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Summer red wine or El tinto de verano, is a typical Spanish recipe, which is made from red wine and lemonade or lemon soda (gassosa, on it., Gasseosa on sp.) It is a wine that is consumed during the summer .
It is also a drink that appeared in Spain at the beginning of the twentieth century and is still found on all terraces and summer festivals throughout the country.
The writings say that this recipe appeared in Cordoba in the 15th century. XX, in a place called Venta de Vargas, after the name of the owner Antonio Vargas del Moralde, on Brillante Street, which was opposite the road leading to Cañito Bazán (today Avenida de la Arruzafa). The area was part of the North-West County (Northwest District), a strategic point, to gather famous singers and guitarists from the area. At the same time in the area, there is a School for bullfighting (Escuela taurina).
People gathered at the place, in the afternoons or evenings, late in the summer, to cool off with a cold soda wine, which later became known as "El vino Vargas", after the owner.
Another theory says that the name of the wine may derive from the petition of a Valdepenas member, regarding a drink with Gasseosa (lemon soda). Carrying the name, abbreviated for the limb and the siphon, it became, Val-gas. Derived from the abbreviated name Val-gas, it would become with time, Vargas.
Varieties to serve it: You can use vermouth instead of wine, and in this case, you will use more lemon juice and less sparkling mineral water (soda).
* Cordoba is divided, administratively, into ten counties. The North-West area (formerly called the North-Center area), as its name implies, includes the whole part of the city.
* Valdepenas, is one of the most important Viticulture Institutions in Spain.
- Red wine
- lemon water
Preparation time: less than 15 minutes
RECIPE PREPARATION Summer red (Red wine, stick):
First of all, prepare the necessary products. Put plenty of ice in a glass. Then put lemon slices (if the glass is bigger, if it is smaller, just a slice of lemon, like me). At the end it is completed with lemon water. And wine. The quantities of wine and water with lemon must be equal. Serve cold.
Shopping and eating in Malaga
For those who are passionate about shopping, you should know that in Malaga there is the only outlet on the Costa del Sol and it is called Factory Outlet Malaga. If you feel like shopping, go to malls: El Ingenio (Velez-Malaga), El Corte Ingles, La Trocha (Coin), Larios Centro (Malaga), Malaga Plaza Shopping Center (Malaga), Shopping Center Plaza Mayor (Malaga), Rincon de la Victoria, Leisure & Shopping Center Miramar Park or simply at the shops on the streets of the old town.
Also here you will find all kinds of souvenirs at very good prices and you will be able to choose where to eat, being a great diversity of terraces with traditional dishes and more.
What do we eat in Malaga?
- You will of course notice the famous place Paella and some dishes specific to the Costa del Sol area such as garlic soup, served with almonds and green grapes and Malaga salad (boiled potatoes, oranges, cod, leeks).
- If you like sweets, then you should try chocolate con churros (sweet crunchy donuts, served with hot chocolate) or barquillos which are some crunchy, sweet sticks that are served as a dessert.
- The most popular drink in Spain is sangria. The name comes from the Spanish word & # 8220sangre & # 8221 (blood) and is an alcoholic beverage, made from red wine, lemonade, mineral water or orange juice, brandy (bacardi or vodka), Cointreau, ice and sugar.
- On hot days, you can taste Tri-Naranjus, a lemonade with lemon or orange flavors. Horchata is a sweet drink, similar in taste to vegetable milk and is made from ground almonds, sesame, rice or barley. Granizados is a soft drink with crushed ice and aromas of lemon, orange or coffee.
- You can also serve a glass of tinto de verano (red wine with lemon). Vino de Jerez is an aromatic sherry that is served before meals.
But let me tell you what we ate. We found a small terrace, where a blonde lady urged us to come and sit and taste their dishes. It caught my attention skewer seen on the table by someone, but what a huge skewer, as you can see in the picture, it leaves your mouth watering. Then we thought of sitting down and ordering one of the famous skewers stuck in a hanging stick from which the juice dripped on a plate full of baked potatoes that looked great. you and me. It didn't last long and it came, I want to tell you that it was delicious and I can easily eat 2 people from it and get tired. We liked it so much that in the evening we came back and got another one being a very good price at the restaurant La Tasca , a great location. 9 euros with an appetizer and salad.
If you go to Mercadona supermarkets you will be amazed at the prices of our Spanish brothers, for example I went after a drink in one of them near Merced Square a few minutes as I walk on the first street in the center of the market on the right, as an example beer starts from 40 cents to 1.5 euros of the best brands, Heineken or Tuborg is 80 cents-1 euro dose, a sliced bread of 500 gr or a baguette start from 40 cents to 1 euro, a bottle of 2 l of slot or cola is 1 euro, a packet of sliced ham or cheese 1 euro, 1 chocolate with hazelnuts at 200 gr 1 euro and 20 cents, a mineral water at 2 liters San Pellegrino is 70 cents, 80 cents kg of peaches , 1 euro kg of bananas, 70 cents kg of oranges. You can also go to Lidl if you find it on your way where you will obviously find equally low prices or at Chinese stores that you will see everywhere and have very low prices, you can also find good and cheap sandwiches or whatever you want to drink, they are usually open until after midnight or non-stop. There is a very large supermarket in El Corte Iglesias which is close to the Alameda metro station where you will find to buy almost everything you need.
