Archive for April, 2017

While culinary culture was always there as a side benefit, it has developed to the new reason why we’re traveling. And where can you have better food holidays than in the food mecca Spain – a country full with different flavors, delicious food, great restaurants and the famous local markets?

Gastronomy markets in Spain have always been the epicenter of civic life and a labyrinth of the freshest fruits, vegetable, meat and fishes. Hosted in historic buildings in the heart of the cities, some markets are no longer only offering local products but have developed to outstanding culinary experiences with a great variety of gourmet and crafts options and sometimes even live music. With their great culinary diversity, they are also the perfect food supplier for better restaurants in Spain.


La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, (source: SuiteLife)

Gastronomy markets are a great way to get an insight into the food traditions of Spain. Sip a beer at the market of San Miguel, explore the wonderful market of Chamberí or stand around at the trendy food market San Anton to experience Madrid’s most popular and unique markets.

Market of San Miguel belongs to the gastronome of San Miguel society whose aim is to improve the traditional activity. La Boquería of Barcelona used as inspiration, the market focuses on high quality products, seasonal food and offering samples.


Market of San Miguel in Madrid, (source: Spain Attractions)

The traditional market Chamberí, which has been operating for almost 70 years, is one of Madrid’s best known markets due to its great quality and variety of products. While it started as a food market, it has been modernized and features now also other services.

The biggest market in Madrid Maravillas is known for its fresh products which are great presented and of high quality. Maravillas is not only outstanding because of its architecture, numerous facilities and professional treatments by its merchant but also because the focus lays on developing eco-sustainable products.

The recently inaugurated San Antón Market in the heart of Chueca represents a new generation of markets with its recycling system. Spreading across three floors and focusing on perishable goods, wine, takeaway services and restaurant areas, the market is an absolute highlight.


San Antón Market, (source: Pinterest)

Covered in high quality and well known markets, Barcelona is the perfect city to get back to basics and shop the old fashioned way at gastronomy markets. With markets such as Fira Artesana, Santa Caterina market and the famous La Boqueria market, the city offers a great variety and something for everybody.

Fira Artesana opens its doors on the first Friday and Saturday of every month and is specialized in homegrown and homemade products. With its nickname “the honey market”, it has turned into a small jewel of Barcelona.


Santa Caterina Market, (source: BarcelonaHome)

As the first permanent covered market in Barcelona, Santa Caterina market is not only of great historic importance but also the perfect place to shop fresh fish, meat and delicious pastries. Moreover, the market features several restaurants to enjoy a beer with tapas, a perfect activity for a Sunday afternoon.

La Boqueria market, one of the most prestigious markets in the world, is an official landmark of Barcelona with over 800 years of history. The famous market is always busy and a hotspot for tourists as it offers everything a heart desires.


La Boqueria Market, (source: Suites Life)

Known as the centers of gastronomy markets, Barcelona and Madrid feature the most famous food markets in Spain. However, other markets such as the central market in Valencia, the famous La Bretxa in San Sebastian and the gourmet market Lonja del Barranco in Sevilla are also must-see’s for food lovers. Experience a culinary journey through Spain and learn why Spanish food markets are treats for everybody when booking a gastronomy tour with us!


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100 years ago, the little town Fatima, not far away from Lisbon, became known worldwide for the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Three children claimed to experience the present of Our Lady on several days between the 13th May and the 13th October 1917 at a place called Cova da Iria. Starting on 13th of May 1917 with the order to pray the rosary for world peace, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared every 13th of a month for six months.


Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos, (source: speramus-hope)

Our Lady of Fatima prophesied the so called three secrets of Fatima on the 13th of July which are interpreted by many people according to events which happened in Europe. The last apparition was watched by hundreds of bystanders and if you can believe in the sayings of witnesses, a sun phenomenon which is still a miracle to the science could be watched on the 13th October 1917.


the last apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (source: the Catholic Company)

Although, it took the church a while to officially approve the events happened in Cova da Iria, Fatima is nowadays one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Catholics. People from all over the world come together in the little town to repent and ask the Blessed Virgin Mary for forgiveness. The supernatural and preternatural phenomena on the 13th October 1917 made people believe in the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, however, the church backs out of this statement and highlights instead the significant role of the content and meaning of the message communicated to the children. According to the three kids, the Lady of Fatima gave three tasks to not only bring peace to the world but remain peaceful with each other.

Be sorry for what you’ve done wrong; put God first in your life.

Pray the Rosary each day for peace.

Make sacrifices for sinners so they will know and love God.


Our Lady of Fatima, (source: Turismo Centro de Portugal)

Normally, celebrations of the apparition are reduced to the 12th of May with a candlelight procession to pray the rosary and the 13th of May where the so called farewell procession is held. However, due to the 100th anniversary, celebrations will be held throughout the year 2017. The highlight will be the visit of Pope Francis to Fatima in May. Coming to Portugal as pilgrim, his program is dominated mainly by moments of prayers. The only scheduled meetings are the ones with the President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the Prime Minister António Costa.

While the Pope mainly focus on visiting the Basilica, Fatima offers way more to tourists including the incredible Batalha monastery which is a wonder to experience. Other holy sites such as Nazaré and wonderful medieval villages such as Obidos are very close to Fatima. Moreover, the town offers the perfect one day trip from Lisbon!

Don’t miss to join the wide-ranging program including exhibitions, concerts, performances, conferences and summer courses throughout the year! Experience the special place Fatima by booking your trip with us now!


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