Learn about the tradition of Cristo de la Viga de Villacañas

Our municipality of Villacañas It has always stood out from the other geographies of Spain for its particular agricultural and industrial towns and for its colorful tradition of the Cristo de la Viga Dancers, festival of regional interest that we celebrate every 1 of May. This tradition of our popular festivals dates back hundreds of years where the following legend is narrated:

It tells that a strong storm hit a ship on the high seas. At the top of the main beam, A Christ appeared around whom eight dancers danced and that of the Porra. At the moment, the storm subsided and the crew were saved by the intervention of the Christ of the beam. According to the tradition, a villacañero He was there and he was the one who brought the cult of this sailor Christ to Villacañas. Historically, the Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, had to do with spreading this devotion. The knights of San Juan repopulated our municipality in the 13th century, and they would surely Christianize these dances and organize the brotherhood of the Holy Christ. Hence, the nomenclature of the directors of the brotherhood and their insignia are military: Mariscal, which it is the Big Brother or President (door cane), Captain (It takes a small image of Christ as well as a walking stick), Sergeant major (porta cane and banner), standard-bearer (carries flag and sparkler).

Tradition of the Cristo de la Viga dates back to the Middle Ages

Tradition of the Cristo de la Viga dates back to the Middle Ages

History of the tradition of Cristo de la Viga

Historians of the Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha say that a strong storm hit a ship on the high seas during the Middle Ages. At the top of the main beam, A Christ appeared around whom eight dancers danced and that of the Porra. At the moment, the storm subsided and the crew were saved by the intervention of Cristo de la Viga. According to the tradition, A villacañero was there and it was he who brought the cult of this sailor Christ to Villacañas.

The Christ of the Beam, date marked in red by everyone in Villacañas

The Christ of the Beam, date marked in red by everyone in Villacañas

The party has been going on for more than 500 years, organized by the Brotherhood of the Holy Christ of the Viga marked by the colorful dances of its Dancers, that they carry out dressed in colorful costumes that surprise those who see them for the first time. This dance, which are actually several because it is composed of stick dances, castanets and cord is the most typical and original among all those that are celebrated in La Mancha toledana.

The festive cycle begins on 19 March And it is celebrated in the house of the Marshal of the La Puja Brotherhood, from which the seven dancers will come, the one with the Porra, the saddlebag (carries the dance sticks in some saddlebags and carries the stick of the cord) and the teacher, who directs the dance and teaches at home every Sunday helped by the two boys of the brotherhood.

One of the dances of the Cofradías

One of the dances of the Cofradías

The day of Cristo de la Viga is 1 of May. The costume of the dancers of this day is very showy, elegant and very rich in symbols. It's a real work of art. The dancer wears his costume with great respect and veneration, knowing that he is the bearer of something precious and sacred, proof of it, is that previous days, los trajes se exponen en las casa de los danzantes y van a visitarse por amigos y familiares. The most showy piece of the dancer's costume is the fall, which is a large white bow that is embroidered or painted with floral and religious motifs, girded at the waist and from which the bow ribbons come out, that cross the dancer's back.

The most showy piece of the dancer's costume is the fall, which is a large white bow that is embroidered

The most showy piece of the dancer's costume is the fall, which is a large white bow that is embroidered

At ten in the morning, the Dancers pick up the authorities at the Town Hall and they all move to the parish church "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción", to attend the Solemn function held in honor of the Santísimo Cristo de la Viga. At the end of the Holy Mass and inside the Church the Dancers perform the stick dance entitled La Marcha Real before the Cristo de la Viga. After the religious ceremony of the day 1 Traditional dances are performed in the auditorium of the Glorieta del Prado, before the thousands of villacañeros, absent and visitors, that each 1 May they meet in Villacañas.

During this celebration so beautiful and marked by all, an interesting option is to go for lunch or dinner, or just have a drink, the Scorching restaurant El Capricho de Los Torres, in which they have meat specialties both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork. further, treasures a peculiar menu where the pistachio is very present, giving a pairing of flavors to the dishes that make this restaurant in Villacañas unmistakable.

Restaurant Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres

Restaurant Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres

 

RESERVATIONS

The wetlands of Villacañas

El término municipal de Villacañas posee un Complejo Lagunar constituido por varios humedales: Laguna Larga, Reserva Natural Laguna de Peña Hueca, Reserva Natural Laguna de Tirez, Laguna La Redondilla y Laguna La Gramosa. Then, destacaremos las más importantes de la localidad manchega.

