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Alternative Spanish Art tour is enjoyed by many worldwide travellers and not just urban art lovers

Alicante-Costa Blanca
14 February 2020

Getting out and about in Alicante

Whether you're off to Alicante for a small break or a long holiday, you can alleviate some stress from your travels arranging your transport in advance. If you have a package holiday then you may have a hotel transfer included, which may be adequate for your family's needs. However, consider how much more you can get out of your your trip if you hire a car. You would not need to depend on transport, instead you can step off the plane and drive directly to your destination. Although the buses in Alicante are very modern and frequent, imagine not having to struggle to lift your suitcase onto an overcrowded bus. Moreover,  with your own car, you can get to see a whole lot more in the province and please yourself.

If you do decide that car rental is the best option to get around Alicante, then you'll want the best deal with no hidden or nasty surprises later on.

 

Getting a good understanding of the fuel policies when hiring a can be a minefield. But some websites show you much information regarding the benefits of Full to empty car hire and Full to Full available with most companies. But be aware that with Full to Full, some companies will require a receipt when you fill up and return the car at the airport. With so many car hire companies to choose from all based at or near Alicante airport, you’ll have plenty of choice when finding the best deal. 

Don't forget that you will need the driving licence for anyone else who wants to be an additional driver.

Overall, with a little extra research and planning, when selecting to drive yourself, you will enjoy day trips without the hassle of finding the bus stops and having to wait around.

Alicante Airport 

Alicante airport is located between the cities of Alicante and Elche and being one of Spain’s main airports, it has more than 42 airlines operating flights to 125 national destinations. With this many passengers, queues at the car hire desks can be quite long at peak times. By booking in advance you can minimize waiting times and any unnecessary anxiety. 

Why not discover Alicante to the full? Having the freedom to drive yourself means that you can have some great days out and get to visit landmarks such as the Fortress of Santa Barbara Castle and the Esplanade of Spain, and still have time to experience the many amazing golf courses.

Even If the city feels a little restrictive in size after a few days, with your own transport, you'll have the option to go on a driving tour through Alicante on to enjoy more of the Costa Blanca and see the beautiful coves of Denia or Jávea. 

 With so much to see and do in and around Alicante, if you plan your own transport early, you'll be prepared to enjoy a great adventure.



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Madrid Art Tour - Learn the history that lies behind each mural.
29 January 2020

Street Art Tour Madrid

How much do you know about Madrid’s underground art scene?     

Often referred to as graffiti or urban art, Madrid is awash with exciting murals hidden in nooks and crannies just waiting to be discovered.

Often demonstrating the street life where the artists grew up, Madrid’s urban art scene transforms once undesirable urban spaces with the kind of art you might expect to see in a museum.

While you may not find anything signed by the likes of Goya, Velázquez and Picasso, you might have the good fortune to stumble upon a Jonipunto, Suso 33, Spy, Okuda, Borondo or Muelle who are all giants of urban art in Spain.

Earlier this year, Madrid was experiencing some social and political challenges that make street artists want to get out and express their opinions through their work.

One of the county’s biggest daily newspapers El Pais, claims that the amount of street art is excitingly more popular compared to what was around 10 years ago.

The best time to visit Madrid for street art is during April when urban artists from around the world descend on the Malasaña district of Madrid to paint their works on every available wall and shutter.

Similar to other trendy areas in Toronto, Miami and Los Angeles, Malasaña is full of student-friendly places where young people like to hang out.

The festival event attracts thousands of visitors from around the world who come just to watch and photograph the artists at work.

Tourism trends are changing

Globally trends in tourism are changing with old established trends making way for unique and alternative experiences.

CALLE Lavapiés street art tour

When we came up with the idea of a Madrid street art tour back in 2015, the first place that popped to mind was the Lavapiés neighbourhood of the city due to its multiculturalism and bright vibrant colours.

All the guides at Cool Tour Spain focus on the following:

·   Society’s problems

·   Political corruption

·   People losing their homes

·   A lack of jobs

·   Youth unemployment

·   Gangs

·   Crime

·   Domestic abuse

Every piece of street art in Madrid has a storey to tell and we want to not only tell that story but explain the greater meaning behind the art.

