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THE 10 BASQUE COUNTRY DESTINATIONS THAT EVERYONE MUST VISIT, by Paladar y Tomar

10 Destinations to visit in the Basque Country

The Basque Country has so many charming cities, towns, and fairytale villages to explore. If you’ve already seen San Sebastian or are looking for day trips from big Bilbao, our Guide to Basque Country and Beyond is showing you the 10 best towns and smaller villages that you can explore in and around the Basque territory.

Luxury travel in post coronavirus

Luxury Travel: Experience is the new black

It’s time to get more intimate There are so many preconceptions about the word ‘luxury’ within today’s travel market, a consequence of our enduring mortal inability to define the term. Overused, misleading and outdated: it’s no wonder we’re confused. But what is true luxury travel really? Far from a one-way-fits-all approach, luxury travel should follow now more than ever the holistic path where all is interconnected. Our obsession is to enhance deeper, more meaningful conversations and personal relationships. Sustainability isn’t just the environment. It’s the preservation of cultural heritage and it’s making sure that we benefit local economy and the local people. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo Da Vinci At …

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Alioli recipe, how to make the garlic sauce

Alioli recipe, the favorite garlic sauce

Alioli: how to make it on real time Alioli, allioli, aioli or ajoaceite – four different ways of naming the most famous garlic sauce, all meaning [garlic & oil] – is not definitely a new and cosmopolitan creation. It dates back Egyptian times, then the Romas really extended it over their empire beginning in Sicily, and later during the Al-Andalus it spread from Spain to the northern countries. Nowadays, the tasty sauce is found all over the Mediterranean culture countries, and did set well in Spain.  Originally the allioli recipe does not have any egg, it is as simple as garlic and oil manually crushed and blended …

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Recipe of fideua, a noodle paella from Spain, by Paladar y Tomar

Recipe: Fideuà, Spanish noodles seafood paella

How to make a fideuà Cooking improves moods, and inspires hope, so cook as much as you can in these days of coronavirus lockdown. Paella is probably the most popular Spanish dish, and only a few might have heard about fideuà /(fideua)/ with stress at the “a”. We will soon come with the detailed written recipe of this healthy, tasteful and fast-to-make noodles, but in the meanwhile we bring you this home made video recorded last Sunday, officially our paella day in Spain.     Sign in to receive the detailed recipe and to stay updated with our tasty inspiring articles.

Top tapas in Andalusia by Paladar y Tomar

Spanish tapas dishes you have to try in Andalusia

Unquestionably tapas style way of eating has become one of the world’s preferred eating out options. There are plenty of good reasons for it, and Spaniards use even the verb form tapear when they refer to hanging out for bar hopping, enjoying small portions of mouth watering food with a caña (small ice-cold draft beer) or a glass of wine. There is little comfort, but the informal vibe and huge range of tasty flavors is what gives to tapas its distinctive character. Andalusia is one of the best regions for Spanish tapas – come on one of our tours and you’ll soon discover why. And when in …

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Slow travel in Matarranya, the Spanish Tuscany by Paladar y Tomar

Matarranya, the Spanish Tuscany

Away from the tourists crowds, the Matarraña (or Matarranya) region is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, especially if you’re in search of some peace and quiet. We suspect that was what Donald Trump Jr. was looking for in his recent visit to the area. Indeed, you should certainly embrace the slow travel philosophy when in Matarraña. The region is often compared to the Italian Tuscany for its tranquility and serene atmosphere, with rural chic accommodation options and truly singular spots in the middle of the nature. There’s no better place to take is slow, stay present and be mindful: …

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Jordi Roca, El Celler de Can Roca, 50 Best Restaurants, Paladar y Tomar

