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Gastronomische Reiseziele in Spanien

Spanien gehört mit seiner ausgezeichneten sowie gesunden, abwechslungsreichen, kulturell diversen und ergötzlichen Gastronomie zu den weltweit anerkannten Reisezielen.Innerhalb von Spanien gibt es jedoch zahlreiche Städte, kleine Dörfer und Winkel, die sich in diesem Sinne besonders hervorheben.Wir sind uns hierbei zwar bewusst, dass viele unerwähnt bleiben müssen und sie deshalb natürlich nicht weniger sind, aber trotzdem möchten wir Ihnen im Anschluss eine kurze Liste mit empfehlenswerten gastronomischen Reisezielen in Spanien vorstellen:

Madrid:

Madrid ist die unbestrittene Hauptstadt für Wermut am Samstag, Tintenfischbrote und Eintopf. In Madrid kann man nicht nur sehr gut, sondern auch zu guten Preisen essen. Natürlich muss man genau suchen und sich gut erkundigen. Deshalb ist es immer besser, wenn man – wenn möglich –  mit einem Einheimischen die gerade modernen Restaurants mit dem besten Preis- / Leistungsverhältnis besucht. Aber in der spanischen Hauptstadt kann man fast überall köstliche Tapas und Portionen, internationale Küche aller Art sowie traditionelle Küche im typisch Madrider Stil finden. Buchen Sie dafür am besten ein Hotel im Zentrum, wie das Iberostar Las Letras Hotel (in der Nähe der klassischen Tavernen des Dichterstadtviertels (Barrio de los Poetas), oder das Petit Palace Mayor Plaza Hotel mitten auf dem Plaza Mayor Platz.

Cádiz:

Wenn man Cádiz liest, läuft einem gleich das Wasser im Mund zusammen – nicht wahr? In dieser Stadt mit dem Beinamen „Tacita de Plata“ kann man den besten frittierten Fisch, die besten Krabbenund frischstenCarabineros (rote Riesengarnelen) essen. Zwischen Bierchen und Bierchen und an endlosen Stränden, die zum Surfen einladen, sollte man in Cádiz unbedingt den Hundshai in Beize, Makrelen mit Piriñaca (Salat aus Tomate, Paprika, Zwiebeln und Olivenöl), Garnelenomeletts wie auch den Thunfisch mit Tomate und Kartoffeln probieren.

Salamanca:

Wer nicht die Tavernen auf dem Plaza Mayor Platz in Salamanca besucht hat, kann nicht behaupten, richtig spanisches Essen probiert zu haben.Sie sind der beste Ort, um die Wurst, „Ensaladillarusa en palomita” (Gemüsesalat in Brothülle), „Costillejas“ (Schweinefleisch), „Cochifrito“ (Spanferkelgericht), die traditionelle „Hornazo” (Teigpastete) und weitere Fleischgerichte zu genießen.Dazu trinkt man Wein aus Toro.

Asturien:

Wenn Sie Asturien als Urlaubsort ausgewählt haben, müssen Sie sich auf reichhaltige Gerichte hinsichtlich Qualität und Quantität vorbereiten.Das beste Beispiel der asturischen Maxi-Gastronomie nennt sich „Cachopo“:2 riesige Rinderschnitzel werden mit Schinken und Käse gefüllt, mit Paniermehl und Ei paniert und in der Pfanne gebraten. Dazu gibt es als Beilage Pommes frites und manchmal auch Salat.Neben diesem Gericht müssen Sie unbedingt aber auch andere Speisen wie„Fabes y sucompango“ (Bohnen mit Beilagen aus verschiedenen Wurstwaren) sowie „Pitu de Caleya“ (bodenständige Hühnerrasse aus Asturien) probieren.

Galicien:

Galicien ist vom Norden bis in den Süden Gastronomie pur undGalicien erlebt man am besten beim Essen.Beschränkt man sich hier auf die beiden wichtigsten Pole dieser Region an der Atlantikküste, sollte man in A Coruña neben dem Omelett die Austern und in RíasBaixas den Reis mit Hummer probieren.Für Meeresfrüchte sollte man einen Besuch in O Grove machen.Für Fleisch und Eintöpfe empfiehlt sich Lugound für Krake O Carballiño in Ourense.

