This article belongs to a multi-part series about music festivals outside Barcelona. There are a lot of beautiful places to see and plenty of great live music to enjoy, so make sure to check out the other entries.
Music can take you to the most beautiful places. Not only because of its sounds, but also because of events like the Cap Roig Festival, which takes place from July 8 to August 17 in the breathtaking botanical gardens of Cap Roig in the north of Catalonia. Near the France border and with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea, this natural setting will host over a month of unmissable concerts by renowned artists from all over the world. On an open-air stage with a 2,118 capacity and surrounded by over 17 hectares of green, every show promises to be an unforgettable experience.
From fresh upstarts to timeless legends, there is something for everyone on the line-up. These are just some of the names and dates you should mark on your calendar if you’re a fan of both good music and great landscapes:
Manel (July 8) – Manel is an indie-pop band with strong folk influences who holds the record for being the only group to hit #1 twice on the Spanish billboards with music sang in the Catalan language. With over three hundred shows all over the world, they come to Cap Roig Festival to present their new album “Jo competeixo”. If you want to discover more about contemporary Spanish and Catalonian indie music, Manel is a must-see act.
Kings of Convenience (August 1) – Norwegian folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience first made waves with their 2001 debut “Quiet is the New Loud”, a theme that has remained a constant in the band’s music. With gentle and beautiful compositions, their soft voices and softly-strummed guitars have garnered them a cult following amongst alternative music fans all over the world. When juxtaposed with the beautiful scenery of Cap Roig, their songs can only become even more magical.
Alejandro Sanz (August 13) – Albeit for perhaps a different audience than the previously named acts, Alejandro Sanz is a household name in Spanish music and a must-see act well worth the trip to Palafrugell. If romantic songs with a latin swing are your thing, this is the man you’ll want to see.
More on the location
Be a tourist! – The botanical gardens in which the festival will take place belong to the Cap Roig Castle, a historical building located in a special enclave by the sea. A place where nature and calm reign supreme, it’s well-worth exploring and admiring, so make some time on your schedule to be in awe.
How to get there – If you’re going from Barcelona, a drive up the coast to Cap Roig Festival will take you around 1h30. If you prefer public transportation, taking the bus or a combination of bus and train will take from 3 to 4 hours and is a bit more expensive.
That’s pretty much it, you’re all set to go and enjoy the best music in the best of environments! Have fun and make sure to visit the festival’s official website for tickets and more information.