When I was first in Spain in Barcelona 10 years ago I remember that I did not like the food at the hotel and the taste of the chicken where I started to eat but it seems that in this part of Spain the food is much better and more close to our taste. I can say that Malaga is quite cheap for tourists and does not make a big hole in your budget if you stay a week, which I recommend. Unfortunately we stayed only 4 days of which one of them we chose to spend in Gibraltar being a pity not to see it because we thought that the distance is very small and it is not known when we can get to see the beautiful island about acre we had heard so many beautiful things, but I will tell you about it in another article in detail.
Culinary delights in the Costa Brava
Delicious traditional food, intimate and romantic atmosphere and affordable prices & ndash what more could you want for your summer vacation?
Spanish cuisine is famous for its Mediterranean dishes based on fresh ingredients, such as fish and seafood, olive oil, citrus fruits and aromatic wines.
Among the traditional dishes worth trying are paella, baked chicken with green beans and beans, or paella with seafood and squid & bdquoa la plancha & rdquo (on the stove), with lots of lemon.
From the kitchen in Costa Brava There is also caviar or salmon, and if you are in port, an appetizer worth trying, in addition to traditional tapas, is platouas (8 slices of toast covered with slices of octopus, sardines, mussels, vegetable code, with two types of eggs and salmon).
You can admire the fishermen's boats, while you enjoy a glass of tinto de verano (red wine with lemonade).
Dozens of restaurants with menus entice you with all kinds of traditional drinks and dishes, you can enjoy one of the wonderful soups that give your taste buds a real feast: gazpacho (cold tomato soup), almond soup, ajo soup (garlic soup).
Callos a la madrilena (spicy beef stew), cocido madrileno (stew with chickpeas, meat and vegetables) or empanadas (puff pastry filled with a mixture of tomatoes, tuna, greens) go great with a carafe of sangria with strawberries and fresh oranges , or with granizados & # 8211 a soft drink with crushed ice and flavors of lemon, orange, or coffee.
The city of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas, Malaga one of the oldest cities in the world (770 BC) located on the Alborna Sea on the Costa del Sol.
Malaga has a special attraction that any visitor can identify in a short walk. Culture, traditions, gastronomy, the enviable climate and the hospitality of the inhabitants consolidate its image as a "paradise city", a name used by the famous Spanish poet Vicente Aleixandre.
What do we visit in Malaga?
With a very rich heritage in historical monuments, one of the oldest being the Roman amphitheater. Between the mountains and the Roman amphitheater you can see the Arabian palace, a fortress known as the Alcazaba. The Arab fortress was built on some Roman ruins in the first half of the ninth century by Caliph Abd er Rahman I, to defend himself from pirate attacks.
The cathedral of Malaga is called Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion. It was built between 1528 and 1782 near a mosque. In the initial plans it would have had 2 towers, but in the absence of money only one tower was completed. Hence the popular name of the cathedral, "La Manquita".
The Picasso Museum hosts an exhibition of works by the well-known painter, donated to the museum by the artist's daughter-in-law. There are paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphics signed by Picasso. The museum is located in the former Buenavista Palace which has been renovated.
Beaches in Malaga
Malaga has several beaches with fine sand, the closest to the city center being La Malagueta a beach over 1 km long, with sand brought from the Sahara.
El Candado is an elegant beach of 500 m ideal for families with various facilities for recreation and leisure: umbrellas and sunbeds, playgrounds for children, umbrellas, showers, parking. You can also practice water sports.
El Palo is a beach with a length of 1.2 km and a width of 30 m that has all the necessary tourist facilities (umbrellas and sunbeds, bars and restaurants, lifeguard service, etc.) for an unforgettable stay in Malaga.
Las Acacias is a succession of U-shaped beaches, equipped with restaurants and all the necessary facilities.
Caleta is an excellent beach for families, with various facilities and beautiful views of the port of Malaga.
What do we eat in Malaga?
You will of course notice the famous place Paella and some dishes specific to the Costa del Sol area such as garlic soup, served with almonds and green grapes and Malaga salad (boiled potatoes, oranges, cod, leeks).
If you like sweets, then you should try chocolate con churros (sweet crunchy donuts, served with hot chocolate) or barquillos which are some crunchy, sweet sticks that are served as a dessert.
Serve a glass of red summer (red wine with lemon). Vino de Jerez is an aromatic sherry that is served before meals.
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The most famous Spanish dishes
Are you preparing for a holiday in Spain, and you want to better understand Spanish culture and lifestyle? Put your sports shoes in your luggage and get ready for an honorable adventure. Besides its wonderful beaches or cities with a millennial culture, Spain is also a real gastronomic paradise, with a healthy diet that makes the Spanish people among the longest living in the world.