La laguna larga, un paraíso natural en Villacañas

Laguna larga de Villacaña

La laguna Larga, aunque poco profunda, suele conservar su lámina de agua de forma permanente debido a los aportes de aguas residuales y tratadas de la estación depuradora que desemboca en su amplia cubeta. Su clima es mediterráneo con carácter continental. La temperatura media anual es de 14ºC con máximas y mínimas normales anuales de 34ºC y 1ºC respectivamente. La precipitación media anual ronda los 500mm y la evapotranspiración de 750 mm, lo que indica un déficit anual de 250 mm y explica una de las causas de la estacionalidad de los humedales del territorio.

Respecto a sus valores naturales, este paraíso natural de Villacañas tiene la particularidad de atesorar un gran número de microcrustáceos y algas que viven en las aguas de la laguna, gracias a ello, los humedales son muy visitados por el flamenco o el pato cuchara que se alimentan de estos pequeños organismos.

Historia de Laguna Larga

De un vertedero a un paraíso natural. Eso fue lo que ocurrió con este humedal de Villacañas. De este término municipal salían el 70% de todas las puertas que se instalaron en España durante el boom inmobiliario. Pero lo que convirtió este rincón de Toledo en uno de los pueblos más ricos de España, arruinó al mismo tiempo un patrimonio natural que sufrió como nadie la desmesura de un progreso sólo económico y sin control.

La Laguna larga fue un vertedero sin control

Las Lagunas de Villacañas se convirtieron incluso circuitos de motocross. Now, un gran trabajo de recuperación de la Fundación Global Nature les ha devuelto su estatus de paraíso natural y con ello, los flamencos y otras aves no han tardado en invadir las láminas de agua hoy limpia.

Los flamencos son unos de los baluartes de las lagunas de Villacañas

«Desde que se recuperaron estas lagunas, Villacañas recibe la visita de 4.000 personas cada año que vienen a ver pagazas, flamencos, cigüeñas negras, porrones», explica Ángeles Pontes, la técnico de la Fundación Global Nature en Villacañas. Este humedal de Villacañas atesora especies como el albardín o el limonio son endémicas de esta región, that is to say, que crecen exclusivamente en esta laguna y es por ello la que hacen única en el mundo.

Albardín, una de las espécies únicas de las lagunas de Villacañas

Lagunas anexas a la Laguna Larga

La laguna larga de Villacañas tiene otros humedales anexos: la laguna Redondilla o de los Santos y la laguna de La Gramosa. En ellas aparece una vegetación acuática de gran interés. Durante los periodos en que las lagunas no acumulan suficiente agua, las semillas y esporas permanecen ocultas en los sedimentos a la espera de que exista la cantidad de agua apropiada para su geminación y crecimiento. In this sense, la flora acuática que se puede encontrar en estas aguas salinas, estacionales y efímeras son: Chara connivens, Lamprothamnium papulosum, Riella helicophylla, Ruppia drepanensis y Althenia orientales.

Redondilla

La laguna Redondilla, o de Santos, queda al norte de la famosa Laguna Larga de Villacañas y al sur de la Gramosa, otro ejemplo de laguna endorreica. Es una de las salinas más valiosas por su costra de sal. Uno de los problemas a los que se enfrentaban muchos de estos humedales era la degradación de las praderas salinas de las orillas porque en buena parte eran terrenos privados. Por eso se utilizó un millón de euros del Proyecto Life de la Unión Europea para adquirir más de doscientas hectáreas y restaurar la vegetación y ecosistema de esas praderas.

La laguna Redondilla

En estas praderas y costras salinas se dan especies animales muy difíciles de encontrar en otros enclaves, that is to say, atesoran una fauna propia, como los escarabajos tigres.

Reserva Natural Laguna de Peña Hueca

La laguna se sitúa en la depresión mesozoica del Tajo, dentro de la llanura manchega. Esta laguna salina de escasa profundidad tiene una superficie máxima de 150 hectáreas. A pesar de tratarse de un sistema castigado, la Laguna de Peñahueca posee un elevado valor paisajístico. La considerable extensión de la misma la convierte en el centro de atención de toda la cuenca visual en la que se ubica, rodeada por un mosaico de cultivos fragmentados por pequeños retazos de vegetación natural en zonas de relieve más accidentado.

