San Miguel Especial.
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Australia it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like San Miguel.
Mahou is a Spanish brewing company, founded in Madrid in 1890 under the name of Hijos de Casimiro Mahou, fabrica de hielo y cerveza. (The Sons of Casimiro Mahou, maker of ice and beer). After the purchase of San Miguel corporation at the end of the 2000, the company was re-named Mahou-San Miguel, the greater Spanish brewing company. The San Miguel Especial is a nice beer and comes close to the lager we enjoy at home.
Tarragona is an ancient wine-producing region and its wines have its own DO. The harbour of Tarragona was an important trading centre for these wines in Roman times. In addition, many of the communion wines used by the Catholic church worldwide used to and still do originate from Tarragona. A traditional producer of these is the De Muller estate, founded in 1831, which also supplies the Vatican.
The following white grape varieties are permitted: Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, Malvasía, Moscatel de Alejandria, Moscatel de Frontignan, Sauvignon Blanc and Xarel-Io, as well as the following red varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Merlot, Monastrell, Pinot Noir, Samsó (Cariñena), Syrah and Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo). Two thirds of the production is of white wine. Grapes for cava production are also cultivated
Well-known producers include José Lopez Beltrán, Beyme, Bodegas Josep M. Bach, Barbara Forés, Capafons-Ossó, Capçanes, De Muller, Gandesa, Pedro Masana, Pedro Rovira, Vidal i Vidal, Vinya Janine and Viños Piñol.
Barcelona - vivid capital of Catalonia
Barcelona is one of the main towns in Spain, one of the most important ports in Mediterranean sea region and Europe’s one of most touristy places.
Barcelona is probably the most known by modernistic Gaudi architecture, including main sight – Church of Holy Family (Sagrada Familia). Barcelona has nice old part with medieval Cathedral, active Rambla street, nice seaside port, Montjuic hill with parks and historical monuments.
Tarragona is about 85 kilometres from Barcelona.
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With a view at the beautiful Mercat.
Once we arrived at the Plaça Corsini we saw numerous of restaurants available to have a bite. For no particular reason we seaded at Fleca Flaque. I honestly don't remember, but it could be that it were the only chairs empty that made us have a seat at this particular place. It was a good choice anyway and had a great lunch with the beautiful Mercat in front of us.
We both wanted something light and there was a choice between a salad with chicken or gazpacho with tuno. The kids received French fries and our salads were topped with slices of very good ham and came with a portion of very tender and very tasty chicken breast. It was pointed out to us that the flower on top was eatible, how about that! Both our plates were cleaned! All in all, the food was very good, especially for the price we had to pay, and its presentation was simply fantastic!
The City Forum was constructed in the lower part of the Roman city and is situated further away from the other sites situated around old town. The forum was the centre of many city activities. Today you can see the remains of a basilica, tall columns, vaults, a water cistern, a paved street, a temple and houses.
From Easter to September the Fórum Romà is open between 9 - 21, on Tuesday - Saturday, and between 9 - 15 on Sundays.
October to Easter the Fòrum Romà is open between 9 - 17 on Tuesday - Saturday and between 10 - 15 on Sundays.
Entrance fee was 2.45 Euro (March 2008).
I had the combination ticket for 9.25 Euro.