Bilbao holds The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2018

Joan and Jordi Roca from El Celler de Can Roca*** | Photograph: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017   Following 2017’s hugely successful 15th edition in Australia, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, announced that its 2018 awards ceremony would be hosted at the Euskalduna Centre in Bilbao on the evening of 19 June. The prestigious celebration of the very best in global gastronomy included a series of events running from 16-20 June 2018 across the Basque region of Spain, showcasing the area’s outstanding culinary credentials to an international audience of industry professionals and food lovers.   Basque …

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Chorizo and chistorra from Navarra, Paladar y Tomar

10 foods you should try in Navarra (and the Basque Country)

Grazing the Pyrenees from the north of Spain, the region of Navarra is known for its green landscapes and cool climate, as the many pilgrims that cross the province walking the Camino de Santiago will be able to confirm. But Navarra is also homeland of the astonishing desert of Bárdenas Reales, one of only a few deserts in Europe and definitely impressive. Navarra‘s natural beauty is the region’s best emblem, but it is internationally renowned for the running of the bulls in its capital, Pamplona, during the San Fermín festival that takes place every month of July. Having been part of Eukal Herria …

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San Fermin festival in Pamplona, a must-attend event once in your life with Paladar y Tomar

San Fermín Festival: Running with the Bulls at Pamplona

Although the historic city of Pamplona is chockablock with art, culture, music, and delicious food and wine any time of year, you can’t quite call yourself a serious traveler if you haven’t yet made the pilgrimage to this beautiful part of Spain for the legendary San Fermín Festival and you haven’t witnessed first hand the running of the bulls in Estafeta street. You’re no doubt familiar with the multi-day festival’s signature event, the running of the bulls, but with nine days of near-constant partying and cultural traditions, there’s much more to San Fermín than first meets the eye. The famous …

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Paladar y Tomar organized private tours and tastings of jamon iberico de bellota

5 Reasons Jamón Ibérico is unique

Why does Jamon Iberico lead the top 4 world’s finest foods list? The honorable list defines foie, caviar, truffle and jamon iberico as the four gastronomic pearls. What makes jamón ibérico so special compared to other pork hams such as the adorable prosciutto di parma or the sweety French porc noir gascon? These are the 5 reasons that make this cured Spanish ham unique: 1. DEHESA, THE EUROPEAN SAVANNAH The dehesa ecosystem is the result of human action in the Mediterranean forest over thousands of years, and it is a savannah-like open woodland. The first anthropic action was the clearing …

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Saffron spicy at Spanish cuisine

8 Most unique secret ingredients of Spain

From Ferràn Adrià cuisine revolution, media attention on the molecular gastronomy movement has put Spain on the radar of foodies everywhere – not only for the experimental and innovative techniques of Spain’s avant-garde chefs, but also for the traditional cuisine that conforms the background of any good chef. But what makes Spanish cuisine so contrasting and rich? Here we bring you 8 Spanish unique ingredients and among the most coveted in the world. 1. BLACK TRUFFLE, THE BLACK DIAMOND Spain was home in 2015 to 70% of the world’s production of Tuber Melanosporum. These prized “black diamonds” are nowadays being produced at an increasing rate of …

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Bagues Masriera jewelry Barcelona

10 Unique Spanish crafts

You won’t definitely find any of our proposals in a guidebook, none friendly tour-guide will provide you with such addresses (he might classify you as as one more tourist or guiri) so reaching the world’s most wondrous places is not an easy assignment. In fact, it’s a simple question of whom you  know. Some of the world’s top designers are made in Spain and luxury brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and Carolina Herrera decided to move back their production to Ubrique, in Andalusia. Some of the most coveted saddles in the Emirates or United Kingdom come from Seville and Lladró arouses passions since 1953. …

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Sigourney Weaver and Ethan Hawke receive San Sebastian Festival Lifetime Honor

Compared with other major festivals all around the world including Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival and the Venice Film Festivals, San Sebastian is one of the most important events in the film calendar. San Sebastian, a coastal city in the northern region of Spain and capital of Guipúzcoa province, features a laid back atmosphere, impeccable people and a boisterous nocturnal life. Located halfway between Bilbao and the French Border, this enchanting city is one of the favorite destinations for festival goers. No one will experience the San Sebastian Film Festival and not want to come back for the next …

