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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/ 
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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
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