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Top 5 European Countries That Offer Freelance Visas

An increasing number of Americans are seeking options for better living—long-term—beyond the U.S. borders, however to earn a living while away requires something beyond a tourist visa. A new report from International Living explores the top five European countries that offer the best freelance visas.

“If you’ve paid attention to headlines in recent weeks, you’ll have likely seen all the many stories about Americans wanting to escape the US Covid crisis,” says Jeff D. Opdyke, editor of The Savvy Retiree, a publication of International Living. “Stories on how to seek second passports. Stories on countries where Americans are increasingly seeking information on emigration. Stories on certain countries and Caribbean islands aiming to attract Americans for a year abroad.

“What’s often missing amid all these many words is the story of how to live abroad for longer than a year without having to spending $100,000 or more buying a passport. For the fact is, a number of countries, particularly in Europe, offer ‘freelance’ visas specifically aimed at those who want to live and work in a particular country for the long haul.

“This report addresses that. Because, frankly, that’s often the quickest and easiest way for the average American to gain permission to live and work legally in Europe.

“Only a limited handful of European countries offer freelance visas. In most countries, you’ll need a job offer from a local firm, or you’ll need to work for a multinational will local operations that transfers you into a particular country. For most of us, that’s not an option. Instead, we have to look to countries that specifically welcome the independent, freelance worker.”

The report explores the five best countries to consider in Europe:

Czech Republic

“I chose to pursue a freelance life two years ago in Prague, one of Europe’s most comfortable and picturesque cities, after careful consideration of other European destinations,” says Opdyke. “Primary among those reasons is the fact that the Czech Republic offers what’s known locally as a Zivno, widely regarded as one of the best freelance-worker options in Europe.

This isn’t a visa, and it not specifically targeted at foreigners. Instead, the Zivno is effectively a national registry of independent workers, whether they’re native-born Czechs or foreigners with long-term residence status. As such, applicants will need a long-residence visa to pair with the Zivno.

“But assuming you have marketable skills in something that allows you to earn income online or even locally – as, say, a language teacher,” says Opdyke, “you will likely obtain your Zivno and with that it is easier to qualify for a one-year, long-term residence visa, a stamp in your passport. Then, assuming you play by Czech rules (pay your taxes and the mandatory health and social security insurance – combined, about $200 a month, minimum), you’ll apply for and receive a biometric, long-term residence card good for two years and renewable for another two. After five years, you can apply for permanent residence/citizenship, if that appeals to you. (Note: Because the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, its passport is one of the five best in the world.)”

Prague, the capital, is a wonderful city to call home—folks are close to so much in terms of weekend getaways or longer trips. The lifestyle is relaxing. The city is eye-candy pretty much everywhere you go. And the food is great. A couple can live the good life there on a budget of $1,900 a month.

Germany

“Here, you want the Freiberufler, Germany’s self-employment visa,” reports Opdyke. “It’s not terribly difficult to obtain, so long as you jump through various paperwork hoops that exist – and Germany has lots of paperwork hoops, including revenue plans, letters of intent or contracts from potential or existing clients, and various other documents.”

Folks will also need to prove income sufficiency, which generally means at least €5,000 (just over $5,900) in a (preferably) German bank account.

Freiberufler is good for six months to three years, depending on the application, and it’s renewable. The primary challenge is that an applicant will (probably) need to prove he or she has German freelance clients. Once armed with the Freiberufler, should a freelancer ultimately want permanent residence in Germany, it’s possible to apply after eight years.

Germany offers an excellent standard of living, with good infrastructure and quality healthcare. However, Germany’s cost of living tends to be higher than the European Union average. A monthly budget for a couple living in a suburban area, close to Munich, runs $3,610 to $4,160.

Spain

The autónomo is what freelancers pursue in the land of sangria.

“The process, while not especially difficult, can be lengthy – taking upwards of six months to complete, which means a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen Zone (of which Spain is a member) will often expire before you receive your autónomo,” advises Opdyke. “So, you need to plan for that by completing as much of the process as you can outside of Spain. Conversely, as your 90-day limit approaches you can hop across to a non-Schengen country such as Ireland or the UK for a few weeks or months to stop your Schengen clock from winding down.”

The autónomo is identical to the Czech Zivno in that it’s good for one year. An applicant can apply for two, two-year extensions, and after five years of surviving on tapas, then, apply for permanent residency/citizenship if he or she wishes to remain in Spain as a naturalized citizen eligible for an EU passport.

