Archivo de la categoría: Spain

Ana’s home and the most funny and friendly place we have visited

Comer y beber bien en La Coruña, Galicia (1)

Después de 3 años viviendo en La Coruña tenemos un buen listado de sitios a los que nos encanta ir a comer, cenar o tomar algo. La gastronomía gallega es una pasada y con nuestra humilde lista esperamos ayudaros a disfrutar de lo mejor de esta ciudad en el norte de España.

Los más cercanos a nuestra casa en la Playa de Riazor: 

  • La Consentida: un bar moderno con las típicas “tapas” (tortilla de patatas, croquetas y otros) y algunos platos más que están riquísimos como el risotto o la hamburguesa. El local es chulísimo y está muy cerca de la playa de Riazor y también del centro. [Rúa Alfredo Vicenti, 35] – Visita su web
  • Bar Atlántico 57: Es bar y restaurante en dos pisos que ahora se llaman de forma distinta (arriba el 57 y bajo el andén de Riazor), hoy os hablamos del piso de arriba. Un local también moderno y con las mejores vistas (después de las de nuestro #cukihogarconvistas). Los precios son un pelín más altos pero abordables. Se puede ir solo a tomar una caña, o a comer y cenar. Si queréis comer o cenar cerca del ventanal del mar mejor llamar para reservar. [Av. Buenos Aires, 1. Tlf: 981 26 20 78] – Visita su web
  • Gloria Bendita: aquí podéis comeros desde una caldereta o un arroz con bogavante, hasta una buena carne a la brasa. Todo está riquísimo y bien de precio. Es un sitio de comidas a la vuelta de la esquina derecha bajando de casa. [Rúa Riazor, 2] – Visita su web
  • Five Elephants: para tomar un cafe con una tarta riquísima o para esa copita de placer después de cenar o después de una comida con amigos. [23 Rúa Fernando Macias] – Su página de FB
  • La Olímpica: un sitio divertido y con mucho color, genial para ver un partido con unos amigos sentado en las gradas de madera ante la gran pantalla mientras tomas unas cañas.
donde-comer-en-a-coruña-la-consentida-3
Foto de Cultura Hipster

Tapas en la zona de los vinos:

Desde el comienzo de Calle Estrella hasta la plaza de María Pita tenéis todas las calles peatonales que conocemos como la “zona de los vinos”. Llenas de gente disfrutando de una Estrella Galicia, un Albariño o un Godello acompañado de buen tapeo gallego.

Todos los sitios que están llenos son buenos! Pero por supuesto nosotros tenemos nuestros favoritos (están en orden tal y como los encontraréis si vais paseando desde casa entrando por calle Estrella):

  • Taberna Cunqueiro [Rúa Estrella, 22,]: pulpo riquísimo, buen vino, buen marisco en general. También es bueno para cenar en mesa pero tendréis que reservar. – Visita su web
  • O lagar da Estrella [Rúa Estrella, 14-16]: pan bao con churrasco. – Visita su web
  • Mantelería 3: de pintxos en barra (tipo vasco) – Su página de FB
  • Café Victoria: también de pintxos en barra. Siempre está a tope, pero si encontráis un hueco tiene pintxos muy buenos y el sitio tiene una decoración vintage que me encanta. – Página en tripadvisor
  • La Bombilla [Calle de Torreiro, 6]: súper barato. Pintxo de tortilla, o de filete empanado. – Su página de FB
  • Tapa negra [Rúa Barrera, 32]: también precios bajos. Muy ricas las tostas. – Su página de FB
  • Tasca a Troula [Rúa Barrera, 24]: aquí hay que pedir “un cocodrilo”.

bar-la-bombilla

Hay mucho más, pero os lo contaremos en otro post!!

Baby Moon: etapa 1 Vigo

El verano pasado se nos complicaron bastante los planes de vacaciones que teníamos inicialmente. No solo por la noticia del embarazo sino porque este no fue un embarazo tranquilito y tuvimos que ir cancelando planes e inventando nuevas opciones para finalmente hacer una pequeña baby moon y disfrutar de unos días de viaje juntos y solos antes de la llegada de la pequeña V.

Finalmente hicimos un roadtrip decidiendo sobre la marcha y a un ritmo mucho más relajado del que estamos acostumbrados.

Salimos desde casa en Coruña y teníamos que llegar a casa de los padres de Ana en Elda (Alicante). No queríamos atravesar la península por en medio porque ya lo hemos hecho muchas veces así que bajamos por la costa de Portugal y luego cruzamos España más al sur.

