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Things that only happen in Spain when summer

June 26, 2018

Beaches, swimming pools, beautiful green parks for sunny mornings, museums for an afternoon of masterpieces, and countless bars for a tapas night.

Spaniards take summer very seriously, and there are some “rituals” or situations that only occur when summer arrives.
Even if in any other country summer is considered from 21st June to 21st September, technically, it’s true that due to the high temperatures summer in Spain can be considered from mid-May to late October. Hot, hot, heat!

And what Spaniards do to welcome the season?
Every 23rd June people meet on the Mediterranean beaches to celebrate the summer festivity. They do a fire on the beach and jump, dance and drink around till midnight thanking the season to come. It is called “The Night of San Juan” and as a tradition at 00.00 people wash their faces with seawater as a symbol of beauty and health for the whole year. The fire will give protection all year round to those who dare to jump over the flames. A ritual you would not like to miss.

Terraces, bars, open-air places and parks gain even more protagonism. Summer in Spain is strictly spent on the streets. Tapas, beers or the most typical summer drink in Spain: “tinto de verano” what means the perfect mix of red wine and sparkling water in a way only Spaniards can do.
Can you already imagine the favourite snack of Spanish people during this season? Right, olives from Spain win!

August is a month to relax for everybody and the city slows down its ordinary rhythm. Make yourself part of them and wait until 20h to jump into the streets.

Finally, we have already said Spaniards enjoy the open-air more than any other human being, so if you wonder where you can find them the answer is: Beach!

– Summing up –

When: From 21st June till 21st September
Where: Beaches, parks, swimming pools.
What to eat: Tapas and of course, olives from Spain.
What to drink: Tinto de verano
What to do: Relax

With all these tips, you are ready to enjoy properly a Spanish summer.

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Five Perfect Spanish Dishes for Summer with Olives

July 3, 2018

How do our eating habits change with the arrival of heat? The high temperatures push us to consume fruits, fresh vegetables, fish and shellfish in greater quantity, even if they are included the whole year round in our Mediterranean diet. Summer !

Holidays mean barbecues, meals at the beach and picnics all around. We say goodbye to heavy and elaborated meals difficult to digest and we allow ourselves to be fooled by a great variety of the best summer dishes from Spain, fresh and light.

Gazpacho
There is no summer without gazpacho! Gazpacho is one of the classics of summer. It is healthy, refreshing and light! You can take it to the beach, to the pool or to the office if you are not still on vacation.
It consists of a cold soup made of tomato, pepper, cucumber, soaked crusted bread in water and seasoned with oil, vinegar, salt, garlic and sliced manzanilla olives from Spain as the final touch.

Ajoblanco Soup.
An ancient and amazing recipe from Extremadura and Andalucia. ¿What do we need? Raw almonds, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and bread are the main ingredients you will need to taste it. Absolutely affordable and easy to prepare! When serving it you can be well accompanied with an amazing hojiblanca olive snack. Let’s keep it in family!

 

Mixed salad
Among the variety of salads, the mixed salad is probably the most popular and consumed during the summer. You will wonder, why? Easy, light, fresh and with Mediterranean ingredients! Although there are many variants, the basic ingredients are: lettuce, tomato, onion, asparagus, hard-boiled egg and manzanilla or gordal olives. In addition to the ingredients, the seasoning is basic to make it tasty: olive oil, vinegar and salt.
Easy and delicious after a day on the beach, don’t you think?

 

Melon with ham
Some foreigners will read twice the menu when they get to the restaurant. As weird as tasty it is the simplest dish to prepare since it hardly requires preparation. We only need two ingredients: melon and ham. The secret that makes this dish so exquisite is the contrast of flavours: the sweet of the fruit and the savoury of the serrano’s ham. Ideally, serve the cold melon and accompany it with a sweet wine and a bowl of rosemary marinated olives.

Esqueixada Catalana
Who does not want a fresh, simple and light salad that also dresses any menu with a touch of elegance? Esqueixada could be the recipe you were looking for. It is one of the typical dishes of Catalonia and its star component is cod. Onion, green pepper, red pepper, tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and black olives will perfectly complete the salad. Fresh and tasty!

If you noticed the olives are in all the dishes of this summer, either as the main ingredient or as an aperitif, because olives are the answer !

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Summer escapades, holidays are a must.

July 10, 2018

In the hot season, beach destinations take over all our thoughts.
Planning a holiday to Spain? With more than 5,000 miles of coastline, Spain has thousands of beaches, from tiny rocky coves to long strips of golden sand, anyone could find its place according to its expectations and desires.

