Beach season is here. For a look at this beach at a different time of day (and a different time of year), click here. Photo ©Mike Randolph
This small rocky island, a one-time hideout for Turkish and Barbary pirates, sits in front a town founded by the Moors which is now the most popular
vacation spot holiday resort in all of Europe. Where is it? Photo ©Mike Randolph
At low tide, tourists wander among the 30-meter high cliffs and arches of the Beach of the Cathedrals, in Galica. Caves and galleries and low passageways provide lots of options for exploring places that in a few hours time, will be completely underwater. Photo ©Mike Randolph
It’s Sardine Week here at Spain By Mike Randolph! Discovery Channel has Shark Week, I have Sardine Week. I don’t have any video of sardines jumping out of the water to chomp down on, well, whatever it is that they eat, but how can you not get excited by the prospect of an espeto de sardinas? Okay, maybe I won’t write every single day about sardines, though I could and I really don’t think it would be too much. Let’s settle then on Chiringuito Week. It’s holiday time, summer is in full swing, and in Spain, summer is not summer without a trip to the beach, and having lunch at a chiringuito–the beachside huts that serve cold drinks and seafood–is a fundamental part of the package.
Espetos de sardinas are a specialty of Málaga. The city even has a statue to honor the espetero, the man who spears the fish onto a spit of cane, tends the fire, and brings joy to many. The smaller the sardine, the better. They’re grilled whole, and you eat them with your hands. Salty, crispy skin and rich, oily flesh. They’re not only delicious, they’re also good for you. Order the house salad, a pitcher of tinto de verano, and hunker in to enjoy.