The food is an integral part of Spain, and each region has its own techniques and flavors. Read on for a selection of foods you should try if you go to Spain. Don't forget to put a chic evening outfit in your luggage, too elegant bag and heeled shoes, so you can go out to one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants.
CROCHETE. You can find a plate of croquettes in almost any restaurant or bar, made according to the recipe of each place. This way, you can make comparisons in all the places you visit. The croquettes can be very diverse, made with cheese, Spanish ham (jamon) or spicy black sausage.
TORTILLA is a potato omelette that you can also find in any place, in all degrees of quality and flavor. The best ones are made from low-fried potatoes in olive oil, which become a soft center once the egg is added.
GAZPACHO it is a slightly spicy and refreshing cold tomato soup. Usually served as an appetizer, its thickness results from the blender mixture of fresh tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, garlic, onions, vinegar and spices. SALMOREJO is a variety to which ham or eggs are added.
Pistoia is a vegetable stew containing tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic and olive oil. This vegetarian dish is used as a snack, as an appetizer or as a side dish.
MEATS - HAM, CHORIZO, SALCHICHON. Ham (jamon) is a serious business and a real art in Spain, with many varieties that determine the quality. Chorizo is a dry sausage with a sweet-sour, red taste.
GALICIAN OCTOPUS It is a dish with octopus, lumps of salt and olive oil. It is usually served with a potato or two on a wooden bottom.
PAELLA The traditional is a mixture of chicken or rabbit, beans and other vegetables, but also seafood are common. There are many varieties of paella, classic or for adventurers.
FRIED MILK or fried milk is a classic Spanish dessert. The firm and cold center of milk pudding contrasts with the warm dough, made of flour and eggs and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.
SANGRIA IS DYED IN SUMMER. Each meal can be accompanied by an alcoholic beverage. Two Spanish specialties are tinto de verano, a red wine with lemon juice, and sangria alba, a white wine mixed with lemonade to which mint is added.
Menus to host a parrillada (barbecue in Spanish)
A barbecue , as it is known in Spain, is a grill and is sometimes called barbecue . The word barbecue is actually used in most Spanish speaking countries however you will hear and grill and roast . A barbecue in Spain it is similar to that prepared in Argentina and the rest of Latin America, with one exception - in Spain, it is not just about meat. Fish, shellfish and vegetables are popular on Brazos and are just as often grilled at barbecues In Spain.
Two menus Barbecue
The two menus below are suitable for hot summer weather and & quotal fresco & quot. Both menus offer several dishes for each course - Tapas, First Course, Main Course and Desert or in Tapas Spanish , First course, Main course and Dessert . Choose, pick, mix and match as you wish. There is no right or wrong way to throw one barbecue , except that there should be enough food to go around! Following the two menus are drink suggestions.
The idea for menu 1 is to allow yourself the most time to socialize with your guests, taking dishes that can be prepared in advance. With the exception of the grill on the grill (which requires attention so that it does not rise in flames), all dishes are made and are cold in summer.
For menu 2 we chose some very traditional Spanish dishes from start to finish. Although much of the food can be prepared beforehand, there are several dishes that should be served immediately after cooking, and most dishes are served hot.
Menu 1 - Easy Spanish menu, to do again
The main course
Menu 2 - Traditional Spanish Parrillada menu
- Potato Tortilla - Spanish Potato Omelette Recipe , or how to make a potato tortilla pill step by step
- Jamon Serrano for more information
- Grilled Shrimp Tapas - Gambas a la Plancha
- Grilled Chistorra Chorizo, Introduction to Spanish Chorizo and Spanish Pork Varieties
The main course
Regardless of the Spanish dishes you choose, cold drinks are important. Traditional drinks at a Spanish meeting include:
- Mineral water - carbonated or uninterrupted
- Spanish red wines - regions Rioja or Ribera they have excellent options to combine with grilled meat and seafood
In addition to water and wine, you can choose to serve Spanish Sangria, Tinto de Verano, a Spanish or clear wine cocktail, also known as & quot; lemon beer & quot, a soft drink made with cold beer and soda or lemonade.
Why it's worth going to Madrid
3 years ago by L'Attitude Staff
Although, paradoxically, it does not yet have the tourist reputation of Barcelona, the capital of Spain and the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula is amazing - and it has reasons. Elegant and cosmopolitan, Madrid keeps its royal attire, but also its reputation (yes, the same one that New York has): the city that never sleeps. Otherwise, Madrid imposes and amazes. And it has something to amaze you with: bulls and matadors and bullfights for the adventurous. With chocolate and churros (chocolate donuts), with tapas, with jamon, sangria, beer (beer) or a glass of Summer red (red summer wine) - for any gourmet, no matter how whimsical. With Goya, Valazquez, El Greco, Dali, Miro or Picasso - housed in museums where you can wander for days without getting tired - for the most selective art lovers.
