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Trip To Galicia

Mo & Ali Segovia

Mo & Ali Segovia

Ant & Sal in Segovia

Ant & Sal in Segovia

Our first stop was Segovia, north of Madrid – a beautiful city with a stunning cathedral and Roman aquaduct.

Segovia Cathedral

Segovia Cathedral

The walled city is perched on a rock rising out of the surrounding Castillian plains, and is a maze of narrow streets dotted with Roman monuments and noble mansions.

Mo & Ant Segovia

Mo & Ant Segovia

We stayed one night in a converted monastery within walking distance of the old town.

Wow Beef Rib En Route

Wow Beef Rib En Route

Then on to A Pobra de Trives, near Ourense in rural Galicia, after an interesting drive north west through spectacular scenery. No postcards here (well no shops, actually), so just a couple of snapshots of the hotel, which was a luxuriously converted old manor house on a farm, set in beautiful lush pastures, woodland and lakes.

Converted Old Manor

Converted Old Manor

Manor Views

Manor Views

Very green with lots of livestock, the cows and goats with bells so the herdsman can find them to bring them home. So peaceful, and no English spoken – popular area for walking holidays, but few foreign tourists come here so we were something of a curiosity!

Manor Gardens

Manor Gardens!

Mo's Space Ship!

Space ship!

Our next stop was Vigo

Escudos Hotel

Escudos Hotel

A busy commercial port on the south coast of Galicia (not far from the border with Portugal).
The city itself was busy and a bit touristy as many cruise liners stop here. But our hotel was a delightful, peaceful haven overlooking the estuary, another lovely old building with gardens down to the beach and all mod cons – we got a free upgrade to a huge suite overlooking the estuary.

Escudos View

Escudos View

Escudos Gardens

Escudos Gardens

There are lots of traditional fishing villages in the many inlets, and summer resorts popular with Spanish holidaymakers. And fantastic seafood restaurants – every conceivable type of shellfish is caught or farmed off this coast.

Seafood Lunch

Seafood Lunch

From Vigo, we visited Santiago de Compostella.
The buildings, especially the cathedral, were spectacularly ornate though rather gloomy.

Not difficult to imagine the throngs of pilgrims there in the Middle Ages, and what an awesome sight it must have been for them. We didn´t get to pay our respects at St James´s reliquary as the queue was several hours long.

Then on to La Coruña for 2 nights – this is where the Armada set sail from and the site of many historic sea battles and sieges. Another busy port on a rocky islet linked to mainland by a narrow strip of sand. Two sleepless nights in a beachfront hotel in sweltering heat – the only bad hotel choice I had made when I booked them all on the internet. The “English weather” we had been promised did not materialise, it was sunny every day and only a few drops of rain during the whole trip. More spectacular coastline, maritime museum and aquarium. The Costa del Muerte (coast of death) is here, very rugged coastline where many ships foundered on the rocks, and Cape Finisterre (heard of in the shipping forecast, always wondered where it was!). Finis Terra in Spanish, means “the end of the world”, which of course it was until Christopher Columbus came back. We celerbrated Mo’s birthday in the famous El Coral seafood restaurant.

Mo's Birthday Bash at El Coral

Mo’s Birthday Bash at El Coral

From La Coruña we drove into the Picos de Europa, a spectacular mountain range in the province of Asturias, only 18 miles from the sea. A wonderful drive through deep gorges cut by gushing mountain rivers. It was a Sunday, and the area was busy with Spanish holidaymakers and day-trippers, every little town had canoes, bikes or horses for hire and there were hundreds of families enjoying a day out on the river and picnicking under the trees. We stayed overnight in Covadonga, a small village in the mountains with another spectacular church, huge monastery and convent.

Church close up

Church close up

Another pilgrimage site, to a shrine carved out in the rocks to the Virgin of the Battlefield.

Covadonga Shrine

Covadonga Shrine

Covadonga Cave

Covadonga Cave

Woodlands

Woodlands

Church in Covadonga

Church in Covadonga

The legendary battle of Covadonga (not heard of it? Shame on you ….. neither had we!) took place here in 722, when Don Pelayo defeated the Moors and heralded the start of the Spanish Reconquest.

Mo & Ant Covadonga

Mo & Ant Covadonga

Next stop was near to El Burgo in Castilla-Leon. Lots of old fortified towns and villages and lofty castles en-route, this being the oldest kingdom in Spain.

Rope Bridge En Route to Meseta

Rope Bridge En Route to Meseta

Then on through the “Meseta” – the vast central plains with acres and acres of arable farms, but strangely empty of people. We stayed in a delightful former convent in a quaint walled town where the locals looked at us as if we´d just landed from another planet!

On through more meseta to another walled town at Mora de Rubielos, near to Teruel. A beautiful small town with mediaeval origins, immaculately cared for. Exploring the maze of narrow streets revealed beautiful historic town houses with balconies hung with bright geraniums.

Sally and I walked the stations of the cross to the shrine at the top of the fortified hill with a lovely view of the town below.