Laguna de Peñahueca

Junto a la singularidad de las concreciones salinas, dentro de la laguna aparecen también pequeñasislasque proporcionan diversidad al paisaje. Definitely, la grandeza del entorno se aprecia íntegramente desde su extremo noreste, cerca del cerroPeñas”, desde donde se puede compara la vecina Laguna del Taray con las singularidades de la Laguna de Peñahueca. La riqueza cromática que asalta al observador durante la temporada estival, hacen que sea ésta una más de las particularidades de la laguna, que la convierten en única y diferenciada del conjunto de lagunas manchegas.

Reserva Natural Laguna de Tirez

La laguna de Tirez, que forma parte del complejo lagunar de Villacañas, es una típica laguna endorreica hipersalina, temporal, somera y de carácter estepario, con una superficie aproximada de 62 ha y fondo plano.

La Laguna de Tirez

No tiene relación directa con ningún curso de agua, siendo sus aportes hídricos fundamentales las precipitaciones y las aguas de escorrentía que aportan la mayor parte de las sales disueltas. Durante los meses de verano, se evapora el agua y se produce la precipitación de las eflorescencias salinas, pasando de laguna a salmuera y salobral, para iniciar un nuevo ciclo con la llegada de las precipitaciones, que disuelven las sales y las incorporan nuevamente al agua de la laguna. Se trata, so, de un ecosistema fluctuante que alberga una flora muy singular adaptada a estas condiciones cambiantes.

En el mismo municipio, Villacañas, it's found restaurante abrasador El Capricho de los Torres, un lugar perfecto para degustar carne a la brasa de crianza propia de primera calidad, Anoja both beef and Iberian pork bait field. further, su cocina vanguardista mantiene la gastronomía local de la zona con toques magistrales de alta gastronomía.

En el mismo municipio, Villacañas, it's found restaurante abrasador El Capricho de los Torres, un lugar perfecto para degustar carne a la brasa de crianza propia de primera calidad, Anoja both beef and Iberian pork bait field. further, su cocina vanguardista mantiene la gastronomía local de la zona con toques magistrales de alta gastronomía.

Restaurant Abrasador El Capricho de los Torres
Restaurant Abrasador El Capricho de los Torres

Restaurant in a Place of La Mancha, Villacañas

“All the establishments that are part of the Group are a family, the Burning family”

Scorching consultant chef Carlos Torres Group
Carlos Torres from El Capricho de los Torres and Advisory Chef Grupo Abrasador

Carlos Torres, chef of the restaurant Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres, located in the Toledo municipality of Villacañas and gastronomic advisor to the Abrasador Group, tells us in this interview what are the keys to success in a restaurant.

Villacañas Natural, Carlos Torres has dedicated his entire life to the restaurant sector: "My professional career began in the family business, created by my father does 37 years, which currently offers hospitality services, catering, wedding organization, events, etc. It all started with a “traditional bar” business, that over time evolved to become a leading hospitality group in the area, after betting on high quality and avant-garde cuisine ”Torres points out.

Trained in Toledo School of Hospitality, this chef has worked in different restaurants and this has allowed him to “learn from the best hoteliers”, as he himself says. He currently runs the kitchen of the Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres restaurant and is also a member of the Association Eurotoques Castilla- La Mancha, and is part of the Board of Directors of the Provincial Association of Hotel and Tourism Toledo.

Cooks and Chefs of Castilla la Mancha
Carlos Torres with his fellow Chefs and collaborators of Eurotoques de Castilla la Mancha

A lifetime dedicated to the catering sector, Carlos tells us his best kept secrets, because as this businessman emphasizes, "Hospitality is their way of life, his talent, his passion… ”

"Definitely, what I like the most in the world is to make others happy and I achieve this thanks to gastronomy. I do not need anything else"

show cooking Carlos Torres
Show Cooking Carlos Torres and Mari Carmen Ramírez

Carlos, let's talk about your restaurant When was it created and what characteristics does it have?

Burning El Capricho de las Torres, formerly called Torres Restaurant, was built with the aim of giving, especially, food service for companies, always oriented towards high quality hospitality.

After the crisis of 2008, my brothers and I decided to convert the restaurant to a new format of hospitality that, at those moments I was succeeding in Madrid, and that's when we introduced the concept of gastrobar, with the aim of achieving a modern kitchen space more dedicated to gastronomy itself.

On the other hand, in those moments the concept of ember began to take, more and more great recipes were made using this type of technique. It was there when we met the Burning Group, to the Ramírez family. First, we test your product, and from that moment, we realized that the client increasingly demanded that gender, that good product that the Burning Group offered us, and after a few months we decided to associate with them.