With flamenco rhythms, music and dance. With the drama of the light at any time, which you can also find in the temperament of the people of Madrid. With wide boulevards, iconic buildings and impressive facades - full of eyes (as if everyone took to the streets and no one is in the house), beautifully agitated, always moving. With sensational parks, real cities in the city. With imposing squares, truly imperial. With small, labyrinthine streets, crowded with bodeguitas, of bars and restaurants - a mosaic always surprising - with an unleashed nightlife that seems to never end, in the deep neighborhoods of the city, Malasana or Chueca. With chic boutiques, style, fashion, design and a lot of cool, in the Triballo neighborhood.
With The Madrid Movement (Madrid Movement or Scene), which came as a reaction to the four decades of the Franco regime, and on which the cultural and artistic life of today's Madrid was re-established: an animated, vibrant, fierce, colorful and passionate puzzle - like a film by Pedro Almodovar - what you want to discover, taste, look at. With hot or cold blood, but always boiling, Madrid lives and is lived.
And because Madrid never sleep, don't linger: get your ticket now. You will never regret it.
Below, 10 places that I think you should see, especially if you are on your first visit to Madrid. In the second, we'll talk :).
1. Gran Via
New York has Broadway. Madrid has Gran Via (Spanish Broadway). The boulevard - inaugurated in 1918 - of almost two kilometers is an architectural jewel. It starts from Calle de Alcala, close to Plaza de la Cibeles, and reaches Plaza de Espana. Hotels, restaurants, theaters, banks, iconic buildings, such as Edificio Telefonica, the first skyscraper in Madrid (the tallest in Europe in his time), Edificio Metropolis, Edificio Grassy, Palacio de Prensa or Cinema Callao delight your eyes. on top. Leaving aside that Gran Via is a magnet for shopping enthusiasts. Prepare your wallet!
2. Buen Retiro Park
Parque de Buen Retiro or El Retiro covers almost 130 hectares - so it is not just any park. Besides being an oasis of greenery in the middle of the city (over 15,000 trees!), It is a favorite place not only for tourists, but also for people from Madrid. And that's because you have something to do: you can just get lost, take a boat ride on the artificial lake, enjoy the countless gardens, fountains, monuments, sculptures. And do not miss the beautiful Crystal Palace, made of iron and glass, surrounded by a garden with a lake that always competes with the most famous English gardens of the time, then the Valasquez Palace or Rose Garden (La Rosaleda).
3. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums
That is, the golden triangle of art. The Prado National Museum no longer needs any presentation. It is one of the most famous in the world, hosting invaluable masterpieces. Almost 9000 paintings, 5000 engravings, 1000 sculptures. Here is the most important gallery of Spanish painters, the stars being, perhaps, Diego Velazquez, Francisco Goya and El Greco. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is another temple of masterpieces that stretches over more than 700 years of European art history (XIII-XX), wash your eyes with Van Gogh, Cezanne, Durer, Gaugain, Manet & # 8230 La Reina Sofia, the MoMA of Spain, is waiting for you Miro, Braque, Kandinsky, Magritte, the photos of Brassai, Diane Arbus or Robert Capa. And of course, Guernica to Picasso.
4. Plaza Mayor
The central square of Madrid, a stone's throw from the Puerta del Sol (kilometer 0 of Madrid), is perhaps the right place to enjoy a coffee or a cold beer or to dine. Dozens of terraces invite you with excellent dishes and more and more attractive offers: tourist, maybe, but the atmosphere makes all the money. In the square - a rectangle flanked by residential buildings overlooking 237 balconies - sits the equestrian statue of Philip III. The Panderia House is, without a doubt, the most impressive building on the market, once the Bakers' Guild House.
5. Plaza de Toros De la Ventas
When you're in Madrid, act like the people of Madrid. Yes, it's really the bullfighting arena. Inaugurated in 1931, it came to life in time San Isidro Fair, the feast of the patron saint of Madrid. In May and July, Las Ventas gathers the most famous bullfighters. The arena is monumental, even empty, just as the Bull Museum is worth visiting, with all sorts of objects reminiscent of bullfights over time - from the history, culture and tradition of bullfighting, to famous clothing, paintings and engravings, to famous posters, pictures, spices and matadors.
6. Royal Palace
The residence of the king and queen, until 1931 - today the seat of the monarchy, used only for state ceremonies - is literally grandiose: built in a sober, neoclassical baroque style, has an area of 135,000 square meters (thus being the largest from Europe!) and 3418 rooms. Some of them can be visited and, yes, you have the chance to feel like a king or a queen. If you get here, admire the Campo del Moro gardens, behind the palace, or wander through the beautiful Sabatini gardens.
7. Plaza de Espana
Plaza de Espana, where Gran Via ends in the west, is also a wonder: the beautiful park, the majestic fountain with the Cervantes monument, the statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the Edificio Espana and Torre de Madrid - two of the the most refined and distinguished skyscrapers of Madrid.
