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Friday, 11 August 2017

Paella was born in Valencia

 

As well as many other dishes from various parts of the world, paella evolved from  local produce. It is estimated that its preparation began between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when the inhabitants of some of the rural areas of Valencia started to mix the different ingredients they had available to make a fast and easy meal for the farmers and shepherds.

In principle, they added fresh vegetables to rice with chicken and rabbit, as well as saffron and olive oil, ingredients that gave it its characteristic flavour of the Mediterranean. As paella became more popular, seafood and shellfish were added.

There are many stories that revolve around this mythical Spanish recipe, one of them tells that it is a dish that was usually consumed in the evenings. Another legend, dating to the Spanish War of Independence, relates that a French general, impressed by the exquisite taste of paella, told a woman that "for each new plate of rice cooked he would free a Spanish prisoner." In the end, the military had to release 176 prisoners.

The exact origin of paella, pride of any Valencian, is located in the rice area near the lake of Albufera.  Olive oil and saffron, essential ingredients for its preparation were added to the original recipe. Similarly, the farmers of the time, in addition to the meat and vegetables they had on hand, incorporated tavella and ferraura (two native types of green beans) and garrofó (a flat and white bean), as well as paprika, rosemary and snails.


Why is it called paella?

 

This dish, one of the most famous in Spain, owes its name to the frying pan in which it is cooked called a "paella" or "paellera". The shape of this pan should be a minimum diameter of 30 centimeters, with edges of 7 to 12 centimeters, not very deep, with two handles fixed to the sides that support the stew and allow it to be transported easily.

For an authentic Valencian paella, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Valencian Government has decreed that ten ingredients must be included,  chicken, rabbit, basil (green bean), garrofon, tomato, rice, olive oil, water, saffron and salt.  However, garlic, artichoke, duck, paprika, snails or rosemary can also be added.

Over time, other variations have been created of which "paella marinera" is the most popular and accepted. In this one vegetables and meat are replaced by diverse seafood, molluscs and fish. (In addition to supplying the water for fish stock - not sure about this bit!). 

Another type of paella is "mixed" in which, as it's name suggests  meat, chicken or rabbit is mixed with seafood. This recipe is rarely consumed in Valencia but will be found in most non-Valencian or foreign restaurants.

 Paella alicantina"  is made from a broth, which contains fish (sepia, prawns and swordfish) and meat (chicken or rabbit). Its elaboration originates from the south of Valencia, especially in the counties of l'Alacantí-Alcoià or the Foia of Castalla.

Paella became famous first in Spain, and began to spread to other cultures and countries such as Belgium and France after the nineteenth century.  Its rise in most continents was mainly due to being a festive dish that became common in family gatherings, and was born to gather people together and to celebrate.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Land of opportunities

We at InlandAndalucia Ltd experience it every day: inland Andalucía is really a land of opportunities. 

Just have a look at those property prices and promotions there now are! 

 

For inland Andalucía has always been sensitive to the economic conjuncture.

Being mainly rural, far from Madrid and even more so from the crossroads of the major economies, coupled with an economy that heavily relies on tourism, our beautiful region can go from economic boom to low. 

Resulting in that today, in 2014, it's very much a buyers market. 

 

Update 2015: bargain properties

In the first 3 months of 2015 80% of our sales were for homes costing less than 100,000 Euro.

15% of sales was for properties under 150,000 Euro and 5% for properties of over 150,000 Euro but still with great reductions. 

If ever there was an ideal moment to buy property in Andalusia, to realise that dream, it's now. 

Andalucians are used to the eternal ups and downs of the market, and can react rather laconically. 'Just wait and the wind will turn again'. 

During the highs Andalucía is full of opportunities too. Think of that amazing boom in the 1990s and well until the new century. The newest most original architecture - what in most countries would take a decade, could get a permission here in a matter of weeks - the new train stations, urbanisations, not to mention the results in sports, music... Spain and Andalucía alike were dominating it all. 

In our blog we will keep you updated on the state of the economy and the predictions. 

In the mean time, have a look at those promotions and contact us with any question you might have.

Or… start browsing! 

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

The village of Mollina in Malaga province

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Welcome to Mollina!

Mollina is a small inland town of 3,500 in the middle of Málaga province, 15 KM north-west of the city of Antequera.

It can be very easily reached since it’s situated right at the A-92, the motorway connecting Málaga with Seville. 

 

 

On the lower slopes of a Sierra, it is a village set in perfect olive and cereal country. 

 


If you look at the photos of Mollina in Google, you see it’s a truly typical Andalucian village, one where you’d wish to stop for a coffee right now.

First inhabited in Neolithic times, the village faded away and only became inhabited again in the 16th century. 

This was the result of the Reconquista on the Muslims, and land being handed out for free to the victors. Because of the fertile land, it was a good reward which was used forfarming, in the shade of a convent rather than a fortress.

