Culture is a word that is often discussed today. All countries and territories have their own cultures, which can vary greatly. The word culture comes from Latin and really means Cultivation or Refinement, or maybe Education. It is largely about how you live in your area. How to grow your interest. What you do.
Considering all the different eras in Spain with Iberian, Phoenician, Roman, Gothic and Arab rule and even Jewish and Greek influences, the Spaniards lead a comfortable life. You mostly take it easy.
In Northern Europe you want to find out what happens next month, so you can record in your little calendar, while the Spaniards wonder more what to do right now, tonight. For example, there is no date on the movie posters, but the word HOY, which means TODAY.
Spanish culture is SO MUCH. Lifestyle, food, events, family cohesion, fiestas and festivals, and much more. The Spaniards have high confidence in Guardia Civil, the king and are proud of their country. Spain is a good country.
Life expectancy is among the highest in the world and we tourists have a lot to learn. Step down, take the day as it comes, relax. Sit at a bar with good friends. Feel the affinity. Enjoy the sun and the heat. Do as the Spaniards, walk for the sake of the walk. Not to get anywhere. We Norwegians have much to learn from the Spanish culture.
On Sundays, the whole family will be out for a walk. Like a little dressed up and then you go in width, so there a little slow, and then stressed tourists try to squeeze past. After all, we tourists are always heading somewhere, unlike the Spaniards who have the walk as their goal. Here in Almuñécar you keep to the right, even when you walk, when you meet someone on the sidewalks.
It is heard when there are Spaniards nearby, and often you can stop in the middle of the sidewalk to discuss something. And everyone talks at the same time because they have so much to say. When the Spaniards discuss, it sounds quite clear. When everyone is talking at the same time and everyone is raising their voices, it does not mean that you are angry or so. You just want to participate with your opinion in the conversation. Talk about what you think. Ideally, you just stop wherever you are and discuss. You can even stop the car in the middle of the street to say something to a friend for a short while, but then the warning lights MUST be on.
There is so much to see and there is so much to do, so time is running very fast in Almuñécar. “First it is morning, then it is evening”. And in the evenings the Spaniards live. Then the whole family with children and abuelos (grandparents) go out to eat late dinner, or to go to any event. Seeking a job as a babysitter is considered impossible. The children are on everything.
Food and drink are important. Musty pots, paella, gazpacho and fish in all its forms, as well as a glass of wine are the highlights of life.
Family and family are the most important things in Spanish culture. Then comes the neighborhood and the neighborhood, and then the municipality. The state is far away. Much can seem complicated, but works if you do as you should. The Spaniards are very proud of their flag and of course the flag of Andalusia.
What is more Spanish culture than bullfighting? You have to think what you want. At least it’s an old tradition. Click on the links:
When it comes to events, each organizer advertises their own activities through flyers on parked cars windscreen wipers, or pasting similar posters in a long line to cover an entire wall. The municipality’s cultural events can be found at www.almunecar.es under Agenda Cultural. A complete information on most events can be found at www.almunecar.se
Where the flamencon comes from is not really determined, probably from the Mediterranean coasts, but it is considered Spanish anyway. There are different styles, including sevillano, fandango, solo and there are three parts: the dance – el bailé, the song – el cante and el toqué – the music (mainly guitar, drums on the box / cajon and hand clap). Be alone, or all together.
Flamenco is the Spanish name for the bird flamingo, because the dancers are reminiscent of flamingos.
Current cultural events can be found at www.almunecar.se
The large flamenco site in Almuñécar is called Venta Luciano and is located 3 km north of the center, on the old grenade road up to Jete and Otivar. The easiest way is to call and book a place and book a taxi. Please look at www.ventaluciano.com. There you can first eat saturated and drink as much as you want. Then there will be the appearance of real professionals. It will be an afternoon you will not forget so easily.
Restaurante El Tesorillo
Down at Playa El Tesorillo in Velilla, Rafa and staff offer flamenco several times a week with guitarist Ricardo de la Juana and dancers. You should book a table at tel: 664 38 67 06
If you want to listen to genuine Spanish flamenco dance and music, it is La Ventura that applies. There Ricardo de la Juana plays, with his friends on Thursday nights and Sunday evenings, and sometimes someone from the audience also comes up and both sings and plays. You should order tables if you are going to eat. La Ventura is located on Calle Alta del Mar 18.
Restaurante La Corrala
On Calle Antigua 11, near Plaza de la Constitución, Susy Martin dances to music by José Heredia and Manolo Riuz. Small nice place and you should book a table at tel: 666 039 395.
Casa de la Cultura
And of course there is flamenco at Casa de la Cultura on many occasions. During the summer, all outdoor activities are moved to Parque El Majuelo during pleasant summer evenings.
Programs can be found at www.almunecar.se, or at the tourist information.