8. Atocha Station
No, you don't have to catch the train. And, no, it's not just any train station. The impressive building, made of glass and iron, like a huge industrial hall, will be sensational on the outside, but it is waiting to be seen on the inside. It may seem strange, but in Atocha Station, the first in Madrid, you no longer come only for trains, but especially for the lush landscape planted right on the rails on disused platforms or train lines: 4000 square meters of tropical garden, hundreds of species of shrubs and flowers of all kinds, palm trees, turtles, ferns, fish, cacti… it's like entering a botanical garden or being in one of Madeira.
9. Rastro flea market
Posters, stamps, floor lamps, cameras or postcards, old magazines and records, typewriters or pens, bargains or valuable antiques… in fact almost everything you can imagine - you can find them all in El Rastro, the traditional market junk of Madrid. It takes place every Sunday or on national holidays. You can find it quite easily, south of the subway station La Latina - if it's Sunday morning and you say Rastro, and any Madrilenian will know how to guide you. Because, most likely, he also goes there in search of a treasure.
10. San Miguel Market
Once you enter the building clad in glass and iron, you want everything. It is best to get here when you are not thirsty or hungry, because you would like a red wine from Rioja, Sangria, tapas, garlic shrimp, pickles or shells, cheeses, octopus, desserts, fruits & # 8230 I do not think there is anything not to find here. I wish I could take one Iberian ham in luggage, at home. And, again, I could have tried them all. Whatever you say, Madrid tastes like: I really like it!
When to visit?
Costa del Sol has a Mediterranean climate, which means that all year round, the weather is pleasant, with sunshine, few clouds, the average annual temperature being 16 degrees Celsius. These temperatures are the result of the protection provided by the Mijas Mountains in the northern part of the coast and the influence of the Mediterranean Sea in the east.
The best time to visit the Costa del Sol is in summer, when the days are sunny and the nights are pleasant, perfect for walks in the moonlight. During this period, the maximum temperatures reach 36 degrees Celsius, and at night around 25 - 28 degrees.
Tourists who do not like the strong sun populate the resort since April and continue to arrive in the Costa del Sol even in October, when they can still sunbathe. During this period, during the day the temperature reaches up to 26 degrees Celsius.
Holidays in the island of Mallorca. Travel guide
Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic Islands. With a population of over 30,000 inhabitants, Mallorca, with its capital in Palma, annually attracts over 6 million tourists eager for nightlife and beautiful beaches.
The most popular resort is Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the island. Other resorts and holiday villages where you will have a successful vacation are: Banyalbufar, Cala Mondrago, Cala Ratjada, Deia, Estellencs, Miramar, Port d & # 8217Andratx, Portocolom, Sant Elm, Soller and Valldemossa.
Palma de Mallorca enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. In July and August, when it is the peak season, Mallorca enjoys perfect weather for the beach, with 11 hours of sunshine a day. In June, temperatures reach up to 30 degrees Celsius, so that in July and August to exceed 32 degrees.
With the arrival of autumn, the temperature drops to 25-27 degrees Celsius, but the number of tourists does not decrease. Only towards the end of October, the beginning of November, Mallorca is deserted, although the weather is still pleasant. The rainiest months are October, November and December. In winter, the temperatures are quite high and range between 13-16 degrees Celsius. Even if in winter tourists do not crowd to arrive in Palma de Mallorca, the Winter Holidays bring a number of tourists similar to the summer months.
From March, temperatures begin to rise and reach 16-17 degrees Celsius. From May, tourists start to appear and the temperature reaches up to 22-25 degrees.
Where to eat?
In order to feel the tradition and flavor of Spain as much as possible, you should not miss the traditional dishes served in restaurants or taverns. The cuisine of Mallorca does not impress with its extraordinary dishes, but with the unique ingredients used: raisins, almonds or different species of fish.
Spanish cuisine is famous for its minced meat dishes. The most popular dish is tapas, entrees served with beer, wine or sherry. The most popular types of tapas are: morcilla (black pudding), mojama (dry tuna in the open air), local ham, cheese, beans cooked with bacon, sauteed kidneys in cherry, meat skewers and seafood. Another appetizer worth trying is platouas (8 slices of toast covered with slices of octopus, sardines, mussels, cod with vegetables, two types of caviar and salmon).
Although Valencia is the region where you can find the best paella, in Palma de Mallorca you will be delighted by the flavor of this traditional food. The most famous is the Valencian paella and is made from chicken and rabbit, with green beans and beans, prepared in the oven in a special dish. And the paella with seafood is delicious and worth trying. Seafood is very popular among Spaniards, restaurants offering various dishes with fresh fish.
Spanish cuisine has many soups made from unique ingredients that give the taste buds a real feast. Among the most popular are gazpacho (cold tomato soup), almond soup, garlic soup (garlic soup), entrails soup. One of the main dishes is made from sea bass fish and is served with rice, grilled vegetables or baked potatoes.
Other traditional dishes that are worth trying are: callos a la madrileña (spicy beef stew), cocido madrileño (stew with chickpeas, meat and vegetables), oreja de cerdo (pork ears fried with garlic), empanadas (puff pastry filled with a mixture of tomatoes, tuna, greens), sobrassada (spicy sausages, native to Mallorca).