El Road trip por etapas: Primera etapa

Captura de pantalla 2018-04-11 a las 14.55.53.png

Vigo:

En Vigo nos alojamos en el Hotel Axis que queda muy céntrico y tiene una terraza con piscinita con unas vistas estupendas de la ciudad y la entrada de la ría. Un día probamos “La Central” dónde se come de maravilla y el local tiene un ambiente estupendo. Y otro probamos “La Trastienda de Cuatro” por recomendación de una amiga de Vigo, ¡no defraudó en absoluto!

¿Qué visitar en Vigo?

  • Porta do Sol: Porta do Sol es el km 0 de Vigo; la bisagra que une el barrio histórico de Vigo y el Ensanche, las zonas de origen de la ciudad, donde se concentran las fundaciones de arte, centros culturales y museos de Vigo más modernos. Es justo sobre esa línea imaginaria que traza la Porta do Sol donde encontraremos uno de los símbolos de la ciudad: la escultura de Francisco Leiro El Sireno, símbolo de la unión del hombre con el mar.
  • Monte de O Castro: El Monte de O Castro es el origen de Vigo, donde se asentaron los primeros pobladores en los siglos II y III a.C. y cuyos restos se conservan en el Yacimiento Arqueológico. Después, la ciudad creció bajando y subiendo desde O Castro, serpenteando para crear esa orografía única que hace posible tener una montaña en pleno centro de la ciudad: un lujo natural que ofrece las mejores vistas de la ría de Vigo y los atardeceres más bonitos.
  • Playa de Samil: La espectacular playa de Samil invita a detener las horas frente al mar. El Atlántico baña con sus blancas arenas, y la silueta de las islas Cíes y de la isla de Toralla nos muestran con claridad por qué la ría de Vigo es distinta a todas: la propia naturaleza creó las barreras para protegerla, dotando a Vigo de inviernos templados y veranos cálidos, ese famoso microclima: el más soleado y menos lluvioso de toda Galicia. Además en el paseo de la playa hay varias piscinas abiertas para que los niños se diviertan, cosa que se agradece con el océano tan helado y normalmente tan movidito.
  • Barrio de Bouzas: El barrio marinero de Vigo. Allí el acelerado ritmo vigués se detiene y uno parece entrar en un tiempo pasado y relajado. Callejear por su casco antiguo, empedrado y mágico, te permitirá llegar paseando hasta el paseo marítimo: una de las vistas más hermosas de la ría de Vigo. La villa está además llena de animadas terrazas, perfectas para terminar el día viendo atardecer en compañía de las tradicionales tapas: Pescaditos fritos, mejillones, almejas, navajas…o la popular empanada.

Costa da Morte, the death coast in northern Spain

The north of Spain is unknown for most foreigners. It’s so usual to hear different languages when traveling around Andalucia, when sunbathing at the White Coast in Alicante or Valencia, when sightseeing Madrid or Barcelona… but it’s not so usual to find some of this turists in the north.

However, there is one place, or attraction, in the north which is well known around: El Camino de Santiago (the path to Santiago de Compostela). There are several books and films about it and people from all over the World come to try the path, or only a piece of it. Sometimes for religious motives, sometimes as a challenge, but most just to have a different holiday.

During the last year, we’ve being living between Madrid and Galicia, and Galicia is the region in the North-Ovest of Spain (upon Portugal) where Santiago de Copostela is. But Galicia shouldn’t only be famous because of “the camino”. During the last months we’ve learned how amazing can this region be. Today we wanted to show you one of this things: THE “COSTA DA MORTE”

We love the “Costa da Morte”, and we’ve done several routes by car from Coruña, our actual city, to Finisterra and even a little bit down. Stopping at Barrañan Beach, Caion, Muxia; eating the best seafood at Malpica and Roncudo; and enjoing the breathtaking “end of the World” at Finisterre.

 

Some tips:

Eat at Quinito: Is a bar/restaurant at Barrañan beach where you can eat what locals eat: seafood, good fish, tortilla de patata,… and all this having the best views ever!  [Restaurante O Quinito: Calle Punta da Alta, 16, Chamín, 15144 Arteixo]

A beer at Caion beach: if you stop at Caion and you’re lucky with the weather you can take a beer at the “chiringito” on the beach. [Playa de Caión,15146 A Laracha, A Coruña]

Percebes at Roncudo: You can arrive at the “Faro” (light house) and see the white crossings for the “percebeiros” that have died taking these seafood from the rocks. Then, stop in any restaurant of the little town and try them to understand why they are so requested even if they’re really difficult and dangerous to be taken. [Faro Roncudo, 15114 Ponteceso, A Coruña]

Avoid the highways: If you wan’t to enjoy the real Galicia, try to avoid the higway and the big streets, keep the coast as much as possible and pass through the little towns and the fields.