Granada, overlooked by the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Sierra Nevada, is a timeless city of many layers, many people, and many stories. The city is quickly gaining ground as a top choice in Spain—the climate and weather of Granada justify why so many peoples have sought to be here. And the nearly 500-year-old University of Granada plays a major role in the city’s youthful vibe. Here a couple can live well on a monthly budget of $2,476.

Portugal

This is, perhaps, the easiest freelance/self-employed visa to pursue in the EU, which makes it quite popular for those seeking a visa that allows for both long-term residence and permission to earn a living in Europe.

There are two options:

1) residence visa for independent work (working locally for Portuguese clients as a contract employee);

2) residence visa for entrepreneur work (essentially the digital nomad stuff collecting clients from around the world).

“Under Portugal’s ‘non-habitual residency’ program,” says Opdyke, “income generated outside of Portugal for certain types of ‘high-value’ activities is eligible for a tax exemption, meaning you pay no local taxes (you will still owe self-employment taxes to the States, and, potentially, personal income taxes, depending on how much money you earn living abroad).

Permanent residency/citizenship rules in Portugal follow the Spanish and Czech model in that you can apply after five years.

Porto, the second-largest metropolitan area in Portugal after Lisbon, is an increasingly popular city amongst digital nomads. Porto is a living, breathing picture-postcard of European charm, with plenty to see and do. There’s a proverbial banquet of exciting activities, from historic city walks to wine tastings across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia’s wine caves. But best of all, it’s good value. A couple can live well here on a monthly budget of $1,550.

France

“France’s entrepreneur/profession libérale visa is similar to Portugal in terms of ease of attainment,” says Opdyke. “It’s an ideal way for Francophiles to gain legal permission to live and work in France.

“You need to demonstrate that you can fend for yourself financially by proving you earn at least the French legal minimum wage (about €1,540 per month, or $1,800). Beyond that, there are typical documents and whatnot that are necessary for the application, but nothing particularly difficult.”

And despite widespread misconceptions about cost of living in France, outside of Paris the country is a pretty affordable place to call home.

Given its ideal placement along the French Riviera, the coastal city of Toulon in southeastern France provides an idyllic lifestyle for residents and short-term visitors. Away from the hustle-and-bustle of big “resort” towns like Nice, Cannes, and St. Tropez, unassuming Toulon lies a bit off the radar. A couple can live well here on a monthly budget of $1,986 to $2,228.

The full report, including information on a bonus country, The Netherlands, can be found, here: 5 Best Freelance Visas in Europe

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Ocean View illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Florida Mijas Beach

Only 25 kilometres away from Málaga and 20 minutes away from the most populated areas of the Costa de Sol, Florida Mijas Beach—a new complex where the name of the game is enjoyment in each and every one of its corners both day and night—opens its doors in Cala de Mijas. Dining and entertainment come together in 3,000 square metres of floor space comprising a restaurant, terrace, beach club with pool, sun lounge area on the beach and nightclub.

After captivating thousands of visitors in Madrid and Valencia, the Florida brand’s love for Andalusia drove it to search for a location down south where it could offer an all-around experience. Thus, it found the ideal multicultural venue in Mijas, where the group can continue growing and sharing its expertise in organising events, providing leisure activities and superbly catering to a large number of diners. Florida Mijas Beach has been created with a universal vocation: the enjoyment of locals and visitors—whether Spanish or international—alike, groups of friends, family and events.

Chef Iván Cerdeño is the mastermind behind a menu exclusively created for the restaurant based on local, seasonal produce. Awarded one Michelin star for his restaurant Iván Cerdeño-Cigarral del Ángel, the Toledo-born chef is responsible for the Culinary Management of Florida Mijas Beach as part of the Florida Family in its most Mediterranean iteration, offering Spanish cuisine with a refreshing twist through two clearly differentiated menus for the restaurant—more formal and avant-garde—and the beach club—much more informal with finger foods.

Among the dishes created by the chef, it’s worth pointing out the cured and marinated dishes such as salted fish or Salad Olivier with shrimp, dishes featuring the bounty of the land and the sea such as the traditional gazpachuelo from Málaga with salted fish, fried aubergine with rosemary honey from Ronda, fish such as fried whole rubberlip grunt with caper mayonnaise, and charcoal-grilled small cuttlefish. There are also Almadraba tuna delicacies such as red tuna tartare with tomato and smashed-up fried eggs, aside from an assortment of rice and meat dishes accompanied by side dishes that are up to the diners. And let’s not forget the famous ham croquette named the ‘Best Croquette in the World for 2020’.

