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Spanish Tapas

Spanish Tapas

Tapas mix and pinchos food from Spain
Tapas mix and pinchos food from Spain

The word tapa comes from the verb tapar, which means to cover. Centuries ago, it used to be a slice of bread which was put on top of a drink to keep out flies and probably dust as well. Then some medieval  and entrepreneurial bar owner had the brilliant idea to put some meat or cheese on the bread and the tapa as we know it was born.

Tapas : Spanish ham
Tapas : Spanish ham

Tapas recipes are according to the taste and gastronomic traditions of each region. But the tapas most often served are usually those including  the many variety of olives, dry nuts, as well as many kinds of cold cuts. Nowadays, the tapa includes many other recipes for appetizers. In the Middle Ages and during periods of economic hardship, those courses were supplemented with bread. However, today, those courses are included in the tapas world. Tapas recipes use a wide variety of animal-derived products, such as meat, fish and eggs and agricultural products such as vegetables.

classical Spanish tapas
classical Spanish tapas

The many varieties of olives – green, Manzanilla, machacadas (crushed), gordales (big), rellenas (stuffed), aliñadas (flavoured) or deshuesadas (stoneless) – are in themselves the subject of a book. Together with the olives, slices of garlic or smoked-ham sausages, slices of cheese or jamón curado, became famous worldwide. After all, this is the real origin of the cover of the Middle Ages’ jar.
Among others, there are fried tapas and tapas prepared with sauces. Sometime in the past, the fried tapas had more success and are more in demand than the ones prepared with sauces, apart from some small exceptions. “Boquerones”(whitebait), calamari, sausages, fritters, croquettes, potato and “torreznos”, belong to the world of fried tapas. Casserole stews as well as the Madrilenian “callos”, the Almagro’s aubergines or flavoured string beans belong to the tapas prepared with sauces. Finally, animal and agricultural-based recipes such as potato tortilla, cod fritters, croquettes and escabeches, remain obligatory at this time of the day so that, if accompanied by a salad, they could perfectly replace a complete lunch.

 

Tapas : Spanish tortilla
Tapas : Spanish tortilla

Today, alongside with these traditional snacks, many new ones appeared, some of which were only meant to be served on an elegantly laid table. Such newcomers include the “paella” or the stewed potatoes with meat; and others taken from foreign recipes that finally ended up in our tapas world such as smoked salmon, pate or caviar, vegetable spring rolls, smoked fish from the Northern countries, German sausages, Swiss or French melted cheese and cakes or pate from Central  Europe.

Spanish Wines

Spanish Wines

Spanish Wines : different Sherries
Spanish Wines : different Sherries

Spain is the second largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France and the third Italy. The best known Spanish wine is probably Sherry, which is produced in Jerez. Manzanilla is a variety of fino sherry made around the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. In Spanish, chamomile tea is called “manzanilla”, and thus this wine gets the name because the wine’s flavour is said to be reminiscent of such tea.
The sherry is manufactured using the same methods as a fino and results in a very pale, dry liquid. In addition, the sherry is often described as having a salty flavour, believed to develop from the fact that it is manufactured on the sea estuary of the Guadalquivir river. Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s cool temperatures and high humidity contribute to a higher yield of flor yeast than in Jerez or El Puerto de Santa María. The thicker cap of flor better protects the wine from contact with the air, resulting in a fresher, more delicate flavour than other varieties of fino.

Red Wines

The country’s three most important red wine regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Penedes.
In Rioja, the law permits the use of four red grape varieties. Tempranillo is the primary grape used, followed by Garnacha (also known as Grenache), Graciano and Mazuelo. The latter two are excellent but difficult to grow varieties. Crianza wines are those that have been aged for two years, Reservas are aged three years, and Gran Reservas (also known as Reserva Especial) are aged at least five years.
Ribera del Duero lacks the long history of Rioja and was recognized as an official wine region in 1982, although most Spaniards would say that the best Spanish wines are produced in this region.
Penedes produces both red and white wines. The largest Spanish wine brand name, Torres, is a major producer there.

Spanish Wines : Ribera del Duero
Spanish Wines : Ribera del Duero

Quality

Until about 25 years ago, Spanish red wines were generally of mediocre quality. Many were aged too long in wood, overpowering their freshness and fruit character. However, quality has risen to the point that they compete successfully in the international market. Very high quality Spanish wines have recently become “trendy” in some circles.
Wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. has identified the following as Spain’s greatest estates: Artadi, Clos Erasmus, Alvardo Palacios, Tinto Pesquera, Dominio de Pingus, and Bodega Vega Sicilia.
Gran Corona Mas La Plata 1970 received first place in the important Cabernet blend category of the Wine Olympics.

