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We travel on through Andalusia and after enjoying the gastronomy of Seville, we would like to let you know today Granada and its province through a gastronomic route. We show you the most characteristic places of the city, the tapas you must try, what are the most typical dishes and sweets of the different parts of the province and the native drinks to accompany every bite.
The province of Granada is located in the southeast of the peninsula, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and in turn in the heart of the Penibética Mountains. While the city is in the center of the Vega de Granada region and at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Because of this location we find different climates within the province and therefore a great one variety of ingredients and raw materials.
The Granada gastronomy It is also characterized by representing the traditional Arab-Andalusian cuisine. Through our gastronomic route you will see that their dishes are widely used spices, an Arab heritage. And, as you know, the Muslims ruled in Granada from 745 to 1492, and their influence is still latent in the city. Do you want to know how? Keep reading because we are already starting.
The most characteristic places to visit
Granada is not very big, but it is worth spending at least two or three days there to enjoy it. The beauty, charm and great atmosphere, together with the gastronomy, are the main reasons why it has become one of the most visited cities in Spain.
It has unique monuments, charming neighborhoods and a vantage point from which to explore the “Best sunset in Spain 2019”, a title he received for the second year running. Next, we'll talk about what are the essential places to visit in the city, but keep in mind that Granada is much more.
The Alhambra and the Generalife
The Alhambra in Granada is the beautiful monumental complex that was the royal residence and court of Granada in the mid-years. XIII, and a citadel with high walls and defense towers, until the XV century. It had two main zones: the military zone or Alcazaba and the medina or palace city. That's where the famous Nasrid Palaces and the remains of the houses of nobles and common people who lived there.
It is also worth a visit Generalife, the recreation house of the sultans of Granada. It is surrounded by orchards and gardens and has an amphitheater at the entrance where a number of shows of the music and dance festival are held every year.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Incarnation of Granada is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the country. The imposing facade and the artistic ensemble of the 15 chapels stand out. In the Royal chapel are the remains of the Catholic monarchs.
It is the old Arab quarter and is located on a hill, opposite the Alhambra. It's best to stroll through the narrow streets to discover how the Arab legacy continues and the various cultural and social transformations that have taken place. One of the most famous streets is the Paseo de los Tristes along the Darro River.
It is in the heart of the neighborhood Sinterklaas lookout, from where you can watch the best sunset in Spain while listening to flamenco, as there is always a group of friends playing nearby.
This is the cradle of this Flemish from Granada, for what is known as the gypsy quarter. It is a picturesque neighborhood, where it is striking that all facades are white. It is also interesting to see a new type of home, such as caves, which are grouped around ravines.
While many of the Muslim-era houses and mosques were demolished after the Christian reconquest, the Arab influence on the gastronomy of Granada yes, it has survived to this day.
Gastronomic route of Granada
Through our gastronomic route we will see that most of the typical dishes of Granada are made with fresh products region of. The vegetables come from the Vega, the meat from the Sierra Nevada for the spoons and stews or the fish from the Motril coast.
As we will see below, a lot can be taken cover size. As a result, many visitors to the city are attracted not only by the cultural offer, but also by the gastronomic offer.
Going out for tapas in Granada
Granada is considered the top city And that's why we want you to know which ones to try, and the best areas to sample them.
Keep in mind if you want to accompany them beer, an Alhambra is requested and if you prefer summer red then you should ask for a "summer" if it is with lemon, or a "summer with white" if you prefer it with soft drinks. In addition, it is common to find a letter of tapas slate so you can choose the one you like the most.
- Trevélez ham
- Roasted Ham: It's the city's official coverage
- Eggplants with cane honey
- Meat in sauce, on a plate or in a sandwich
- Crumbs: They are usually accompanied by one or two anchovies, a green pepper and a slice of melon.
- Poor Potatoes: It is one of the typical dishes that can be served in sliced format. Always accompanied by pepper and a touch of oil. Some also usually carry a fried egg.
- Deep fried fish
- Other tapas: croquettes, Russian salad, rice, fried squid, salmorejo or gazpacho.
Salmorejo, paella, crumbs and potato omelette in tapas
As in all cities, you need to know what they are tapas streets most famous and avoid the most touristic areas. It is even more common that you have your own gourmet tapas route.
The Navas street It is best known for the best bars where they serve tapas, including the Los Diamantes bar. It is also worth checking out the Elvira Street, the Cathedral area, Plaza de Toros and Gran Capitán. In the Trinidad square and the alleys around it are the most authentic bars. Some are indie taverns like Eric & # 39; s Bar, from the drummer of the music group Los planetas.
Typical dishes from Granada and province
Our gastronomic route continues and it's time to find out which dishes to order if you really want to try it typical food of Granada. First we will see what the dishes you will find on the menu of any restaurant in the city specializing in the cuisine of Granada. And later we will show you the gastronomic specialties that you will find on the coast or in the more touristic regions, if you decide to take a break.
Beans with ham
- Typical dishes of Granada
The ten most striking dishes of the Granada gastronomy like for example beans with ham, the Sacromonte omelette or the pot San Antón, we mention them in our article about typical dishes of Granada, and also the recipe for each of them.
But they are not the only ones, there are many more that are worth knowing. In Granada it is very common to eat stews from the second half of January. Therefore they take in addition to the pot of San Antón as well collard stew golf jar with pears and quince. The latter transports vegetables, chickpeas, pork and chicken, pears and quince.
Best quinces of Granada they occur in the zone of the banks of the streams and rivers born in Sierra Nevada.