Diners can enjoy the different nuances of the culinary offerings in any corner of the restaurant while taking in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Florida Mijas Beach is comprised of different areas where the ultimate goal is enjoyment: Palmira Mijas, with its restaurant, terrace and cocktail lounge, is the most remarkable—gastronomically speaking—with offerings that juxtapose the avant-garde with tradition. In contrast, there’s Origen, divided into Origen Pool–for those who wish to sunbathe on sun loungers around the pool, enjoy the freshest fare or enjoy a drink at the Bar for the famous Afternoon Drinks—and Origen Beach—for those who prefer to kick back and relax on daybeds by the beach and the pool’s restaurant area.

And lastly, Lighthouse, the trend-setting nightclub where everyone can enjoy the cheekiest and most fun-filled nights until 3am. The place to be to spend the best nights in the area, which delivers everything that Florida Nights is widely famous for. A space that will offer different entertainment options throughout the night.

What’s more, the versatility and multidisciplinary nature of Florida Mijas Beach make it a venue with a unique style where all kinds of events can be held, ranging from corporate events to networking meetings with a buffet and hors d’oeuvres, including more informal meetings and even private events such as weddings boasting sea views. The diversity of spaces, the different menu options and the excellent quality of the ingredients used in the dishes are just some of the reasons why Florida Mijas Beach is the ideal venue for an event, where the customers’ enjoyment comes first.

With this opening in such a distinctive environment, the Florida Mijas Beach team seeks to add an all-encompassing tourist experience to the wide range of choices in Mijas, in order to give customers a unique experience throughout the day and night.

SUMMER OPENING HOURS

Open Monday to Sunday from 11 AM to 3 AM

Origen Beach Club:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Open from 11 AM to 2 AM

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: Open from 11 AM to 11 PM

Palmira Restaurant:

Open from 11 AM to 12 AM midnight

Average Price:

Palmira Mijas: €40–45

Origen: €30–35

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Chilean International Film Festival

The Chilean audiovisual industry’s main sectors, including animation, fiction, and documentaries, are taking part in key international film festivals and markets organized in France, Spain, and the UK in June. A delegation of over 60 Chilean companies accompanied by ProChile and CinemaChile, ChileDoc and Chilean Animation, will present their productions at the special 100%-online editions of various European events; in France, the Annecy Festival and its International Animation Film Market (MIFA), Cannes Festival Marché du Film, and International Marketplace for Documentary & Narrative Experiences – Sunny Side of the Doc; Sheffield Doc/Fest; Sheffield International Documentary Festival in the UK, and Conecta Fiction Reboot in Spain.

This year, the organizers of these events have made unprecedented efforts to develop innovative platforms and virtually reproduce the traditional spaces where people can meet and network.

“At ProChile, we decided to respond positively and to accompany our delegations in these spaces as a great way to continue boosting growth in the audiovisual industry,” explains Ignacio Morandé, ProChile director in France, “The industry is fundamental to the economic and social growth of the country, which has been severely impacted by the paralysis caused by the pandemic. Returning to these spaces offers our producers an excellent opportunity to build alliances, look for funding, and get their projects back up and running quickly.

Annecy Film Festival (France) – ONLINE June 15 to 20 2020

One film in the official selection and four productions being pitched

Nahuel y el libro mágico [Nahuel and the Magic Book] is a 95-minute 2D-animated feature film for children and families that will put Chile center stage at one of the world’s biggest animated film festivals. The film is a blend of adventure, fantasy, and Chilean myths that recounts the story of a 12-year-old boy who has to rescue his father, captured by a wicked sorcerer, while also facing his deepest fears. A coproduction between Chile (Carburadores) and Brazil (Levante Films), it is also the first work by Chilean director Germán Acuña.

As well as seeing one of its films in the official selection for the third consecutive year, Chile also has four productions taking part in the pitch sessions for developing coproduction and distribution agreements. A delegation consisting of 30 companies armed with a catalog of 52 animated films in development, production, or ready. for distribution is representing Chile at the festival.

Cannes Festival Marché du Film (France) – ONLINE June 22 to 26 2020

Launch of the Chilean international film catalog

The new Chilean international film catalog will be launched at the Marché du Film, as it is every year. The catalog features Chile’s main productions with feature-length, short fiction films, and documentaries alongside virtual reality projects. Despite this year’s unusual online-only form, Chile has again decided to choose the event as the springboard for its productions, ensuring they feature at the various markets and festivals around the world

The Chilean delegation at the Cannes Festival Marché du Film will consist of 16 producers and a total of 28 projects in search of funding, coproduction, distribution, and sales agreements.

