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Los Alcazares


Pronounced 'los-alcatha-res' is an old fishing and saltwater spa town on the Costa Calida (warm coast) in the Murcia region of Spain. The town is on the western shore of the Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a 22 kilometre long strip of land called La Manga. The Mar Menor is always 3-4 degrees C warmer than the Mediterranean and the area enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine each year. Along it’s shores there are a variety of bars, cafes and restaurants providing drinks, tapas, meals and entertainment. The warm and shallow waters of the Mar Menor make the resort a mecca for sailing, windsurfing and jet skiing enthusiasts.

On the 13th October 1983, the town was afforded Municipal Autonomy and in celebration of this, a week-long outdoor party is held every October featuring live music, shows and firework displays. During the last three days of March every year, Los Alcazares plays host to a large medieval market and numerous events in recollection of the times when Barbary pirates used to raid this stretch of Spain’s coastline during the 15th century. Throughout the last two weeks in August, the town hosts ‘La Huerta’ the international celebration of the region’s status as the market garden of Spain, when Spanish and other European countries gather to display their folklore, handicrafts and gastronomic feasts from their local produce.

Along the 7km promenade you will find over 20 beach bars where you can get a drink or a snack type meal, hire sun beds, parasols and pedallos. Being as flat as it is, cycling is very popular in Los Alcazares and bikes can be hired from several hire shops in the town. You can also hire motorbikes behind the Deutsche Bank in the El Oasis development at the North end of town.

There are 2 tourist information offices in Los Alcazares, which can also provide lots of up-to-date literature regarding local events and places to visit in English.

*Please be aware that Los Alcazares is quite Spanish and with only 2 discos and 1 karaoke bar, the nightlife in the resort is relatively low-key, making it ideal for both relaxing and active family and golf holidays alike. Couples will enjoy the many excellent restaurants in the town or just lazing around on the beach or by the pool all day, however it is worth noting that Los Alcazares will definitely not suit those looking for a lively clubbers-style holiday in the Med.



Restaurants


When it comes to eating out in Los Alcazares, you will be truly spoilt for choice. There are numerous excellent restaurants Here are just a few of our favourites by type and price .

Spanish/Continental

Casa Penhalver in the centre of Los Alcazares is a cosy, traditional Spanish restaurant. Ideal for a romantic dinner for two.

El Patio 1 & 2 – Both do excellent meat and seafood.

Roblemar at El Oasis is possibly the most exclusive restaurant in Los Alcazares. Great Tapas, seafood and meat dishes.

Biancha – the green fronted building on the main road just round the corner from the market place. Very friendly and does great pizzas and pork steaks.

Restaurante Tropical is in the centre of town, just off the Real de Feria parade of shops behind the Town Hall. The Tropical does great Tapas and has both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s also only 50 yards from the promenade, so you can walk off your meal afterwards with a gentle stroll!

El Chato – just across the road from Biancha does great tapas in a traditional Spanish style. Very popular with the locals so you may need to book (even in the quiet season at weekends)

The Hotel Balneario, an old spa hotels right on the promenade, next to the Marina, is the oldest hotel in Los Alcazares. Decorated in a quirky colonial style with wicker chairs, ceiling fans and brass bar fittings, dining here is like stepping back in time to 1930’s Cuba. The food and service here is of a high quality, but quite pricey.

Italian - Angela’s Pizzeria – just at the bottom of the Balneario Plaza opposite the Hotel Costa Narejos. Great value pizza & pasta. £

Chinese – There are 3 or 4 excellent Chinese Restaurants in Los Alcazares which provide excellent food at very reasonable prices e.g. set meal for 2 people 19 euros (around £13!). These include El Chino in Edificio Europa and Cocina Asiatica in the Balneario Plaza, but the one we particularly like is the Hong Kong, just past the El Arbol supermarket and next door to the lamp shop. £

English – The Pasty Shack and the Penny Farthing are next door to each other in the Balneario Plaza, the former being great for sandwiches, savoury pastries and cakes and the latter having a good selection of British favourites, including Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Fish & Chips and a variety of Roast Sunday lunches as well as a great range of sticky sweets and puddings.