Mora de Rubielos Shrine

Mora de Rubielos Shrine

One of the locals chatted animatedly with Maurice, in sign language, about how cold it is there in the winter, like England! They do get lots of snow in winter and there are ski resorts in the mountains nearby.

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Mora de Rubielos

Local stonework

Local stonework

And then home to Moraira, after 10 days “on the road”, 7 different hotels, and having traveled about 3,000 km. Another huge area of Spain explored, and a breathtaking diversity of scenery, history and traditions experienced, but there is so much more to see ………..

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Posted by on 10/02/2009 07:06:00

Cookery Courses, Platinum Restaurant, Denia

Platinum Restaurant Denia

Platinum Restaurant Denia

This very delightful restaurant will be running cookery courses in January. These will be held on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes and will be for one day each week and will run for six weeks. The cost will be €210. The groups will be small and the course will include 6 first course lunches with wine, 6 cookery sessions and one safety, knife skills. All materials will be supplied. A deposit of €50 will be required when booking.
For more information telephone Karin or Stuart on 96 6433472. The restaurant is located just past the Marina Alta Hospital, on the right.

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Posted by on 01/11/2009 16:47:00

Christmas Cabaret and Dance, El Andaluz, Moraira

Moraira El Andaluz

Moraira El Andaluz

A Christmas Cabaret and Dance will be held in the El Andaluz Restaurant, Moraira on Saturday, 20th December, commencing at 10.30 hours. This restaurant is situated about 150 metres past El Paichi Garden Centre on the left hand side, taking the Benitachell road at the roundabout.
The “Voice of David” will be the vocalist. David has been singing with various bands for many years, including the Lyceum Ballroom, London and also nightly at the Talk of the Coast, Benidorm.

Also performing will be Barry Moon, comedian who has entertained troops in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and Kuwait.

Tickets are €15.0 which includes a Tapas Meal – over 18s only. These are available from El Sid´s, Moraira, Cornish Pride, Moravit, Moraira or telephone Barry on 616 746 995 or David on 634 763 311.

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Posted by on 12/19/2008 14:52:00

Christmas at Benidorm Palace

Christmas

During the month of December there will be special dinners at Benidorm Palace.
The menu consists of pates with toast, cream of fresh vegetable soup, a crown of fresh and smoked salmon with lemon sauce, fillet steak, chef´s special desert and Christmas confectionary. Also included are white, rosé and red wines and champagne.

The price including show is €53.

On Christmas Day there will be a special dinner. This consists of salmon with cheese and herbs, cream soup with almonds, special salad, sorbet of mango and pineapple, fillet steak with golden potatoes and vegetables, Christmas pudding, a bottle of wine between two of either white, rosé or red, champagne and Christmas confectionary.

The price including show is €53.

On Boxing Day there will be a special dinner.

This consists of Salad with three cheeses, cream of leek soup with ham, salmon delights with watercress and mango vinaigrette, apple sorbet, fillet steak in port sauce with roast potatoes, Christmas log with custard, Christmas delights, a bottle of wine for two, white, rosé or red.

The price including show is €53.

There is a grand dinner and gala for New Year´s Eve.

The menu consists of a special pate with salad and rosemary honey, clam soup, lobster salad, lemon with rum, special deserts, Choice of wines, Raimat Chardonet, Mateus Rosé, Tinto Crianza (Rubero del Duero) and champagne. Turrones and Christmas confectionary, Grapes Chocolate with churros early morning Spectacle up to 24 hours Free Bar

The price including show is €160

For any further information and reservations telephone 96 585 16 60

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Posted by on 12/19/2008 14:42:00

Sharky's Fish & Chips, Albir

Sharky's Fish & Chips

Sharky’s Fish & Chips

A very pleasant day can be spent visiting the town of Albir. There is a splendid beach, plenty of shops and restaurants.
For fish and chips Sharky´s is a very good choice. It is situated in Avenida Albir, in the town centre and offers a menu of the day, consisting of cod or haddock with chips, mushy peas or curry sauce, bread and butter, tea, coffee, half lager or half bottle of wine per person. This is only €8.50 or for O:A:P:s it is only €7.50. The fish is good and the chips are freshly cooked and excellent. Other choices are chicken, steak or chicken and mushroom pies with chips, jumbo sausage, chips, and beans, quarter pound burger with chips and salad or cheeseburger, chips and salad, all ranging from €6.50 to €5.00. Desserts are apple pie and custard, ice cream, cheesecake or Mississippi mud pie.

The restaurant is open from 12.0 mid day to 10.0 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, closed on Sundays. You can eat inside or outside if the weather is good.

Their telephone number is 659 026 964.

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Posted by on 12/06/2008 14:23:00

Satari's, Calle Dakar, Moraira

Sataris Moraira

Sataris Moraira

Sataris

Sataris

For a special evening out with excellent dining Satari´s Restaurant can be thoroughly recommended.
To arrive at the restaurant, take the coast road from Moraira towards Calpe and opposite Mas y Mas Supermarket turn right and the restaurant is about 150 metres up on the left hand side.

