Zahara de los Atunes: Sun, Sea and Seafood in Southern Spain Reply

Zahara los Atunes

In south-west Spain, Kevin Gould celebrates laid-back beach life, plus meat and fish delicacies, in the foodie hangout of Zahara de los Atunes

The–She is Sahara of the Tuna, and you come for her deserted beaches and crowded fish restaurants, and for her beach shack chiringuitos in which to boogie the hot night away. Here in Cadiz province, Zahara de los Atunes lies between Cape Trafalgar and Spain’s southernmost nipple at Tarifa, 40 minutes to the south. Where Tarifa is bliss for spliffed-up surfers and world-weary dreadlocked hippies, Zahara is more innocent, a let-it-all-hang-out family destination. It is also one that has carved a part in the heart of the Spanish food lover with its devotion to the red tuna (Atlantic bluefin tuna, famed for its rosy flesh) and the red-skinned Retinto cow.

In this land that so honours the pig, Zahara’s red tuna is granted the title “the ibérico of the sea”. As ever, Spain can leave the dedicated vegetarian feeling hungry – even the plainest of mixed salads here will include fat chunks of tuna, “for flavour!” we were told. Your pomaded open-shirted playa type tends to prefer Atlanterra, a slick purpose-built beach resort two kilometres south of town, but Zahara itself is Spain’s far south at her authentic, relaxed best.



Spain Wants to Ban Drunk Walking. What Next for Pedestrians? 1

drunk in Spain

The Spanish proposal to crack down on dangerous walking by reclassifying pedestrians as ‘users of the road’ is the latest salvo in an old turf war between cars and the people they hit–Drunk tourists staggering down Spanish streets at night might need to pay more attention this summer. In a crackdown on dangerous walking, Spain’s Directorate General of Traffic plans to introduce breathalyser tests for pedestrians. They also suggest introducing an off-road speed limit for joggers. The proposals, buried among other road safety suggestions, would give pedestrians responsibilities akin to drivers – and ought to inspire other new laws in their footsteps.

Might we see other similar laws follow on their heels? Shortsighted people could be charged for leaving the house without their glasses, for instance. Walking and texting (and the associated crime of “moving like a robot”, as one Australian study described the result) might see you fined. You could get a ticket for wearing any clothing that is eye-catching enough to distract drivers – something Rome already gamely tried to introduce in its aborted 2008 miniskirt ban.


Rick Stein’s Food Paradise Spain 1/4 Reply

Rick Stein Spain

British chef, restaurant owner and culinary media star presents the best series we have seen on authentic Spanish food. It might have been called “Spanish food without liquid nitrogen.” It’s four insightful and delightful hour-long chapters, so you’d be advised to mix yourself a drink, put your feet up and enjoy it to the full. Here’s the first one:

Nineteen Sangría Recipes Reply

Grapefruit sangria Spain

It’s time to hone your mixology and practice your Spanish!

Huffington–Si acaso hay una bebida clásica del verano, que recuerde al verano, que tenga sabor a verano, esa es la sangría.  No hay experto dominguero que se precie que no tenga su receta perfecta de la sangría: que si con vermú, que sin con melocotón, que si el hielo va al final… Nuestros compañeros de HuffPost Taste, amantes de los cócteles creen que hay tantas recetas como personas, más aún siendo una bebida tan sencilla y refrescante. Como ellos mismos dicen, la mayor parte de recetas de sangría son bastante simples: vino+fruta+hielo (+ a veces brandy, vermú…). Y a partir de ahí, hay mucho con lo que se puede experimentar.


Homeless Tours Reveal a Hidden Side of Barcelona Reply

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Ann Sewell writes for All–Barcelona in Spain is an emblematic and popular city for tourists, but it also has a hidden side – homeless people living on its streets. Ramón Holgado, 64, was homeless. He used to sleep on the streets. But this Christmas he decided to improve his plight, and now takes visitors to Barcelona on homeless-themed tours of the streets in which he used to merely exist. He tells tourists the history of the city and shows them some of the popular spots, but Holgado also gives visitors an insight into what the economic crisis has done to this emblematic city. He shows them examples of the poverty residents are suffering through and introduces them to the homeless of Barcelona.

Holgado has an interesting history, as he was previously a chef in a posh New York City restaurant. He decided to return home to Spain but after losing his father and brother and suffering a breakdown, ended up on the streets. He explains how one is constantly exposed to thieves, addicts and other homeless people on the streets and can so easily sink into a rut that’s difficult to climb out of. But he managed to scrape together enough money to share a small rented apartment and hopes to live a better life.