The Basque coast on the Bay of Biscay has some of the best waves for surfing, Zarautz, Mundaka or San Sebastian can be one of many.
The Canary Islands, with more than 150 beaches along its 220 miles of coast, is fast becoming one of Spain’s most popular seaside destinations. There are amazing conditions for kiteboarding, windsurfing, diving and other activities. But if you prefer coves, you can explore the Costa Brava from the French border down to Tossa de Mar, or head to the Balearics and venture down to find secret beaches. On the other hand, if you want to meet culture, good food, amazing weather and sun-kissed beaches, then you better go to Andalusia.

Do you want more details? Just keep reading, open a jar of olives from Spain and it would not be difficult to feel the summer in your body.

Natural Park of Cabo de Gata, Almería
A good corner to spend your next vacation in Spain is the incredible Natural Park of Cabo de Gata, one of the best corners of Andalusia. Turquoise waters, marine life, rich gastronomy, white villages and, above all, a lot of peace on the shores of the Mediterranean are some of the things that await you. Don’t forget to add to your beach picnic bag and amazing olive snack. Easy to carry, fresh and light.

Tamariu, Costa Brava.
Secluded coves and broad stretches of golden sand, look no further, Tamariu in Costa Brava. Far from the crowds the stretch of coastline between Palamós, about an hour north of Barcelona, and Cadaqués near the French border has some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean.

Es Pujols, Formentera.
Best beach in the Balearics? We could argue about that all day but Formentera, has some pretty convincing contenders for the title. White sand and clear, calm water are the norm here, making Formentera a good choice for families with young children, to dive, kayak or windsurf, to cycle or hike around the island. A safe bet for everybody, just as our snack of olives from Spain.

Sierra de Gredos, Castilla y León, Extremadura and Madrid

Travelling in Spain means having the chance to meet all kinds of landscapes. From paradisiacal beaches to hiking up mountains to breathe fresh air. Therefore, a great idea for the next vacation is to explore the area of the Sierra de Gredos, the highest mountain range of the Central System. This is between Castilla y León, Madrid and Extremadura and offers countless hiking options, as well as many lagoons to cool off.

If you want to really enjoy your summer holidays, as you can see, in Spain there’s no excuse.

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Seasoning olives, summer season.

July 17, 2018

Beach, pool, mountain, lake. No matter where you spend your holidays, summer it’s just an excuse to celebrate.
To celebrate the good weather, to celebrate with family, to celebrate with friends even if Spanish people don’t need any excuse to gather around the table and have a great time. Then let’s celebrate with the best olives from Spain in its summer seasoning.
Our best Spanish chefs meet at the kitchen to show us the best options for the season, write it down!

Spanish black olives from Teruel

Flavor: Sweet                           Style: Surprising                    Season: Summer                        Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

– Spanish black olives                            – Rosemary
– Dried tomatoes                                     – Garlic
– Peach cubes                                           – Extra virgin olive oil

ELABORATION: Put in a bowl the cubes of peach, rosemary and extra virgin olive oil and reserve it. After 20 minutes, add the pulp of the tomatoes. Finally, add the Spanish black olives and some garlic chopped. Voilà !

 

Spanish Queen Olives with tuna from the Cantabric and Cider Vinegar

Flavor: Salty                               Style: Surprising                     Season: Summer                        Preparation time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:

– Spanish queen olives                               – Chilli
– Tuna                                                            – Lemon balm
– Cider vinegar                                             – Extra virgin olive oil
– Grains of mustard

ELABORATION: Put in a bowl some pieces of tuna with vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, grains of mustard and the chilli. Mix everything and add the Spanish queen olives. Before serving, add some lemon balms as the final touch.

 

Spanish Queen Olives with Melon and Spicy

Flavor: Sweet                                Style: Fresh                             Season: Summer                          Preparation time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

– Spanish queen olives                                    – Rosemary
– Dried cod                                                         – Cayenne
– Melon cubes                                                    – Curry
– Saffron                                                              – Extra virgin olive oil

ELABORATION: Put in a bowl the Spanish queen olives, some pieces of cayenne and a little bit of curry. Add the rosemary and the saffron previously crushed. Add some cubes of melon and the dried cod. Mix everything with some extra virgin olive oil. Reserve in the fridge for 20 minutes. And make your guests awaiting for the best !

 

Spanish Green Olives with Escalivada

Flavor: Salty                                  Style: Fresh                               Season: Summer                           Preparation time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

– Spanish Green Olives                                        – Aubergine
– Red Pepper                                                          – Extra virgin olive oil
– Onion                                                                    – Salt

ELABORATION: Roast in the oven the red pepper, the onion and the aubergine cut in strips. Wait until cool. Put in a bowl the Spanish green olives, the vegetables and add some extra virgin olive oil and salt for mixing.