Barcelona:

In Barcelona ist die Küche frisch, leicht und absolut mediterran, sodass sie sich perfekt zum Teilen anbietet:Es gibt typische Tavernen, in denen man sich das typische Frühstück mit Brot und Tomate zubereiten kann oder auch „Escalivada“ (gebratene Paprika, Auberginen, Zwiebeln und Tomaten) als Snack, „Butifarra“-Wurst mit Bohnen und in der entsprechenden Saison die berühmten „Calçots“ (Gemüsezwiebeln) probieren kann.Wenn Sie dazu in einem Hotel wie dem Petit Palace Boquería Garden Hotel übernachten, sind Sie außerdem gleich am La Boquería Markt, der ein wahres Paradies an Aromen und Geschmäckern bietet.

Sevilla:

Wenn Sie bis hierhin gelesen haben, haben Sie sich sicher schon nach der andalusischen Hauptstadt gefragt. Hier ist das Beste aus den Küchen ihrer Nachbarprovinzen wie „Salmorejo“ (kalte Tomatensuppe mit Brot) oder „Moraga de Sardinas“ (Sardinengericht)- wahre Schätze der spanischen Küche – vereint.In Sevilla empfiehlt es sich, eine Tapasrunde zu machen, um zumindest alles in kleinen Häppchen probieren zu können.Dazu kommt, dass das wirkliche Ambiente der Stadt in den Tavernen und auf den Terrassen zu finden ist.Um es eingehend erleben zu können, sollten Sie in einem Hotel in der Innenstadt wie im Murillo Hotel oder im Petit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana Hotel an der Kathedrale übernachten.

IB Publisuites indis Summer in Fuerteventura

It could be said that it is summer all year round in Fuerteventura. The sun shines practically every day, including those in the middle of winter, since on this island where the king is the wind, there are always mild temperatures that allow to enjoy the charms of the summer season 12 months of the year without exception. There are obviously days when the heavens shine with clouds and in which, even, rains and storms occur, but they are not very common.

The summer season – or the eternal spring, as some call it – of Fuerteventura is precisely one of the main attractions of the island, which draws in visitors all year round, not suffering from the seasonality like some other destinations, like the Balearic Islands or the Levant.

However, the weather is frequently consulted among those who come to the island. It is especially important for windsurfing fans, one of the most popular in this area, as the wind is vital when choosing one beach or another. Generally, the north is the most suited to those who come to Fuerteventura looking to sail the waves of the Atlantic, especially the beaches near the town of Corralejo.

This wind that reaches and sweeps over Fuerteventura sometimes with remarkable intensity usually comes from the Western Sahara, being – therefore – a warm wind that helps to keep the temperatures always mild and pleasant, with the  annual average hovering around 21 degrees, then increasing to 25 during the months of June, July, August and September. The coldest months are usually January and February, but even so, the thermometer rarely drops below 18 degrees.

The changes of seasons are noticeable a little more in the temperature of the waters, with the waters around 22 degrees in September, meaning bathing is possible until well after the official summer has finished . In fact, in November it usually only drops 1 degree, as in December. In the coldest months it drops a little further but still the water is nice considering that we are talking about the Atlantic rather than the Mediterranean.

To check the weather there are numerous stations distributed throughout the different areas of the island. One of the most important is used by the Fuerteventura airport, along with those of Corralejo and the capital, Puerto del Rosario. They are also joined by Antigua, Tuineje and La Oliva.

It is best to check the wind forecast every day as it can change frequently but it is also true that the weekly forecasts are usually spot on, with very few changes.

The north is the area where the winds are more variable, therefore the coastline is full of hotels designed for sportsmen and lovers of windsurfing, nature and relaxation: adult only hotels, health and wellness hotels, agrotourism and Rural houses…

The southernmost areas, such as Costa Calma, Esquinzo or Playa Jandía are the warmest all year round. On cloudy days here the sun always shines, the sea waters are more temperate and the beaches are longer with less waves. This is why the peninsula of Jandia is considered a great destination for families and that is precisely where the best hotels for children on the island are concentrated.