Italian ‘aperitivi’ in Madrid, Spain

The “aperitivo” is like a religion in the north of Italy. So, when I (Ana) was living in Milan and Bologna I used to go almost everyday to do it. Is an afterwork where you pay for the drink (always a little bit expensive in Italy) and then you can eat all you want from the buffet. Sometimes there is not a buffet but they give you some food… like “tapas” in Spain, more or less. But the normal thing is that you have a buffet with some pasta, rice salad, pizza… and more.

In Rome you can find it only in Some places. When Fulvio and I lived there we liked the “Monmart”, and the “Oasi della birra”. Two perfect places to have a good aperitivo in Rome with a lot of food.

But we were not expecting to find Italian aperitivos in Madrid. And not only find them, but realized that they can be even better here cause the drinks are cheaper and the food as good as in Italy.  So if you are in Madrid looking for a good afterwork with food and nice ambient, here you have some of our favorite places:

Aiò:

The owners are form Sardegna, this amazing island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. And they’ve managed to create this place with mediterranean soul in the middle of Malasaña. At the “aperitivo” time you can try their small pizza, pasta, salads and risotto. And at lunch or dinner they have tasteful and cheap Italian menus.

  • Adress:C/ Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 25 (Metro Noviciado, Callao, Santo Domingo)
  • Prize: 4,50€ drinks with aperitivo
  • When: Aperitivo Thursday from 20:30 and from Monday to Thursday pizzetta + spritz 6,90€ until 20:30
  • Web: http://aiomadrid.com/ 
  • Facebook page

 

Pepa Tencha:

A buffet with yummy pasta, some salads, hummus, risotto, and even salmorejo (spanish vegetables cold soup). You can take the aperitivo here from Wednesday to Saturday in a really cool ambient with couches, painted walls and soft lights. If you’re lucky you’ll find there art expos and live shows too.

Aperitivo Pepa Tencha
Italian aperitivo at Madrid, Pepa Tencha
  • Adress: Calle Apodaca 3  (Metro Tribunal)
  • Prize: 4,50€ drinks with aperitivo
  • When: Wednesday-Friday from 21:30
  • Facebook page

Oviedo nights, Asturias

We always feel lucky of having friends around when we travel. This time, at Oviedo, we met our friend Alberto, who’d just moved to this marvelous city in Asturias. We spent one night there with him having a walk around the old city, drinking wine and eating tapas at the “ruta de los vinos” (wine’s route) and having so much fun remembering our time together living in Rome.

Thank you so much Alberto!!

 

 

The Descent of the River Sella, Asturias

Every year, on the first Saturday of August, Asturias hosts this colorful festival which has become one of the major events of world kayaking: The International Descent of the River Sella.

But what we didn’t know was that you can always go down the river Sella with a kayak and have a bunch of fun!

Think at it like a sport and adventure experience, but with music, sidra and Asturian food. Yes! That’s possible when you paddle downstream dressed with an ugly wetsuit and with all your money, iphones, cameras and even your shoes in a tight closed cub (to prevent water from wet everything).

The thing works like this: you just need to approach one of the thousands of shops in Ribadesella, Arriondas or Cangas de Onis that plan adventure experiences, most of them do only this “down the Sella” thing.  The cost is 20€ per person an it includes the pick up to the start point and from the end line, the material, and a picnic that you’ll find inside your cube. You cans choose from 2 or three different lengths. We chose the longest one: 17km, From Arriondas to almost Rivadesella.

To this point everything seems pretty normal, an usual adventure trip. But, the surprise comes when you are going down the river, in your red kayak, in the middle of a wonderfully natural place between the “Picos de Europa” and the ocean… and you start hearing music, disco music, really loud disco music! Then you find the first “chiringuito”, a place to have a nice stop over drinking some sidra (or beer, coke, whatever you want) and eat some good Asturian food. So funny! People drinking and dancing on the bank of the river, absolutely Spanish style!

So that was our experience, and we’d love to come back soon. Have you ever been there? What do you think about mixing nature adventure with music and drinks? Let us know in the comments!

 

Playa de Vega, a wild dream beach in Asturias

We heard the first time about Vega because of the Summer 2014 catalogue of Pedro Garcia Shoes (brand were Ana is working as a Social Media Strategist). After five or six months seeing these amazing photos we couldn’t  think about other place to spend our holidays.

El pase de diapositivas requiere JavaScript.

Vega Beach is five minutes by car from Ribadesella, so we went to spend all the sunny Sunday there with a couple of friends.

We arrived early so we could enjoy the extensive, wide open to the sea and deserted beach. Unspoiled, almost wild. The water was cold for us (used to the Mediterranean sea) but the sun was hitting hard so we had a refreshing bath in the ocean! A holiday morning that was a dream!

