On our return to Hostal Marino in July 2020, after a couple of years of absence, we came across a few changes.
The outside of the hostal had completely changed.
This, I believe, was for local legislation regarding balconies being made more secure and slightly higher.
But inside was the biggest change, the swimming pool was not there anymore!
This is because, the hosta, are building a new 27 room 4-star hotel in the space next door, which is taking part of the area where the swimming pool was. The new hotel will have a swimming pool on the roof and guests at Hostal Marino will be able to use it. There...
This little offspring of Cambio de Tercio, just along the road, is a lively little tapas bar specialising in sherry and Jamón but also serving other delicious tapas.
From the small menu you can try:
The wonderful 5J Cinco Jotas Jabugo Jamón Iberico de Bellota or the chorizos and other charcuterie.
The patatas bravas here are served in all of their 4 restaurants and tapas bars. Small new potatoes are hollowed out and filled with smooth tomato bravas sauce, topped with a luscious dollop of spiky alioli.
This restaurant is located in a the old part of town in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, very close to the old market, the Mercado de Abastos de Santiago (from which they stock on a daily basis).
This trendy and contemporary restaurant has two areas. A casual, wine and tapas bar on the ground floor
And a more formal, small but cosy dining room on the first floor of this old house
From here you can enjoy a new take on Galician dishes from the open kitchen. Also, there is a small outside patio to sit for a pleasant lunch or evening meal when the weather lets you.
Our initial reason for going on this trip was to see the almond blossom but unfortunately, we were a little too early, so we spent our time in and around the town. Plasencia, which is a walled market city in the province of Cáceres in Extremadura, has a population of around 40,000.
Situated on the bank of the Jerte River, Plasencia has an historic quarter that is a consequence of the city's strategic location along the Silver Route, or Ruta de la Plata, guarding the entrance to the Jerte valley.
Since the 15th century, the noblemen of the region began to move to Plasencia, defini...
On our recent trip to La Rioja we decided to take a pinchos bar crawl down the famous Calle Laurel in Logroño. These were our favourite bars and bites on this very busy and pleasant evening in December.
Travesía de Laurel, 1, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja
Quite literally a hole in the wall and very easy to walk past. The very traditional Bar Cid has vines and grapes dangling from the wooden beam ceiling, above the same duo of old men hanging out at the bar every night.
Serving up one pincho only, grilled mushrooms (setas a la plancha).
We came to Canto, which is a recent creation of Simon Shaw of El Gata Negro Tapas fame, on an unusually sunny Sunday Lunchtime In Manchester, for a meal, before going to the football at Old Trafford later that day.
You will find this younger sibling of Simon‘s, in the heart of Manchesters latest to be redeveloped neighbourhood, Ancoats, on Cutting Room Square.
It is quite a stunning, large space, with blue Portuguese tiles, which reminded me of a recent visit to Braga.
They use the finest seasonal ingredients, sourced locally and from Europe creating small dishes, great for sharing.
This rather scruffy fishing village of Barbate along the southern coast of Spain near Cádiz, has been fishing bluefin tuna using the same methods for well over 3,000 years. This traditional tuna fishing method, known as almadraba, is famous throughout Spain for catching the country’s most popular tuna.
The almadraba season is in May and June. Small fishing boats attached to giant round nets float in an ever-widening circle in the narrow Gibraltar strait between Africa and Europe. As the circle widens, the nets become taught, drawing the tuna closer and closer to the surface. When silvery fins start flashi...
This is an Interesting restaurant in the middle of Almería, heading down towards the port area. It is set in an alleyway off the main street and was full of locals on the evening we attended, which is always a good sign.
There are tables outside in the alleyway and a restaurant in a room at the back and tall tables with stalls in the bar area
They serve a very varied menu, including Almería’s typical traditional dishes and specialities of the house.
With every drink, in our case, a copa de cava (€4.50) you get to choose a tapa from the free tapa menu.
We had good lomo a la antigua (old fashioned pork te...
This is an excellent spot for tapas, at the bar or a full blown meal in the restaurant. There nearly always seems to be a queue confirming the quality of food you will find here. The above picture was taken at nearly 2 am.
The food here should satisfy all gourmet requirements, thanks to the opulence and variety of its menu.
Also, it is open later then most bars, I believe orders are taken until 1.30 am, so good to know if you fancy a late bite.
We rolled up at midnight on a Tuesday to find the bar area still packed to the rafters. After ten minutes we managed to find a seat at the bar on the left of...