The Palau Robert in Barcelona presents the exhibition “Ferran Adrià and elBulli. Risk, Freedom and Creativity”, which will run from 2 February 2012 to 3 February 2013, showing the talent and comprehensive capacity to innovate that Ferran Adrià, the late 20th and early 21st centuries’ most influential chef, has applied to gastronomy” Dont miss it!! www.madeforspain.com
San Fermin Festival is without any doubt the wildest and most fun festival in Europe and maybe in the world. The amazingly festive atmosphere and the way pamplonicas (locals) party has to be seen to be believed!! The Festival begins on the 6th at 12 Noon with El Chupinazo (an amazing opening ceremony) then the fiesta runs non-stop through the midnight on July 14th
The Running of the Bulls (the encierro –enclosing–) takes place in Pamplona from July 7th to the 14th at 8 AM each morning from and it lasts around 3 minutes at the most. It is how locals take the bulls for the evening bullfight from outside of the city to the bullring.
Even though the festival is famous for this unusual event, it is only a small part of the fest, something guests really only want to watch it once or twice. It is free to run, if guests want to take the risk but we, at Made for Spain, strongly discourage this. We have the best balconies in the city for seeing the running of the bull so that our clients enjoy the fiesta with no risk.
If interested in San Fermin fiesta or having clients willing to enjoy it please make sure you contact us at Made for Spain so that we can guarantee the ultimate travel experience in San Fermin www.madeforspain.com
Set apart and towering above the rest of the hotels in downtown Barcelona, the architecturally striking Hotel Arts is the upshot of acute competition that has pushed hotel innovation here to new heights. From the voluminous lobby the hotel’s immediate vibe stands for endless cool in all its senses. The sleek interior displaying modern sculptures and art becomes the perfect antidote to the intense tempo of the vibrant city. The design in calming pebble-tones is streamlined with ‘un- Gaudi’ restraint, exuding nonetheless the artist’s Hispanic flair.
Elevated above the city my room was a generous retreat with touch-pad technology, an expansive bed and geometric furnishings placed with graphic precision. The extravagant double bathroom, hydro- shower and dressing area created a spa-like ‘chill-out’ zone. Electronic blinds revealed a panorama of the sparkling Mediterranean and the hotel’s unique beachside location, with the prospect of an ocean-dip before breakfast.
Intriguing dining options are many for one short stay, either in leafy settings ‘alfresco’ or at the chic and ultra-pristine venues offering inspired interpretations of local gastronomy. The cocktail bar is solely cocooned in a plush and dusky fusion of traditional upholstery and contemporary accents. A tranquil spa suspended high with airy platform terraces and incorporating a glazed sauna, provides stunning vistas of both the city and the sea, and in a hotel that is all about ‘outlook’ proves to be the ideal vantage point for a spectacular sunset.
Spain has a rich wine culture. Wine flows on every table throughout the country and there are so many varieties to choose from. I want to let you know about a fruitful region just 1.5 hours drive north of Madrid. Ribera Del Duero is an authentic winery haven. These sun lush hills produce a grape intense in flavour that gives rise to a variety of deep and heady wines. Bodega Lopez Cristobal http://www.lopezcristobal.com/LopezCristobal_en is nestled in the picturesque village of Roa de Duero. Its owner Galo López Cristobal is keen to give his visitors an intimate insight into the workings behind an operational winery that distributes wine all over the world. I can recommend the Crianza, bottled in 2008, but why not decide for yourself which is your favorite? In the tranquility of the winery garden you will taste and sample a selection of the very finest wines on offer whilst chatting over a light tapas with Galo. As he explained to me, whenever wine is involved it’s a social occasion, it lets you see the world in a different color. Whether it be at home or out with friends and family wine brings us together and it is this element that has made him such a fan as well as a real expert in the subject. This experience is not only for wine buffs, it would suit anyone looking to get a sense of Spanish life and culture. A great opportunity to get out of the city and visit the beautifully, green, open spaces of the Spanish countryside whilst learning about a rural occupation spanning thousands of years, a bedrock for Spanish economy and customs.
”Family meal“… Spanish traditional recipes by Ferran Adriá (good food to feed the soul) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSpBzXQorWg&feature=player_embedded
I am truly impressed with Can Cera Hotel.
This recently opened hotel in Palma de Mallorca has absolutely catch the Mediterranean and Mallorcan spirit! Housed in a 17th century palace in the heart of the old city of Mallorca Can Cera offers 5 rooms and 7 suites. Furniture, decoration and art are a dream. To round it all up I should mention the excellence of the gastronomy in this wonderful property.
Don’t miss this gem in our collection of favorite hotels. www.cancera.com
p.s.: Are you wondering what other properties are our favorite??? Well this is very personal but if you ask me… I will speak about Abac Hotel in Barcelona, Palacio del Bailio in Cordoba, Hacienda San Rafael in Sevilla, Finca Cortesin in southern Andalucia near Gibraltar and a few others… More to come!!
Don’t miss this article if you want to learn about “What is now now” in Spanish Gastronomy…. Loved reading it and felt I must share the delight with my friends… ENJOY!!
Sitting around a marble table in an authentic, family-run 1920s delicatessen in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, among hanging hams, select preserves, colorful tins of seafood, and bottles of wines, you will sample a range of delicacies from the country’s most legendary producers. Famous dry-cured jamón ibérico de bellota and other cured pork products such as chorizo, llangonisa, and Mallorcan sobrasada. Different types of cheeses—fresh and old, goat and sheep. A variety of olives, tinned seafood, even preserved white asparagus so good that King Juan Carlos famously blurted out when tasting, “Cojonudos!” That might be a slightly vulgar way of saying “great”—especially from royalty!—but an authentic sentiment for such a sublime product.
With tasting comes learning and appreciation. For instance, you will not only sample a selection of top Spanish olive oils, but find out how they were produced and what makes each type unique. As well, you will learn how to appreciate, select, and best-use olive for yourself.
You will get an expert’s take on the products as well as an insider’s view of their role in the culture. In Spain, food and culture are so closely linked that to talk about one is to talk about the other.
So taste, learn, and enjoy. For these products are the true Michelin stars of Spanish gastronomy.
Peter Greenbergs webcast on Madrid
So the list of the Top 10 restaurants in the World has finally been published
To our delight 4 of them are in Spain. More reasons to come and enjoy in our country!
1. Noma – Denmark
2. El Bulli – Spain
3. The Fat Duck- UK
4. El Celler de Can Roca – Spain
5. Mugaritz – Spain
6. Osteria Francescana- Italy
7. Alinea – USA
8. Daniel – USA
9. Arzak – Spain
10. Per Se – USA
Please feel free to call us for table booking. We can get you in all of them except for El Bulli that is closing its doors in some days.
Come and enjoy!