If you like sweets, then you should try churros (sweet crunchy donuts, served with hot chocolate). Barquillos are some crunchy, sweet sticks that are served as a dessert.
The most popular drink in Spain is sangria. The name comes from the Spanish word & # 8220sangre & # 8221 (blood) and is an alcoholic beverage, made from red wine, lemonade, mineral water or orange juice, brandy (bacardi or vodka), Cointreau, ice and sugar. On hot days , you can taste Tri-Naranjus, a lemonade with lemon or orange flavors. Horchata is a sweet drink, similar in taste to vegetable milk and is made from ground almonds, sesame, rice or barley. Granizados is a soft drink with crushed ice and aromas of lemon, orange or coffee.
You can also serve a glass of tinto de verano (red wine with lemon). Vino de Jerez este un sherry aromat ce se serveste inainte de masa.
O masa in oras porneste de la 15 euro de persoana, depasind 50 euro in localurile de lux.Recomandarile noastre sunt: Ummo(cele mai bune tapas), Zee(cel mai bun restaurant din Mallorca), Can BoQueta(statiunea Soller), Can Cera(Palma de Mallorca), Ran de Mar(vedere superba spre golf), Bonaire Bistro & Cafe(Palma de Mallorca), Es Moli(statiunea Sant Elm, restaurant pescaresc), Opio(Palma de Mallorca, meniu sofisticat), L’Arruzz(vedere spre mare,meniu cu fructe de mare si peste), Es Vi(tapas delicioase).
Cu peste 80 de plaje raspandite de-a lungul coastei, Mallorca este locul perfect pentru vacanta, indiferent de varsta.
Magaluf este frecventata de tineri, mai ales ca Punta Ballena este aproape de cluburi si baruri. In jurul insulei Mallorca, veti descoperi multe plaje si golfuri ascunse printre stanci, ideale pentru familii numeroase sau romantici.
Palma Nova este un loc popular pentru plaja, in timp ce Portals Nous este aproape de Marineland. In interiorul Parcului Natural Mondrago, se afla plaja S’Amarador, renumita pentru peisajul salbatic si nisipul alb.Palma, capitala insulei Mallorca, are cateva plaje excelente. Localnicii prefera sa mearga la C’an Pere Antoni si Badia de Palma. Bellver este cel mai faimos si frumos castel din Palma de Mallorca. Construit intre anii 1300 – 1310, castelul are o forma circulara, cu 3 turnuri in forma de semi-cerc si alt turn inalt de 7 metri. Cu arcade frumos decorate si arhitectura in stil gotic, Bellver este un loc interesant de vizitat.
Catedrala La Seu este simbolul orasului Palma de Mallorca si una dintre cele mai frumoase edificii din Spania. Construita in stilul gotic, catedrala are 121 metri inaltime si 55 metri latime. Intrarea se face printr-p usa laterala, care este in apropiere de un mic muzeu. Lumina intra printr-un vitraliu de 12 metri, decorata cu 1236 piese de geam colorat. Coloanele sunt buclate, decorate cu niste candelabre din fier forjat, realizate de Gaudi. Cea mai controversata realizare a lui Gaudi este coroana neterminata de spini, suspendata deasupra altarului.
Chiar langa Catedrala se afla La Llotja, un important centru cultural, ce gazduieste expozitii de arta. Construita intre anii 1420– 1452, cladirea este un exemplu reusit de arhitectura gotica. Sculpturile cladirii sunt impresionante.Muzeul Majorca este unul dintre cele mai frumoase de pe Insulele Baleare. Acest muzeu faimos se afla langa Catedrala La Seu si are in patrimoniu artefacte preistorice. Intrarea este gratuita.
Alte muzee care merita atentia dvs. sunt: Muzeul de Arta Contemporana (pe langa sculpturile si tablourile unor artisti necunoscuti, puteti admira lucrarile lui Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro lui Salvador Dali), Muzeul Krekovic (opere ale faimosului artist croat Kristian Krekovic) si Casa Muzeu Joaquim TorrentsLlado (artist spaniol renumit).
Palau de l’Almudaina se afla vizavi de intrarea in Catedrala, iar initial a fost o cetate construita de catre guvernatorii mauri.
Aflat pe malul marii, Palau de l’Almudaina a fost resedinta musulmana pentru Banu Ganiya. La inceputul secolului XIV, la ordinul regelui Jaime II a fost transformat in palat. Astazi, aici se afla Capitania General (oficiul portului Insulelor Baleare). Mallorca este renumita pentru minunatele sale pesteri, care au devenit o atractie populara pentru toti turistii care vin in vacanta aici. Pesterile au incaperi uimitoare, spatioase, cu lacuri impresionante si stalactite si stalacmite enorme. Desi sunt peste 200 de pesteri, un numar mic dintre acestea este deschis publicului.
Aquacity se afla in resortul S’Arsenal din Mallorca, in partea de est a Palmei. Cu numeroase piscine, tobogane de toate felurile si locuri de joaca, Aquacity este o atractie populara pentru copii. Aquacity este deschis in fiecare zi, intre orele 10.00 – 18.00 (iulie, august) si 10.00 – 17.00 (septembrie – iunie).
