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sábado, 23 de enero de 2016

WATER SPORTS IN SANTA POLA - ARENALES DEL SOL.

One of the best ideas in the Mediterranean Coast is to practice water sports. In this area, Santa Pola and Arenales beaches are excellent locations to do it. Both are popular stopping points to practice these sports thanks to the geographical location, the weather and the prevailing winds across the bay.


         “Parres Watersports” offers their services (kitesurf, windsurf, surf, sup, small sailboats, kayaking) between Arenales del Sol beach and Carabassi beach, and in La Gola beach (where you can see a bunker from the Civil War).  You can hire equipment and take clases.
You can only reach La Gola beach by a short walking from the Tamarit beach, and you have a highly recommended stroll by the shore from La Gola to Pinet beach.

Rental material-2015

courses prices - 2015



There is other option in Club Windsurf Santa Pola (Avenida Blasco Ibañez 55). Their web is http://www.windsurfsantapola.com

The kitesurf spots of Santa Pola fit well for any level of kitesurfers because there are not big waves. In El Altet and San Juan spots there are a lot of waves, so they are considered as spots for kitesurfers of higher level. The winds on both spots are stable all year round, but the El Altet spot is situated on a beach for holidaymakers which makes it difficult to navigate in summer.

SUP (Stand Up Paddle)
SUP (Stand Up Paddle)
Kayaking classes

The calm days when there are no waves you can enjoy kayaking to explore the bay.

viernes, 8 de mayo de 2015

Elche Outlet Route: Buying footwear.

The Outlet Route in Elche Business Park  (Elche Parque Industrial), is located between Elche and Alicante, just seven kilometres from the first city. It is made up of 29 companies of top brands from different sectors, mainly footwear.

Mustang outlet store
Mustang Outlet

The city of Elche produces 50% of the footwear manufactured in Spain and is a leading exporter across Europe. The origins go back to the late nineteenth century, when a still predominantly agricultural community began to produce shoes using vegetable fibers, as jute or hemp.

The regular opening hours of the shops are from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday, and Saturdays from 10.00 to 14.00. At certain times of year, some establishments don't close at midday. There are maps in all the stores showing the locations of the different outlets, and in http://www.rutaoutlet.es/

Don't miss this opportunity to tour the outlet stores of Spain's most prestigious shoe manufacturers, with different qualities and prices, and the opportunity of discount prices and bargains.

I would advise you not to attempt to negotiate the business park on foot. It is a big estate and you will get very tired if you try to hike around it. Keep your energy for the shopping experience.

Tempe outlet
Tempe Outlet

The Tempe Outlet store sell footwear and accessories from previous seasons from the Inditex trademarks (Zara, Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe).

To choose the shops that you would like to visit, here you have links of some of the available brands:

(Not very much discounts, but I like this shoes a lot)

Panama Jack Outlet
Panama Jack Outlet


(Pikolinos also has a small footwear museum, open from 11.00-12.00 and 17.00-18.00h)

The beginning: making espadrilles
The beginning: making espadrilles.
Pikolinos & Martinelli Outlet
Pikolinos & Martinelli Outlet



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Guioseppo headquarter and outlet
Guioseppo headquarter and outlet





(One of the more visited shops)

Mustang headquarter and outlet
Mustang headquarter and outlet






sábado, 14 de febrero de 2015

BLOSSOMING ALMOND TREES IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

BLOSSOMING ALMOND TREEES


The almond tree is one of the first trees to flower all over the world. Here in Elche countryside, just next to the Mediterranean coast, it happens in winter. In the months of January and February magic falls over the landscape. At this time, almond trees are dressed in an elegant coat of colorful blossoms, while the winter are still alive. 

Every year in these days, when hues of white and pale pink flood the scenery, it´s very nice to have a walk in the countryside, enjoying this burst of color.


almond flowers


Almond trees also start to buzz, literally, as bees go to work pollinating trees.

Bees are very busy thanks to almond trees blossom.
Bees are very busy thanks to almond trees blossom.


almond flowers


Spain is the world’s second largest producer of almonds, and most almond trees are found in the Mediterranean region. As one of the most important products cultivated in Spain, it isn’t surprising that the almond is often found in Spanish cuisine. 