This summer, do not plan too much, leave free time to improvise and lose yourself. Enjoy a pleasant talk, share some beers and olives or simply marvel at an incredible sunset. Enjoy olives from Spain right now just opening a jar and letting your imagination fly.

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Basic Glossary to Spend your Holidays in Spain

August 1, 2018

Everything is ready. Tickets are booked, your bags are packed and you are looking forward to get to Spain. Now there’s a simple thing you can do that can have a big impact on your trip. What is missing? Your basic Spanish vocabulary! If you’re travelling to Spain, you need to know how to say some basic everyday words. Here below we are going to share a basic glossary for greetings and some survival Spanish words for your vacation, like directions, time, the weather or food. A good Spanish olives snack will help you to retain better the information, let’s get started!

Greetings

Spain is a very polite society and you must always be corteous, speaking another language can sound a bit disrespectful if you don’t master the language, so don’t forget the basics and everything will sound smoother.

Buenos días – Good morning
Buenas tardes – Good afternoon
Buenas noches – Good evening
Hola means “hi” and you can say it with people you know.

¿Cómo estás? – How are you?
And you can answer: bien, gracias – good, thank you.
*Don’t forget: Por favor – Please and Gracias – Thank you. These are very important words in Spanish.

Basics

¿Dónde está? – Where is?
¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost?
¿Qué hora es? – What time is it?
¿Qué tiempo hace? – What’s the weather like?

And it everything gets difficult,
¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English? You can ask if they do and they will like you so much better for asking in Spanish.

But above all, you need to know a couple of basic sentences to act easily in your favorite bar.
Salud – Cheers, while toasting
Que aproveche – Enjoy your food
Me pones otra caña, por favor – Can I have another beer? Please
Perdona, ¿me podrías traer unas olivas para picar? – Excuse me, can I order an olive snack?

And whatever happens, don’t worry about making mistakes. Spanish people will try their most to understand you and to make sure you understand them.

Now, enjoy your trip to Spain as a local!

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National summer holidays around Spain

August 7, 2018

You already know where to go, what to eat and what to say if you spend your summer in Spain, but you can not miss the national summer festivals in the Spanish region. Everybody knows Spain is a country of festivals, every village, no matter how small, has its own individual celebrations. Most of these fiestas and festivals have their roots in religion, but Spain’s people don’t need an excuse to celebrate. Here is a list of the top five festivals in Spain that you won’t want to miss.

San Fermines

On the top of the list, for its early date and the importance of this festivity we have The Festival of San Fermín, or the Running of the Bulls as it’s more commonly known outside Spain. This festival begins on the 6th of July midday where the mayor launches a rocket from the Casa Consistorial’s balcony in Pamplona. The festival honours the martyr Saint Fermín, with crowds of brave individuals risking life and limb as they run through the city followed by 6 fighting bulls and 6 steers while crowds of spectators line the streets to watch. Running of the bulls is an experience you will never forget!

Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s horse races

This summer they will celebrate 173 years of history. The show begins when the afternoon falls and the tide goes down. Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s horse races were born almost two centuries ago and declared of international tourist interest since 1997. It has its origins in the informal competitions held by the fish vendors to get first to the markets. This year on the 8th, 9thand 10thor 22nd, 23rd24thof August, an amazing show to watch from the beach, enjoying, of course, a delicious olive snack.

The International Descent of the Sella

On third position, The International Descent of the Sella is celebrated on the first Saturday of August after the 2nd of that month between Arriondas and Ribadesella (Principality of Asturias – Spain), with a route of 15 km along the Sella River. One of the most important events of the world in the international panorama of descent of rivers beats, its record was on 2017 with more than 1.300 participants, 860 boats and 23 countries. Amazing !

Feria de Malaga

The city’s summer festivities have their origin in the commemoration of the incorporation of Malaga to the Castilla’s crown by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city on August 19th, 1487. You can enjoy different celebrations as the Romería (the Pilgrimage) where locals dressed up with the typical flamenco dress and they walk to the Victory’s Sanctuary with their carriages. Also the Feria, full of live performances and numerous stalls where you can taste wines and tapas and the best Spanish olives accompanied by music in Malaga’s historical streets.

Tomatina of Buñol

No list of festivals would be complete without, La Tomatina of Buñol, held on the last Wednesday of August. It is the worlds biggest annual food fight and this year celebrates its 76th anniversary. Involving over 20,000 people and approximately 150 tons of ripe tomatoes, La Tomatina draws people from around the world to join in on this messy fiesta.

Now you only have to choose your favourite celebration, or choose them all, always well accompanied with Olives from Spain, It’s a Spanish summer basic.