It will come as no surprise to wine buffs that Galicia is home to several enjoyable vine varieties. Across this green corner of north-western Spain there are five main denominations of wine: Monterrei, Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, Ribeiro and Valdeorras. Although not as internationally renowned as the Rioja or Ribera del Duero regions per se, Galicia is nevertheless experiencing a renaissance in its wine industry, thanks in part to the soaring popularity of the Albariño wines from the Rías Baixas region.
When wandering around a Spanish city for the first time, one of the most pleasurable experiences on offer is to discover the wonderful delicacies in its local markets. Travellers who enjoy the life, bustle and particularly rich ambience of such indoor markets are spoilt for choice in the city of A Coruña, whose markets are exciting gastronomic havens often housed in spectacular, grand buildings.
The Valencian Community, like many other regions in Spain, stands out for its varied and exceptional cuisine, which, unsurprisingly, is best appreciated during celebrations such as Christmas. A wide range of dishes and traditional ingredients are used throughout the region made up of Valencia, Alicante and Castellón.
No visit to the lush green landscapes of Galicia would be complete without tasting the region’s delicious food and fine wines. Thanks to the province’s long coastline seafood features prominently on the menus in cities such as Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo. For this reason, visitors should arm themselves with a fork, an empty stomach and a spirit of culinary adventure – for the gastronomy is a rich and exciting one.
Given that Citania is located in the heart of A Coruña, a leading cultural and commercial centre in the northern Spanish region of Galicia, a title like the one above would normally relate to the fact that this region enjoys some of the finest cuisine in Spain. Rich in ingredients of the sea and the land, Galicia’s kitchen is one that can build on the very best materials endowed with a rich culture and ancient traditions at one of Europe’s crossroads.
Fiesta Mayor de Bétera/La Mare de Déu D’Agost: August 15. The town of Bétera, which lies to the east of the Campo del Turia region in the province of Valencia, will celebrate on 15 August the festival of ‘la Asunción de la Virgen’, the assumption of Mary. This festival has many names, known in Valencian as ‘Festa de la Mare de Déu d’Agost’, or ‘Festa de les Alfàbegues’ (Basil festival) or simply, ‘Festes d’Agost’ (August festival). These festivities date back to the 15th century and go on for 11 days, which are filled with traditional ceremonies and events.
Since the first flamboyant parades of the Feria de Julio graced Valencia’s streets on 21 July 1871, every year the city continues to pay hommage to this traditional festival with a wide variety of entertainment. The programme varies every year according to tastes of participants and new advances in design and scenery techniques. This year the local council of Valencia has organised a range of activities to be enjoyed by both Valencianos and tourists, from all over Spain and around the world.
Some of those attending Luxury Real Estate’s 7th Annual International Symposium at the end of January were still a little groggy from cross-continental flights when they arrived on the Monday evening, but minor cases of jet lag were soon cured when local agents Inmobiliaria Rimontgó, who hosted the Valencia conference with LRE, introduced the international gathering of delegates to one of Valencia’s worst kept secrets: Casa Montaña.
From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February, Asociación VidaSana will be hosting the fourth annual BioCultura, the ecological food fair promoting responsible gastronomy and feasible, healthy and fair food production at Valencia Feria. Asociación VidaSana believes that ‘bio’ is the future, especially since this is a market that continues to grow and develop despite the global economic crisis. The organisation reports that even though Spain has more hectares devoted to organic production than any other EU state, the Spanish are not regular consumers of organic food and need to be better informed, educated and provided for to ensure their continued physical and mental health.
Only a few days left now until Valencia’s much anticipated 15k run, a sport event which will captivate athletic enthusiasts, most of all those who are busy preparing to tackle this half-marathon. During the upcoming weekend, 15th-17th February, the city of Valencia will dress to impress for this exceptional event, which will be celebrated for the first time in the capital of Turia.
With its stunning coastline and beautiful landscapes, Jávea is an enchanting destination any time of the year, but on Valentine’s Day the town really shows its romantic side. This year, Jávea has thought of everything you need to make it a special day and shows that romance is well and truly alive on the Costa Blanca!
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