Today Mollina is a peaceful town that is usually visited because of the annual wine festival in September, the proximity to Antequera, which has become a real tourist destination, as well as to ‘Fuente de Piedra’, the natural reservation known for the thousands of flamingos that arrive here from Africa, to breed and return in September. 

What is a property specialist doing in Mollina?

For our aim, offering property in inland Andalucia, it’s the perfect location. 

For Antequera, and its surroundings, are one of the most popular areas for anyone looking for property inland. 

Being only half an hour away from the Costa del Sol, it is both far enough to be in a different, ideal world of greenery, calm and the real Andalucia, as near enough to still be able to jump in the car when you are in for the life, events and amenities of a cosmopolitan area. 

When looking for properties in Mollina, or the whole of inland Andalucía for that matter, Antequera is that epicentre where most people start. 

You find our office in the Calle de la Villa, which is in the centre of Mollina and near the Caixabank. 

To call our Mollina real estate office, dial (0034) 952 741 525 

Thank you for your visit and see you in Mollina!

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

The highlights

Andalucia has the same surface as a whole country such as Portugal, or twice that of the Netherlands. So when it comes to highlights... do you feel like reading a 5-page list? 

Let's stick to THE highlights. Those that everyone recommends to anyone who would only have 3 or 4 days:   

 

Monuments: The Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Córdoba. 

CitiesSeville, Granada, Cordoba. Each of them worth the while for a short or whole week. And do not forget breathtaking Ronda, in the middle of nowhere, or lovely Málaga that has changed so much over the past 10 years.  

Food and eating:
 the tapas Jamón serranoQueso oviedo and fresh olives, and the dishes Paella or 'raciones(portions) of fish and other sea food. Be the culture, so a plate is shared with everyone at the table.

Music: Flamenco, especially the Rumbitas and Bulerias are popular among tourists. Also the Sevillana is quite known, as it's the dance you usually see at ferias or Romerias. 

 

 

Nature: La Doñana Reservation Park, El Torcal.

Skiing: in the Sierra Nevada (only from December-February). 

Surfing: In Tarifa and the beaches and towns north of it.

Golf: the Costa del Sol (from Nerja to Marbella to Sotogrande). 

White villages: Drive from Marbella to nearby Ojen, and then towards Monda, Guaro, Alozaina, Casarabonella and on.

Nearby: Taking the ferry from Tarifa or Algeciras to Tangiers in Morocco.

And, definitely not inland Andalucía: the vibrating Costa del Sol. From the nightlife and shopping of Puerto Banus, to the bars and beaches of Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Benalmàdena, and of course calmer, splendid Nerja.

Last but not least, that one highlight towering over all others: the Andalucian atmosphere. Laidback, and with the adage: 'We work to live, not the other way around'. 

Call it a Spa for the mind.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Culture

It are the geographical situation and the history that has given Andalucia it's so distinct culture. It's everywhere. 

There's so much of it that half of this blog will be about the culture. This particular page is merely a summary.

 

Andalucia and culture, it's a love affair!

Around the edges, all along the 800 Km long coastline, it's very much a sun- and beach-culture.

As of January, the gyms fill up with youngsters who want to be prepared for the 4-month long summer. This is what attracts most tourists.

It only takes a drive of 10 Kms to be in inland Andalucia and that's a different world, one where culture can be experienced at any twist and turn. 

 

 

Chief among the cultural highlights are the monuments and historic cities. 

For here you can experience history, not only in the castles, churches and fortresses, but also in the strong Arabic roots of the mosaic tiles, the water-systemsin gardens and the way many houses are built around a patio.

In between visits, you can also eat culture. The tapas (small bites), the fresh olives, the famous jamón serrano, are but a few of the culinary delights Andalucia is so famous for. Even the paella, which is in fact a typical Valencian dish, exists since the mid-nineteenth century and has become a cultural symbol, not in the least because it's the main dish and highlight of many a feria (fancy fair) or family gathering.

 

 

And then there's the musical highlight, the Flamenco.

This range of music types, so often seen as Spain's own jazz because of the improvisation, is almost a religion in inland Andalucia, to be treated with utmost respect.

For whatever the song, it tells about life, human situations and feelings coming from the singer and shared by the audience, resulting in duende, a heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity. 

It's little wonder that UNESCO declared flamenco to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. 

Northern Europeans can sometimes find it to be hard to listen to, and when that is the case, you are probably experiencing 'Fandango', which is only one of the 'palos' or various sub-types. Rythms as the Rumba or Bulería, not to mention the Sevillana, always please even the most nordic ear, so much so that tourists are often surprised that this is Flamenco too. 

And last but not least, here's a region that boasts an immense nature-and-sports culture. From the skiing in the Sierra Nevada to the natural reservations of la DoñanaFuente de Piedra or the Sierra de las Nieves, nature is all around you. Hiking, biking, camping, mountain climbing, swimming, exploring... Andalucia is a whole country when it comes to the possibilities. And all that in the healthiest air of Europe. 

Here you can not only see culture, but hear it, eat it, and breathe it.

For those who are receptive, Andalucia is a pleasure for the senses.

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