Marineland este una dintre cele mai populare atractii din Mallorca, datorita show-urilor cu delfini si lei de mare. Pe langa aceste spectacole frumoase, la Marineland puteti admira cea mai mare colectie de serpi din Europa, un circ cu papagali, acvarii cu pesti exotici si crocodili.
Portul Mallorca este o atractie fascinanta. Yacht-uri de lux, feriboturi si catedrala La Seu din apropiere formeaza un tablou deosebit. In apropiere de port se afla un restaurant excelent, unde puteti admira apusul soarelui.
Placa Major se afla in centrul statiunii si a fost construita in secolul XIX. Piata este inconjurata de restaurante, cafenele si magazine de suveniruri. Placa Major este animata de muzicieni si artisti care ofera show-uri trecatorilor. In Placa Major veti putea gasi un centru comercial subteran si o parcare.
Placa d’Espanya este inima transporturilor publice din Palma de Mallorca. In centrul pietei se afla statuia lui Jaime I, cuceritorul insulei Mallorca. De aici pleaca trenuri spre Soller si Inca si autobuze spre statiuni si resorturile de lux. Daca doriti sa aveti parte de o calatorie aparte spre Soller, va invitam sa va urcati la bordul trenului vintage.
Passeig d’es Born este principala promenada a orasului si este flancata de marea albastra si palmieri. Passeig d’es Born formeaza o axa ce porneste spre diferite directii ale orasului. De aici puteti ajunge usor la magazine, restaurante, cafenele sau baruri.
Mallorca este renumita pentru mestesugurile lucrate manul, care au ajuns piese traditionale, adesea cumparate ca suvenir. Un bun exemplu sunt popularele ” siurells” – vase de lut ancestrale, colorate in nuante vii, care pot fi folosite si ca fluiere.
Cele mai frumoase perle le veti gasi in orasul Manacor. Cu o traditie de peste 100 ani, artizanii de aici fabrica perle din solzi de peste, reusind sa redea fidel aspectul perlelor naturale.Pe langa aceste figurine, din Mallorca mai puteti cumpara ceramice, bijuterii din aur, argint sau lucrate manual, costume traditionale, vase de lut, obiecte de decor din fier forjat, genti, portofele sau haine din piele naturala.
Cele mai multe si mai frumoase magazine se afla in Palma de Mallorca, pe strazile San Miguel, Carrer Sindicato, Jaume II, Jaume III, Carrer Platería, Vía Roman si Passeig des Borne. In apropiere de primarie, pe strada Plaça Cort veti gasi alte magazine interesante.
Viata de noapte
Viata de noapte din Mallorca este linistita, ideala pentru suete lungi, o bere sau o cina tarzie. Oamenii ies in oras pe la ora 10 seara, iar barurile sunt deschise pana la 3 – 4 dimineata.Dupa miezul noptii, cluburile din Palma, cea mai aglomerata si frumoasa statiune, devin neincapatoare. Viata de noapte din Palma este superba, cu numeroase cluburi si baruri pe plaja, unde petrecerile dureaza pana dimineata. Cele mai multe baruri se afla pe stradutele inguste din preajma Placa Llonja si Santa Catalina.
O alta zona renumita pentru pub-urile sale si atmosfera prietenoasa este El Arenal, de unde va recomandam: Bier Koenig si Mega Park. Cele mai multe branduri de beri, peste 100 de marci, le veti gasi la barul Lorien. Costa Galana este un bar elegant, unde se asculta muzica jazz.Pentru muzica live mergeti la Cafe Barcelona sau L’Havanna.Daca vreti sa va petreceti noaptea in club, incercati Tito’s, cel mai popular club din Palma de Mallorca.
Alte cluburi ce merita atentia dvs sunt: RIU, Joy, Pleasure, Pacha Mallorca, Garito, Jahfarai(ritmuri de reggae, ska si dub), Black Cat(club gay),Abaco.
Valencia, gradina raiului
La plimbare cu bicicleta prin gradina Raiului. Asta ar fi o scurta descriere a scurtei mele vacante in Valencia, orasul portocalilor si orasul in care s-a nascut scriitorul Blasco Ibanez. Am simtit orasul prietenos de cum am iesit din aeroport. Am inspirat adanc, ca sa miros orasul. Imi place sa fac asta in fiecare loc nou in care merg, acel miros imi ramane pe veci intiparit in memoria olfactiva. Valencia mirosea pregnant a must proaspat de struguri rosii
De la aeroport am luat autobuzul ( Aerobus shuttle), e cel mai ieftin mijloc de transport catre centru (1.4 euro de persoana), plus ca mai vezi orasul. Metroul e 4.5 euro, a fost bun la intoarcere cand ne grabeam la aeroport. Am inchiriat un studio in zona Mercado de Colon (mai precis pe strada Don Juan de Austria) , o zona ideala de cazare, e acces usor catre toate zonele de interes.