Chile is also running a special program on June 22, 2020, at the Producers Network, a special space organizing meetings and unique events for experienced producers, with five representatives of Chilean cinema featured this year.

Throughout the event, Chilean productions will be shown in the virtual Cinema Chile, one of the festival’s official screening rooms, where participants will be able to view a comprehensive and fascinating line-up.

SheffieldDoc/Fest (UK) – ONLINE June 10 to July 10 2020
Sunny Side of Doc (France) ONLINE June 22 to 25 2020.

Abraham Mateo, 360 MAGAZINE

Spotlight on Abraham Mateo

Abraham Mateo is Spain’s biggest young breakout star of recent years and remains as one of the most successful international singers, signed to Sony Music Spain. Born August 25, 1998, has solidified an artistic career of 14 years, and has remained a worldwide phenomenon by positioning his songs in the top charts. His recent hits such as “Me Vuelvo Loco” with the renowned boy band CNCO and “¿Qué Ha Pasa’o?” with Sofía Reyes, and his most recent single “No Encuentro Palabras” with Manuel Turizo, demonstrate his wide range of musical styles and beautiful vocal range and tones. Born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain, Abraham Mateo is a composer and producer who not only producers for himself but also for other A listers such as Ivy Queen, Gente de Zona, Belinda, Samo, Juan Magan and Lérica.

A master of social media, Abraham Mateo has over 15 million followers across all platforms. His artistic abilities extend into acting and dance. A true viral star representing the music of Spain and Latin genres, he has surpassed 1.3 billion views on his YouTube channel and is a major influencer among Spanish-speaking youth.

“I am excited to be able to bring my European, Spanish and Latin sound to more American listeners. Some of my greatest musical inspirations are from the United States. As a Spanish artist, it is a dream come true to work and collaborate with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Austin Mahone and 50 Cent “said Abraham Mateo.

Abraham’s first international recognition came when he was 14 years old, was in 2013 when the then 14-years-old was when he received a nomination in the Best New Artist category for Univisión’s Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) in 2013. That same year, his single “Señorita” spent nearly a year on Spain’s Top 50 singles chart. Its music video was the most watched in Spain on YouTube.

His success, however, dates long before his 14th birthday, when the artist won the National Musical Revelation award in his native Spain, at the young age of 9. He has since gone on to embark on four major tours comprising over 120 concerts in such countries as Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru, achieving sellouts on multiple occasions.

These tours have given him another way to spread the word about his irresistible songs, which are already on constant repeat by his digitally savvy followers. Fans of all ages are delighted by the charisma, energy and personal connection he gives them at every performance. Among Abraham’s biggest sold-out concerts in emblematic venues include, Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi (17,000 fans), Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid (16,000), Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Luna Park indoor venue (6,000) and Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional (10,000). He has also performed at such festivals as El Festival Presidente in Santo Domingo (60,000) and Barrio Latino in Lima (25,000).

He released his first album at age 10. His debut album with Sony Music, AM, came out in 2013. This was followed by Who I AM (2014), Are You Ready (2015) and A Cámara Lenta (2018). All four of his Sony albums have been certified Gold in Spain, with A Cámara Lenta also going Gold in the United States. In addition, Who I AM and Are You Ready went Gold in their first week of release. Who I AM eventually achieved Platinum sales status in Spain, while reaching #1 on Mexico’s album chart.

In Latin America, Abraham Mateo enjoyed breakout success with “Loco Enamorado” featuring Farruko and Christian Daniel. This vibrant collaboration dominated the charts in 2017, garnering over 180 million streams on Spotify, where it reached the Viral 50 chart in 26 countries. Its music video has surpassed 340 million views on YouTube. Its sales certifications include the following: 5x PlatinumGold in Peru, 4x Platinum in the United States, 2x Platinum in Spain and Mexico; and Gold in Colombia. The track also went viral in Argentina.

He followed up the overwhelming success of “Loco Enamorado” with “Háblame Bajito” featuring the American superstars Austin Mahone and 50 Cent. It went Double Platinum in Chile; Platinum in Spain, USA and Argentina; and Gold in Mexico.

His next single, “Se Acabó El Amor” featuring Yandel and Jennifer López, was an out-of-the-box hit, surpassing 170 million views on YouTube. It also dominated the airplay charts, reaching #1 on various rankings in the United States, where it earned a Platinum certification.

Abraham Mateo has kept evolving in different aspects of his musical career and sound. He performed at Argentina’s Kids Choice Awards and at the Latin American Music Awards (LAMAs) in Los Angeles, which were broadcasted live on Telemundo.

