A journey through Spain’s Rich Culture and Sublime Cuisine
I wanted to start my first post by wishing you all a Very Happy New Year. 2015 is a great year to awaken your taste buds in the land of El Bulli and Cervantes for the ultimate culinary experience and cultural adventure.
According to Restaurant Magazine’s poll of international chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands and restaurant critics, three out of the best eight restaurants in the world are located on Spanish soil.
On their 2014 edition, the second place has been bestowed to El Celler de Can Roca, a Catalan family restaurant offering Modern Spanish cuisine; the sixth place has been granted to Mugaritz with its techno-emotional Spanish cuisine; and the eighth place has been awarded to Arzak, a family-run San Sebastián restaurant skilled in cutting-edge Basque cuisine. Curated as a culinary experience like no other, this exceptional journey will take you to all three.
Stay on the grounds of La Alhambra in picturesque Granada; visit the Guggenheim and Chillida Museums in the Basque Country; and tour Gaudi’s works in Barcelona. Complete the experience by relishing in a rare caviar tasting at Europe’s first organic caviar producing sturgeon farm in Granada to touring a local market in San Sebastián ushered by a renowned chef who will then organize a cooking party.
How to experience fully Seville’s Holy Week
Only the ones who have had the chance to experience Holy Week in Spain, know what I’m talking about. Spain is a country completely transformed during “Semana Santa”. Holy week is one the most spectacular religious events in the country and is celebrated with a great deal of emotion.
Art, culture and religion are blended together to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. All day and night the streets are filled with the beat of the drums, masses of colorful flowers, and the consummate art of religious sculpture, all combining to produce a highly moving atmosphere.
From the splendid balcony of El Atico Dos Fuentes you will have the most privileged view of the processions passing through the official section while surrounded by the scent of orange blossom. It is indeed a unique place to fully experience and appreciate the events of Holy Week reserved for the most special guests.
Marquesa de Tenorio Palace, located in the historic neighborhood of Santa Cruz, is an unbeatable location to stay at while enjoying the festivities of Holy Week. Book in advance.