Restaurante El Capricho
Carlos Torres during one of his charity dinners

At present, our kitchen could be described as a modern kitchen with certain avant-garde touches and charcoal. And what am I going to tell you, the truth is that we are very happy with the decision we made with the Ramírez family.

In Abrasador El Capricho de Los Torres we can reach the 350 diners in the restaurant area, we also have other spaces such as, for example, the “tapería” area, that we could describe it as the “usual bar space” and, by last, we have the "gastro" zone, where our clients can enjoy rations downtown to share.

That is to say, We have adapted our spaces so that our clients do not come to our restaurant exclusively to eat, but they can enjoy our establishment whenever they want because for that "we are multi-space". (Laughs).

El Capricho Bar
Bar and Cocktail Service in Abrasador El Capricho

Your restaurant has become a success story for Grupo Abrasador, What can you tell me about it?

I would say that this is possible thanks to the dedication and passion that we put into everything we do.. I also think that our personnel management is very important, there is nothing worse than not knowing what you are doing, no matter how motivated you are. You could say that we combine passion with management.

Why is it important to have a good quality policy in the catering sector?

Currently we don't go out to eat, to eat we have left it for the day to day. Now what we are looking for in a restaurant is the experience it offers us but, Of course, if at the moment of truth you don't have a quality product to back you up, customers will not return.

With Grupo Abrasador I know that quality is guaranteed and that gives me peace of mind, I used to go to the butcher shop and they would sell me what they wanted, but now thanks to the product, which is always the same, we managed to build customer loyalty.

Grilled meat of the Iberian pig breeding own scorching
Grilled meats, My grilled Iberian

What differentiates your restaurant from other establishments in the area?

I would say that our identity makes us different. Thanks to this we can serve experiences. We have a clear objective and that is our client. Today traditional hospitality has changed and there are two options: or do you have identity, or you are one more and, It is already very difficult to be the best!

Sincerely, I think you shouldn't try to be the best, you have to try to be different so they don't compare you. When we put our product on the table, no one can compare us to others, because our clients leave with an experience.

Do you have any upcoming goals?

In these difficult times it is difficult to talk about upcoming goals or challenges. In our company we had in mind to launch a new project "agriculture to process pistachio" but this has changed today.

Right now our main objective is to save the year, serve people as best as possible and, especially, take care of our staff. At this time, businessmen have to give the best of ourselves because in the end the team is the 80 percent of work. I think the numbers this year are not going to be good and that's why you have to think about us and take care of our team. Without a doubt, our goal today is more personal than professional..

Now let's talk about your relationship with the Burning Group

How many years have you been associated with scorching brand? 

We met the Ramírez family in the year 2015. And it was in the year 2016 when we join the group. I have to say that this decision has changed our lives, we have changed the concept of thinking, thanks in part to the training provided by the chain. We are a family Y together We have learned to manage teamwork so that everything works out, regardless of the product, which is also very important and, As I said before, diners are delighted (laughs); together with Abrasador we have grown hand in hand both personally and professionally.

Photo in Abrasador El Capricho
Family Photo in one of the Burning Training Days

What do you think are the keys to success of your restaurant?

Passion: working with passion is the key to job success.

Constancy: Pablo Picasso said that we are a 10 percent inspiration and a 90 percent work, So I believe that consistency is one of the keys to achieving that success..

Humility: Absolute truth has no one and thanks to humility we can continue learning. I think we all contribute knowledge and ideas and without humility we cannot learn.

Passion and enthusiasm for work
Carlos Torres serving one of his dishes at Abrasador

Have you had a sales increase in recent years? 

Yes and no, we from the first day we opened the restaurant as a gastrobar in 2014 we have always worked very well, although it is true that when we changed from molecular cuisine to scorching cuisine we did notice that people repeated more.

We have had a very weekend public for a few years, people coming from Madrid, who are used to this type of cuisine, and that's why he likes our restaurant, but now we also have families that come to celebrate any type of event, or simply a group of people looking to meet and choose us.

What values ​​you highlight this Restaurant Group?

Passion, constancy, humility, ability to team up and, especially, I would define them as family, family is the word that best describes them. All the establishments that are part of the group are Burning family and we understand this as well because we all have one thing in common: we don't work just for the money and that's the basis for success. The economic issue is a consequence that comes, that is there, and of course it is necessary, but it is not the primary key.

Oyster Corner in Restaurant
Pilar Torres in the Oyster Corner at Abrasador El Capricho

Hospitality is a way of life and we all love what we do

What you are positioned as in your city?

In Tripadvisor and Google we are positioned as the number one restaurant 2, and our score is 4.6.

