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The History of Spanish Tapas

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Spanish Cuisine. Assorted tapas on ceramic plates.

The History of Spanish Tapas

One of the big trending culinary delights of the modern age is the Spanish tapas menu. You don’t have to go to Madrid or Malaga to experience the idea of ordering small plates of a variety of delicacies and sharing with friends and family. We are all familiar with tapas, but how many of us know where the idea came from? It’s not as easy as you think to pick up the origins, but here are some of the ideas about how it happened.

Myths and legends that surround tapas

If you delve into tapas history the name is associated with Spanish royalty. The idea of which king it was is rather obscure, but one of the stories is that following a long trip, ‘a king’ visited a restaurant in Andalusia and was served wine and cheese. The cheese was put over the glass of wine to protect it from either insects or dust. The word ‘tapadera’ means cover, and from then on the king always asked for tapas whenever he drank wine.
Another story claims the origins of tapas relate to a sick Spanish King, who could only eat small amounts of wine and food to recover. When he was well again, he ordered that all of the restaurants and bars in Castile would serve food in this way.
One legend that didn’t involve Kings relates to peasants in the countryside. To maintain their energy levels, they would eat small snacks regularly with wine while they were working.

Tapas today

In the current modern society, tapas is just known as a Spanish version of enjoying a range of small dishes with wine. For anybody that is visiting Spain, this is one of the great gastronomic delights and every region around the country will have their own version. The classic tapas menu involves fish, meat, eggs, vegetable, and wine. It is served lots of different ways depending where you are eating it.

The importance of tapas

When you think of Spain, tapas is one of the images conjured up and in truth, this has become a part of the country’s national identity. Cities in Spain combat with each other to become known as the best place to eat tapas, but of course, it all comes down to personal choice. The beauty of eating in this way is that no matter what your taste in food, there is always something on the menu that you will like, whether you are eating in Spain or anywhere else in the world.

 

About Cycling in Majorca

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Spanien, Mallorca, Mann und Frau, Radfahren auf der Strae bei Cap de Formentor

 

About Cycling in Majorca

With is dazzling azure ocean, beautiful sandy beaches and dramatic mountain backdrops, Majorca offers some of the most picturesque scenery in the whole of Spain. People who want to explore the area at their own pace while getting fit and having fun will find that cycling is a great way to get around. There are lots of impressive cycle routes to choose from in Majorca and renting a bicycle is relatively easy. here are some things to think about if you are planning to go cycling in Majorca.

When to Try Cycling in Majorca
The winters in Majorca tend to be rather mild and this is a great time of year to try cycling. One of the best things about choosing to go cycling in the winter is that the roads as well as hotels and restaurants tend to be less crowded and visitors should be able to score some great deals as they explore using peddle power.

Choosing the Right Route
There are lots of different cycling routes in and around Majorca to suit all styles and fitness levels. It is worth doing a little research in advance to make sure you know exactly what you are getting into with these cycle routes and will be able to go the distance. Even experienced cyclists would probably do well to start off on gentler routes and work their way up to the more challenging cycles when they have got a feel for cycling in this part of the world.

The Best Cycling Routes
The cycling routes that you choose will depend on the type of cyclist you are, the length of the cycling trips you prefer and your general stamina. Some of the most popular cycling routes in this part of Spain include the route that runs from La Victoria to Alcudia, the enchanting Bahia de Pollensa cycling route the main route that runs along the coast from Porto Cristo to Cala Millor.

Staying Safe
It is important to take along plenty of water, as cycling in Majorca can be rather hot work, even in the winter. Consider wearing a brimmed hat in the summer months as well as plenty of sunscreen so that you don’t even up feeling the burn too much. Remember that people drive on the right hand side in Majorca and the rest of Spain and consider taking along a map or a Smartphone with a map app on it to help guide the way.

Walking in Majorca

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by admin No Comments

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Walking Mallorca; the Mediterranean’s gem

From pristine coastline to magnificent mountain ranges, Mallorca’s natural beauty is fast attracting keen walkers, and finding its way onto the ‘to do’ list of many more. Still, though, Mallorca remains a largely undiscovered paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering quiet trails, great scenery and close contact with nature. Mallorca’s best known trails are concentrated in Mallorca’s two mountain ranges – the Serra de Llevant in the East, and the Tramuntana range in the West. These two unspoilt areas have avoided the trappings of mass tourism, protected not just by the nature of their terrain but also government protection including national park status.

Mallorca offers walking experiences for all abilities, from gentle town and village walks to longer distance hikes. For cliffs and coastal views, the ‘Atalaya de Alcudia’ route is hard to beat, beginning in S’illot on Mallorca’s Easterly coast, gaining height to reach the Atalaya from where spectacular views are possible, before descending to Bon Aire through pine forest. Another highlight of the East is the Cala Torta route to Cala Rajada; expect Mediterranean flowers and scents in Spring.

If it’s peaks you seek, the Sa Retata ridge is an unbeatable choice, with three in store on this circular route. The views are, naturally, panoramic, and offer particularly good views of the islands interior reservoirs. The first viewpoint, L’Ofre, is noted for it’s distinctive cone shape, from where the route continues to Na Francesca and the sparse Sa Retata. Too, the Pilgrim’s Steps walk to the Lluc Monastery offers height on what is Mallorca’s most popular walk. A monastery is also on the menu on the ‘Sa Trapa’ route from the South-Western village S’Aracco.

The list of fantastic walks and possibilities on Mallorca is endless, so it’s lucky Mallorca is a true all year round destination. With mild, only occasionally cold winters, a warm Spring and Summer, and a relatively dry Autumn, the time is always right in Mallorca. Plus, travelling off-season offers additional peace and tranquillity, quiet accommodation, and lower prices. Whilst car hire offers additional flexibility, good public transport (including Mallorca’s famous histoirc railways) means Mallorcan walks are remarkably easily accessible.