Among the most specialised accommodation in the north we find the Barceló Corralejo, the ideal place to go with friends or as a couple. In the south, the most recommended are those of the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts chain, namely the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas and its twin IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park and the IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace. All of them have official websites with direct sales and very competitive offers that are sometimes better than you will find on platforms like booking.com

Travelling with children… Madrid or Barcelona?

A family holiday to the best capitals in Spain is a comfortable and affordable option but you should keep in mind everything each city offers and what you are looking for when spending a few days away from home. The best examples of this are Madrid and Barcelona. Both are full of possibilities but, at the same time, offer very diverse leisure and relaxation possibilities.

The beach is always a benefit of staying in Barcelona, something that makes it an interesting destination for travelling with children so they can enjoy a few days of freedom whilst basking in the sun. All the coast of Barcelona is dotted with villages and ideal bathing zones for even your smallest infants, with services perfectly adapted to their requirements and with alternate entertainment additions.

The Portaventura Theme Park in Salou is, of course, a noteworthy sight that is a little more than an hour way by car; and then you have the nearby towns Calella and Pineda de Mar, which offer a calm, family ambiance. Barcelona is a welcoming and friendly city with the beach and an endless number of children’s activities: Macba (contemporary art centre in the city centre) always offers a number of interesting workshops and expositions so the little ones can appreciate modern art. There’s also CosmoCaixa, Barcelona Zoo, the Poble Espanyol, the Blau Museum, Parc Güell and the Aquarium in Port Vell.

Barcelona also offers many options away from the city centre: the slides in Montjuïc and Tibidabo as well as the grand Diagonal Mar park. A bit further away you will discover Mataró, a large park with zip lines for the little ones.

For adults, Barcelona is the ideal city: select, innovative, fun and full of Mediterranean tranquility. Its squares and terraces are perfect for getting something to eat or drink at whatever time, there are multiple and varied places to go out and there are an unlimited number of sightseeing spots: the Modernisme Route, the cathedral, la Sagrada Familia, las Ramblas… All the Ciutat Vella district, in general, is a space in which you can lose yourself and where your camera will run out of battery from all the pictures you will take.

Barcelona is also a great place for dining because, apart from its famous Michelin Star restaurants, it has a huge selection of restaurants from every country, organic and vegan specialties, innovative dishes and, of course, traditional Catalan food which is one of the most delicious and varied in Spain.

Even though Madrid does not have a beach, it is just as lively. Classically hospitable with lots of green spaces; this urban city is a welcoming place for bringing kids. This means being more active and less relaxed here than in Barcelona because Madrid is meant for trailing the streets, browsing the shops, going out for tapas and a vermouth, visiting the museums and going to concerts…

There is a better offer of cultural activities, its strong points being; theatres, cinemas, opera and concert halls, squares that are always full of surprises for people of all ages and stunning scenery; from Buen Retiro Park to Casa de Campo. Do not forget its mountain range as well; yes, there are many happy mountain enthusiasts who visit the range nearby the beach.

You can reach the mountain range of Madrid even when staying at a comfortable hotel in the city centre, via a fun journey on the train, spending a whole day in the middle of nature with a picnic. The little ones will enjoy hiking in a beautiful setting and adults will have the best opportunity to disconnect and shut the door on routines, stress and hurry.

Madrid is also home to many theme and water parks on its outskirts like Faunia, ZooAquarium, Forestal Park and Madrid Snowzone. Within the city, visitors can head to the Ratoncito Pérez Museum, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Railway Museum, the famous Wax Museum or the Art Triangle.

The cinema and musical performances are a great reason for choosing Madrid; with the best listings in all of Spain and titles that continually fill up the halls year after year like The Lion King. To enjoy one of these functions you should choose the dates you want to travel early on so you can match these with the availability of tickets. You can buy them online so you have everything organised for when you are in Madrid.