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6 NEW LUXURY HOTEL OPENINGS IN SPAIN

The luxury hotel industry is shaking up in Spain, and the fourth quarter of 2016 will see the emergence of various opulent establishments of very diverse styles. Whether urban or leisure oriented, the new stars are coming to satisfy a growing demand for refinement and ethos-oriented sleeping options, where a distinguished character naturally stands out and soul-placement is the new must. Spain is trendier than ever, so keep an eye on these six new openings. 1. GRAN MELIÁ PALACIO DE LOS DUQUES, MADRID The new Grand Meliá Palacio De Los Duques has recently opened in the heart of Madrid. A …

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Las Medulas gold mines, UNESCO, CÚRATE Trips

10 Natural wonders in Spain

Europe’s only desert is in Almeria, and the sole European coffee plantation is in the Spanish Canary Islands. Unknown to most, locals and foreigners, we have selected 10 of the natural wonders in Spain that are more than an excuse to return again and again to the Iberian Peninsula.

MNAC Museum Barcelona

10 best museums in Barcelona and Malaga

We have assembled a list of the must-see museums and galleries of the Spanish Mediterranean‘s lavish art scene, from Barcelona to Málaga. From the relaxed, sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean from North to South, Spain is an ancient cultural melting pot, boasting monuments from the various empires that once ruled our wide-ranging landscapes. We reverently hold on to this past while mixing it – ever so skillfully – with the changing tides of modern-day Spain and with influences from around the world. However, a trip to the inspiring blue Spanish Mediterranean featuring some amazing museums is amateur hour: make your trip stand out by matching one, or several, of …

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Albert Adrià, flying chef at Café Royal

Albert Adrià’s London debut as Café Royal’s resident chef

Crafting exceptional experiences Between February and April of 2016, Café Royal will showcase the country of the new “Nouvelle Cuisine,” home to the most creative modern fare: Spain. In his first project outside of his home country, Albert Adrià presents 50 Days by Albert Adrià, bringing the innovative and contemporary cuisine for which Spain is famous to the beautiful surroundings of Café Royal as the iconic property celebrates 150 years. As the haunt of many famed patrons from historic figures like Winston Churchill to eclectic, creative artists like David Bowie, Café Royal has long been a landmark in the British capital’s social scene …

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#Winelover's First Encounter at the Sherry Triangle

The Sherry Triangle and the #winelover’s: a pact signed with chalk

The arrival of 40 wine experts and professionals from 20 different nationalities at Jerez de la Frontera has revolutionized The Sherry Triangle in only four days, and chalk has served as a crucial tool to engrave ideas, express a proper language and seal a visit that has communicated to the world that the grand sherry wines are making a comeback in force while maintaining its attractive and so-desired mysticism. The program, qualified by the assistants as excellent for its structure and content was designed by Valeska Idarraga and Fernando Paredes, founding partners of Paladar y Tomar travel agency, both Advanced …

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UNDP HQ - 18 January 2016 - Appointment ceremony of Roca brothers as UNDP Ambassadors

Master chefs Roca brothers are appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors to advance food security and sustainable development

Internationally acclaimed chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, from Spain, were appointed today as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors to work closely with the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F). The Roca brothers will generate support for the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by world leaders to achieve a future by 2030 where hunger, unemployment, inequality, and climate change are a thing of the past. The only siblings to be jointly appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors and the first to specifically focus on the SDGs, the brothers will lend their voice and expertise to advocate for enhanced food security and access to nutritious food. They …

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Toledo, Spain Capital of Gastronomy 2016

