonfires of San Juan fiesta. During this night, it is traditional to make small bonfires and jump over them at dawn. Why? As the legend goes, the fire purifies the souls of those who jump over it. The fiesta is celebrated in many cities and beaches. The bonfires of Alicante and A Coruña are recognised as Fiestas of International Tourist Interest.