Jaipur Palace - Balsicas Indian restaurant. The restaurant has a large modern open kitchen where you can watch the chefs cook your favourite dishes. The head chef has over 20 years experience in cooking the finest indian cuisine in 5 star hotels in India. Traditional Indian dishes including Chicken Madras and Tandoori Chicken are complemented with Jaipur Palace Punjabi specialties. Takeaways are also available for your convenience.

La Encarnacion - Los Alcazares colonial style restaurant appears quite a laid back and casual with its blue and white stripped canopies and beachfront location. However do not be fooled the secret lies within, with beautifully decorated tables and chairs. The inner patio area is surrounded by plants and a tranquil place for a drink or tapes. The menu in the restaurant has a wide range of Mediterranean meat and fish dishes made with fresh local produce.

La Almazara - Santa Rosalia was once an old outbuilding, it has been lovingly restored by the present owners and has become well known restaurant in the area. A delightful patio area in front of the restaurant offers an ideal place to take a pre or post dinner drink. A varied menu offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine, using fresh local produce.

Angus Steakhouse - San Javier specialises in mouth-watering Argentinean Steaks including Entrecote, Fillet, T-Bone, Ribs, Lamb Chops, Beef or Lamb on the skewer and many more. With a choice of sauces to compliment the dishes including pepper, barbecue and shallot. Other main dishes include salmon and tuna on the skewer and foie gras of the duck with fig chutney. Specialty tapas include Iberian hams, chorizo, cheeses and Argentinean sausage smoked over a glowing fire.

La Diva - Los Alcazares The dishes are all prepared by highly skilled chefs that prepare fresh dishes to the highest standard, using the best local and seasonal produce. For starters enjoy authentic favourites, including chicken satay, seafood cocktail and combo starter. The varied main menu includes various main dishes from prime fillet steak, salmon fillet, Cajun chicken, pizzas and pastas. The Diva specials include tasty Thai fish cakes, fajita wraps and Malaysian fish curry.

Penny Farthing - Los Alcazares is open from 10am till late. Serving traditional English breakfast and light snacks along with a selection of homemade dishes including Lasagne, Cajun Chicken, Fajitas and other traditional favourites like Cod & Chips. Penny Farthing also has a separate children's menu. There is a large selection of seating with tables inside and outside.

Roblemar - Los Alcazares is a very well established restaurant in Los Alcazares. Serving a variety of meat and seafood dishes, including lasagne's, meats and paellas. The restaurant is a must for fish lovers with its proudly presented layout of fresh fish available on display and is very popular for its wonderfully paellas. To compliment your meal they have a wide selection of desserts including Tiramisu, Profiteroles and many more.

Hindustani Restaurant - Los Alcazares serves authentic Indian cuisine. Enjoy an evening out at Hindustani and taste the excellent choice of freshly cooked Indian dishes. Try the mouthwatering Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Madras, Chicken Korma and large selection of other dishes and chefs specials available. Open for dinner 18.00 - 23.30 with seating inside and outside.

Ramon�s Restaurant - Los Alcazares offers excellent Mediterranean dishes. Including a choice of tapas starters to get you mouthwatering. For main course they serve meats, fish baked in salt, fish fried with peppers, grilled fish or fish served with rice. The restaurant also has an excellent selection of tempting deserts. Ramon�s is very popular with the local people in area.

Wok Buffet - San Javier serves Chinese and Thai cuisine. The as much as you can eat starter, followed by main course that is cooked to order is a popular favourite at �8.95 per person. Either dine in the restaurant or takeaway your order. The restaurant serves typical chinese dishes including rice and noodles. Open from 12.00 - 16.20 & 18.00 - 24.00.

El Chato - Los Alcazares restaurant and wine bar has one of the largest selections of wines available including its very own wine called El Chato. Enjoy tapas or a meal in the restaurant that has a selection of salads, rice, fish and meat dishes. With a pleasant decor and welcoming staff this busy restaurants is popular with locals and tourists.

Novo Carthago - Los Urratias The bar menu serves English breakfast, light snacks and tapas throughout the day. Enjoy lunch or dinner from the A la Carte menu which has a wide range of delicious dishes, the popular specials board has a further selection of tempting dishes of the day. Some of the tempting specialties include succulent roast shoulder of lamb, steaks and pan fried sole. Every Sunday traditional English roast dinners are served and in the warmer months from 8.00pm on Sundays there is also a BBQ with live music.

