2008 News Archive - Flights - Monarch Scheduled’s Guide to Summer

16 02 2005

- Take advantage of low cost flights to great European sights -

There are some great events taking place across Europe this summer, and even greater fares with low cost airline, Monarch Scheduled, to get you there. In case you need an excuse to book a bargain flight, Monarch Scheduled has searched out the best activities happening at a range of its destinations… from huge organised waterfights to festivals celebrating the pizza; from tomato fights to traditional religious carnivals, there really is something for everyone.

ITALY

Naples: 07 – 09 July 2005: Neapolis Festival

The ninth annual rock festival is held in Naples’ Arena Fleagra and mixes international bands and local Italian pop and rock stars

Naples: 15 – 16 July 2005: Festa della Madonna del Carmine

One of the most spectacular religious festivals the city has to offer, celebrating the cherished Maddone del Carmine

Naples: 09 –19 September 2005: Naples Pizzafest

A monumental feast in honour of Naples’ most famous food – the pizza!

PORTUGAL

Faro: 1 – 9 May 2005: Algarve International Film Festival

Portugal’s oldest cinema event takes place in Portimão and is based on a short-film competition open to animated and live action 35mm films

Lisbon: 09 – 11 June 2005: Super Bock Super Rock

The first big rock festival in Portugal's music calendar. This year, it takes place in the Parque do Tejo in Lisbon's Parque das Nações (Nations Park)

Lisbon: 12 – 13 June 2005: Santos Populares

‘Feast Days of the Popular Saints’ is celebrated in Lisbon with the colourful decoration of the entire city

Faro: 10 – 13 July 2005: Moorish Nights

Cacela Velha in the Algarve recreates the atmosphere of the Arab presence in the region from the 10th to 13th centuries – traditional souk market, traditional music, dance and food

Faro: 10 – 15 August 2005: Festival do Marisco

Taking place in the fishing town of Olhão, this is one of the most important gastronomic events in the Algarve

Lisbon: 17 – 25 September 2005: Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

A relatively new festival in the city, it continues to go from strength to strength

SPAIN (mainland)

Madrid: 02 May 2005: Dos de Mayo

A celebration of the fiercely independent spirit of the Madrileños, who fought valiantly against the French army on 2 May 1808

Barcelona: 6 – 8 May 2005: Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix

The fifth race of the Formula One season takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya

Madrid: 10 – 16 May 2005: Fiesta de San Isidro

Madrid’s largest fiesta combining castizo finery, flamenco, great food and Latin rhythms at concerts throughout the city

Barcelona: 20 – 22 May 2005: Snail Festival

Twelve tonnes of snail will be consumed while 10,000 residents of Lleida gather together eat/drink/dance their way through this three-day festival

Granada: 18 June – 14 July 2005: International Festival of Music and Dance

A music enthusiast’s dream, held in Granada’s Alhambra, the Generalife Gardens, monasteries and the cathedral

Madrid: 28 June – 04 July 2005: Madrid Pride

Spain’s biggest Pride celebration, with carnival-style parades and a huge party to round off the festivities

Madrid: 02 July – 05 September 2005: Summer City Festival (Veranos de la Villa)

Two months of music, dance, zarzuelas (Spanish musicals), theatre and bullfights. This year's event also features a special concert dedicated to the victims of 11 March

Alicante: 9 – 18 July 2005: L'Alfàs del Pi Film Festival

Each July, L'Alfàs del Pi, on the Costa Blanca plays home to this film festival. As well as current releases, it features old Spanish classics and films from around the world

Barcelona: 14 – 18 July 2005: European Balloon Festival

40 hot air balloons take to the sky over Igualada in Catalunya for one of the largest balloon festivals in Europe

Alicante: 27 July – 28 August: Festival de Verano de Alicante

A programme of music, dance and theatre taking place alongside the old port

Madrid: 11 – 14 August 2005: Madrid International Fashion Week

The 27th International Fashion Week (SIMM), the most important female fashion exhibition in Spain, takes place at the Juan Carlos I Exhibition Centre

Malaga: 13 – 22 August 2005: Feria de Malaga

This is the area’s largest and most exciting party –traditional costume, stalls of local delicacies, fireworks, flamenco and matadors

Alicante: 31 August 2005: La Tomatina

The annual event where thousands of people descend on the tiny village of Bunyol for the largest tomato war on earth!

Barcelona: 10 – 12 September 2005: La Fiesta de Vino de Alella

Annual food and wine festival takes place in Alella

Barcelona: 13 – 25 September 2005: Fiesta de La Mercè

Fire-breathing dragons, costumed devils, human pyramids, dance groups and bands during this fiesta celebrating the Virgin of Mercy

Granada: 26 September 2005: The feast day of La Virgen de las Angustias

A fiesta rich in local culture, history and tradition, featuring markets and parades

SPAIN (islands)

Lanzarote: 21 May 2005: Lanzarote Iron Man Triathlon

Billed as the toughest Ironman race ever, 800 competitors attempt to complete a 3.8km swim, a 180km bicycle ride and a 42km run – all in one day

Tenerife: June 2005: Music Festival of the Canary Islands

The best performers take part in one of Europe’s most prestigious classical music festivals

Gran Canaria: 9 July – 7 August 2005: Festival de Teatro y Danza

Annual festival celebrating the performing arts, with some of the world’s best companies

Gran Canaria: 10 August 2005: Lomo Magullo’s Incredible Waterfight (La Traída de Agua)

Bizarre tradition established in the seventies and attracting over 12,000 people, involving people soaking themselves with any water they can get their hands on in the summer heat!

Palma: 23 August – 05 September 2005: The Fonart Short Film Festival

Screenings around the city featuring work by both local and national directors and producers

Menorca: 07 – 08 September 2005: Mare de Deu

Marking the end of the summer and a highlight of Maó’s festival calendar, horses are proudly paraded through the streets

Monarch Scheduled operates flights to Italy, Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester. Prices including tax start from £30 one way (£47 return). Fares include complimentary daily newspapers and in-flight entertainment and a refreshing hot towel service. Seats can be pre-booked to avoid the last minute free-for-all. Regular travellers are rewarded too, with a range of benefits through the airline’s loyalty scheme Vantage Club.

For more information or to book, visit www.flymonarch.com or call 08700 40 63 00.

All fares quoted include tax and web-booking discount of £10 per return flight (£5 per one way) and are subject to availability.

Notes to editors:

Monarch Airlines operates both charter and scheduled services, branded Monarch and Monarch Scheduled respectively.

Founded in 1968, Monarch Airlines is part of the Monarch group of companies together with Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd and tour operators Cosmos and seat-only specialists Avro. Monarch is one of the UK’s largest leisure airlines and the principal independent supplier of charter seats to tour operators large and small, flying to around 100 destinations across Europe, America, Africa and Asia from the UK’s principal and regional airports.

Monarch Scheduled is the scheduled service division of Monarch Airlines offering services from Birmingham, London

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