¿It is important for a restaurant your online reputation and digitization? Why?

As a person who likes to learn, I have always had an internal debate on this topic. At first I did not bet on this type of tools, preferred offline communication, the word of mouth of a lifetime, but with the passage of time we have realized that the client has changed and this means that we no longer only have clients from Villacañas, We also have external clients from other towns.

Thus, Both me and the rest of the team have learned that having a good online reputation is basic and that the door of our restaurant is not glass, it's digital. When you carefully analyze what you do in your daily life, is when you realize that if you go out to eat somewhere, the first thing you do is call an acquaintance and, Secondly, search the Internet, Read the comments and also read the owner's responses.

Today I understand that digital reputation is so important, how to turn on the coffee maker in the morning, in that order, because if you don't have a good digital reputation you will still be one more, you will have fixed clients, that over time they will get tired, because people demand changes. Definitely, good reviews can help us a lot, but the bad ones can help us even more ... and, yes, online reputation is very important.

Cover Manager with electronic booking book
Cover Manager, one of Abrasador's digital tools with the electronic booking book

And to end, As an advisory chef to the Group, do you think that in the world of restaurants a little more training is needed in the sector? Why?

Of course, in our case a 10% of our annual budget, whatever it is, we dedicate it to training, either books, courses, seminars, gastronomic escapades that serve us as learning… 

Keep in mind that training is basic, there is no life without training, I've been a cook since 13 years and I have never stopped training, because cooking is easy, the difficult thing is to be able to combine all the emotions and manage them within a company. Without training we couldn't do that. So much for the kitchen, as for team management, from a restaurant, or even for digital management ... training is basic.

Carlos Torres chef speaker at the second technical time scorching 2019
Chef Carlos Torres paper

Home meat orders with free transportation

During these weeks we have to stay at home, on the occasion of confinement, we inform you that we can send your meat order directly to home at no additional cost of transport. You know that you have sausage, Iberian Ham, Iberian ham, cheese and Iberian pork and veal Anoja own our farms. You can see all references and catalog directly in the online shop Abrasador.

Beef
Own Crianza meat

These weeks as you know most of the restaurants associated with our brand, remain closed until further notice. And from the middle of May, some of them will start to open and prepare à la carte service with our own grilled gourmet home-cooked meats.

Our meat sales, in a 95% they are through the restaurants associated with the brand and therefore, In recent weeks, much of the Central team has not been operational. And now from May, we have reduced the ERTE to some colleagues to join a few hours and therefore we will be at your disposal to serve you meat directly at home by ordering through the Abrasador Online Store from anywhere in Spain.

Catalog Photo
Photo catalog Scorching meat

For any questions or clarification, you can contact us Monday to Friday 9:00 a 18:00 h or at any other time that necesitéis on phones 925245684, 647 221 393 O 699 450 508 or e-mail pedidos@abrasador.com and we send the order to receive in home 24-48 hours.

And if you prefer that we make it easier for you, you can directly see some of the lots already specified so you don't have to think about which products to choose:

Lots of gourmet meat for home

From Group Abrasador our biggest wish is you are all well and that you can spend the days the best that you can at home and always with a positive attitude. Get through this together and of course will pass an important page in our history, but now we must be strong.

Pistachio art in El Capricho de los Torres

Nowadays, Pistachio is a common nut, present in many dishes. However, make many years was not a well-known fruit among the population since formerly It was regarded as an exclusive product and a high consumption reserved royalty. It originated in Western Asia and its name comes from Pistech, its name in Persian, with trade and property as a value Pistachio wealth and high status.

Its culture was known for Egyptians, Greeks and Romans in the first century and was introduced to Italy and more forward its cultivation spread to the countries of the Mediterranean basin. The crop establishment in Spain is very recent and still no major plantations. Do not However, It can be considered an alternative to other surplus crops dry land in arid and semiarid areas. Currently in Spain a greater area crop is in Catalonia, specifically it is remarkable the province of Lleida as pistachera.

