Well, it’s here August, the eighth month of the year !! Can’t believe it, this year has swished past,we are half way through the children’s summer holidays, they have 12 weeks here, they finish for the summer on June 23rd and don’t return until the 9/10th September, it’s a long summer here for Mum’s and Grandma’s, the reason being the heat,it is to hot for the children to study, also most of the factories close for the whole month of August, and government offices etc., have a skeleton staff, so August is a month well-known in Spain, again I think the original reason was the heat, and they have just kept with it…..most of the inland villages and towns are desolate as everyone goes down to the coast, beach, sea and fun. Rural tourism has become popular also in the past years, for those that prefer country and mountain type holidays, So if you are ever coming to Spain on business, don’t come in August. However if you ever wanted to visit Madrid, August is the perfect month, it’s very hot, but very few people no queues to enter museums art galleries etc., a perfect time to really be able to see the city.
Beach resorts are busy, but when on holiday that is maybe what you want, the sea-front bars and restaurants are busy with family tables and guests in general, the typical “Chiringuito” Beach bar is one of the most popular places to be, BBQ Sardines and chilled sangria are very popular, they usually have good music and some of them, have a live band in the evenings, this is very popular, down on the beach, they have a great atmosphere and really have the holiday spirit.
August and the summer time is general is also the time of the typical”Verbenas” Spanish town fiestas………the streets are full of colourful garlands and lots of activities, usually lasting a week, with two week-ends of live music and dancing in the town square, great atmosphere and something for all ages, it’s really nice to see the older people from the community dancing away to their pasa-doble, the Spanish love to fiesta and dance, they certainly know how to enjoy themselves at these fiestas.
Where ever you are or what ever you are doing this August, be happy enjoy life, love and beloved.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”