By Regina Winkle-Bryan
The summer is full swing in Spain, and days are divided between mornings at the beach and nights out to open-air concerts, festivals, and cinema in castles and balmy plazas. Here are our picks for July….
1. BARCELONA -Open Air Cinema at Sala Montjuïc: The Scoopettes ADORE this event! We go every year. Bring a picnic and maybe a lawn chair. Usually there is live music before the movie starts. Films are always varied. For example, Exit Through the Gift Shop by Banksy is on the 16th of July. Getting to Montjuïc takes some doing but it’s worth it. Films on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. www.salamontjuic.org
2. PAMPLONA -San Fermin and the Running of the Bulls: San Fermin is celebrated every year in Pamplona from the 6th to the 14th of July. Many people believe that this is Spain’s best party…others find it abusive towards the bulls which end up having to face the ring (the Scoopettes are NOT pro-bullfighting! Nor do we believe in the run). Girls Run With Bulls is a Blog about women bloggers who plan to run with the bulls this year. Check out their wild idea here: http://girlsrunwithbulls.com/about/
3. BARCELONA -Grec Festival: One of Barcelona’s best music, dance and theater festivals, Grec brings in big names in performing arts. On now until August 2012, this excellent event gets a Scoopometer 10. Beware! Tickets sell out fast! http://grec.bcn.cat/
4.SANTIAGO -The Santiago the Apostle Celebration: Each July 25th, the sleepy city of Santiago plays host to the festivities celebrating Saint James: there are carnival rides, concerts and a fireworks display that runs a bill of 50,000 euros. Get the whole scoop from expert Cat Gaa here.
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