Journey to the cradle of the loquat

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Journey to the cradle of the loquat

I keep trying to find out as much as I can and more of the best land in the world. Sometimes I say to myself, “what a trashy Valencian, that you know other places better than your own Community”. To problems, solutions. So, as we are in the middle of the medlar season, what better way to get to know the place known as ‘fruit of beauty’?

To begin with, it is important to know that the loquats from Callosa d’en Sarrià They have a Denomination of Origin and thanks to the Mediterranean climate of the area, the best in the country are made here. Source of vitamins and fiber, they are one of the first fruits that blooms in autumn and sprouts in spring. Its cultivation dominates the landscape and although you think that what you see on all the slopes of the mountain are greenhouses, they are nothing more than fabrics to protect them from the air. More natural, impossible. The loquat is one of the reasons to visit this area, but there are many more.

Now that the heat is still bearable, the mornings must be dedicated to tourism. Because what claims do we have in that area of The Marina Baja. To start, a visit to one of the natural treasures of the area, The Sources of Algar. Springs, waterfalls and the sinuous curves left by the erosion of the limestone rock… In addition, shortly and when the force of the water decreases, bathing in these pure and crystalline waters will be allowed again. Another essential is Guadalestone of the most beautiful towns in the Valencian Community, with that castle perched on the rock of the mountain itself and the views towards the photogenic Guadalest reservoir.

Hungry? In Callosa de Sarriàuntil May 31, they celebrate the Loquat Days or what is the same, menus at 25 euros in three restaurants in the town, El Algar de Don Joan, Casa Marcos and Les Fonts. Dishes? From a Mediterranean salad with medlars or a medlar salmorejo, to a medlar and Iberian lizard rice, another with baby cauliflower squid and the fruit in question, passing through others equally appetizing such as sweet coca with medlar compote and goat cheese or a fillet of sea bass with prawns with a touch of medlars.

If you are more to discover, you cannot visit the area without dropping by Polop and specifically in Ca El Angelsthe domain of Paco Teuler. In the house of his great-grandparents, it is where Teuler and his sister Vicenta now officiate at the stove. And what makes it so special? Well, it is one of those places that are not easily seen. Entering there is like entering the house of the granny, full of a home atmosphere.

Typical dishes from the traditional cuisine of Alicante and from the area parade around the table, such as minxoswhich are a kind of fried dumpling, stuffed with Pale and onion and accompanied by tomato and quail egg or rice dishes prepared in a pot, but also a fabulous expectant fraud pickleschaplain and mojama or a kid leg cooked with vegetables that is to die for. If you eat well there, you drink even better. Paco is in love with the world of wine, especially with natural, biodynamic and ecological wines. And to me, that orange they are my new religion, he conquered me with the Sicus to Orange Work Wine.

Tourism, gastronomy, nature… And rest? Another discovery, the two hotels that it has Barceló in La Nucia. I knew its historic center with steep little streets and white houses, but I had no idea that La Nucía is the city of sports and that they have a great sports city and even an Olympic stadium. Hell, he was also unaware that one of his buildings, Lab_Nucia has two awards Architizer and is considered one of the best office buildings in the world.

Typical dishes from the traditional cuisine of Alicante and from the area parade around the table, such as minxoswhich are a kind of fried dumpling, stuffed with Pale and onion and accompanied by tomato and quail egg or rice dishes prepared in a pot, but also a fabulous expectant fraud pickleschaplain and mojama or a kid leg cooked with vegetables that is to die for. If you eat well there, you drink even better. Paco is in love with the world of wine, especially with natural, biodynamic and ecological wines. And to me, that orange they are my new religion, he conquered me with the Sicus to Orange Work Wine.

Tourism, gastronomy, nature… And rest? Another discovery, the two hotels that it has Barceló in La Nucia. I knew its historic center with steep little streets and white houses, but I had no idea that La Nucía is the city of sports and that they have a great sports city and even an Olympic stadium. Hell, he was also unaware that one of his buildings, Lab_Nucia has two awards Architizer and is considered one of the best office buildings in the world.

Be that as it may, there are two novelties from the Mallorcan group, designed by the studio ILMIODESIGNthey are like to stay there to live. Barceló La Nucia Hills and Barceló La Nucia Palmstwo perfect hotels to take as a base of operations to get to know the area. Swimming pools, solarium areas, spacious rooms or apartments with a private terrace, a spa with waters and treatments, palm trees everywhere and the Mediterranean in every detail.

They also pay attention to gastronomy. Anyone who hears the option of dinner in a restaurant type buffetyou can put your hands to your head, but here, I assure you, no. Because we love discovering even the last lost restaurant, but hey, it also suits us -for me at least-, the life that I call retired, with its ashes in the hotel and so calm. Well, in these buffetespecially in the hotel Sawseverything is taken care of in detail. The night we spent there, you could choose from a lot of options, but very well chosen. A Russian salad of categoryvery rich salmorejo, frying without an iota of excess oil and even baked fish with its garnish, which many restaurants would like to prepare.

They both have their own ceiling those who have called B-Heavena space on the heights with a swimming pool and bar area, which enjoy privileged views of the Guadalest mountain system and the horizonalways overwhelming why not, of Benidorm. One of them is even inspired by the scenes of wes andersonso the photo for Instagram is assured. The one of things that you are missing in the Marina Baja!

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