Spain… Flamenco, tapas, sunshine

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Image of Elena Rubio, sales manager for Ovation Spain DMC.

Elena Rubio

Ovation Spain DMC set up its first office in Barcelona in 2007.  Fast forward thirteen years and you find the company designing and operating business events and incentive travel programs all around the country including the islands (Majorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, etc.) from home bases in Madrid and Barcelona. Here Elena Rubio, the DMC’s sales manager, shares the five things she’s looking forward to sharing with planners and program participants when Spain reopens and is once again welcoming MICE business.

Discover the soul of Seville. Smell the orange blossoms. Learn from the city’s rich, ancient culture. End the day with a passionate final touch—a private performance combining equestrian and flamenco dancing.

Image of a woman's flounced skirt and red shoes as she performs the flamenco in the outdoors. Photo by Lee | Canva.
An integral part of Andalucían culture, flamenco consists of four elements—Cante (voice), Baile (dance), Toque (guitar) and Jaleo (hand clapping, foot stomping and shouts/cheers). Photo of flamenco dancer performing outdoors by Lee | Canva.

Sail the beautiful, blue Mediterranean Sea. Explore Spain’s coast, its traditional villages and its secret coves. Enjoy cocktails and a delicious meal prepared by one of Spain’s great chefs. Sway to rumba tunes.

Spain’s sun-drenched Mediterranean coastline stretches some 1,600 kilometres from Tarifa in the west to Cabo de Creus in the east. Photo of Cartagena, Murcia Port Marina by Tono Balaguer | Canva.

Attend an El Clásico football match with Barça and Real Madrid facing off. Choose a team to support. Feeling like a fan is a MUST. The atmosphere is charged. The game magical.

Image of fans cheering at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain. Photo by Cesar Lucas. Image provided by Madrid Destino, Cultura, Turismo y Negocio SA. Fore more information visit
El Clásico is the name of any match played between FC Barcelona (Barça) and Real Madrid—one of the fiercest and longest rivalries in soccer. Photo of spectators at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, by César Lucas Abreu. Image provided courtesy of Madrid Destino, Cultura, Turismo y Negocio SA |

Get lost in the streets of Barcelona. Discover the city’s stories. Learn the secrets of brava sauce, the famous topping on the country’s renowned Patatas Bravas. Take a tapas tour—the tastiest way to explore the city.

From La Rambla to Plaça d’Espanya, Barcelona is a city designed for wandering. Visitors can keep their energy up on walks by stopping for some delectable bites in any of the city’s many tapas bars. Photo of exterior of Barcelona tapas bar by Ignacio Ruiz Cusanellas | Canva.

End a busy day of site visits at a rooftop bar in Madrid. Sip a glass of sangria while you soak up the view of the city’s skyline at sunset. Salud!

From cozy and casual to sleek and sophisticated, Madrid is a city of rooftop bars. Photo of Madrid skyline and streets Rudy Balasko | Canva.

Image of Ovation Spain DMC logo.Ovation Spain DMC is part of Ovation Global DMC, a full-service destination management company servicing associations, corporations and associations in 100+ destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and South America for more than 25 years. Ovation Spain is represented in Canada by Select Group Marketing (SGM).