Each year, International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index ranks and rates the best retirement destinations in the world, taking into consideration real estate, retiree benefits, cost of living, ease of integration, entertainment and amenities, healthcare, retirement infrastructure, and climate. Spain ranked number five in this year’s Index, scoring well across the board, and especially in real estate (with a score of 91 out of 100), entertainment and amenities (96), healthcare (91), and retirement infrastructure (93).
Spain is a popular tourist destination because of its climate, natural beauty, warm and engaging people, cuisine, festivals, and miles of coastline. Retirees can enjoy these benefits, plus a low cost of living and a well-developed national health system. Here, we take a peek at five of Spain’s top retirement cities.
Culinary Back Streets.com–Gourmet fast food has swept through Spain at full speed. It comes in multiregional styles and with strong creative inspiration behind it – and, most importantly, the food itself can be exceptional.
Eric Camp, Albert Gómez and their three partners are a good example of this, with their sausage-centric project, Butifarring, and their first small venue in Barrio Gòtico, which is much more than a Catalan hot dog or sandwich place. Camp, an energetic entrepreneur and founder of other successful companies, came up with the concept. Gómez, the head chef, trained in the kitchens of world-renowned chefs Ferran Adriá and Martín Berasategui.
This 45-minute video is a casual visitor’s visual stroll through the art and architecture of Barcelona, the capital of Spain’s northeastern región of Catalonia. The city is renowned for the Modernist architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
They hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions many international sport tournaments. This tour includes most of the touristic highlights: Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral; the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner; la Casa de Les Punxes, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch; the Passeig de Gràcia.
Viralnova.com, December 18, 2013–No, this isn’t just an old factory, crumbling to pieces. It used to be a cement factory, sure, but now this sprawling structure is the incredible home and studio of architect Ricardo Bofill. He discovered The Cement Factory in 1973 and it was abandoned and partially in ruins. It couldn’t have looked like much, but Ricardo saw its true potential. He bought it and began renovating. He turned it into something you can barely recognize as the factory it used to be.
This four-and-a-half-minute video, one of the Spanish tourist office’s time-lapse series, shows us 2,000 years of Spanish cultural history. From the prehistoric remains and cave drawings in the Altamira Caves, the Roman theater at Merida, the Moorish castles and the great Gothic cathedrals down to today’s museums, science parks and other cultural milestones in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Bilbao and dozens of other places, Spain is one of the best places to discover or revisit European art and culture.
In this 50-minute video Catalan painter, Eva Bosch, comments on the life and work of surrealist Spanish painter, sculptor, print maker and ceramicist, Joan Miró, the artist who portrayed humankind’s infantile subconscious. (Bosch interviewed Miró in 1980 when she was an undergraduate by showing up at the gate to his house in Palma and chatting up the gardener.) Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miró belonged to the generation after the great modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí, and grew up immersed in the Art Noveau atmosphere that prevailed in Catalunya–not only in architecture, but also in fine art, handicrafts, furniture design, etc.–at that time. Miró achieved worldwide recognition in Paris between 1920 and the outbreak of World War II, when he took refuge and continued creating in his mother’s home city of Palma de Mallorca.
Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral is a Barcelona icon with millions of visitors every year, despite being notoriously unfinished. Last weekend, during the festa mayor of La Mercè, the patron saint of Catalonia, 33.600 people crowded into its massive nave to see a new video that portrays a virtual version of the temple in its completed state, an event scheduled for the year 2026 in the real world.
As the real world is a bit trickier than the virtual one for getting projects done, the promoters add “if the work continues at the rhythm of recent years.” More…
In the summer of 1936 Spain had been a democratic republic for five years but the republic was desperately fragile. A group of right-wing army officers, headed y Generals Sanjuro and Mola mounted an initiative to overthrow the government. Their first thrust was to call the Colonial Army of Africa, a force made up of Spanish and Moorish troops–the dreaded “Moros”–and headed by Gen. Francisco Franco, from Morocco. They were flown across the Straits of Gibraltar by German planes. Early in the war both Sanjuro and Mola were killed in plane crashes, leaving the way clear for Franco to lead the nationalist coup. He held the reins until his death of old age, 39 years later.
The nationalist uprising gave rise to revolutionary fervor in the Spanish cities–especially Madrid and Barcelona–while most of the Catholic rural peasantry took the side of the nationalists. There ensued an escalation of terrible abuses on both sides–burned churches, summary executions of all resistors to the coup, assassinations and massacres. More…
The expiatory church of La Sagrada Familia, known simply as the Holy Family, is a Catholic basilica in Barcelona designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí. Initiated in 1882, it is still under construction while remaining open to the public. It is Gaudi’s masterpiece, and the best example of Catalan modernist architecture. According to data from 2011, it is the most visited monument in Spain, with 3.2 million visitors. During April 2012, Luis Caldevilla ( luiscaldevilla.com ) and Alberto Castaño (firstname.lastname@example.org ) were invited by the Director of the Construction Board to film in the basilica using time-lapse and drone aerial techniques . Luis Caldevilla used a motiontimer, a control system for three-axis motion timelapse and Alberto Castaño used small drones and other devices to show this unique perspective. More…
This email was forwarded to us by British journalist, publisher, and old Spain hand, David Baird. Goodbye Barcelona is a theatrical homage to the International Brigades that took to Spain in 1936 the first volunteer soldiers to confront fascism in Europe in the Spanish Civil War. They came from virtually all over the world and a lot of them stayed here–in cemeteries and common graves. More…