In primele ore am vizitat centrul vechi. Arhitectura interesanta, stradute inguste, piatete pline de cafenele si lume. Apoi ne-am intalnit cu gazda noastra care ne-a arata pe harta cum e construita Valencia, ne-a aratat cate zone verzi exista si ce aproape suntem de plaja. Mai ales in weekend ne-a recomandat sa stam pe plaja, acolo merg toti localnicii, orasul e gol pana seara. Ne-a aratat ce bine sunt construite pistele de biciclete prin tot orasul. Si ne-am dat seama ca ar fi pacat sa folosim metroul in zile asa frumoase, drept urmare ne-am inchiriat 2 biciclete (de la Doyoubike , 10 euro / zi /bicicleta 15 euro in weekend). Si nu ne-am oprit din pedalat pana ne-am intors.
Cele mai frumoase mi-au parut Gradinile Turia, acea centura verde care inconjoara orasul la nord-vest. Un parc enorm prin care ajungeam direct la plaja. Placut de pedalat si alergat pe acolo. Portocalii erau inca infloriti. Cred ca asa arata gradinile Raiului. Sau asa sper. nu cred ca poate mirosi mai frumos de atata, a flori de portocal, aroma mea favorita in deserturi.
Parcul e potrivit pentru picnicuri. In drum catre plaja ne opream chiar in fata Orasului Artelor si Stiintelor (ce priveliste spectaculoasa!) si faceam un picnic (sandwichuri cu jamon, chorizitos si cava direct din sticla). Apoi pedalam catre plaja. Acolo e cel mai bun loc sa mananci paella valenciana cu briza pe piele si plaja in fata (noi am mancat la restaurantul Marcelina). Vinul alb la pahar a fost exceptional peste tot si mai ieftin decat la Cluj (2 euro / pahar). La final de masa comandam Agua de Valencia, o bautura preparata din cava, suc de portocale si ceva tarie (vodka sau gin). Numai buna sa te racoresti, desi cam scumputa (20 euro / litru). Pretul nu ne-a oprit insa sa bem cantitati semnificative din aceasta apa, doar trebuia sa ne hidratam
Atentie, in restaurantele de pe plaja, intre orele 13 si 16 nu servesc decat mancare! Adica daca ai chef de o cafea sau o bere ai o mica problema. Cum noi am mancat pe la 13, la 15 ni s-a facut pofta de o cafea. Pe plaja nu prea exista baruri, asa ca am cautat innebuniti un loc unde sa ne dea si noua o cafea. Pana la urma am gasit un bar chiar la capatul plajei (adica cativa km spre capatul falezei la faza asta bicicleta a fost numai buna). La Mas Bonita, un bar dragut, mai hipsteresc asa, dar aveau de toate si foarte bune. Acolo am luat si micul dejun, il recomand.
Daca vreti suc de portocale, cel mai simplu e sa intrati in primul supermarket care va iese in cale, au dozatoare la care iti storci singur portocalele. Ce dulce era sucul, daca nu vedeam eu cum se storc portocalele as fi zis ca adauga zahar in el. Aproape ca nu simteam aroma de portocala de atata dulce.
Si apropo de dulce! Spaniolii astia nu au limita la zahar. Intre masa principala si cina servesc in mod traditional o bautura horchata facuta din alune tigrate (ca un lapte de migdale) atat de dulce de-ti intepenesc dintii. Se spune ca e foarte sanatos, ca e bun pentru digestie, dar atata zahar. nu l-am putut bea. In schimb am mancat batoanele care se servesc langa aceasta bautura, se numesc Fartons, sunt ca niste croissante, la fel de alveolate, dar sub forma de baton. Excelente, intre 3 si 5 bucati la 1 euro. As fi mancat toata ziua. Recunosc ca am facut exces de gluten concediul asta. Ar mai fi cafeau loc super dulce, se numeste cafe bombon, nu am indraznit sa o gust dar lumea era innebunita dupa ea. Personal prefer cafe cortado.
Pentru shopping am avut tot orasul la dispozitie. Parca e un mare mall, magazine peste tot. Pentru delicatese si cadouri am mers in Mercado Central (piata mare) unde am luat orez si sofran pentru paella, masline (le-am vidat ca sa le luam in avion), carnaciori picanti, jamon, ulei de masline, conserve de ton si ansoa, turron de migdale (ca o halva de migdale), alune tigrate (o sa-mi fac eu o horchata fara atata zahar! ), tigai de paella. Aici exista un bar la care se poate manca foarte bine. Valencia mai este cunoscuta pentru ceramica si matase.
Seara am preferat zona Russafa in locul centrului vechi. Fiindca noi nu mancam mult seara, tapas barurile de acolo ni s-au potrivit cel mai bine. Niste ardei fripti si o cerveza mica era suficient. Sau un vino tinto de verano (vin rosu cu limonada si portocale) si niste masline fripte cu usturoi.
Cam asa a fost in Valencia, un weekend lung si placut, o lunga plimbare fara griji si planuri.