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Spain is the perfect location if you are planning a hiking or biking holiday for this summertime. The Iberian Peninsula has plenty of beautiful routes for cyclists and hikers throughout Spain. If you want to see what the Spanish countryside, the small, hidden towns and  large cities are offering just jump on a bike or take on your backpack and start to discover it. In the followings we have selected the top 5 routes for you to try!

1.Vía Verde de Ojos Negros

The paths of Via Verdes are a great choice for nature lovers who want to enjoy the scenery from their saddle. Originally the routes were old disused railway lines, as its name literally means “Green-Ways” that have been recovered and reconditioned for use by walkers and cyclists. As well the paths of the Via Verde are the largest cycling/hiking paths and contains 2700 km all over Spain. The most famous part of these routes is the so called Ojos Negros which goes for 160 from Teruel to Valencia in the North-Southern part of the country. The route goes through in natural landscapes such as the Palancia Valley (between the natural parks of La Sierra Espadán and La Sierra Calderona), Altos de Ragudo, and Llano de Barracas. As well crosses the historic town of Segorbe and Jérica.

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City of Jerica

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Bikers on the Vía Verde de Ojos Negros

2. Trans Andalus

Would you like to discover the communities of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville? Than the Trans Andalus path is made for you. This trekking/biking route goes through in the whole Andalusian part and includes 2000 km of track across the southern part of Spain. It will take you through stunning scenery, you will discover the natural treasures of the many protected areas, and you will stroll through the thousand-year-old history of each corner of Andalusia.

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City of Malaga

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Biker in the coast of Andalucía

3. Trans Catalonia

In Catalonia visitors can find altogether more than 6,400 km of marked routes which are classified according to their level of difficulty for bikers. Since, Catalonia is in the feet of the Pyrenees several routes runs there with steep roads, but visitors also can find easier plain valleys which are perfect for  biking as well for hiking. This makes this region the perfect place if you are looking for a family trip or you are an adventurous mountain biker. The most famous parts of this area is the Terra Alta Greenway which runs from Arnes-Lledó to El Pinell de Brai in the area of Tarragona. The length of this road section is 23 km and the natural landscape contains pine forests, karst landscapes with cannons and cavities. A journey through tunnels and over viaducts takes us from Aragon to the Ebro. The region is rich in cultural heritage sites, during the way travellers can admire the Sancturay of Fontcalda, the Convent of Sant Salvador d’Horta in Horta and the church of Sant Josep.

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Region of Tarragona

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Hikers in the Catalonian mountains

4. Picos de Europa

Picos de Europa is a mountain range situated in the north part of Spain in the autonomies communities of Asturias and Cantabria. The region is designated as a National Park, a status which reflects both the natural beauty of the region and the diverse wildlife in the region. It is accessible from major cities including Gijón, Bilbao and Oviedo – all of which are also well connected to Madrid – making it quite convenient to get to despite how remote it can feel in parts of the park. The region is perfect equally for bikers and hikers since the mountains offers several path, sharp cliffs and roads with low in traffic. As well, until the other parts of Spain in summertime can be too hot for outside sport the north of Spain offers the perfect climate and green landscapes from May to October for all kind of activities. The region is also rich in cultural heritage and the small hidden towns of Potes and Cangas de Onis are beautiful places to relax for a day, or to wander the narrow streets filled with artisan shops.

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Mountains of Picos de Europa

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Hikers in Picos de Europa

5. Via de la Plata

Via de la Plata is one of the oldest routes across Spain, it is older the famous Camino de Santiago. The way goes from the capital of Andalucía, from Seville up to the North to Asturias – Gijon and crossing 4 autonomous communities, 7 provinces and containing 800 km route. The Vía de la Plata visits several important cities fromsouth to the north such as Zafra, Mérida, Cáceres, Palencia, Salamanca, Zamora, León and Oviedo. Four of these cities have UNESCO World Heritage sites, while Zamora has the world’s largest concentration of Romanesque churches and Leon one of its most beautiful Gothic cathedrals. The paths of this route are plane and goes in the old main highway the N630, where there are almost no traffic anymore and makes the perfect cycling path.

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City of Gijón

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Biker in the path of the El Camino

Spain offers a high variety of routes for all who is seeking for adventures or just a slight family trip in the mountains. All of these routes are only part of the most beautiful paths and sights of Spain. If you would like to get to know the most of Spain, its heritage, countryside, landscapes and paths jump on your bike and start to explore!