The proportion of nutrients raw pistachios is very balanced: Bring about a 20% vegetable protein, both as vegetables, although lesser amount eaten. They contain a 28% hydrate carbon, that being slowly absorbed by the body seek energy gradual. offer 10% fiber, ideal for helping regulate traffic intestinal. Its a 44,5% fats, formed up to 54% for him monounsaturated oleic acid, that dominates the same olive oil or avocado pulp, beneficial for the heart. As for minerals, after sesame, Pistachio is the richest iron nut and more rich in potassium (1per g 100), making it advisable to blood pressure control

Thanks to its properties, Scorching cuisine Restaurante El Capricho de los Torres, hand of chef Carlos Torres, restless, curious and forged in the best kitchens of Spain, He has given much importance to pistachio on their plates, It is one of the bases of your kitchen. Pistachio common denominator of numbers dishes has become a specialty of the house and a claim for its customers. So much so that this restaurant features dishes like beef tataki with pistachio praline or pistachio mousse with chocolate and pistachio biscuit . innovative dishes to taste in El Capricho de los Torres.

Beef tataki with pistachio praline
Pistachio mousse with chocolate and pistachio biscuit

Scorching breaks

Charming places where you can find our grilled meats

Alcala de Henares, Madrid

This city located in the Cuenca del Henares, It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998. World Heritage is the historic site of Alcalá, developed from the Middle Ages, and in which a Jew, Muslim and Christian lived in tolerance. So is the University, founded by Cisneros 1499.

Atesora unique archaeological sites, an excellent medieval urban fabric  and especially the perfect City of Knowledge and City of God, who designed by the hand of Cardinal Cisneros, Today we can enjoy a unique set magnificent buildings of Renaissance and Baroque.

Alcala found the restaurant Scorching Casa Benito, perfect place to enjoy a good grilled meat, made in their coal furnaces, which makes the enjoyment is complete.

University of Alcala de Henares

Almagro, Real city

The discovery 1954 the Comedy Corral was the starting point our festival. Almagro and complemented its impressive architectural heritage Building a Baroque, which they took place in the plays in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and is, day by day, the best preserved of all the Spanish Golden Age.

It should highlight its beautiful Plaza Mayor always with a cheerful atmosphere and its arcades full of local shops where you can buy something as typical, craft as tablecloths made of bobbin lace, wicker chairs or Almagro famous eggplant.

The restaurant is located Scorching Almagro, a charming place, perfect place to enjoy the best grilled meats and Iberian pork beef, Come and enjoy this grill.

Comedy Corral de Almagro near Scorching
Representation Comedy Corral de Almagro

Tordesillas, Valladolid

Here do not ask Juana la Loca. For the inhabitants of Tordesillas, the queen will I always Juana. Our ancestors lived with her and handed us I was not crazy not broken deeply in love and grief over the death of her husband. Here he lived almost 50 first years he imprisoned his father, Ferdinand, and then your child, Carlos I.

Come and experience the exciting and sad story of the Queen could not reign but never abdicated his title, All the more reason to believe that he was always rope.

It would be a shame to spend a great day in Tordesillas and not enjoy your food, Scorching Restaurant in Astral you can enjoy the best grilled meats, I fell in love the taste of grilled meat.

Representation in Tordesillas

Béjar, Salamanca

From Vetones, the first settlers in the 400 a.c., then the Romans, and later it will be a Muslim city that would last 500 years, again in the twelfth century fall into Christian hands, according to legend, by a revolt of Christians who gathered on Mount their clothes and weapons are coated with moss giving the appearance of monsters, thus allowing them reconquer the city. Today you can see them represented "Men of Moss" in the procession of Corpus Christi. Since then Muslims coexisted for centuries, Jews and Christians.

From the city we have 3 km the hamlet of "El Castañar" where in the middle of a forest of oaks and chestnuts the shrine of Our Lady of El Castañar is. And very near the Sanctuary, the bullring of Bejar is located, the oldest in the world, since 1711.

Bejar also features the ski resort of La Covatilla, a perfect place for those who love snow sports, which makes this city a great place to visit also in winter.

Abrasador A Armando Restaurant is located on the square, a perfect grill to enjoy the best grilled meats accompanied by the history of this great place.

Plaza de Bejar

El Campello, Alicante

Their 23 km of coastline, the largest of the province of Alicante, They are an oasis for the senses. In this long shore, you'll find, golden beaches such as Muchavista and Carrerlamar give way to gentle coves that appear after Illeta: from Morro Blanc, to the Carritxal. Beaches and coves, All of them, suitable for water sports, they have earned the distinction of blue flags, and the ISO 14.001 for the quality of its waters, services and infrastructure.

The Muchavista Beach is a magnificent beach with an extension of 3300 meters and 80 meters wide, ideal for enjoying bath, sun and water sports such as windsurfing, Besides having an ideal place for walking or running walk through its more of 3 km. Notably in the northwest corner of the racó Zofra where forms a beautiful place where we find small boats resting on the shore.