Constantly pushing himself to new heights, he recently received three more nominations a Premios Juventud. He kicked off 2018 with a nomination at the iHeartRadi Music Awards, proving his popularity at one of the United States’ larges radio platforms. And in early 2019, his most recent album A Cámara Lenta, featuring Latin and urban sounds, reached #1 on Mexico’s sales chart on its release day and it’s an RIAA certified gold album in the United States.

His U.S. airplay success continues to grow. With the success of “Se Acabó el Amor,” he became the youngest male solo artist to hit #1 on the Billboar Latin Airplay chart. “Loco Enamorado” hit #6 on Latin Pop Airplay, while “Háblame Bajito” also reached #6 on the Latin Digital Songs Sales chart. His recent collaboration with the successful Spaniards Lérica and Oma Montes, “Pegamos Tela” has become a hit in Spain with millions of streams reaching the top charts on Spotify. His first single from his upcoming album, “M Vuelvo Loco” with CNCO reached a RIAA certified Gold record within three months of its August 2019 release in the United States.

Abraham’s musical influences include pop, reggaetón, R&B and traditional Spanish instrumentation, an amalgam that makes his music instantly recognizable Entering the 2020s with big plans, Abraham is preparing his next studio album with Sony Music Latin.

Abraham Mateo, 360 MAGAZINE
Abraham Mateo, 360 MAGAZINE

Abraham Mateo

The pop-urban genre star Abraham Mateo confirms his attendance at the second edition of the Sun & Stars festival, which will take place on June 27 and 28 in Gran Canaria, Spain.

The Canary Islands, rich in culture and musical diversity, will host, for the second consecutive year, the largest-scale music festival that has been held in this group of islands. In 2019, Gran Canaria received more than 18,000 attendees from different countries, who witnessed an unprecedented show that featured artists such as: Juan Luis Guerra, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, Tego Calderon and Ana Guerra.

This year, the Sun & Stars festival will feature the Spanish urban music idol Abraham Mateo. He will share the stage with Marc Anthony, Residente, Aitana, Sebastián Yatra, Juan Magán, Efecto Pasillo.

“What an honor to be part of this festival. Thanks to the organizers for considering me, I am happy to sing in Spain, my land, my people. We are going to give everything on stage, we are going to have an incredible time,” said Abraham Mateo.

The leader of the pop-urban movement will share with his audience the success of his songs “I go crazy”, “In slow motion” and “Crazy in love”, in the middle of one of the most important moments of his artistic career.

The two-day event will take place in the emblematic stadium of Gran Canaria, which has a capacity to accommodate more than 32,000 spectators, as it is expected to exceed the number of its first edition in 2019. Tickets for the festival Sun & Stars are available through the website www.sunandstars.es

Citroën, 360 MAGAZINE

Citroën

Citroën has unveiled a 100% electric mobile solution, ami that intends to unleash urban mobility for all. The ami project has become a reality in barely a year, after its direct descendant AMI ONE Concept was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019.

ami has two seats, is 100% electric, compact, and customisable. It is accessible to all, with no licence required and offers a global 360° solution for urban mobility, to make freedom of movement easier and more suited to the greatest number of people. It comes with affordable “à la carte” offers, car sharing via Free2Move and long-term rental options, all through a 100% online customer journey.

Vincent Cobée, Citroën Brand CEO, said:

For 100 years, Citroën has always been innovative and creative in democratising freedom of movement. This year, Citroën has come up with a new urban mobility solution accessible to everyone: compact, protective, 100% electric, without driving licence and affordable. 

ami aims to be a real breakthrough in the access to urban mobility, a solution that is as close as possible to new modes of consumption. This great idea was a concept one year ago. We are proud that we have made it happen today!

ami is a practical response to new mobility expectations for short journeys: easier access to city centres, real alternatives to scooters, bicycles, mopeds, public transport, solutions at reasonable costs and new modes of consumption geared towards digital.
Pierre Leclercq, Citröen Head of Design, said:

It is a tradition at Citroën to want to contribute to a changing automotive landscape. The design of ami is a product design, not an automotive design. A design for which the form must define the function.

The opening of orders is scheduled for 30 March in France, and a few months later in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and then Germany.
 

La Gaia x Repsol Sun Award

La Gaia, the flagship restaurant located in the Ibiza Gran Hotel, receives its second Sol Repsol thanks to its Mediterranean Kaiseki gastronomic proposal.