Bayside Restaurant - Los Alcazares - situated in the heart of Los Alcazares. The Bayside serves a fusion of modern European cuisine with an international twist. Enjoy dishes including BBQ wings and ribs, pasta & steaks. There is seating inside or you may prefer alfresco dining in the warm summer months, combined with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.

Angela Pizzeria & Italian restaurant - Los Alcazares has a wide range of dishes including pizzas, meats and fish. Situated in the heart of Los Alcazares, you can choose to dine alfresco or in the large indoor restaurant. You will always receive a warm welcome at this popular restaurant.

The Pasty Shack - Los Alcazares has a large selection of delicious pasties including Cornish pasties, sausage rolls and sandwiches. The Pasty Shack also serve a wide choice of meals, specials and breakfasts all day. Enjoy a cream tea with clotted cream or a tempting piece of cake to enjoy in the Murcia sunshine.

Tapas Alba - Los Alcazares located in the Mercadona plaza. Tapas Alba serves a large variety of tapas, coffees, beers and spirits. The selection of tapas includes, Spanish omelette, calamares, patatas alioli and Russian salad to name just a few. During the summer months enjoy live music at the weekends hosted by Tapas Alba.

Big Cafe - Los Alcazares located in the centre of the Mercadona plaza. The Big Cafe serves a variety of snacks, pastries & ice creams. Situated in this lively plaza it is the ideal place to stop for a coffee and watch the world go by. During the summer months enjoy live music at the weekends hosted by the Big Cafe.



Fiestas and Carnivals


The Spanish don't need much of a reason to have a party and/or set off some fireworks and there's hardly a month goes by during the year when there isn't a celebration of some kind or another going on.

Here are some of the main public holidays and celebrations, although there are others.

January 5 th Festividad de Los Reyes Magos (The Festival of the 3 Kings arrival in Bethlehem ) Celebrated in most towns and cities across the whole of Spain .

February – Los Alcazares, along with most of the towns on the Mar Menor has it's Annual Carnival. The most historically spectacular Carnival in the Murcia Region take place an hour down the coast in the town of Aguilas , where the whole town comes out to celebrate and to choose their Carnival Queen.

March 24 th – 27 th . The Tamborada Festival in the Murcian towns of Moratalla and Mula celebrates the Passion of the Christ with the pounding of a thousand drums over three crazy days in March.

Easter Semana Santa (Saints week or Holy Week)

Celebrated across the whole of Spain , but easily the biggest Semana Santa celebrations in the region are in the Capital Murcia. Smaller, but no less colourful festivities take place in nearby Cartagena and San Pedro del Pinatar.

April - The Burial of the Sardine , the climax of the Spring festivities, is Murcia 's wackiest night of the year. On the first Saturday in April, and looking like a cross between Rio's famous carnival and ‘It's a Knockout' a crazy cavalcade of giants and big-heads, torch-bearers and entertainers, demons and Brazilian samba groups escort a fleet of some twenty floats, which will throw hundreds of thousands of euros worth of toys and gifts into the crowd in the space of just a few hours.

Over the previous days, there are marches through the streets with brass bands and on the night of the eve of the Burial, the Testament of Doña Sardina (Ms Sardine) is read from the balcony of the Town Hall. The fiesta ends in the early hours of the morning, when, a papier-mâché effigy of the Lenten sardine is burnt in the Plano de San Francisco amid public rejoicing.

May La Manga Fiesta incorporating the La Manga Ladies Windsurfing Championships.

1 st – 5 th May. The Festival of the Holy Cross in Caravaca de la Cruz includes the famous ‘ Race of the Wine Horses' where the horses used in the Vineyards are raced through the streets to the Castle at the top of the town.

July – The San Javier Music Festival runs throughout the whole of July featuring leading Jazz & Blues artists, but there are some rock, pop & folk acts appearing as well from time to time.