Quince from Granada
They also eat a lot poutinglike the small green beans, the famous fennel stew golf thistle casserole.
Other dishes not to be missed are the paprika and the crumbs.
- Typical dishes of the Altiplano
Our gastronomic route continues outside the city. The Altiplano is located northeast of Granada and includes the Baza and Huéscar regions. Both have a complete tourist and sports offer, including the tourist accommodation in caves.
Among the treats that can be eaten in the Altiplano, the Segureño lamb, the homemade sausages dried in caves like the loins of horza, the gurullos with partridge, the huesquino filling or the dotted with hare.
Also the gurupine, a stew similar to porridge, with seasonal mushrooms, tomatoes, flour and paprika as the main ingredient. Salted cod is also sometimes added.
Both Baza and Huéscar have a typical sweet, the Wine roscos. They have an excellent taste traditional pastries. They are made with flour, olive oil, white wine, syrup, orange zest, cinnamon and sugar.
- What to eat in La Alpujarra
La Alpujarra is one of the most unique and visited regions of Granada. It is a mountainous area with spectacular landscapes. In addition, the houses of the cities keep the intact berber architecture, which makes them unique.
The alpujarreña gastronomy It is rich and varied, based on the agricultural and livestock products found in the area. And it is especially noticeable because two indigenous gastronomic flows intersect, the Moorish and the Christian.
One of the most notable dishes is the alpujarreño dish (also typical of Almería), which is made with potatoes, a poor, black pudding, chorizo, ham and fried egg. You can also add loin to fillets or tacos.
Other traditional recipes are alpujarreñas crumbs (which differ because they are accompanied by "tricks" and because semolina is used for their effect) and the baby goat cooked with garlic (child).
Let's not forget it Trevélez hamnone of the blows from the Alpujarra, a typical candy of Arab origin, made with eggs, sugar, almonds and lemon.
Other noteworthy desserts are fritters from Lanjarón and the Pampaneira borrachuelos, similar to the pestiños.
It is one of the most important cities in the province of Granada, with a rich and extensive historical-artistic heritage. The cathedral and the Arab Alcazaba stand out. In addition, their tourist and sports offer is very complete, because they have a motor circuit.
The dishes of the Gastronomy of Guadix They show the heritage of the different cultures and populations that inhabited the city. The two classics are the pepper soup and the sky puddings.
Other typical dishes are the braised partridge (in sauce or pickled sauce), the garlic rabbit and the lamb to Jerez. Also the crumbs, the dad and the rin-ran, a salad of dried roasted peppers, dried apricots of tomatoes, boiled onion, spiced olives, hard boiled eggs and salt cod.
The confectionery is part of their tradition and they demonstrate it by making other candies such as pestiños and the baked donuts.
- Grenadine coast
It is also known as Costa Tropical, due to its exceptional climatic conditions, as the Sierra Nevada mountains cut the north wind.
The four main cities are Motril, Salobreña, Almuñécar and La Herradura.
Lovely in this area avocado and mango, while on the coast gourmet delights such as shrimps, the skewers and a typical fish dish called moraja, which is made with Motril sardines.
Squid and sardine skewers
The most typical dessert is motril royal cake, because of the exquisite taste and the efforts made by the Videras family to continue making it for five generations.
Other typical desserts and sweets
While we've already told you about the typical sweets of some regions, we want to end our gastronomic route by sweetening you up a bit.
The piononos are the undisputed kings of the Granada pastries, which originated in the city of Santa Fe, is a thin sheet of biscuit (usually dipped in a sweet, very soft drink) filled with cream and cinnamon. It is rolled in a cylinder and roasted sugary cream is added on top.
Also be typical monasteries sweets, Like the moles of eggs that the nuns of San Antón and the Bones of saintsAlthough not exclusive to a monastery, those of the municipality of Loja stand out. The first is a typical dessert from Semana Sanata, while the second is made for the festival of All Saints.
The drinks of Granada
All the tapas and dishes we discovered on our gastronomic route deserve to be accompanied by a local drink. And Granada also boasts a producer of drinks, such as beer, wine and rum.
- Alhambra beer
It has been brewed in the city since 1925 and we can certainly find 12 types of beers including the traditional Alhambra, Reserva 1925 or Red Reserve.
- Wines with PDO
These wines have one fantastic personality over time. White wines are fresh and fragrant, red tasty and very complex, while sparkling wines have a fine bubble and elegant acidity.
Granada currently has 17 wineries with the distinctive Designation of origin.
- Rum "Pálido Montero"
The sugar stick, of Asian descent, was introduced and acclimatized in Spain by the Muslims and from there spread to America. Sugar cane has been planted in Motril for over a thousand years and rum is extracted from the distilled juice.
At the Ron Montero winery, they make completely artisanal rum, distilled in Montero alembics, making it a unique product.
Another reason that shows the importance of gastronomy in Granada is the gastronomic fairs that are celebrated there. The three most important in the province are Granada Gourmet, the Almuñécar Gastronomic Fair and Tapas grenade.
We hope you find ours gastronomic route through Granada and its provincesince you have been able to verify its gastronomy, it has a wide variety of ingredients and raw materials.
If you've ever been to this Andalusian city, many of the dishes we've mentioned are certainly familiar to you. Tell us in the comments which you like best and also if you recommend a street, neighborhood or bar where we can go for tapas. Between us all we can have excellent references to enjoy the gastronomic experience even more.
You can also tell us what you want the next city we visit. If it is yours, we would like to know which places you would recommend us to see and especially what are the most typical dishes you recommend us to try.
Until the next kitchen!
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