TOLEDO, SPAIN’S CAPITAL OF GASTRONOMY FOR 2016

It was in Toledo where the first treaty in Spanish cuisine , the Book of Casseroles by Ruperto de Nola was published in 1529, coinciding with the stay in the city of Emperor Charles V. The traditional cuisine of Toledo can be defined as tasteful and evocative, expressive, bright, forthright, consistent and nutritious. The City of the Three Cultures welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, who visit to experience its unique culture, typical cuisine and also enjoy nature at its very best. Due to its eclectic mix of unique civilizations and gastronomical heritage, Toledo has been chosen as the …

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The great Bluefin tuna experience

Every spring shoals of massive Bluefin tuna pass through the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, preferring the balmy Mediterranean to harsh Atlantic waters for mating. It is on the beginning of this great migration, skirting the exclusive beaches of Zahara de los Atunes in Cádiz, where the illustrious silver-backed “bulls of the sea” are captured “en paso” (or “on their way”) in a sophisticated and artisanal fashion: the ancient fishing tradition known as almadraba. A 3.000 year old technique Fishing of these fast giants on the Iberian Peninsula dates back to a time of Phoenician rule over 3,000 years ago, when …

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Three Flamenco Unmissable Events in 2016

Seville and Jerez de la Frontera are the two big flamenco capitals and you can breathe on the streets of these singular cities the genuine character of this unique art. Flamenco, which refers to song, dance and guitar is well known to be one of the national art forms in Spain, and mostly celebrated in the southern region of Andalucia. Fascinating, exotic and seductive, flamenco rhythms have also a place on the catwalk. It’s not by random that flamenco was recognized in 2010 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Celebrating International Flamenco Festival in Jerez From the …

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Tabancos: back to the past in Jerez de la Frontera

As a human, we are unsure of how long we are going to stay in this world. Therefore, as long there’s life, we should not miss out on the opportunity of doing every single thing regardless of how simple or challenging they are, so that we fulfill our precious lives with the most memorable experiences ever. Most of the memorable events and activities can be gotten from taking a dream vacation to some incredible destination, and even more when the destination itself stands out as a unique one. Have you ever thought about Jerez de la Frontera in Southern West …

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Three different Spanish Christmas traditions

Spain is one of the best destinations in the world for Christmas celebrations. Spaniards certainly know how to celebrate Christmas. Celebrating the Nativity in Spain is quite different from the ways it is celebrated by residents of US, UK and other Western nations. This time of year is oriented towards celebration and enjoying great time with friends and family. Christmas in Spain is a special time of the year full of joy and happiness even for non-Christians. The Fat One “El Gordo” and the Christmas spirit Celebrating Christmas in Spain starts off a bit earlier in comparison to other destinations around …

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Sanlucar Horses Beach Racing 2015

170 summers galloping along Sanlúcar de Barrameda beach

Sanlúcar Beach Horse Racing 2015 They start spectacularly, as dusk falls and the tide goes out: the Sanlúcar de Barrameda horse races began more than a century and a half ago, and have been declared of International Tourist Interest. 85 horses will take part in Spain’s oldest racing event this August This year marks 170 years since the first races were held in the riverside Cadiz town, in 1845. They will take place from 12 – 14 and 26 – 28 August, and the event has a rosy outlook for the future, thanks to enthusiastic participation by all ages – even children put …

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Spanish authentic cuisine, 5 fake myths

5 Common Myths about Spain

Of the millions of visitors who come to Spain every year, to enjoy the fabulous food, fascinating culture and wonderful weather, many still labour under several popular misconceptions about this beautiful but misunderstood country. Cuisine, dance, drinks – here we bust some of the most widespread myths about Spanish life. 1) Sangria is the preferred drink Sorry to disappoint all you lovers of the bar menu stalwart, the holiday favourite, the pink drink that comes in a jug laced with spirits and chunks of fruit – Spaniards don’t drink sangria. Yes it´s fun, it’s sociable and it’s pretty, but it’s also …

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