La Gaia, the iconic restaurant at Ibiza Gran Hotel, wins its second Repsol Sun. With this award, the Spanish Repsol Guide recognizes the excellence of the gastronomic proposal and experience offered by the chef Óscar Molina and his team. La Gaia aims at taking its culinary offer a step further through its gastronomic concept: Mediterranean Kaiseki. An enveloping ceremony for the five senses with Japanese and Mediterranean influences. While finding the perfect balance between haute cuisine and artistic expression, Óscar Molina shows his most personal side through elaborations that tell stories and express his life experiences.

There is a new gastronomic landmark to celebrate in Balearic Islands as of 2020. La Gaia, the flagship restaurant of Ibiza Gran Hotel, just won its second Repsol Sun, the award that the Spanish Repsol Guide gives away every year to the best restaurants and chefs in order to reward the excellence of a culinary proposal and service. Thus, the restaurant becomes the only one to obtain the second distinction within the islands in this edition.

Within a magnificent location in the island and led by the chef Óscar Molina, La Gaia is the unique fusion cuisine restaurant that has conquered the most demanding palates in Ibiza. Since its opening, his essence and philosophy have always been present within the project and culinary proposal. A new gastronomic concept that has never stopped evolving due to Oscar’s self-demand and curiosity for trying new techniques, flavours and textures while surprising. Thus, in order to keep looking for the excellence and sophistication and after winning its first Repsol Sun in 2017, La Gaia presented its new gastronomic concept in 2019 under Mediterranean Kaiseki.

With this proposal, which will be the main pillar of the gastronomic experience at La Gaia in 2020, Molina and his team turn every dinner into an authentic enveloping ceremony where every detail, color, texture and flavour are balance in every dish to express and show the intensity of the flavours at its finest. In the same way and being completely aware of the rich environment that surrounds the island, Balearic Islands and the Mediterranean sea are very present in every creation through the techniques, ingredients and flavours.

Through a dynamic menu that evolves and changes throughout the season, Mediterranean Kaiseki is also the most personal culinary proposal of the chef Óscar Molina, who uses every plate as a canvas to capture his experiences, memories, emotions and reivindicaciones.

“Obtaining the second Repsol Sun is not only a huge pride and joy but also an incredible energy and enthusiasm boost for the whole team. Starting off the season with this recognition makes us commencing with more hope and goodwill if possible. We can’t wait to open La Gaia doors again this year to keep exceeding our expectations and giving away special moments for our dinners. We want to move them through an excellent gastronomic experience with a very personal and careful treatment that makes them feel like at home” states the chef Óscar Molina.

About La Gaia:
La Gaia is the gastronomic flagship restaurant of Ibiza Gran Hotel. Managed by the chef Óscar Molina and inspired by the Japanese Kaiseki tradition that reflects the perfect combination between haute cusine and artistic expression around the Mediterranean universe, La Gaia has designed a culinary proposal capable of transporting the most exquisite palates into other gastronomic worlds. The result is a whole menu with a strong personality and creative winks that come from the very latest gastronomic trends.

LA GAIA
Address: Passeig Joan Carles I, 17, 07800 Ibiza
Opening times: Monday to Sunday from 20:00 to 1:00
Average price: 80 – 100€/pp
Tasting menu: 80€/pp
Reservations: +34 971 806 806

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Saddle Skeedadle’s Cycling Myths Unlocked:

Busting the Roadblocks Keeping Travelers out of the Saddle

Leading cycling operator Saddle Skedaddle sets the record straight on cycling’s biggest misconceptions.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Feb. 3, 2020: Cycling tours have become increasingly more popular in recent years thanks to North America’s focus on wellness travel, sustainable transport methods, and getting away from centers of overtourism. As such, cycling operators are adapting to the modern traveler.

Saddle Skedaddle, the world’s leading bike tour operator with itineraries in nearly 40 countries, recognized a 140% increase in bookings from North Americans between 2014-2018, according to Paul Snedker, director and co-founder. But even as cycling tours are on the rise, Snedker says there are still a lot of misconceptions about this kind of travel that limits new riders from hitting the road.

“There’s are these ideas that you have to be a really fit athlete to do a cycling trip, or that it would feel more like going to the gym than a true vacation,” says Snedker. “But actually, they’re quite accessible for all fitness levels and a great way to explore a destination in an even deeper way.”

Here are some common cycling misconceptions, unlocked:

Myth 1: You have to be an Olympian to do a cycling tour

According to Snedker, the biggest customer concerns are that they won’t be fit enough to do it, or they’ll be the slowest one of the group. While some bike trips are designed for hard core cyclists, there is quite a range in terms of level of difficulty, and many of the tours designed for family or leisure purposes are quite gentle. 