And for eat? For lunch we find the restaurant Scorching Graná, their views of the beach and the quality of its grilled meats, They make taste the beef and Iberian pork are incredible.

Playa El Campello

Campo de Criptana, Real city

Criptana field is believed to have been in the Sierra Mills where Cervantes was inspired to tell the most famous adventure of world literature, Donde Quixote against "Los Gigantes". Among the set of mills are located in the Sierra, are the only three mills in the Iberian Peninsula that retain the original structure and machinery of the XVI century, suitable for grinding grain as years back. You can also visit the cave houses that are on the slopes of the Sierra de los Molinos.

Adjacent the mills is the suburb of Albaicin, manchego archetype neighborhood, Arab house with tile and painted white and indigo.

A place of "story" could not miss a decent place to eat legend. Scorching in the saddlebag of Sancho restaurant you can enjoy the best grilled meats place.

Mills Field Criptana

Bérchules, Granada

of Moorish origin, namely the eighth century. Berchules is located 1330 meters above sea level, It is the third highest village Spain. Because of its geography, especially mountainous, this alpujarreño people It has been adapted to uneven, why their houses are staggered and facing south, to take advantage of the good weather mediterranean. Streets, and winding layout cobblestone, invite you to walk, breathe, calm and tranquility.

In Scorching Restaurante El Cercado, They will make you know and enjoy a good steak, tasting its Iberian pork and beef.

Village of Berchules

Two sisters, Sevilla

Located on the Guadalquivir river depression, we find this beautiful town, on which we want to emphasize one of its fairs, declared of national interest. We talk about the fair that takes place in May.

Its onset is marked by what he called the dinner "fish", Wednesday night event that takes place before the famous lighting fair, and where attendees tend to show off their finery.

This act is only reserved for members of each house as a twinning, welcome to the show a year. Even though, noteworthy, the fair Dos Hermanas is distinguished precisely by being open character in its hundred booths, and with streets of Albero, more of 40 attractions and stalls 80 horse hitches.

Daily free performances by musical artists of national reputation enjoyed in the Municipal Caseta and, during the weekend, prizes are also awarded to the best booth, best horsewoman and caballista, etc.

also excel in Dos Hermanas other parties like the Pilgrimage of Valme and Easter, both also declared of national tourist interest.

And to finish with a flourish a visit to this beautiful city Sevillana, it is essential to enjoy a good grilled meat at the Restaurante Casa Pedro Abrasador, reference from 1979 in offering a typical cuisine and extensive land.

Fair Dos Hermanas

Carcabuey, Córdoba

This celebration takes place on Easter Sunday, If we had to highlight something she would pregón, since it is ironic satirical proclamation of the events in Carcabuey that are what make modern life in the village.

The name of the festival comes from an ancient brotherhood, that the days of Lent were fasting and penance, so from Easter Sunday organized large parties that could last even three days, this is what we now call the Passover of the Moraos, since they wore purple robe.

Notably, the feast of the Aurora, with the election of the queen of the festivities and traditional bull rope during the day 22, 23, 24 Y 25 August and the celebrations of the patron, the Virgen del Castillo, with lunch and popular verbena and the traditional release of heifers through the streets of the village day 6, 7 Y 8 of September.

With all the activities proposed Carcabuey we have to regain strength, the best way is to visit the Scorching Restaurante La Ronda and enjoy one of the best grilled meats.

One of the most concerning historical monuments of the Sierra subbética
Medieval Castle Carcabuey

Toledo

At nightfall, the city is transformed. Toledo artistic lighting to discover details impossible to see in daylight, while it is representing a strong and firm commitment to the city with sustainability, respect for the environment and energy saving. such iconic buildings as the Cathedral, City Hall, the door hinge or the Castile-La Mancha (XVII century former convent) show its beauty and splendor centenary.

The panoramic view of the city from the area “Valley” It gives the visitor an unforgettable memory of Toledo.

In the cradle of Abrasador, We find two restaurant to enjoy the best Iberian pork and beef, one located on Avenida Europe and one in the street Tendillas, Located in the historic center of Toledo. Enjoy this magnificent city full.

Toledo becomes night
spectacular view at night in Toledo City

Elche, Alicante

Would highlight two holidays, such as the Moors and Christians and the Mystery of Elche. It is also very visited the vast palm grove, with more than two hundred thousand copies becomes the largest in Europe, which together with the care of ilicitanos, He has managed to be declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The holiday Moor and Christian born as a commemoration to a stage of Muslim power in the Iberian Peninsula and battles alternated power Muslim-Christian. This event takes place opposite the Palace of Altamira and consists of a theatrical performance with several parts that perfectly represent all this historical stage.

