Alcalá of the bakers

My mother always said bread belongs to God and my home we were raised eating bread from ‘Alcalá of the bakers’, nicknamed given to the town Alcalá the Guadaíra. I recently visited the place to know everything about its historical bread production. Its flour mills route by the Guadaíra river consists on industrial, gastronomical, historical, cultural and natural heritage. All them in once, just because … Continue reading Alcalá of the bakers

Christmas sweets: mantecados and polvorones

Our traditional and delicious Christmas sweets, polvorones and mantecados, are originally from Estepa or Antequera, the most important Andalusian towns in production of these sweets. It is said that in the 16th century there was an excess of wheat and lard at the beginning of the winter season and so the nuns started to sell them in their convents. Nowadays these goodies are famous all … Continue reading Christmas sweets: mantecados and polvorones

Lebrija, more than bread and wine

Last week I was invited to the Fam Trip “Siente Lebrija. Descubrir un Destino” (Feel Lebrija. Discovering a destination). The city hall is making every effort to promote this small town, completely off the beaten path, as a tourist destination because Lebrija has many charms to offer to visitors, specially its gastronomy. Let’s start with the two elements mentioned in the title of this post. … Continue reading Lebrija, more than bread and wine

En un lugar de La Mancha…

“En un lugar de La Mancha…” (Somewhere in La Mancha) are the first words of the worldwide famous novel “Don Quijote” by Miguel de Cervantes. It took me almost a year to read it and I thought it was the best novel I’ve ever read and probably the best book. Here I bring a synopsis of its content: “The story follows the adventures of a … Continue reading En un lugar de La Mancha…

Say yes to the flamenca dress!

These days we are celebrating the Seville April Fair or Feria de Sevilla, which is one of the most important celebrations in the city. A big area in the neighborhood of Los Remedios is covered by hundreds of casetas, temporal decorated tents, where people dance sevillanas, drink wine and have fun with family and friends. Most of the women wear their flamenco dress and flowers … Continue reading Say yes to the flamenca dress!

Transbike Andalusia

TransBike Europe is my friend Bart Bloem pedaling from Malaga to Aurich. He says in the description: Many things inspired me for this adventure but, at the end, there are three main things that I plan to achieve with this trip. First of all, I plan to start in Malaga (City in Spain where my mother comes from) and to finish in Aurich (a small … Continue reading Transbike Andalusia

Sierra Norte Natural Park (Seville)

Sierra Norte Natural Park is part of Sierra Morena Biosphere Reserve, where the well-known Galician band of castles was built. The landscape of oaks in Sierra Morena is called dehesa, and it has very high social importance in the Iberian peninsula. In this area I have visited Constantina, Alanís, Cazalla and San Nicolas. Continue reading Sierra Norte Natural Park (Seville)

The House of Blas Infante in Coria del Río (Seville)

Two days ago I read this article and I thought it would be a good idea to write about the Museum of Andalusian Autonomy for the #MuseumWeek The museum is in Coria del Rio, a town very close to Seville. I highly recommend to visit it because it is a perfect way to get in contact with the contemporary history of Andalusia. In the entrance … Continue reading The House of Blas Infante in Coria del Río (Seville)