If you get interested ask about our biking and trekking packages and we will help to organize the best outdoor activity holiday for you!

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Map marking the best biking and hiking regions mentioned above

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The Camino de San Ignacio, also known as the Ignatian Way, recreates the route that Ignatius of Loyola took in 1522, when he left his home in Loyola and walked all the way to Monserrat and Manresa. The almost month-long pilgrimage changed his life, with his subsequent religious achievements changing the world. Nowadays, people closely follow this important route consisting of 27 stages through 5 regions, with the hope of finding themselves spiritually, learning more about the history or to simply have fun. Below we have outlined all the details of each stage of this spiritual journey, as well as information about the most important destinations and monuments along the way!

Through EUSKADI

Stages 1-6: Loiola > Laguardia (126km)

1) Loiola – Zumarraga, 17.5km

2) Zumarraga – Arantzazu, 19.5km

3) Arantzazu – Araia, 17.7km

4) Araia – Alda, 21.5km

5) Alda – Genevilla, 23.3km

6) Genevilla – Laguardia, 27km

 The Ignatian Way begins here in Loyola, a town nestled among the hills in Spain’s Basque region. It is also the birthplace of St Ignatius, who is now one of world and religious history’s most important figures. Here you will visit the Sanctuary of Loyola, which consists of the Loyola family Tower House and the basilica. The house falls within the sanctuary’s limits and nowadays hosts a little museum showing Saint Ignatius’s family’s life, and its most famous person, Saint Ignatius. The basilica, which also forms part of the Sanctuary, was built in Baroque style with a circular floor plan and a 65 meter high dome, designed by the Italian architect Carlo Maria Fontana. It is one of the most representative examples of contemporary Basque art.

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the Sanctuary of Loyola

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the Loyola Family Tower House 

Through LA RIOJA

Stages 7-11: Laguardia > Alfaro (108.6km)

7) Laguardia – Navarrete, 19.6km

8) Navarrete– Logroño, 13km

9) Logroño – Alcandre, 31km

10) Alcandre-Calahorra, 21km

11) Calahorra – Alfaro, 24km

 On the way to Logroño, you will pass through the town of Navarrete, in the region of La Rioja, to visit the impressive Asunción church. The parish church of Navarrete is a Renaissance building of considerable magnitude, whose construction lasted for nearly a century. The main attraction is the altarpiece, which is now considered the most spectacular altarpiece in La Rioja due to its richness and stunning decoration.
Logroño is a city rich in history and traditions, which have been preserved since the middle ages. the river Ebro passes through the city and can be crossed via two bridges that connect Logroño with Navarre and Alava, the oldest of them being the Puente de Piedra. Places worth a visit in Logroño are also the Palacio de los Marqueses de Legarda, Palacio de los Chapiteles, the Museum of La Rioja and Santa María de Palacio, the oldest church in the capital of La Rioja, which dominates the city’s skyline with its gothic spire.

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Santa María del Palacio

On reaching Calahorra, pilgrims should take a visit to the beautiful Santa Maria Cathedral. This gothic cathedral dates back to the 15th century and having been in construction for 200 years, it therefore consists of various styles as it was influenced by different eras. Other things to see include a Roman arch and the Church of San Andrés from the 16th century in the Muslim old town, and the Church of Santiago in Plaza del Raso, the finest example of La Rioja’s neoclassic style.

Through NAVARRA

Stages 12-13: Alfaro > Gallur (61km)

12) Alfaro – Tudela, 23km

13) Tudela – Gallur, 38km

 In Tudela, the main monuments to visit are the cathedral and the church. Declared a National Monument in 1884, the Cathedral of Santa Maria was built in the twelfth century over the town’s main mosque. It is worth stopping to take a look at its three doorways, the most spectacular one being on the main façade, known as the door of the Day of Judgement. Having been totally restored over the last few years, visitors are able to enter the light-filled central nave in Gothic style and its magnificent chapels and altarpieces. The Church of la Magdalena is also a national monument that still retains one of the few Romanesque towers you can see in Navarre.