BLOSSOMING ALMOND TREEES




lunes, 9 de febrero de 2015

TOMATO WITH "CAPELLÁN", A TRADITIONAL LOCAL SALAD.


The tomato with "capellán" salad is  a Mediterranean course very typical of this area. The ingredients are tomato, olives, "capellán" flakes, olive oil, and sometimes capers.

When a tourist read it in a bar menú, it isn't easy to guess what "capellán" is. And if you look for in a dictionary, to read that is a kind of priest is not a good help.

The "capellán" is a small cod relative (Micromesistius poutassou, blue whiting in English, and "bacaladilla" in Spanish), when is prepared salted and dryed with the sun. This is one of the oldest methods of preserving fish, very usual here since ancient ages.

Blue whiting or "bacaladilla"
Blue whiting or "bacaladilla"


"Capellanes" in a traditional market
"Capellanes" in a traditional market.

The "Capellan" is ready to eat, but for this traditional local salad it's grilled directly on a flame, and once the skin is toasted, it's flaked by hand (never is cutted with a knife).

As the "capellán" flakes are salty, I always prefer not to add salt to the tomato, combining it with the fish. No doubt it's worth to taste it.


Tomato with "capellán" salad.
Tomato with "capellán" salad.






miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2014

EATING IN ELCHE: "LA MARMITA", A VEGETARIAN BAR IN "EL RAVAL" BOROUGH.

Fossar street 20
The entrance to the La Marmita

"El Raval" is a small and quiet neighbourhood in Elche, next to the city center, full character and history. You can arrive in 4 or 5 minutes walking from the city hall. This district was founded in the 13th century by the muslims, after the christians retook Elche, from the point where a arquebus shot arrived from the city walls. Nowadays their streets mantein the characteristics of the first times, and they are narrow and have irregular layout. To park in El Raval is very difficult, I don't recommend you to try it. It's better to arrive by foot.


 "La marmita", also called " La marmita de vegetapa", an ecologic and vegetarian bar, is in Fossar street number 20. It's a cosy place with few tables, a perfect place for veggies and for healthy food lovers.



La Marmita 1


The meals are vegan (100% vegetarian), and the owners work under the "Slow Food" concept. This is an international movement, alternative to fast food, that strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages local farming and  sustainable foods.

In "La marmita" you can find daily menus (9.50 , except 11.50 weekends)with appetizer, ecologic bread, 2 courses, dessert, coffee or infusion. If you don't feel like one dish, you can choose other option. These menus include for example lentils with vegan chorizo, vegetarian lasagne, scallop of mushrooms, pepper with seitan and vegan cream, broccoli croquettes, tomatoes stuffed of quinoa and pesto, or vegetarian paella. At the weekend are available tapas, and also they offer the option of take away.

La Marmita 2

Timetables:

Wednesday, 13.00 to 16.00h.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 13.00 to 16.00h, and 20.00 to 23.00h.
Sunday, 13.00 to 16.00h.

Contact:


A weekend menu


daily menu
A daily menú





miércoles, 10 de septiembre de 2014

JUJUBE (Jinjol): AN ASIAN FRUIT IN SOUTH-EAST SPAIN.

 
jujube fruits
 
The jujube tree is cultivated in Asia, but since centuries also in south-east Spain, where is called “jinjol”, “ginjol”, and the cultivation isn’t intensive. It was traditional that next to the farmer´s house there was a jujube tree.
It´s a deciduous tree with thorny branches. The fruit is an edible oval drupe of 1.5-3 cms, when immature it is smooth-green, with the consistency and taste similar to an apple, and when are mature the colour is brown. It has a single hard stone similar to an olive.
In Elche you can find jujube fruits since the end of August to October, and the price at the vegetables&fruit shops are between 2 and 3 Euros (Kg). The taste isn’t spectacular and the pulp is quite dry, but…I like it.
 
jujube tree
 
 
Reading about the jujube fruit, I have seen that it have been used by the Chinese traditional medicine, where they are believed to alleviate many health problems. Even I´ve found articles about its anti-cancer activity:




It sounds very well, but I think it isn´t enough yet. Nevertheless, if you find jujube fruits, is worth to taste it.

jujube fruits