“Many travelers think the whole group will be decked out in lycra and be world-class cyclists on a bit of a holiday,” says Snedker. “The reality is most of our guests are over 50 and are simply looking for a way to stay active on vacation. So long as you’re reasonably fit in your daily life, you’ll be able to keep pace on a lot of our trips.”

Snedker says one of the biggest game changers and gateways to cycling holidays for people who are nervous about their endurance level has been the introduction of electric bikes to Skedaddle’s roster.

“E-bikes are so fantastic at leveling the bike lane, so to speak,” Snedker says. “Not only do they provide that extra push when you need it the most, but they take away the fear factor in the build up to a trip, so travelers can really get excited without being nervous about the physical side of things.”

Responding to strong client demand, Saddle Skedaddle has been steadily introducing self-guided and guided electric bike trips over the last few years, including several to far-flung destinations including Vietnam, China, and Chile.

Myth 2: You won’t have time to explore off your bike

North Americans typically get very little vacation time, so when they do get away, they want to see more, do more, and experience more. According to Snedker, there’s a common misconception that cycling trips don’t give you time to explore the destination. In reality, Snedker says the opposite is true.

“At Skedaddle, we’ve always said we prefer pedaling through, not passing by,” he says. “What that means is your bike can take you so many places your car or a coach bus can’t, so you’re able to really bike deep into the culture and check out the little nooks and crannies of a village or a rural stretch of a dirt path you may never otherwise encounter.”

Some of Saddle Skedaddle’s most popular trips include activities like remote camping under the stars in the Simien mountains, hiking in the jungle of Jordan’s Ajloun Forest Reserve, spotting orangutans on a family-focused journey through Borneo, and hunting for the best tapas bar in a small Spanish village.

“Our customers have evolved; they want cycling to enhance their travel experience, not the other way around,” Snedker says.

Myth 3: International cycling travel is complicated

According to Snedker, many potential bike travelers get antsy about the logistics behind a bike trip, from how to transport their bike to how to read road signs in a different language. The reality is, though, it’s never been easier to cycle in other countries than this decade thanks to technology and updated airline policies.

Just last year, American Airlines dropped their overweight charges for traveling with bicycles, and thanks to apps like the one Saddle Skedaddle has developed, road signs and directions for self-guided trips are simple as keeping your phone mounted on your handlebars.

Of course, rentals and guided trips make all these logistics even easier. “While we have a full-service team on the ground that’s ready to greet guests – and their bikes – the moment they arrive, we also offer bike rentals throughout each trip to make things as seamless as possible,” says Snedker.

Myth 4: You can’t bring kids on a cycling trip

It’s no longer just empty-nesters – family cycling travel continues to grow in popularity as parents look for active ways to keep the whole gang engaged on vacations. However, a common misconception is that group cycling trips don’t really work for families, something Snedkern says couldn’t be more wrong.

“Cycling provides a memorable way to bond as a family on holiday – and I daresay is more exciting than driving around in the rented minivan!”

Saddle Skedaddle makes sure all its family trips include a variety of activities out of the saddle that interest teenagers as well as younger children. They welcome kids as young as two on its family adventures, ranging from exploring Viking history on the Lofoten Islands of Norway to zip-lining and camping through the Moroccan Desert , and rent bike trailers, tag a longs and kids’ bikes so the whole family can keep up at their own pace.

For more information and to pedal through your next adventure, please visit: www.skedaddle.com

About Saddle Skedaddle

Saddle Skedaddle is the UK’s leading independent cycling vacation specialist that is all about doing something wonderful on two wheels. Our team of experts have searched far and wide for nearly 25 years to bring you some of the world’s most incredible locations and enchanting cultures to enjoy at the speed of the bike. It’s time to really meet a place, and its people, you’ll never want to forget.

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Jose Mourinho Discusses Video Assistant Referring

World renowned football manager Jose Mourinho, and recently retired footballer Samuel Eto’o took to the LaLiga Headquarters in Madrid to discuss speed & innovation in football, including the hot topic of Video Assistant Referring [VAR]. 

The duo spoke at an exclusive event, as they helped launch the global partnership between LiveScore and LaLiga. The collaboration will see LiveScore support the Spanish league’s new Replay360º feature, an Intel-powered technology, that will allow La Liga audiences to access 38 individual camera positions across Spanish stadiums, delivering football’s most immersive coverage. 