Through ARAGON

Stages 14-20: Gallur > Fraga (176.8km)

14) Gallur – Alagón, 23km

15) Alagón – Zaragoza, 31km

16) Zaragoza – Fuentes de Ebro, 29km

17) Fuentes de Ebro – Pina de Ebro, 12km

18) Pina de Ebro – Bujaraloz, 37km

19) Bujaraloz – Candasnos, 21km

20) Candasnos – Fraga, 23.8km

 When passing through Zaragoza, the most important monument for pilgrims to see here is the Our Lady of Pilar Church. It is the dynamic centre of life in the city, with hundreds of visitors passing through its doors every day to attend mass or pray in the shrine’s chapel. Inside, a Roman-style pillar is topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus that dates from the fifteenth century.  It is housed in a chapel of marble, jasper, and gilded bronze that forms almost a church-within-a-church. Outside the basilica lies the largest pedestrian plaza in Spain, a picturesque expanse lined with cafes and fountains and the site of frequent musical performances, festivals, and other public events.

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Our Lady of Pilar Church

 

Through CATALUNYA

 Stages 21-27: Fraga > Manresa (183.7km)

 21) Fraga – Lleida, 33km

22) Lleida – El Palau d’Anglesola, 22.7km

23) El Palau d’Anglesola – Verdú, 24.7km

24) Verdú – Cervera, 16km

25) Cervera – Igualada, 37km

26) Igualada – Montserrat, 26.8km

27) Montserrat –Manresa, 23.5km

 In Lleida, the Old Cathedral is undoubtedly the city’s most distinctive landmark. According to historians, construction began in 1203 on the site of a Muslim mosque and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. With a three-nave Latin cross basilica layout, it was consecrated for worship in 1278 and is designed in a transitional style between Romanesque and Gothic. It also features a bell tower which offers wonderful views of the city.

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Old Cathedral of Lleida

 

Once you arrive at Montserrat Monastery, you will see an indescribable view all the way to Barcelona. The mountain Montserrat has been of religious significance since pre-Christian time. Before Christ, it was a temple to worship Venus was built by the Romans. Many of the tourists come here only because of the statue of the Black Madonna, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. The 12th-century figure is enthroned above the high altar in the basilica of the monastery. In her honour the “Escolania de Montserrat”, consisting of about 50 choirboys from the boarding school of the monastery church sings songs daily.

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Montserrat Monastery in Montserrat Mountain

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the Black Madonna

The final 23 kilometres of the route are the last physical challenge for the pilgrim before arriving at the long-awaited cave of Saint Ignatius in Manresa. Ignatius of Loyola came down to Manresa on foot and spent eleven months here. It was an important turning point in his life, and his privileged place of prayer was the Cave. It is a cavity over the river Cardener, excavated by the fluvial erosion during the Tertiary.  The building of the Cave has experienced transformations for over 300 years, however at the moment its image, together with the Basilica of la Seu of Manresa, represents the icons of the city.  Nowadays, the Cave has become an international centre for Ignatian spirituality and welcomes visitors from all over the world who make stops for meditation, education and Spiritual Exercises.

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the Cave of San Ignacio and the Basilica

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Inside the Cave of San Ignacio

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Map highlighting importing stages of route

 

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In 711 the Moors crossed the Gibraltar strait and came to Hispania, conquered the Iberian Peninsula and for almost eight centuries the Muslims govern the area (except for Asturias and Galicia). During these years the Islam was a wide spread religion across Spain. Due to the Islam influence today we can find several cities, sites and places inspired by Islamic heritage.

The heart of the Muslim empire was in southern Spain which is nowadays called Andalusia. The name of the area also comes from the Arabic term Al-Andalus, which means Muslim Spain and which was the name of the occupied territory.

The Islamic period preserves a rich and varied heritage, especially during the Almohad Caliphate period in the 12th century. In this time Seville or earlier Isbiliya become in the capital city of Al-Andalus and several other city in the area strengthened and gain potency.

The almost eight hundred year of conquering of the country not only brought few beautiful mosques and book to Spain but several much more.

  • Gastronomy

One of the biggest influences of the Muslim occupation was on the cuisine, a tradition which fortunately continues today. The gastronomic costumes have survived for over thousands years and still part of the everyday Spanish life.

When the Moors came to Spain brought several new type of fruits and spices and when settled down they have started to plant the plough fields. Many of these products are the basic ingredients of today’s Spanish cuisine and include most spices and produces such as saffron, apricots, melons, artichokes, eggplant, carob, sugar, aubergines, grapefruits, carrots, coriander and rice.

