If you fancy a great day out in Malaga why not try our tapas tour? We know that many of you enjoy tapas at Restaurante Cantueso and thought that when staying in Periana you might like to visit some great and quaint bars in Malaga that serve equally delicious tapas. Some of the bars boast a menu of over one hundred different tapas. We have sampled a few bars and there are many more to be explored. Beware however of the bars with menu boards outside in many languages. They tend to be tourist traps.
The first thing you must do is appoint a non-drinking driver or get a taxi, as it can be a little alcoholic. Tapas tasting is thirsty work.
We recommend that you start about midday and expect to take three or four hours.
The starting point is in the Alameda Principal opposite the train station. There is El Corte Ingles the large store on this side of the road and plenty of nearby parking.
Start to walk up the Alameda Principal (turn left with your back to the store) and cross the bridge and as you pass the flower stalls in the centre of the road look out for no 18 which is the oldest bar in Malaga called, La Antigua Casa de Guardia. Stop for a drink and notice they chalk your bill on the counter in front of you, and make sure you don’t move along when it is time to pay or you may get your neighbours. They specialise in sweet Malaga wines but other drinks are available. They also serve shellfish but save yourself for later, as it gets better.
Many people are surprised to learn that Spain is the world’s largest producer of olive oil and a typical harvest can yield almost a million tonnes, of which almost half comes from our Axarquia region.
Much of this is extra virgin olive oil, which is basically the juice of the pressed olives with the water removed. It is the highest grade and to qualify its acidity level must be less than 1%.
The village of Periana is surrounded by olive groves where the Verdial variety is grown producing an oil of the highest quality. The climate, soil, method of cultivation, and production processes all go to create “oro verde” or green gold. A golden yellow oil with intense bouquet and sweet fruity flavour, gentle on the palate, ideal as a dressing or for cooking.
The Periana Olive Oil Cooperative is situated in the centre of the village and has over 800 families as members who in turn look after over 300,000, centuries old, olive trees. We at Restaurante Cantueso are proud to be members of this organisation.
We are often asked what Cantueso means and there are two explanations. Firstly it is the name given to Spanish or French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) as shown in our picture. This is magnified and the real size is very similar to a normal lavender. It is common in Mediterranean countries and can become troublesome as it grows fast in the wild.
The second explanation is that Cantueso is a liquor made in the Spanish province of Alicante. It is obtained from the distillation of Thyme flowers, and is typically 25% to 35% alcohol and very sweet. It is normally taken after meals as a stomach tonic.
And for lovers of honey the Cantueso lavender makes a great treat.
Unless you are of a certain age or a fan of Tony Hancock my feeble attempt at a joke will have passed you by, so we will start again.
What’s the Weather like in Periana?
That’s better, and let me say straight away our favourite weather site is Meteo Malaga. It is run by a German fellow called Harry Happe who has a weather station situated high above the Eastern end of Lake Vinuela. The site is special for many reasons not least of which is the accuracy of forecasts. Harry claims to be the only site in Southern Spain, with the exception of a USAF base, that does manual forecasts. The others are computer generated. The site has received almost two and a half million visitors since 2003.
At first sight Meteo Malaga might seem overwhelming as it provides so much content. Want to know what the geomagnetic field is doing; check the bushfire index; want to see what shipping is passing along the coastline, just log on and you can see it all and much besides. It will even show you the name of the ship and where bound. Not too sure what this has to do with weather but it is great fun.