White wines

The most valorized white wines come from Galicia (D.O. Rias Baixas and Ribeira). The most recognized of the grape varieties is the Albariño.
Another nice area for white wine is Rueda in the Valladolid province, where the most used grapes are from the Verdejo variety.

Spanish Wines : Albariño/Rias Baixas
Spanish Wines : Albariño/Rias Baixas

Appellation

Denominación de origen is an appellation primarily for Spanish wines, but also other foodstuffs. It is closely modelled after the Italian DOC. As of 2006, 65 wine regions have DO status.
The wine appelation uses two levels of labels similar to the Italian system:

DO — Denominación de Origen
DOCa — Denominación de Origen Calificada

The DOCa label was introduced on 3 April, 1991. Rioja is the only appelation to hold a DOCa status.The  recognized wine producing regions in Spain grow a wide diversity of grapes, mostly of native origin. The great variety of wines with unfamiliar names causes confusion among many consumers.

The Courtyard Bodega

The Courtyard Bodega

The Courtyard Bodega, Benahavis
The Courtyard Bodega, Benahavis

Situated at the end of the road into Benahavis village, this cozy bodega is hidden away in one of the most picturesque spots of the village, a little courtyard in a small development designed by David Marshall.

The new manager, Ali, has been a well known face on the coast for the last 25 years. Her first foray into hospitality was managing Los Arcos in Benavista 21 years ago. Ali has been behind the bar of La Bodega for the last 18 months so knows the ropes inside out!
During the winter months there will be a series of special offers along with quiz and bingo nights and, of course, the odd football match or two. One of the specials is Friday Night Cava – only €9.95 a bottle – bargain!!

The Courtyard Bodega serves a selection of wines, beers and spirits, as well as some tapas.

Open from 17.00 until late.

Plaza Camilo Jose Cela
Benahavis village
Tel : +34 622 041 591

Legends Bar & Grill

Legends Bar & Grill

Legends Bar & Grill Benahavis
Legends Bar & Grill Benahavis

The sports bar in Benahavis with five large TV screens. All big sports events are shown live whether it is a boxing match at 3AM or a cricket game in New Zealand at 9AM. If there is enough interest, Legends opens very early.
Four beers on tap, Guinness, Peroni, Estrella Galicia and Carling.
Sunday roast and excellent pub grubs. Large selection of hamburgers.

Legends Bar & Grill Benahavis
Legends Bar & Grill Benahavis

Legends on facebook

Open from 6PM until late.
Saturdays and sundays from 1PM till late.
Closed on mondays.

C/Montemayor (just before Rufino’s restaurant)
Benahavis villag

Legends Bar & Grill Benahavis
Legends Bar & Grill Benahavis

 

Bar Pizzeria Canela

Bar Pizzeria Canela

Bar pizzeria Canela, Benahavis
Bar pizzeria Canela, Benahavis

Canela offers salads, sandwiches, grilled chicken, paellas and pizzas as well as more traditional dishes.
With over 10 years of experience in Italian pizzerias and Valencian restaurants, Isaac prepares the best paellas on the Costa del Sol and pizzas in the best Italian tradition.

Bar pizzeria Canela, Benahavis
Bar pizzeria Canela, Benahavis

Best pizzas in town
Grilled Chicken with chips

Canela bar-pizzeria

Paellas made to your wishes

Live Music on dec, 31 from 5PM until 8PM

Open  13.00.00-24.00
Closed on Thursday

Avenida de Andalucia, 14
Tel : +34 619 954 034
Benahavis village

Bar pizzeria Canela, Benahavis
Bar pizzeria Canela, Benahavis

New built 3 bed townhouses Benahavis village : 290.000€

Mirador de la Moraleda : New build 3 bedroom townhouses for sale

REF : BEVTH-009

bedrooms

3

price

€ 290.000

bathrooms

2 swimming pool yes

m2 built

117 storage yes

m2 terrace

61 garage/parking space yes

 

Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village
Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village

Located 400 meter from the centre of Benahavis, El Mirador de la  Moraleda is a new development of 8 luxury townhouses with magnificent views of the protected surrounding hills, superb amenities and a contemporary design.

Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village
Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village

The project is designed to respect and integrate with its natural environment using the topography of the land to dictate the layout of the development and the design of each home. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, and compact porcelain floor tiling from leading brands in kitchens and bathrooms the townhouses have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms located on the lower floor, with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area located on the first floor to benefit from the wonderful natural light. A key feature are the roof-top terraces allowing for outdoor living all year round. Each home has a private parking space and storeroom.

Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village
Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village

Mirador en Moraleda offers a choice of 8 luxury spacious townhouses each comprising of three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.
Each property has a large open-plan kitchen-diner fully equipped with Siemens appliances and a living area with a terrace perfect for outdoor dining.
The master bedroom includes ample wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom. Each townhouse also offers two further bedrooms, an additional full bathroom and a convenient laundry room.

Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village
Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village

Perfect for cooling off on hot summers days, the urbanization has two swimming pools, one large and another specifically designed for children. Separate male and female bathrooms are located within the pool area, and an open-air squash court is located next to the pool area for residents’ use.

Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village
Mirador de Moraleda : New build townhouse for sale, Benahavis village

Green areas are dotted throughout the communal areas of the urbanization with plentiful shaded areas and benches for residents to use at their pleasure.

 

 

 

 

For more info or a complete list of properties, contact :

Tino’s Properties
Urb. Las Lomas, 53
29679 Benahavis village
Tel : +34 645 492 543
E-mail : tinosproperties@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

3 bed townhouse Benahavis village : 349.000€

3 bedroom townhouse for sale in Benahavis village

REF : BEVTH-008

bedrooms

3

price

€ 349.000

bathrooms

2,5 swimming pool yes

m2 built

217 storage yes

m2 terrace

17 garage/parking space yes

 

townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis
townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis

Large 3 bedroom townhouse for sale in Urb. El Casar in Benahavis village, a development with 3 outdoor swimming pools as well as a heated indoor pool, sauna and gym.

townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis

The house is built on 3 floors :
Entry floor (middle floor : entry hall, living/dining room with access to the terrace, and kitchen.
Top floor : two large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Lower floor : large bedroom, full  bathroom, laundry room and garage.

townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis
townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis

The property is being sold completely furnished and is ideal for families as kids can play in the pool all year, whether inside or out.

El Casar is situated at the entry of Benahavis village next to the town hall at just 500 meter from the village centre, where you can find all the banks, shops, restaurants and bars.
And if you want breakfast or lunch, the bar in the town hall is only 100 meter away.

townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis
townhouse for sale El Casar, Benahavis

For more info or a complete list of properties, contact :

Tino’s Properties
Urb. Las Lomas, 53
29679 Benahavis village
Tel : +34 645 492 543
E-mail : tinosproperties@gmail.com

Lili’s Panimbi

Lili’s Panimbi

Bars in Benahavis : Lili's
Bars in Benahavis : Lili’s

Lili’s is located just across from El Chico in the C/Malaga in the centrte of the village.

Lili will always welcome you with a broad smile and make you feel at home straight away.

Great food in portions or half portions, as well as pizza as you like it.
The place for mojitos and caipirinhas!!!

Bars in Benahavis : Lili's
Bars in Benahavis : Lili’s

Open from 6PM until late
Closed on Sundays

Calle Malaga, opposite Chicos
Benahavis village
tel : 678 387 449
627 151 302

3 bed townhouse Benahavis village : 235.000€

3 bedroom Townhouse for sale Benahavis village

REF : BEVTH-007

bedrooms

3

price

€ 235.000

bathrooms

2,5 swimming pool private

m2 built

131 storage yes

m2 terrace

32 garage/parking space yes

 

Townhouse for sale Benahavis village
Townhouse for sale Benahavis village

Cozy 3 bedroom townhouse just 300 meter from the centre of Benahavis with all the shops, bars and restaurants.
Also close to the schools and sports facilities.

Townhouse for sale Benahavis village
Townhouse for sale Benahavis village

The property is built on 2 levels. You enter through a large patio in front of the house where you can find the fully fitted kitchen, ample living/dining room with access to an east-facing terrace, and a guest toilet.
On the top floor there are two bedrooms which share a bathroom and the master bedroom with en-suite.

Townhouse for sale Benahavis village
Townhouse for sale Benahavis village

This is a home rather than a house and it is perfectly suited for a family  as the service charges are extremely low (10€/month) and it is close to all amenities.

Parking is on the street, but there is plenty of space as the street, which is a cul-de-sac, has only 4 houses in it.

Townhouse for sale Benahavis village
Townhouse for sale Benahavis village

For more info or a complete list of properties, contact :

Tino’s Properties
Urb. Las Lomas, 53
29679 Benahavis village
Tel : +34 645 492 543
E-mail : tinosproperties@gmail.com

Anna’s

Anna’s Bar Restaurant

Anna's bar restaurant benahavis
Anna’s bar restaurant Benahavis

Cozy bar and tapa restaurant opposite the church, serving excellent tapas and portions. Open from 12AM.

Large terrace on the street and patio in the back of the restaurant to enjoy summer days and a pair of sofas which are placed in front of the fire place, making this an outstanding place on colder days.

Plaza de la Iglesia, 2
Benahavis village
Tel : +34 686 910 230
E-mail : anna@annasbenahavis.com
Open from 12.00
Closed on mondays