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Different type of spices used in the Spanish kitchen

However, the Moors not only brought ingredients but several typical dishes and cooking methods to the Iberian Peninsula. One of the most famous and well – known dish in Spain, which can best symbolises the Spanish cuisine, the Paella comes from the Muslim ages. The main ingredients of this typical food are rice and saffron which weren’t known in Hispania before the Moor occupation. However, we should also mention other excellent platters such as the Arroz con Leche (Rice pudding), Pinchito Moruno Andaluz (a dish normally made with chicken, saffron, cumin and coriander), salt crusted baked fish and several other.

In today’s Spanish kitchen a favoured cooking method which is also due to the Moorish occupation is to coat different vegetables and fishes in flour and then fry it in oil. Another really important method is to salt fishes or vegetables and soak them in vinegar for a long time. A typical example for this is the Boquerones en Vinagre which means anchovies in vinegar.

 

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Paella Valenciana (in the middle) and other different typical Spanish food       (Tortilla de Patatas, Pimiento Padrón, Jamón Ibérico, Croquetas, Queso Curado)

  • Architecture

The Islamisation of Spain transformed their socio-cultural and economic structures from poverty and darkness into prosperity and enlightenment. This has brought certain advantages in the architecture and art. Several region in Spain but especially Andalusia started to evolve and produced some of the world’s most fascinating architectural monuments including a number of palaces, mosques and gardens. They have started to achieve heights with stretching the buildings as well using new ornaments such as the horseshoe and multifoil arches. These new innovations are well visible in the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Al-Zahra (is the ruins of a vast, fortified Moorish medieval palace-city) or in the Alhambra Palace in Granada.

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The inside part of the Great Mosque of Cordoba

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The Alhammbra Palace in Granada

  • Universities

The earliest universities in Europe, the madrasas or Islamic universities have been created from the 11th century. The first madrasas that was opened in Al-Ándalus was the University of Malaga and later several other cities such as Granada and Zaragoza opened their own universities. From the beginning up until the 16th century the teaching language was Arabic and the universities were dedicated to medicine. Only Cordoba, which in that times was the centre of culture, arts and the empire had three universities, 80 schools and a library with 700,000 manuscripts.

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Madrasa de Granada

  • Language and Vocabulary

Since Hispania was under Moor occupation for more than 800 hundred years the language also has been influenced by the ancient Arabic language. The current Spanish language is a result of the evolution of the ancient Castellan and Mozarabic languages. Several words and phrases comes from the Arab and a good example is Andalusia which was the heart of the Moor Empire and the name was in the era Als-Andalus. But we can find more than hundred Arabic origin words in the language. Just to mention a few: aceite (oil), zanahoria (carrot), naranja (orange), almohada (pillow) and so much more.

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Book with Arabic writing

  • Islamic heritage routes across Spain

Ruta de al-Mutamid

The Route of al-Mutamid starts in Lisbon and embraces the south west cost of the Iberian Peninsula up until Seville. The original route goes through in 11 cities and offers a mix of Islamic heritage sites, gorgeous monuments and natural beauties including Sagres which is the most south western point in Europe, Albufeira, one of the most famous holiday site in Portugal, Huelva, Seville which is the home of several beautiful Islamic heritage monuments and several other fascinating cities and sites.

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The map of the Route of al-Mutamid

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The coast of Albufeira

Ruta del Califato

The Caliphate Route is an Islamic heritage route combining historical – monumental heritage with beautiful landscapes and great attractions. The path goes in the southern part of Spain, in Andalucía from Cordoba to Granada. During the way travellers will go through in three provinces: Cordoba, Jaen and Granada and can enjoy the main attractions of the way. Some of them are the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Sierra de Moclín natural park, Alhambra Palace in Granada.

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The map of the Ruta del Califato

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The Sierra de Moclin natural park

Ruta de los Almoravides y los Almohades

The Ruta de los Almoravides y los Almohades is a 400 km long path runs through in the province of Malaga and Cadiz in the south part of Spain. This cultural route begins in Tarifa, a south close to the Gibraltar and runs up until Granada. The tour uncover coasts, countryside, mountains, towns and cities in the area. Visitors can discover magnificent landscapes, legendary monuments and castles, traditions and heritage during the way. The tour ends in Granada, which gives home for several important Islamic heritage sites such as the Alhambra which is UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984.

