Laying Low in Sanxenxo
One part of Spain that we really wanted to experience but had yet to visit was Galicia. The autonomous community of Galicia is in the northwest corner of the country along the Atlantic ocean. Galicia is part of “green” Spain, a name given to the north coast of Spain because its wet, mild Oceanic climate…
Hasta La Vista, Valencia!
At the end of our summer in Prague we headed back to Valencia, this time to say Goodbye. We loved our time in Spain and can’t imagine we could have chosen a more beautiful city than Valencia. Our time there was never meant to be longterm, but a starting point in our early retirement. It…
Valencia’s Beer – Turia Märzen
When in Spain, we like to drink Spanish beer. To keep things even more local, we like to drink Valencian beer in Valencia. Nowadays, we can find any number of locally brewed craft beers such as Tyris, La Socarrada, or Antiga Artesana. But long before that, Turia Märzen was the local beer. It was named…
Dénia, Spain: Food Crawling in a City of Gastronomy
The seaside town of Dénia sits on a piece of Spain’s Costa Blanca jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea just over 100 km south of Valencia. It may be a charming beach resort, but perhaps the best reason to visit Dénia is for the food. The tagline on Dénia’s tourism website is City of Gastronomy for good…
Village Life in Castilla y León: How We Ate and Drank Like Cavemen
Not like prehistoric cavemen. We were more like “wine-cavemen,” sitting underground feasting on the wine and food of northern Spain. Northwest of Madrid is the region of Castilla y León. It is the largest autonomous community in Spain, formed in the year 1230 when the kingdom of León and the kingdom of Castile were permanently merged…
Welcoming Summer with Cherry Chipotle Gazpacho
The Spanish cherry season starts at the beginning of May and piles of them have made their way into the markets in Valencia. One of our favorite ways to use them is in this Cherry Chipotle Gazpacho, a delicious variation of the classic cold summer soup.
Craft Beer and Fun in Xátiva Spain
A day trip to Xátiva last Spring convinced us that there was a lot more to this town than we could experience in one day. Importantly, our favorite Spanish craft beer brewer is located in Xátiva. We finally returned to take a tour of the La Socarrada Brewery. This time we were armed with friends…
A Street of Tapas Bars in El Grao, Valencia
We’ve been on a seaside kick lately, developing an affection for the quiet streets and the funky, unpretentious neighborhood bars of Valencia’s Poblados Marítimos (Poblats Maritimos) district. The El Grao barrio (called El Grau in Valenciano) is part of the maritime district. It is a small barrio sitting next to Cabanyal and incorporating the sea port…
Cava, Comida, y Canción: A Night at the Opera in Valencia
Cava, Comida, y Canción. Sparkling wine, food, and song. There’s just something about getting fancied up and going to the opera that makes for a special evening out. A night at the opera is a great way to indulge in the cultural scene of Valencia. The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía opera house…
Anyora Bodega: It’s Offally Delicious!
Some restaurants just feel right as soon as you walk in the door. Anyora Bodega was like that for us. They welcomed us to sit at the long bar, where a dozen people can have a drink or order from the full menu. The comfortable and traditional decor made us feel like we had walked…