The Festividad de la Virgin del Carmen (The Festival of the Virgin Madonna of the Sea) includes street processions, fireworks and the symbolic burning of an artificial castle as well as a procession of boats which scatter flowers on the sea. Celebrations of this festival take place on the 16 th in Los Alcazares, Santiago de la Ribera, Lo Pagan, Cabo de Palos and Cartagena and again on the 25 th in Santiago de la Ribera and Cartagena .

August – A month-long International Festival of Theatre, Music & Dance takes place in San Javier.

A Flamenco Festival takes place in the former mining town of La Union .

There is a folklore festival in Cartagena and there is week long Festival of La Huerta (The Market Garden) in Los Alcazares.

September – In Cartagena you can watch colourful mock battles in the street re-enacting the struggle between the Carthaginians and the Romans .

October – From 8 th to 13 th October, Los Alcazares has a week long celebration of the town's municipal autonomy, during which there are fireworks displays, processions, the Mar Menor Surfari Windsurfing competition and the ‘Caldero' Festival where the local fisherman light fires on the beach and cook their catch in hanging cauldrons for the consumption of the public.

November – Cartagena Jazz Festival takes place.

December – on the 3 rd December there is the Fiesta de San Francisco de San Javier (Saint Francis of San Javier) during which there are sports, games, exhibitions and concerts.

Christmas!



Shopping

Whilst Los Alcazares has some nice boutiques, perfumeries and restaurants and a really nice street market on a Tuesday, serious shoppers should head for Cartagena or Murcia where large dept. stores and designer label outlets aplenty can be found.

Markets

Monday San Pedro Del Pinatar
Tuesday Los Belones and Los Alcázares
Wednesday Santiago de la Ribera, Cartagena and El Mirador
Thursday San Javier and Los Urrutias
Friday El Algar and Torrevieja.
Saturday Los Narejos and Torre Pacheco.
Sunday Cabo de Palos, Los Nietos and Autocine Mar Menor.



Places to Visit

Murcia

The regional capital and University City on the river Segura is around 40 minutes away by car. This vibrant city was founded by the Moors in 825AD and boasts a beautiful Cathedral and University, as well as Botanic Gardens, Museums and other historic buildings around its narrow, but characterful streets. The municipal Casino on Calle Traperia might look like a gentleman’s club from the outside, but it’s open to the general public - just ask the commissionaire for a look around and he will gladly oblige.
Shops include El Corte Ingles, (the Spanish equivalent of Selfridges or Fenwicks etc) and numerous designer label shops on the Calles Traperia and Plateria, dozens of great restaurants and a lively nightlife, especially during fiestas and carnivals.
In recent EEC research, the region of Murcia was singled out as the most economically dynamic in Spain and this is being reflected in the rapid development of Murcia as a tourist and cultural destination.
For lovers of nature, the Sierra Espuna National Park is 25-30 minutes drive away. Also nearby on a hillside about 5 miles from Murcia is the ancient Santuario de la Fuensanta, the home of Murcia’s patron saint.

Cartagena

Head south for about 25kms and you will come to Spain’s oldest port. Cartagena is one of Spain’s oldest cities, and still of major maritime importance to Spain, both commercially and militarily. A multitude of civilisations have left their mark on the city as numerous archaeological sites and museums will testify. In the heart of the city is a modern shopping area, which spills down past the tapas bars to the recently revitalised harbour. Here you will find the World’s oldest submarine on display, built in 1884 by a local man Isaac Peral.

Santiago de la Ribera & Lo Pagan are two traditional Spanish seaside towns at the Northern end of the Mar Menor. The beach of Santiago de la Ribera is lined by tall palm trees along the promenade and there are numerous shops, bars and cafes to explore. There is also a new out of town shopping centre called Dos Mares on the outskirts of Santiago de la Ribera, whilst Lo Pagan has a lively fish market on the Esplanade every morning except Sunday.

La Manga Club

Just a 20 minute drive from Los Alcazares is the world famous resort of La Manga, which boasts 3 championship golf courses, 28 tennis courts and a football academy set in a 1400 acre corner of the Costa Calida. It also contains the 5 star Regency Hyatt Hotel where the rich and famous spend their vacations. Look carefully and you might some premier league footballers or a TV star. La Manga is where the BBC series ‘Superstars’ was filmed.


