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Top 5 Most Delicious Spanish Dishes

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Spain is famous for its delicious cuisine. If you are planning a trip to Spain or simply dining at your local Spanish restaurant, these are some Spanish dishes that you should not miss.

Paella (as seen above)
This delicious rice dish is one of Spain’s signature dishes and can be enjoyed either as a main meal or as a side dish. The dish is traditionally made with saffron rice with seafood such as prawns, calamari, mussels and fish, although meat versions are also available. One of the great things about paella is that the variations are almost endless and it can be cooked with onions, olives, tomatoes, chillies, mushrooms or just about any combination of meat, fish and vegetables that you like.

Cochinillo Asado
For a really decadent dinner, roast baby pig is a mouth watering option and features a crispy rind with juicy meat on the inside. The best place in Spain to sample cochinillo asado is Segovia.

Chorizo
This spicy sausage is rich and delicious and makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Chorizo is usually served thinly sliced and cold or cut into pieces and cooked in wine or cider and is delicious with fresh bread or Spanish-style potatoes. Many bars in Spain serve chorizo as a snack and this sausage is great with a glass of locally made beer or wine, while it can also be eaten for breakfast with a traditional Spanish egg dish.

Fried Milk
This sweet treat is called leche frita in Spanish and is a traditional Spanish dessert that features a cold and firm milk pudding centre contrasted with a warm and crunchy coating of flour and egg that is dusted with cinnamon and sugar. This dessert is sometimes flavoured with lemon or orange and can be eaten at any time of the day.

Patatas Bravas
This satisfying potato dish is the perfect accompaniment to dishes such as chorizo and cochinillo asado and features chucks of fried potatoes smothered in a spicy tomato sauce. There are several variations of patatas bravas just waiting to be enjoyed in Spain such as potatoes served with ali oli garlic sauce or paprika.

Stunning Natural Views – Majorca’s Nature Parks

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by admin No Comments

Majorca’s Nature Parks

Check out the Majorca’s nature parks and discover naturalistic delights and surprises, with spectacular landscapes to enchant the eye and the spirit.

S’Albufera Nature Reserve
S’Albufera bird sanctuary in North East Majorca accommodates over 200 species of birds, including the giant cormorant and the fisher eagle. There are 400 species of flora here and eels abound in the waterways. Officially declared a Special Protection Area for Birds in 1987, it is the most significant wetlands area in the Balearic Islands.

S’Albufereta de Pollensa Nature Reserve
This lovely spot in the Alcudia area on the Es Grau estuary acts as stopping and nesting grounds for migrating birds such as the yellow wagtail and the purple gallinute. Visitors must keep to the main coast road as much of the park is private property.

The Llevant Peninsula
This hilly peninsula covered in shrub and heather in the North East is ideal for hiking and bird-watching. Hiking trails lead you to the splendid views from the hilltop. It is possible to stay overnight in a mountain refuge. These hills encompass diverse habitats, including pyrophytic (fire-resistant) flora.

Mondrago
Mondrago, in the South East, is an extraordinary mix of wetlands, which attract migratory birds, and white sandy beaches, which attract tourists. There is room for all! The Mediterranean tortoise was successfully reintroduced into this remarkable marine environment; the sea here is the colour of sparkling sapphires.

The Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park
This archipelago off the South coast, ten kilometres from Cape Salinas, lies in transparent uncontaminated waters. These islands, with typical Mediterranean vegetation and sea pines, annually host roughly 130 species of migratory birds. The protected marine area accommodates turtles, whales and rare fish species in underwater caves.

Sa Dragonera
This small uninhabited island covered in olive groves lies off the South West coast of Majorca. Gulls and cormorants nest on the high cliffs on the North side, including Andouin’s gulls which are a protected species. The crystal sea, the sea bed dotted with coral and flourishing marine life, attracts snorkelers and scuba divers. The indigenous ‘wall lizard’, the Sargantana, is found only here.