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The map of the Ruta de los Almoravides y los Almohades

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The city of Cadiz

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Map of the cities which are home of several important Islamic heritage sites

Honeymoon or in Spanish so called “Luna de Miel” is one of the most eagerly-awaited once in a lifetime vacation thus everybody is seeking for an unforgettable experience during this time. Whether you’ve dreamed of a beach honeymoon or lusting for exotic escapes, after months of planning you and your couple are awaiting for a luxurious, all – inclusive resort. We rounded up the 5 most luxurious hotels across Spain so you can start to organise your well – deserved post wedding holidays.

1.Hotel W – Barcelona

The hotel W is located in the cost of the city in the Barceloneta so it offers the best views of Barcelona’s shoreline. The hotel is designed by the world famous architect Ricardo Bofill and nowadays one of the most emblematic building in the city. In the hotel you can find Spain’s first Bliss Spa, a restaurant on the second floor with unparalleled views of the city, a rooftop bar and several different facilities specialised for honeymooners. As well couples will love the view of the city and the see, from the rooftop and all of the rooms and suites.

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Hotel W – Barcelona

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WOW Suite – Suite

2. Hotel Alfonso XIII. – Seville

If you are looking for a honeymoon surrounded with history than the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, is the perfect choice for you. This historic building has been built in the 20th century to accommodate international dignitaries at the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Nowadays it is one of the most romantic and luxurious hotel in Andalucía. Visitors can find 3 restaurants, spa, outdoor swimming pool and a lounge. As well the hotel offers special honeymoon suites for their guests.

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Hotel Alfonso XIII. – Seville

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Grand Deluxe Room

3. Princesa Yaiza Suite hotel resort – Lanzarote

This great luxury hotel is located in the town of Yaiza in Lanzarote, and has a 5 star category. The Hotel Princesa Yaiza Suite Resort offers six different pools, one of them is a freshwater pool, to live new experiences. All of its rooms are elegant and luxurious with Canarian colonial style.

The hotel also include several first – class restaurant, bars, as well a private golf court. Their spa facilities are excellent for everyone who is seeking for recreation. From several type of massages to different pampering bathes you can find everything in their offers.

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Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel – Lanzarote

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Suite Real

4. Hotel Hacienda Na Xemana – Ibiza

Discover a new way to enjoy your honeymoon in Ibiza. The Hotel Hacienda Na Xemana propose you and your fiancé a luxurious, calm and memorable stay. The La Posidonia Spa is a place dedicated to your physical and spiritual well-being. The hotel invite you to experience a world of sensations, both for the mind and the body. Enjoy the best Ibizan sunset with your love from your room to complete the experience.

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Hotel Hacienda Na Xemana – Infinity Pool – Ibiza

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Suite Na Xamena

5. Hotel María Cristina – San Sebastián

The recently renovated Hotel Maria Cristina was first opened in 1912 and played an important role in the historical and cultural life of San Sebastian. Visitors can experience a highly exquisite hospitality in all around the hotel. The rooms are decorated with a sophisticated range of greys and whites which makes the guest feel the high luxury, tranquillity, style and technology. All of the facilities are offer a sensational variety of services to create an unforgettable stay. During your visit don’t forget to discover the Dry Bar, which is an elegant space where you can enjoy afternoon tea, classic and exclusive cocktails, and a wide variety of traditional Spanish tapas and main courses.

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Hotel María Cristina – San Sebastián

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Terrace Suite

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map locating the above mentioned cities

 

Semana Santa, also known as Holy Week, is one of the most important events in the Spanish calendar. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, thousands of people flock to attend the numerous processions that take place all over Spain. However one of the most important parts of the Semana Santa celebrations, is of course the traditional sweets and pastries. Below we have created a list of the most typical traditional treats, as well as the best bakeries to buy them!

Delicious Desserts

1) Torrijas

This original yet traditional dessert is based on a slice of bread soaked in milk, breaded in egg, fried in extra virgin olive oil and flavoured with syrup or, in this case, sugar and cinnamon. Simple yet delicious, they can come in many different varieties. For those who are lactose intolerant you can replace the milk with a coffee syrup, they can be caramelized for extra sweetness, and you can even bake them to make them a little lighter. A truly versatile yet traditional treat!

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home-made torrija

2) Monas de Pascua

Monas de Pascua are one of the most essential Holy Week desserts. The recipe is a very traditional one all around the country but is particularly special in places such as Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia and Castilla la Mancha. Today La Mona de Pascua is decorated with a chocolate glaze, almonds, chocolate eggs, colourful feathers and cartoon characters. It’s so popular that Catalonia’s bakeries can expect to sell 600,000 of this festive speciality by Easter Monday.