However, Madrid is already a real theme park for both kids and adults. Through its streets, experience travelling on the underground, take a tourist bus through the most recognised streets like the Gran Via or el Prado, see the Atocha train station with all the trains or visit the Real Madrid stadium. For eating out, kids can enjoy all kinds of international dishes, along with gourmet dining and luxury restaurants situated in every neighbourhood of the city.

When it comes to where to stay, there are many hotel chains designed for those travelling with children, who have established exclusive, comfortable, modern, spacious and practical urban hotels.  Some of these are NH, Vincci Hotels, Barceló, Melià and Petit Palace. All offer a wide selection of urban family hotels in Barcelona and Madrid, like the Petit Palace Museum in Barcelona and the Petit Palace Plaza del Carmen in Madrid. These two, for example, offer special rooms for children of all ages; offering spacious beds, bunk beds, computers with free Wi-Fi connection and children welcome gifts.

Almeria: a destination ready to be discovered

Almeria is one of the most plentiful and least exploited corners of southern Spain. Not just because of its contrasting landscapes but also for its incredible beaches, delicious cuisine, heritage and history. Sharing the lively ambiance of basically any area in Andalusia but with many aspects of heritage and history still celebrated by its locals, Almeria is one of the best places for all kinds of experiences.

The privileged location of Andalusia offers all the charm of the Mediterranean, with extensive waves of incredible scenery that transform with the sunlight and boast pinewood areas, orchards, forests and villages that appear forgotten in time, alongside areas for hiking and practicing all kinds of sport in the open air; from jogging to windsurfing.

The province is surrounded by the Gador mountain range, the Alhamilla natural area, the Andarax river valley and, of course, Níjar, found in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, in the southern area of the province with hidden coves and salt water springs; perfect for picture-perfect moments.

The capital, Almeria is one of the most colourful and lively areas of Andalusia. Amongst all the best museums, the one in Almeria offers some of the best prehistoric archaeological objects in the province. Also worth a visit is the Andalusian Centre of Photography as well as the Movie House where John Lennon fans can enjoy some of the musician’s past relics that have graced this land. Right in the city centre, next to the cathedral, you will discover the Guitar Museum and the Club de Mar where the Faluca is displayed, a replica of the boat from the 10th and 14th centuries.

In terms of theatre, Cervantes, Apollo and the Maestro Padilla Auditorium are amongst the most beautiful, architecturally-speaking, and are the most-visited in Almeria. To see the city in all its splendor, the best time is the last week of August when the most historical festivity is celebrated: the festival of the Virgen del Mar.

In the Cabo de Gata zone, culture is swapped with stunning nature. Here, visitors can appreciate the beautiful landscapes encased by the sea and terrain. The sunlight and games played on this terrain have converted it into a unique place, captivating thousands of visitors throughout history. Its excellent transport networks and tourist services of its outskirts have turned it into a recommendable destination, especially for those travelling with children or friends. Hotels in Retamar and El Toyo are the most popular to stay at and they offer very competitive rates.

In Almeria don’t miss out on:

  • The evening of San Juan, with many bonfires and dancing on the beaches till the sun comes up.
  • Sceneries for one of the most worldwide famous spaghetti westerns and the Movie House.
  • The Alcazaba, a fortress of arab origin which, to this day, still shows perfectly what life was like during this muslim period.
  • Hayrán’s Wall, one of the most spectacular historical monuments in all of Spain.
  • The Cabo de Gata Lighthouse, surrounding which you will discover lots of beautiful cliffs and small coves that boast crystal-clear waters.
  • The Almeria promenade which is the best place for relaxing on the terraces and enjoying a tapas or an afternoon coffee.

When it comes to choosing a hotel, the best are located in the south, in the zone of Níjar, like the Cabogata Garden Hotel & Spa and the Cabogata Mar Garden Hotel & Spa, which can both be found in El Toyo, at the doors of the Natural Park. Also, there is Almeria city centre if you wish to visit a quiet city, with reasonably-priced hotels and hostels with great services. We recommend you hire a car or travel with your own if you are hoping to really immerse yourself in the destination’s charm. Andalusia’s or Almeria’s official tourism websites offer more detailed information on useful questions and experiences.