Cabo de Palos

Immediately recognisable by its famous lighthouse, Cabo de Palos is situated at the mainland end of the La Manga strip around a quaint harbour. It has plenty of bars and seafood restaurants and a great view of La Manga. On Sundays there is a market, where you can find plenty of fresh local produce and other bargains. For diving enthusiasts, the Hormigas Islands near Cabo de Palos have been declared a Marine Reserve due to their exceptional beauty and the conservation of the sea floor, but they are also acknowledged by scuba divers as being one of Spain’s premier dive sites, due to the large number of unfortunate ships that have come to grief in the rocky waters around the area.

Orihuela & Orihuela Coast

About 45 minutes North East of Los Alcazares is the city of Orihuela. In centuries past, Orihuela was the Political and administrative capital of the region and still displays many remnants of its proud cultural and religious heritage. Inland from the coast, Orihuela is one of those cities that doesn’t look much from the outskirts, but which blossoms on closer inspection, with a medieval centre stuffed full of historic treasures. Every week in July they stage a mock battle in remembrance of the battles between the Moors and Christians. There are still lots of traditional narrow streets, plus bars and a busy market for you to browse. The Orihuela Costa boasts the beaches at La Zenia and Cabo Roig, plus the marinas at Campoamor and Pilar de la Horredada as well as 3 of the Costa Blanca’s most popular golf courses at Campoamor, Villamartin and Las Ramblas.

Lorca

About 1 hour West of Los Alcazares, Lorca, Spain’s largest town, is a lively and busy place all year round and it Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations are the most lavish in Murcia. Huddled around the ruins of its castle, Lorca retains many beautiful buildings such as the Collegiate Church of San Patricio and impressive town houses and mansions that remind us of it’s opulent past. Lorca also plays host to an annual Rock Festival, Lorca Rock, featuring bands such as Iron Maiden, the Scorpions, Slayer, Lacuna Coil and Dream Theatre etc.




Activities

Keen golfers will be delighted to learn that they will be spoilt for choice, with no less than 7 golf courses in the area with more being built. These include Roda Beach & Golf and Torre Del Rame in Los Alcazares itself, and Hacienda del Alamo, Polaris World, Mosa Trajectum, La Manga (which actually has 3 courses alone), Campoamor and Villamartin, all within a 25-30 minute drive.

Scuba diving

For diving enthusiasts, the Hormigas Islands near Cabo de Palos have been declared a Marine Reserve due to their exceptional beauty and the conservation of the sea floor, but they are also acknowledged by scuba divers as being one of Spain’s premier dive sites. There are dive centres along the Costa Calida and Costa Blanca Coasts at Mazzaron, Aguilas, due to the large number of unfortunate ships that have come to grief in the rocky waters around the area.

Other Water sports

The shallow waters and warm winds of the Mar Menor make it ideal for both Windsurfing and Kite boarding, both of which can be hired from various shops and schools along the Mar Menor shoreline. Jet skiing is also very popular and these can also be hired from ABC La Manga sports centre. Pedallos can be hired from the centre of Los Alcazares.

Water Park

Aquapolis Fun Park near Torrevieja, open from 15th June to 15th September, is an excellent fun day out for all the family, providing a welcome opportunity to do some serious cooling off during the height of the summer when the mercury hits the top of the glass in the thermometer.

Mar Menor Ferry

Between 15th June-15th September, the Mar Menor Ferry picks up from the pier in the centre of town and visits other towns and the islands of the Mar Menor, at which you can stop off and enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly caught and barbecued sardines.

Food and Drink

Spanish Food and Drink

When you first arrive in Spain and start exploring you will come across many things on a menu that you do not recognise. Deciding to try some of the wonderful food on offer should not be a hard decision, but if you don't know what you are going to be eating it can be daunting.

Below is a chart of some of the more well known Spanish foods and a description in English to help you to try some of the fabulous Mediterranean foods that are available.

Go on try something new!!

Being a vegetarian in Spain can sometimes be a little challenging. The Spanish celebrate the pig and ham is eaten all the time, we have a friend who is vegetarian who on ordering and being given a plain omelet and then finding ham in it, was told that ham was not meat but ham!!!!!!!!! Things marked with a * below should be OK.