The duo were also joined on the panel by LaLiga President, Javier Tebas, who explained how the partnership is further evidence of the league’s drive to introduce the right technologies to improve fans’ matchday experience both inside the stadium and at home, LiveScore Ambassador, Jose Mourinho, commented: 

“It is important football continues to innovate and embrace technologies that can develop the game for clubs and leagues but, and I say this after my first summer as a fan, that the emotion remains in football. LiveScore’s partnership with LaLiga most definitely puts the fan first.”


The discussion comes at an exciting moment for technology in football as the Premier League becomes the latest competition to introduce Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR), after its introduction to LaLiga in the 2018/19 season. Mourinho believes that this is a positive move for the sport.

“Of course, as a manager sometimes you receive a favorable decision and sometimes a disastrous one. I like the essence of VAR to reduce human error and we will all learn it and adapt to it, but I hope we will still maintain the raw excitement. Before, when a goal went in, I used to look at the referee, now I look at the screen!” 

With its core pillars of speed, simplicity and reliability, LiveScore has been at the forefront of the drive to use technology to enhance the experience of fans across multiple sports, and football in particular.

Watch discussion here.

74th Edition of Vuelta a España Bike Race

The trio of the world’s most exciting professional bicycle competitions wraps up for the 2019 season with the 74th edition of Vuelta a España spinning through three, late-summer weeks. This third Grand Tour scheduled Aug. 24-Sept. 15 in Spain follows the season starter, Giro d ’Italia, and the series grand dame, Tour de France.

“The line-up is looking good including World Champion Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Miguel Ángel López and Steven Kruijswijk, the first riders to voice their ambition to succeed title defender Simon Yates. Also riding are Primoz Roglic and Richard Carapaz, who won this year’s Giro d ’Italia. After winning the Tour de France with Egan Bernalr, Team Ineos cannot be ruled out with a joint leadership of Wout Poels and Tao Geoghegan Hart,” said Ross Litherland, Sports Marketing Manager for Sports Tours International, a UK-based, officially sanctioned tour operator for this event. This is the international company that specializes in creating opportunities for visitors to vacation in the midst of the excitement of world-class cycling and running events.

This year Sports Tours International is the only company to offer stage-viewing privileges from the start to the predictably exciting finish of the tour. Following are examples of three pre-arranged vacations with a competitive cycling focus.

All programs include hotels accommodations in the most race-accessible locations, transport to watch the innovative, ground-breaking and colorful stages and ride support with airport, luggage and transfers. Exclusive VIP Vuelta stage access is included in all of its Vuelta tours.

* Sept. 4-Sept. 10: 2019 Vuelta a España – Basque Country and Asturias is a seven-day vacation complete with the excitement of the Basque onlookers who are focused on the exciting mountain stages of the tour in northern Spain. The gateway city is Bilbao, with overnights (andbreakfasts) here and in Oviedo. Airport transfers, daily guided bike rides and three dinners are included. The rate is £1199 per person double (£400 single supplement).

* Sept. 4-Sept. 16: 2019 Vuelta a España – Basque Country to Madrid over 13 days includes rowdy, passionate cyclists entering the final stages of the race with exclusive and ringside VIP hospitality experiences including at the finish line. Hotel accommodations with breakfasts are in Bilbao, Oviedo, Segovia and Madrid. Seven dinners are included. The rate is £1699 per person double (£690 single supplement).

* Sept. 10-Sept. 16: 2019 Vuelta a España – The Final Week is a seven-day vacation leading to the final decisive stages of the 2019 Vuelta from Segovia to Madrid. Guests lodge in beautiful Segovia at the foot of the famous aqueduct and in the center of Madrid for the tour’s final week. During this program guests arrive on the final rest day at Madrid airport for transfer to Segovia for a four-night stay. The following day, stage 17 from Aranda de Duero will most likely end up in a sprint finish in Guadalajara, just north of Madrid. Stage 18 will take place in the Sierra de Guadarrama, a mountain range close to Madrid, where Fabio Aru left it late to beat Tom Dumoulin and take the 2015 Vuelta title. This tough stage features climbs up the Puerto Navacerrada, Puerto de la Morcuera (twice) and Puerto de Cotos. Stage 19 travels from Ávila to Toledo and is made for the sprinters or fast finishers and the penultimate stage takes in hilly terrain between Arenas de San Pedro and Plataforma de Gredos. The final ceremonial procession into Madrid starts in Fuenlabrada and there will be a sprint finish on the traditional circuit in Madrid. Guests will enjoy VIP start Village and Finish line hospitality. The rate is £999 per person double (£360 single supplement).