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mona de Pascua cake

3) Buñelos de Viento

The Buñuelos de Viento are a very typical dessert around Easter time, but are actually still popular all year round. A light and fluffy dessert that you’ll love every bite of, it’s a very simple recipe to make. The base is made of a choux dough that is then fried and coated in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. You can even sprinkle them with icing sugar, cinnamon, or fill them with custard or cream, to enjoy them however you like!

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buñuelos de viento

4) Pestiños

Pestiños are a typical dessert from southern Spain, from Andalusia to Murcia or Extremadura, although they first originated from Arab countries. The traditional recipe is made with a dough that includes orange, cinnamon and sesame as well as sugar, strength flour and white wine. The recipe is actually very simple – and the tradition is to make them with your family or among friends, as with this desert it’s not just the end result, but the process that goes with it.

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Easter pestiños

 

The Best Bakeries

1) La Mallorquina, Madrid

La Mallorquina is often considered the most famous pastry shop in Madrid and is located on the corner or Calle Mayor in Puerta del Sol. It’s been in business for more than 100 years, making it one of the oldest pastelerías in the city too. It was founded as a café by Mallorcan man Juan Ripoll in the mid-1800s who gave it its name, which in English means “the woman from Mallorca”. The shop has two stories and a large seating area upstairs where you can relax and watch the passers-by in Sol, while enjoying a delicious pastry with a coffee. The best-selling products here are the Neapolitan cream and the chocolate palm, but during Semana Santa you’re sure to find some delicious Torrijas and Buñuelos de Viento.

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La Mallorquina, Madrid

2) El Riojano, Madrid

Next on the list is El Riojano, Also located in Madrid’s Calle Mayor. Riojan man Don Dámaso de la Maza opened this bakery in 1855 but before opening his own store he worked as Queen Isabella II’s pastry chef, and to this day El Riojano still serves pastries to the Spanish royal family! The Elizabethan era décor along with the showcases full of scrumptious pastries will be sure to catch the eye of any visitor, despite the café’s small size. It also boasts an array of Semana Santa specialities, which include buñelos, torrijas, Monas de Pascua and much more.

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inside El Riojano, Madrid

3) Pastelería Hofmann, Barcelona

Located in the Borne neighbourhood of Barcelona, next to the Basilica of Santa María del Mar, Hofmann is a centrally located French-inspired boutique which opened in 2008. The delicious sweets and pastries here are freshly baked every day, made from the best quality raw ingredients while respecting the traditions of the classic pastry. Some seasonal sweets found here include the traditional torrijas, monas de Pascua and buñelos – but what makes Hofmann unique is their seasonal edible animals! Chickens, eggs, cows, sheep and other farm animals all ready to be eaten.

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inside La Pastelería Hofmann, Barcelona 

4) La Pastisseria Escribà, Barcelona

The Escribà Pastry Shop is considered to be one of the best bakeries in the city. It has multiple stores located around Barcelona, where you will find an assortment of cakes, sweets and pastries which are all unique. This pastry shop was founded in 1906 and still remains as one of the most outstanding in Barcelona, due to its creativity and original concepts. Escribà particularly stands out around Easter time and this is down to their beautiful and original Monas de Pascua. Their little chocolate designs are nothing short of works of art and are definitely worth trying this Semana Santa.

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La Pastissería Escribà, Barcelona

5) El Cachorro, Sevilla

This bakery and confectionery is a family business that, for almost six decades now, has traditionally made traditional Sevillian sweets. However during Holy week, they produce desserts such as pestiños fried in olive oil and bathed in honey of flowers, to give that old-fashioned touch to Holy Week as well as chocolate torrijas as a novelty. They follow ancestral recipes and use only the best raw ingredients in the market, to preserve the traditional qualities.

6) Pastelería Acueducto, Segovia

With a team of professionals under the command of Miguel Sanz, the Pastelería Acueducto offers its clients dedication and the best ingredients in each of its products. Continuing with its philosophy of combining tradition and modernity, this renowned confectionery boasts a variety of delicious desserts including yemas, buñuelos and empiñonados to all those who cross their doors during Semana Santa.

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La Pastelería Acueducto, Segovia

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map locating the cities mentioned