Food name in Spanish - English description

Flan * - The nearest thing in UK food is creme caramel but this is served in almost every restaurant.
Tortilla - The Spanish version of an omelette much firmer and deeper than an English one and often containing potatoes or peas.
Paella - One of the most famous Spanish dishes. A rice based dish to which things are added depending where you are. The basic paella will have a chicken and seafood mix added.
Jamon - There are two types. Jamon York is similar to the ham that is usually found in UK and is usually used in sandwiches. Jamon Serrano means mountain ham and indicates that this is raw and dried in cold air. This ham is sliced very thinly and is better eaten by itself rather than in a sandwich.
Tapas - Small plates of food. Ideal if there are 3 or more people as you can choose several plates and share. The word tapas means lid and originally a piece of bread was used to cover a glass of wine.
Churros * - A donut mixture that is served as long fingers covered in sugar and traditionally taken with hot chocolate. A real treat which the Spanish eat for breakfast. You will find churros stalls at markets and also on roadsides in some of the local towns during summer.
Ensaladilla Rusa - Russian salad.A very popular dish usually served as a tapas, it is made of mashed potato, tuna, boiled egg and peas.
Salchichas - These are sausages and come in many different forms all are tasty and worth trying.
Cafe con leche - A milky coffee and the Spanish equivalent of a cappuccino. If you ask for a cappuccino you are likely to get a coffee with squirty cream on top.
Tostada * - This is either a toasted baguette or slice from a large loaf toasted and is served either with pureed tomato, olive oil and salt or marmalade which is jam in Spain. This snack is often eaten for "elevenses".
Ensalida Murciano - A wet salad of cooked red peppers and tomatoes, garlic, aubergine and onions. Always served cold and frequently with some fish (tuna or cod) thrown in. Almost always on the tapas counter.
Revuelto * - Revuelto is a common name for another tapas bar staple-- eggs scrambled with runner beans, garlic, onions and ham
Pinchitos - Pinchitos are skewers and can be found loaded with vegetables or chicken or anything else you can think of.
Empanadas - The nearest thing to these in UK is mini pasties except these are often filled with a tuna and tomato mixture.
Pastel de carne - Little pasty or pie shaped pasties, filled with delicious meat, tomato and egg.
Montado - Locally these are like English bridge rolls that are filled with a variety of things from prawns to tortilla.
Patatas Alioli - * Boiled potatoes, in a creamy alioli sauce (raw garlic mayonnaise) topped with a sprinkle of parsley.
Patatas Bravas - * Potatoes with a hot mustard, tomato and Tabasco sauce.
Calamares - Fried, fresh squid sometimes in batter
Aceitunas or Olivas - * Olives -big and fat often with stalks intact, firm to bite.
Pollo en Ajillo con Vino - Garlic chicken in wine
Caldo en Albondigas Meatballs in a watery soup (consomm�) Gazpacho - * Cold tomato soup, almost like a salad, only usually only available in the summer
Magras con Tomate - Fried pork cooked in a sweet tomato sauce
Potaje - A rich stew dish
Habas con jamon - Ham and broad beans.
Caldo Murciano - Local soup dish
Michirones - A spicy bean stew with pork and sausage ( usually eaten with a toothpick)
Chuletas al ajo cabanil - Garlic chops
Pescado a la sal - Baked fish in salt

Below is a list of English and Spanish words which should help.

Comedor - Dining Room
Carta - Menu
Menu del dia - Fixed price menu
Comida or Almuerzo - Lunch

La cuenta - The bill Platos combinados - Mixed plate
Cuchillo - Knife
Cucharra - Spoon
Tenedor - Fork
Vaso/Copa - Glass
Taza - Cup
Camerero/Camerera - Waiter/Waitress
Cena - Dinner
Desayuno - Breakfast
Frio - Cold
Caliente - Hot
Hielo - Ice

ENTRADAS - STARTERS
Sopa - Soup
Sopa de cocido - Meat soup
Sopa de gallina - Chicken soup
Ensalada - Salad
Ensalada mixta - Mixed salad
Aceitunas or olivas - Olives