There is a set menu of €19, consisting of three courses. Drinks are extra. The starters include a delicious fried goat´s cheese served with a salad and exquisite dressing, soup, mushrooms, and many others. Main courses consist of fish, lamb, steak and many others. There is a good choice of deserts. The décor and setting of the restaurant is excellent and the house wine at €13 was superb.

There are special evenings on 14th November, 5th, 13th, and 19th December when the restaurant will be holding a dinner dance with music from the 60´s, 70´s and 80´s. The restaurant is also offering a Special Christmas Menu from 1st December.

The restaurant is open every night from 6.30 p.m. until late but is closed on Wednesday.

It is advisable to book. Their telephone number is 96 574 7134.

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Posted by on 12/02/2008 14:10:00

Special evenings at Monroes Carvery, Moraira, Pedreguer & Benidorm

Monroes Carvery Moraira

Monroes Carvery Moraira

Monroes Carvery Moraira

Monroes Carvery Moraira

The standard menus at Monroes consist of: Lunch specials , Monday – Saturday: Carvery & Dessert at €5.95, Sunday lunch: Choice of starter,, carvery with beef, pork / turkey, choice of dessert, available all day from 12.0 p.m. Monday night is pie night at €5.95, consisting of homemade pies and suet puddings, and a choice of dessert. Early evening special at €7.75, carvery & dessert between 6.0 p.m. and 7.0 p.m. Also at the Benidorm carvery there is Benidorm happy hour Monday to Friday, carvery for €4.95 between 7.0 and 8.0 p.m. At the Moraira Monroes there is a special fish night, with North sea cod, a dessert, all for €5.95, for lunch and evening. Also at Moraira there is a half price carvery special from 8.0 p.m. Monday to Saturday between 3rd November and 23rd December.
A similar meal is offered at Pedreguer but lunch time only. Also at Pedreguer Tuesday night is jazz night, Wednesday night there is Country Western and Rock ´n´ Roll (alternate Wednesdays and on Friday night John Curtis will perform.

On Saturday nights there is jazz swing Combo with Vera Engel and on Wednesday there is John Curtis.

Monroes are also offering a special lunch on Christmas day, consisting of a three course carvery, wine and coffee for €49.50. On Boxing day a similar lunch is offered for €19.50. On New Year´s Eve they are offering a three course carvery, wine and cava at midnight. At the Moraira Monroes there will be live music with Barry Peters, all for €33.

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Posted by on 11/28/2008 11:42:00

Juan VI Restaurant Benitachell

Juan VI Restaurant in Benitachell

Juan VI Restaurant in Benitachell

This restaurant is beautifully appointed and serves very good food. Drive to the crossroads in Benitachell from Moraira, turn right and take the road which forks right about 200 metres from the crossroads. It is immediately on the right.
The restaurant serves a three-course meal including a half bottle of wine per person. Starters include lasagne, eggs Rioja, mushrooms, melon with ham, salad, grilled cheese, beef carpacio, entremeses, soup, smoked salmon, seafood cocktail and spinach pasta. Main courses are monkfish, frogs legs, squid, chicken, partridge, duck confit, lamb chops, quails, spare ribs, lambs liver, entrocote steak, lamb Catalana, filet of pork, and duck breast. Prices for the complete menu, including a desert range from €15.00 to €20.00, depending on the main course chosen. The restaurant is open from 7.0 p.m. until 10.0 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays and also from 1.0 p.m. to 3.0 p.m. on Sundays when suckling pig is available at €21.00.

Their telephone number is 96 649 4196

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Posted by on 11/08/2008 16:06:00

La Cumbre Restaurant

La Cumbre Near Moraira

La Cumbre Near Moraira

View

View

A very pleasant meal can be enjoyed at this restaurant.
This restaurant is beautifully appointed and situated with fabulous views out to sea and on a clear day you can see Ibiza.

The restaurant is now serving its Menu del dia which includes tapas and a three course menu plus a half bottle of wine per person. The price is €14.00 including IVA:

Taspas include pate, salad, scallop gratin, pancakes, and brandade of cod. The first course is cream of pumpkin soup followed by a choice of main courses: Pork stew, Cordon bleu, chicken curry, grilled filet of fish, sole with prawns or salmon with asparagus. Deserts are apple tart , chocolate mousse or fruit.

Their telephone number is 96 649 3213.

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Posted by on 11/05/2008 16:01:00

Moraira El Gaucho Restaurant

El Gaucho Moraira

El Gaucho Moraira

This is a delightful restaurant, offering a three-course menu del dia, including one drink, for €11.50.
The restaurant is situated on the coast road from Moraira to Calpe, about 200 metres past Mas y Mas Supermarket on the left hand side. It is open from 6.30 p.m.

Starters include a selection of pátes, melon with serrano ham, home made soup, Italian salad, house salad and main courses include spare ribs, rabbit, a selection of pizzas and salmon. Sweets are ice cream, different flavours, flan, fruit.

There is also an extensive a la carte menu, offering steaks, fish and pasta.

The owner is also hoping to introduce an evening with live music and dancing. Information when available. Their telephone number is 96 574 92 60.

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Posted by on 11/04/2008 15:58:00