The Way of St James was the antiquated course taken after by travelers from northern and focal Europe on their trip to the tomb of the Apostle St James (Santiago) at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
The course was lined by Romanesque cloisters, chapels and churches, hospices and lodgings, a significant number of which still survive, checking out a standout amongst the most paramount pioneer courses in Christendom.
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, just off the east coast of Spain, is the island of Mallorca. It is the largest of its three other sister islands (together they form the Balearic Islands) and one of the world's top vacation spots. While technically belonging to Spain, Mallorca and its sister islands are autonomous. It's a beautiful place to visit for most of the year, and it has an incredible variety to offer.
Lanzarote is one of the seven main islands of the Canary Islands. It is the easternmost of the seven, and frequently referred to as a marvel of natural beauty that transcends human comprehension. Lanzarote came into existence some 15 million years ago as the result of violent volcanic eruptions, and the island itself was volcanically active up until the 18th and 19thcenturies.
The result of this is an island that contains an exorbitant number of natural wonders and boasts a geography that has been shaped in a way that few other places have. It is a mix beautiful, mountainous rock formations, pristine beaches, and surprisingly fertile land that is perfect for rearing a variety of succulent fruits.
Tenerife is the largest of the seven main Canary Islands, and easily one of the most interesting. From natural marvels to standard tourist fare, Tenerife is exploding with things to do that will keep anyone in your family happy – from water parks to zoos and treacherous volcano trails. Unlike some places, Tenerife's attractions are scattered all throughout the island, and depending on what you'd like your trip to be (Natural wonders only? Man-made beaches?) there are various parts of the island you should keep your eye on.
Taking a vacation to get away from the stress of daily life is always a good idea. Depending on the type of trip that you wish to take, there are a variety of different options to choose from. If you are looking to experience a rich culture and go sightseeing to quite a few different incredibly impressive locations, Salamanca is the perfect city for you to visit and stay for a while.
Salamanca is a very popular city that is located in northwestern Spain. In 1988, the Old City is Salamanca was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which drew a lot of attention from sightseers that were looking to go through a bit of culture shock. The current metropolitan population of the city is 228,881, although this was declared in 2012, so the number may have varied a little bit. Currently, Salamanca has one of the largest populations in the Castile and Leon, coming in second to Valladolid which has a population of roughly 414,000 people.
As Samhain (or summer’s end, Samaín in Spain) and the darker half of the year approaches, people also tend to do a thorough introspection and prepare for Christmas festivities. This is the time, around October 31-November 1, when, according to Celtic mythology, the ‘door’ to the Otherworld opens and lets the souls and fairies to wander freely in both worlds, or the thin veil between the two worlds extenuates, letting magical things happen. Thus stems also the tradition of commemorating the dead.
Samhain is one of the four great Gaelic festivals (the other three being Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh), a time to bring back animals pasting to their shelter during winter and collect food for the colder months. Bonfires are lit for purification, turnip (or pumpkin) lanterns to light the way and protect homes against the souls from the Otherworld. ‘Guising’, or wearing costumes became also popular to deceive the wandering spirits who crossed that thin veil.
People living in the north of Spain still celebrate Samaín with all its ancestral practices. The ‘queimada’ is a typical traditional drink ritually prepared, accompanied with magical spells and chants to keep bad souls away. It can be made of Galician ‘orujo’, the local spirit (or any other spirit you like), mixed with herbs, coffee beans, lemon and orange peel, cinnamon and sugar. The best time to do it is at night, as you have to set fire to the alcohol which will burn with a lovely blue flame.
Spanish music has much more than flamenco. Flamenco goes back to the roots, which is majestic if you want to know how different cultures that once lived together have influenced Spanish music. One of the best ways to taste flamenco is by listening to singers and guitar players as well. If you ask a Spanish person about who is the greatest in flamenco music, there will be two names mentioned for sure: Camarón and Paco de Lucía. They also worked together for long years; check their talent and music in ‘Camarón, the movie’:
Autumn is one of the best seasons to combine ingredients with a little twist to get us ready for the colder months. Real comfort food. Easy to make.
4 baby chicken (500g each)
2 small lemons
2 small mandarins/tangerines
8 cloves of garlic
100ml dry sherry
1 teaspoon of thyme
1 teaspoon of sweet or hot paprika powder (or half-half)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of brown sugar
salt and pepper
1kg peeled and cooked chestnuts
1 big onion
400g champignon mushrooms
150ml Spanish sherry (Jerez)
2l chicken or vegetable stock
30g double cream
150g Serrano ham (Ibérico)
3 marron glacé (glazed chestnuts)
salt and pepper
Make the move
You enter a dark bar and order THE DRINK. You know it’s not going to be very cheap, but still, a voice within you whispers: you need to try this! Let the magic begin: the bartender takes a bunch of dried rosemary and sets it on fire. You don’t really know if this is part of the show, or if you should go for the fire extinguisher instead. Better not to make a move… And so the bartender covers two mega-gigantic balloon glasses with the rosemary-smoke, puts loads of ice into them, removes gently, and finally – the spirit goes in. But it’s still not done yet. You are dying of thirst, but no – you still have to wait… Soft drink in, fresh rosemary in, and done! The most stylish drink in Spain right now! Guess what it is… No, definitely not sangría. It’s a nice gin tonic, just like in the UK, but with a Spanish twist.