Clive Martin for Eye-biza Almost Finishes Me Off Reply

Ibiza fun lovers

The Spanish text that accompanies the video refers to “a vacation destination for Anglo-Saxons avid for sunshine and venereal diseases…” The presenter refers, inevitably, to the Ibizan club scene, as “Sodom and Gomorrah,” but it seems to us that this version of Ibiza is to the biblical S&G what Walmart is to Harrods.–Clive Martin presents this video as part of the VICE/THUMP Big Night Out series. For some reason he refers to Ibiza as “Eye-biza,” a detail which sets the tone for the whole show. Ostensibly a program about night life on the Spanish island of Ibiza, this half-hour documentary is also a light-weight anthropological study of the colorful young British adepts of “clubbing,” not as in clubbing baby seals but as in dance clubs promoted by roving troupes of costumed (and not-so costumed) shills called “promo girls.”


Living in a Cave in Rural Granada Reply

Cave home Baza

Andrew Allen writes for NY, BAZA, Spain — It was a desire to experience what Danielle Dupeux called a more “primordial” way of living that prompted her and her husband to create a cave house in rural Granada. Primordial it may be, but it is hardly cramped. The house sprawls across more than 800 square meters, about 8,600 square feet, on two levels underground. Ms. Dupeux, an artist and a native of France, and her husband, Andre Malby, an alternative-medicine practitioner, were already living in southern Spain when Mr. Malby convinced his wife that they should look for a cave house.

While such dwellings exist throughout Europe, they are particularly common — and in demand — in Granada Province. A 2007 report by the provincial government, the most recent official tally available, said that in 2002, there were 11,795 such properties in the province and 5,838 of them were occupied.


Spain’s Great Match, NY, 2014 Reply

 Spains Great Match

The Big Annual Spanish Food/Wine/Design Show in New York

Flicks and–The Trade Commission of Spain announced the 21st annual Spain’s Great Match event for October 8th in New York’s iconic IAC Building. This collaborative extravaganza of Spanish culture celebrates the distinctive wines, food and design of Spain.

More than 300 wines representing the varietals and wine regions of Spain were featured in a walk-around tasting format. American importers and distributors of Spanish wines presented their best products, including new wines and the latest vintages, to wine industry professionals and consumers.

During the afternoon, members of the wine trade and press were also invited to tutored regional tasting seminars. In the evening, the event was open to the public and featured, along with the wine stations, offerings from some of New York City’s best Spanish restaurants and tapas bars.


Spain Crosses Its Fingers for El Gordo Lottery’s €2.24bn Prize Money Reply

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Señora Patricia, the lottery seller who sold the winning ticket to the people of Sodeto

‘World’s unluckiest man’ to release documentary about small Spanish village of Sodeto where all but one shared in jackpot

James Badcock writes from Madrid for The–Costis Mitsotakis was dubbed the world’s unluckiest man when he became the only resident of the tiny Spanish village of Sodeto not to win a share of the €740m (£579m) top prize from the annual El Gordo – the “Fat One” – Christmas lottery in 2011. But even as Spain collectively crosses its fingers Monday for the announcement of this year’s winners of the €2.24bn (£1.75bn) total prize money, the Greek-born film-maker insists that not winning was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to him. “It was like a gift from heaven, as if someone had given me the perfect script,” he said.

For the past three years, Mitsotakis has been working on a documentary following the lives of Sodeto’s 75 farming families who were all touched by Christmas lottery magic after the village’s housewives’ association sold tickets door to door, all with the winning number – 58268.


Top 5 Retirement Cities In Spain Reply

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Each year, International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index ranks and rates the best retirement destinations in the world, taking into consideration real estate, retiree benefits, cost of living, ease of integration, entertainment and amenities, healthcare, retirement infrastructure, and climate. Spain ranked number five in this year’s Index, scoring well across the board, and especially in real estate (with a score of 91 out of 100), entertainment and amenities (96), healthcare (91), and retirement infrastructure (93).

Spain is a popular tourist destination because of its climate, natural beauty, warm and engaging people, cuisine, festivals, and miles of coastline.  Retirees can enjoy these benefits, plus a low cost of living and a well-developed national health system. Here, we take a peek at five of Spain’s top retirement cities.