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Someone goes to Catalonia to luxuriate on the glorified beaches, sights interest others, the third are eager for extreme entertainments. The fourth look for gastronomic pleasures, the Catalan cuisine is noteworthy gourmets.

Proud, independent Catalonia - formally one of the areas of Spain: in essence - the certain country emphasizing the independence. And originality which is shown in everything. Since the main town of Catalonia - Barcelona. It is compared to the beautiful woman (opposing it more strict Madrid embodying a machismo).

the Sea and mountains
in recent years the Catalan cuisine found world recognition. Mixture of the East and West, Mauritian tradition and a vanguard delicacy - all these nuances also create unique taste of Catalan food. In one dish meat and fish, chicken can be combined with shrimps and langoustines.“ The sea and mountains“ - Catalans so call the kitchen. Now Barcelona is called by right “the new European capital of gourmets“. And not without reason: 41 restaurants of Catalonia appear owners of stars in the last edition of the gastronomic reference book “Michelin“.

Chocolate and cream

As a rule, excursions across Barcelona begin with Gothic quarter, its Cathedral and the museums. After survey to gourmets we recommend to glance for small Petrichol Street, it is called the street of shokoladnitsa. It is one of modernism symbols too. At the end of the 19th century hot chocolate became fashionable, and in small cafes on Petrichol the secular public directed. Here manually ground beans and cooked fashionable drink. The Museum of chocolate will show you ancient units which crushed cocoa - beans, in shop at the museum it is possible to buy house sweets (they are made directly here) and spices. On this narrow medieval small street impregnated with a dense and sweet smell of chocolate and vanilla arrange opening days, concerts, during the Forum of culture in Barcelona there took place Picasso`s exhibition here and Kabalye acted. Nearby little shops and cafe of “Grankh“ (Granja) where it is possible to buy the freshest granular cottage cheese, cheeses, whipped cream were located. In the mornings here it is populous - Barceloneses like to have breakfast in cafe. At an entrance to one of little shops - a plate on a pavement with the engraved name of the owner. It became famous for what invented cold to cocoa which became popular drink.

the Master - a class on - Catalan

the Well-known Barcelonian market “Bokeria“ deserves separate excursion. Its counters are colourful still lifes where seafood adjoins, gardens and kitchen gardens, a set of mushrooms - them collect in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and also bring from France. Huge dried gammons - the well-known jamon, sausages covered with a noble mold, the most tasty cheeses and exotic local sweets - the show impressive, and from spicy smells begins to be turned the head. To gastronomic tourists at restaurant, here in the market building, show the master - a class - at you prepare typical Catalan dishes. Begin with cold appetizers, for example, small cut salty cod of very gentle taste with tomatoes, paste from olives filled with olive oil. Then the fidua - small vermicelli which at first is fried till golden color in olive oil then is extinguished in saturated broth from several grades of fish and seafood, in advance fried langoustines, shrimps and pieces of a cuttlefish, tomatoes, seasonings and wine are added there. There is a set of kinds of a fidu - each cook prepares this dish in own way as well as a paella. And the most pleasant part of excursion when you, having languished from visual impressions, pass to tasting, washing down unusually tasty food with marvelous wine. The traditional dessert - cream - a katalana, the reminding cream - to the bryula, with a golden crust from burned sugar and aroma of vanilla finishes a lunch.

the Obligatory program

In any cafe or restaurant, even the most prestigious and expensive, everything begins with tapas - small snack which are located on a piece of bread. By the way, about bread: the typical Catalan entertainment is the idle time, but unusually tasty pa amb tomaquet, rural bread of a rough grinding with a crisp grated with garlic and ripe tomato, sprinkled by olive oil and salted. It can be given ready, and can put all ingredients on a table in order that everyone did to itself(himself) to taste. It is possible to call this tomato bread one of symbols of Catalonia. Remind of it even walls of the well-known theater - the museum of the Distance in Figueres - tomato color, plentifully covered with modelled Catalan rolls. And, of course, everywhere offer you a paella. Only in Catalonia it special - with the black rice painted by “ink“ of a cuttlefish. Or with small vermicelli, too black, is already next kind of a fidu. Well and the local sausages well-known it is far outside Spain: a langonisa - pork sausage with white beans, a chorisa - sharp, with a paprika - and a butifarra.

Dara Bakhusa`s

of Wine - a subject of special pride of Catalans. In September when holidays of winemaking are spent, tourists are carried in Raymat. It is possible to participate in harvesting, to look how children and adults trample down grapes in barrels. Then - the dramatized idea of a serpent who tried to ruin vineyards, and hunters who, certainly, won against it. In end of a holiday guests are treated with young wine which is drunk from a glass vessel with a long nose - a porrona. It is held in the right hand and, gradually deleting from the face up, send a wine stream to a mouth. Locals make it masterly, and tourists spill on themselves more, than drink.

to Visit Catalonia and not to try “kava“, the well-known sparkling wine, - inexcusable omission. On taste it does not concede to the French brut champagne. If you want to try the well-known wine from the Priory, you will be brought to the South, to the province Tarragona. The place very popular with tourists, for them is carried out by tastings of olive oil and wine which right there can be bought. Wines differ in bright, saturated color and excellent taste, one here - with a light aroma of flowers and berries, others - more tart, velvety. Tasting is carried out in due form: pour in glasses absolutely gradually (each grade), then, having twisted a glass, suggest to note the “slezk“ which are flowing down on walls. Dense, flowing down smoothly - a wine quality sign. Then it is necessary to inhale aroma and to take a sip carefully, previously having taken wine in language.

we Recommend to visit:
  • In Zhirona - the city is famous for masterpieces of Gothic and Romance architecture.
  • - here come To Leride especially for shopping: on the main street 400 shops are located!
  • In the delta of the river Ebro the unique natural reserve is, ornithologists gather here to observe birds. Tell, their more than 300 types here.
  • In Toss Map - this picturesque small resort town on the rocky cape enclosed with a fortification. In the small museum of the city works of Chagall who loved these places and long lived and worked here are exposed.