PRIMEROS PLATOS - MAIN COURSES

A la plancha - Grilled
A la brasa - Grilled
A la parilla - Grilled
Al horno - Baked/Roasted
Crudo - Raw
Asado - Roasted
Frito - Fried
Cocido/caldereta - stew
Arroz - Rice
Paella Famous - rice dish
Verduras - Vegetables
Patatas - Potatos
Patatas fritas - Chips
Judias Green - beans
Zanahorias - Carrots
Guisantes - Peas
Ajo (al ajillo) - Garlic(in garlic)
Tomates - Tomatoes
Pimientos rojos - Red peppers
Pimientos verdes - Green peppers
Pollo - Poultry
Pato - Duck
Pavo - Turkey
Pechuga Breast of poultry
Perdiz - Partridge Pollo - Chicken
Carne - Meat
Cabra/chivo - Goat/baby goat
Caza - Game
Cerdo - Pork
Cochinillo - Suckling pig
Conejo - Rabbit Cordero - Lamb
Solomillo - Fillet steak
Entrecot - Sirloin steak
Lomo Pork - loin
Ternera - Beef, veal
Pescado - Fish
Dorada - Sea bream
Atun - Tuna
Anchoa/boquerones Anchovy
Bacalao Salted cod
Lenguado - Sole
Emperador - Swordfish
Mojama - Cured tuna
Mariscos - Shellfish
Gambas - Prawns
Mejillones - Mussels
Almejas - Clams
Langostinos - Crayfish
Langostas/Bogavante Lobster

POSTRES - DESSERTS
Helado de Chocolate - Chocolate ice cream
Helado de Vainilla - Vanilla ice cream
Tarta - Flan / cake
Flan - Creme caramel
Frutas - Fruit
Manzanas - Apples
Naranjas - Oranges
Uvas - Grapes
Ciruelas - Plums
Melocotones - Peaches
Cerezas - Cherries
Fresas - Strawberries
Pina - Pineapple
Platanos - Bananas

BEBIDAS DRINKS
Vino Tinto - Red wine
Vino Blanco - White wine
Cerveza - Beer
Zumo de Naranja - Orange juice
Agua - Water
Agua sin gas - Non sparkling water
Agua con gas - Sparkling water
Zumo de Manzana - Apple juice
Sangria - Red wine spritzer with fruit juice
Tinto de verano - Red wine spritzer( summer wine)
Te - Tea
Cafe - Coffee
Cafe con leche - Coffee with steamed milk
Cafe solo - Black expresso coffee
Cafe americano - Black coffee with a little hot water
Cafe Bombom - Black coffee with condensed milk
Cafe Asiatico - Coffee, condensed milk, Brandy,Licor 43, two coffee beans and a lemon zest and sprinkled with cinnamon. This is a speciality of the Campo de Cartagena

Belmontes
A good shot of condensed milk,a shot of coffee and a shot of brandy

Orujo A digestif drunk after a meal, comes in a number of varieties, from the plain colourless, 40% spirit to a wide variety of flavoured varieties of a lesser strength

ALIMENTO GENERAL - GENERAL FOOD Aceite - Oil
Ajo - Garlic
Arroz - Rice
Azucar - Sugar
Huevos - Eggs
Mantequilla - Butter
Miel Honey -
Pan Bread -
Pimienta - Pepper
Sal - Salt
Vinagre - Vinegar
Salsa - Sauce

Wine Guide

Murcian wine comes in two classifications: Vinos de la Tierra which come from Abanilla and Campo de Cartagena; and Denominacion de Origen (DOC), which implies that the wine only comes from a particular area with a particular set of grapes and that the conditions of production are controlled.

The DOC wine region in Murcia takes in Jumilla, Bullas, and Yecla. Because the summers here get very hot the sugar levels in the grapes raises. The higher the sugar levels, the higher the alcohol content of the finished wine. In the past the wines produced here were strong and heavy and were used by other regions for blending. But with the onset of cooperatives the growers are developing new ways of working and are now producing some very drinkable and attractive wines.

Grapes used for red wine are Monastrell, Granache (Garnacha), Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz (syrah).

Grapes used for white are Air�n and Macabeo.





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