Albondigas can be found in almost every tapas bar in Spain throughout the year, and are typically served piping hot, but cool down remarkably quickly outside of the pot. Most bars will have their own slightly different recipe so visitors to Spain shouldn’t be afraid to order this tapa as they bar hop and sample local cuisine.
Generally there are two types of sauce the meatballs are cooked in, the rich red tomato sauce, and the gravy style pale garlic sauce albondigas clarasthough this is rarer and in most bars will not be served at all. It is important to realise that the wors ‘tomato sauce’ do not do justice to the flavour of the sauce, this is not ketchup, it is a delicious tomato and olive oil based sauce that is quite unique to this recipe. Continue reading Albondigas – Spanish Meatballs in Tomato Sauce – Classic Recipe
18 holes, Par 72, and 6,168 metres, Costa del Sol Golf Course
Almenara Golf Course in Spain was designed by Dave Thomas in 1999. Set around lakes and Cork Oak trees. Greens already accepted as being of tournament quality. A future classic course.
Almenara Golf Club extends its activities to golf tourism. Almenara is the first complex which has provided for golf courses and Hotels, located between the Valderrama and San Roque courses. The Almenara course, opened in the Spring of 1999, has been built over very hilly terrain and the Dave Thomas layout adds even more difficulties with narrow fairways and typical high lipped fairway bunkers, which catch anything hit off target. Continue reading Almenara Golf Course **** Costa del Sol
Gorgeous little family owned bed and breakfast in one of the Serranía’s prettier villages, El Gastor, around 10 minutes drive from Ronda and conveniently located to explore the natural wonders of the Sierra de Cadiz or the white villages of Andalucia.
El Gastor Village Lodgings bed and breakfast, operated by husband and wife duo Jackie and John McAngus is has two double rooms and a cosy family suite with two rooms, a double and a twin. Rooms are decorated in a variety of lovely styles and if required a baby cot or extra bed can be added.
Booking information here… Continue reading El Gastor Village Lodgings B&B, El Gastor
Population – 60,266
Distance from Malaga airport: 16 Miles (25KM)
Fuengirola Tourist Office
Fuengirola is a well established resort on the Costa del Sol that has a rich Andalucian flavour which offers and extensive stretch of coastline with many wonderful beaches to enjoy the peach and quiet of the mediterranean. There is a wide range of infrasctructure to Fuengirola including golf courses, riding centers, leisure parks, hotel complexes, markets, restaurants, bars and a varied cultural calendar of events.
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A formidable looking fortress, this is in fact the Holy Spirit Church, and is one of Ronda’s notable churches. It is unique in being part of the original fortified walls of the old city, in fact the church was built on the destroyed foundations of an octagonal tower used by the moors to defend the gate and walls in this part of Ronda. Continue reading Espiritu Santo
Here’s a nice little vegetarian dish with a hint of spice and more than a whiff of history to it. Let’s get the ingredients together, then we’ll have the history lesson! Continue reading Moros y Cristianos (Beans and Rice)
The Hotel Arco de la Villa sits right on the edge of the mountain in the beautiful white village Zahara de la Sierra, very close to the old Moorish fortress, and surrounded by the Grazalema Natural Park. Built in 1998, the hotel provides comfortable accommodation and views of the lake at Zahara that cannot be matched.
Sixteen double rooms and one single room are offered, all rooms being air conditioned, and include a television, phone, and Wi-Fi Internet. Within the hotel there is a restaurant serving local cuisine, and in the village guests will find a decent range of other restaurants including modern contemporary styles. Reception is manned 24 hours, with staff knowledgeable about the local area.
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Flamenco music has it’s origins in ancient Andalucian history, possibly well before the Moorish settlements, and is believed by most experts to be a complex amalgam of Iberian, Arabic, Shepherdic, and Gitano musical styles that really matured after the reconquest of 1492, and then over the next few centuries. Over the last millenium Flamenco has spread to the rest of Spain and the former Spanish colonies in Central and South America.
Fantastic flamenco guitar concerts with Celia Morales in Ronda here… Continue reading Flamenco in Ronda