A visit to Galicia is a visit to a gastronomical wonderland. The region‚Äôs exceptional cuisine - based on fresh seafood, hearty meats and scrumptious dairy products - is a paean to this tremendously fertile land, and yet another reason for you to drop in on this northwestern area during your holiday in Spain.
Those looking to enjoy the very best of Galician food need look no further than Paradores‚Äô luxury and historic hotels‚Äô Enxebres, a series of traditional restaurants located within Paradores Baiona, Monforte, Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostela, Tui, Vilalba and Ver√≠n.
In the south, right on Galicia‚Äôs border with Portugal, Parador Tui‚Äôs Enxebre San Telmo faithfully evokes the best of hearty provincial cuisine with its empanada (savoury pie), pork shoulder and marinated pork loin, rich sirloin steak, and caldo gallego, the region‚Äôs most famous bean stew. Nearby, Parador Baiona ‚Äďlocated within a dramatic coastal fortress, with unbeatable views of the C√≠es Islands‚Äď is home to Enxebre A Pinta, where you can treat yourself to fresh lobster, grilled or baked scallops, and a wide variety of Galician cheeses.
Stately Parador Monforte ‚Äďa former palace and monastery‚Äď plays host to Enxebre de Lemos, where the baked cod served over saut√©ed vegetables and raisins and filloas (cr√™pes) are legendary. Meanwhile, Parador Ver√≠n‚Äôs Enxebre Monterrei evokes the best of the lush Monterrei Valley with its pork shoulder with turnip greens and chorizo sausage, and filloas (cr√™pes) filled with brandy cream.
Despite its noble surroundings, Parador Pontevedra‚Äôs Enxebre Casa do Bar√≥n features rustic - yet incredibly tasty - cuisine including cod on toast with caramelised onion and caldeirada de pescado, a fish stew traditionally eaten by local sailors. Equally elegant Parador Vilalba plays host to Enxebre Castelo dos Andrade, where the ham croquettes and scrumptious bica de Guitiriz (corn flour sponge cake) are surefire crowd-pleasers.
A visit to Galicia isn‚Äôt complete, however, without dropping in on Parador Santiago de Compostela, in the Autonomous Community‚Äôs capital. The Hostal dos Reis Cat√≥licos‚Äô Enxebre do Hostal features staples including pulpo a feira (octopus and potatoes dressed with olive oil and paprika) and rice with molluscs, perfect treats for hungry travellers.
Are your taste-buds screaming out for more? Discover all the dishes at these great Enxebres by contacting Paradores¬†today!