Even though we feel we are helping the artist by escorting people to see their works, there are some in Madrid who are against us because we are using the tours as a way to create an income. In other words, exploiting their artistic work for our monetary gain.

What these people do not know and that we would like to tell them is that we hire local artists who speak English as guides because of their knowledge of the urban art scene and their love of being able to share it with visitors.

Will street art survive and what are its consequences?

The artists who have become famous now choose to do their artwork lawfully while others will always try to seek anonymity and not paint for fame or fortune.

The street art scene has always wanted to be real and not seek permission for what it creates, but many people in Madrid are not as enamoured with some of the artwork and would like to see the perpetrators locked up and punished.

This poses a problem for many young artists fearful of paining at organised events in case they are recognised for decorating a wall shutter or train without permission.

One rule of thumb is; If you think you are bettering what was there before you painted, then we believe you should be able to do it, but if not think about it twice, as meaningless lines and tags do not equate to works of art.

Cool Tours Spain does not support vandalism or any aggressive actions that deface public or private property in Madrid.

 

For more information see the following website: Street art tour Madrid.

Also read about Getting out and about in Alicante



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Spanish Art Tour - Learn the history that lies behind each mural.
29 January 2020

Street Art Tour Spain

How much do you know about Madrid’s underground art scene?     

Often referred to as graffiti or urban art, Madrid is awash with exciting murals hidden in nooks and crannies just waiting to be discovered.

Often demonstrating the street life where the artists grew up, Madrid’s urban art scene transforms once undesirable urban spaces with the kind of art you might expect to see in a museum.

While you may not find anything signed by the likes of Goya, Velázquez and Picasso, you might have the good fortune to stumble upon a Jonipunto, Suso 33, Spy, Okuda, Borondo or Muelle who are all giants of urban art in Spain.

Earlier this year, Madrid was experiencing some social and political challenges that make street artists want to get out and express their opinions through their work.

One of the county’s biggest daily newspapers El Pais, claims that the amount of street art is excitingly more popular compared to what was around 10 years ago.

The best time to visit Madrid for street art is during April when urban artists from around the world descend on the Malasaña district of Madrid to paint their works on every available wall and shutter.

Similar to other trendy areas in Toronto, Miami and Los Angeles, Malasaña is full of student-friendly places where young people like to hang out.

The festival event attracts thousands of visitors from around the world who come just to watch and photograph the artists at work.

Tourism trends are changing

Globally trends in tourism are changing with old established trends making way for unique and alternative experiences.

CALLE Lavapiés street art tour

When we came up with the idea of a Madrid street art tour back in 2015, the first place that popped to mind was the Lavapiés neighbourhood of the city due to its multiculturalism and bright vibrant colours.

All the guides at Cool Tour Spain focus on the following:

·   Society’s problems

·   Political corruption

·   People losing their homes

·   A lack of jobs

·   Youth unemployment

·   Gangs

·   Crime

·   Domestic abuse

Every piece of street art in Madrid has a storey to tell and we want to not only tell that story but explain the greater meaning behind the art.

Even though we feel we are helping the artist by escorting people to see their works, there are some in Madrid who are against us because we are using the tours as a way to create an income. In other words, exploiting their artistic work for our monetary gain.

What these people do not know and that we would like to tell them is that we hire local artists who speak English as guides because of their knowledge of the urban art scene and their love of being able to share it with visitors.

Will street art survive and what are its consequences?

The artists who have become famous now choose to do their artwork lawfully while others will always try to seek anonymity and not paint for fame or fortune.

The street art scene has always wanted to be real and not seek permission for what it creates, but many people in Madrid are not as enamoured with some of the artwork and would like to see the perpetrators locked up and punished.

This poses a problem for many young artists fearful of paining at organised events in case they are recognised for decorating a wall shutter or train without permission.

One rule of thumb is; If you think you are bettering what was there before you painted, then we believe you should be able to do it, but if not think about it twice, as meaningless lines and tags do not equate to works of art.

Cool Tours Spain does not support vandalism or any aggressive actions that deface public or private property in Madrid.

 

For more information see the following website: Street art tour Madrid.

 



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