One of our friends from Asturias, Miguel Carrizo,  brought us to the “Superman”  to have lunch. The restaurant and hostel is at the end of the seaside and we couldn’t have gone to a better place! Super yummy food at a really good price with this amazing sea views!

 

Lunch with friends
Lunch at the Superman, Vega Beach (Asturias)

Ribadesella, perfect spot to discover Asturias

Planing the travel we where looking for a place to camp in the north of Spain where we could have fun, surf, discover new natural places, eat and drink well and cheap… and everything in just 8 days. Ribadesella was the answer, even if we didn’t know how good it was until we where there.

Ribadesella, the perfect choice!

Ribadesella, a lovely town by the Cantabric sea, came to be the perfect spot for discovering Asturias in all its facets.  Camping in Ribadesella for a week gave us the opportunity of surfing, visiting the savage beach of “Vega” where the latest Pedro Garcia’s catalogue was shooted, going down the Sella river with a kayak, visiting the Picos the Europa National Park, having diner and drinks in Ovideo and much more.

Ribadesella has a quality urban space with a wide promenade where the river, the estuary, and the sea go with the route along other milestones of this town: as the Mirador de Guía viewpoint or the Beach with its spectacular constructions owned by the so-called Indianos (Spaniards who made good in America) and erected in the beginning of the 20th century.

The rural area offers interesting visits: the popular architecture and manor houses, which belong to former gentry’s families, live together with a rural landscape with wonderful little coves, spectacular geological formations in caves, and dramatic cliffs with its surprising “bufones” (blowholes).

Where to sleep in Ribadesella:

We were trying to stay in the budget so we chose the camping Los Sauces Playa, cheap (22€ per night for 2 people with a tent and a car) and just 10 minutes by walk from Santa Marina Beach, where we had our surf lessons with Santa Marina Surf Camp (we’ll tell you more about the surf school soon).

Eat a lot and pay a little

One of the greatest surprises we had in Asturias was how cheap you can eat a lot of really good meals, from the country or the sea.

After our surf lessons we had some tapas by the sea at the “chiringuitos” placed on the seaside. We recommend the last one, the one near the parking (Calle Ramón y Cajal) cause is cheaper and the tapas and bocadillos (sandwiches) are huge!

To have dinner we went to “La Guía” (by the recommendation of a good local friend) in front of the fish market (la lonja) where we tried one of the best Cachopo (meat with ham and chees) and amazing seafood as percebes, gama roja or navajas.  If you try, you wont regret!

 We also enjoyed other great places near Ribadesella, we’ll tell you soon about Tereñes, the blowholes of Pria, the National Park and more! Keep in touch!

Have you ever been in Asturias? Please share your adventures with us!!

Are you planning to travel to the north of Spain? Tell us on the comments if you need any help!

Tapas at “The Humedo”, Leon

If you are following us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook you may know that we have just came back from a couple of weeks of new adventures in Spain.  Well, as we were promising during this time, we are now going to tell you a little bit more about each of these amazing places we have been visiting.

So, lets start from the beginning. We traveled from Madrid to Asturias by car (5hours, 500 km) and we decided to stop at Leon for lunch.

Leon is the capital city of the province with the same name. It’s placed in the northern part of Castilla Leon, near to the region of Asturias.

Fulvio in Leon
Fulvio as a lion (Leon in Spanish)

We just wanted to have lunch and have a little rest from the road for a couple of hours so we parked in the city center, behind the cathedral where you can find the “San Pedro”  free public parking. (write on the GPS  “Calle Babia”).

After taking a some photos at the stunning Cathedral and the Calle Ancha with its colorful balconies full of flowers we went into the “Humedo” suburb, which is the oldest part of the city full of bars to take tapas, cheap and really good!

Ana jumping in Leon
Ana jumping in front of the Cathedral of Leon, Spain

Sevilla has an special color

“Sevilla tiene un color especial” says the song, and we can confirm it: Sevilla has an special color. Maybe because of her historical buildings, mixing  arabic and catholic heritages, or because of her streets full of people, maybe is the color of the big river, or the “Betis” street on the other side, in the “Triana” suburb. The color of all the tapas and wines, the colors of the maps in the “Plaza de España” and the carriages going around.

It is said that “la lluvia en Sevilla es una maravillas” which means that the rain in Sevilla is marvelous, and after our experience in the Andalusian city we know why; cause when it’s raining you just go from bar to bar eating and drinking amazing things, and meeting friendly people, so yes, it is marvelous!

Soon we’ll make a post giving you some tips and addresses to enjoy Sevilla in your next trips.