The mystery of Elche is a theatrical performance, held in the Basilica of Santa Maria, in which disclosed death, Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin Mary. This work is unique in its genre, since it is the only one preserved until today, Surviving ban Concillo of Trento to represent works in the church and its scenic and musical values.

If we delve a little we found the Scorching Restaurante El Raco de Mama Lola, a perfect grill to enjoy one of the best Iberian pork and beef.

Representation of the work “Mystery of Elche”

Casillas, Murcia

Declared of national tourist interest, It is a complete representation of huertanas traditions linked to the history of the city.

We can highlight the Bando de la Huerta, an explosion of color and joy with their parades of giants and big heads, floats and dancers and marching bands, in this typical work and elements shown Murcia orchard.

Burial of the Sardine, party dating from the nineteenth century, which it is basically a parody of a burial of a sardine, a step for the people. This festival was born as a complaint with the prohibition against eating meat during Lent and burial symbolizes the passage to a period of freedom, where you could do all that was normally prohibited.

But to eat, better than visit the restaurant Scorching Canovas to enjoy the best roast Murcia, enjoy your meat, you will leave happy.

Old Bridge or Miracles in Murcia is the first bridge built in its history

Canet de Mar, Barcelona

With great weather, beach zones over 2 km and all the forests surrounding the town, is Canet de Mar, a modernist place on the coast.

It notes that in this population lived architect, Teacher, cartoonist, political and humanist Lluis Domenech i Montaner, which he gave life to such important works as the Palau de la Musica Catalana and the Palau de Sant Pau and Santa Creu. It is a perfect place to enjoy its architecture.

We can not forget the Castillo de Santa Florentina, dating from the eleventh century and in the sixteenth century joined the lineage “Montaner” It is restored in the late nineteenth century by Luis Domenech i Montaner.

And for modernism, Scorching restaurant dishes La Graella, It is a perfect place to enjoy grilled meat offering Abrasador.

Castillo de Santa Florentina in Canet de Mar

Güejar-Sierra, Granada

High tops, springs, archaeological sites and monuments together with history and traditions to make this place a charming site.

It holds the peaks of Veleta and Mulhacén, Also note that one can see beautiful places following “The sidewalk star”, from this route we can see the “Rope tresmiles” which they are the highest peaks of Granada, peak Alcazaba, Mulhacen, an old mining and to complete the way we enter the secret cave, which it is an artificial cave made on a large rock.

Also the restaurant we present Scorching Las Lomas, wonderful place to enjoy magnificent views while enjoying the Iberian pork and beef grilled.

View from the restaurant terrace Scorching Las Lomas in the Sierra Guejar
View from the restaurant terrace Scorching Las Lomas in the Sierra Guejar

Ronda, Málaga

The history, the legend of highwaymen, where bullfighters and artists are forged…Ronda make an amazing place.

You can enjoy the Arab medina still retains some of its walls, cross the new bridge and walk around the mall Tajo. It covers part of the Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra de Grazalema. These parks are home to a large wildlife, even with some details that make them unique, as it is the pinsapoo and mountain quejigo.

It also features a theme park dedicated to Mediterranean pasture breeding bull and Andalusian horse.

In a place he could not miss a good place to eat grilled meat, this is found in the Scorching La Carreta Restaurant, Enjoy this perfect grill.

Another perspective of the New Bridge Round
Another perspective of the New Bridge Round

Tembleque, Toledo

Muela Castle began to be built in the tenth century in the splendor of the Caliphate of Córdoba, It is finished in the thirteenth century by the Knights of the Knights Hospitaller. Today you can visit in one building the remains of three different castles.

This castle was transferred in the year 1183 knights by Alfonso VII, After the fort was lost several times between Christians and Muslims to lie with the Kingdom of Castile.

In this great place we found the Scorching Restaurante La fireplace Turleque, great place to enjoy the best grilled meats.

Plaza Mayor Tembleque
Plaza Mayor Tembleque

Costa Tropical of Granada, Carchuna

This small coastal town is La Costa Tropical Granada, located between the Costa del Sol of Malaga and the Costa de Almería, perfect to enjoy the tranquility and relaxation that offers this beach and lets us know close places and charming towns:

A few minutes from Carchuna, you can not miss the cliff Calahonda.

Granada, Nazari City only 60 minutes Scorching Don Cactus Restaurant, you can visit the Alhambra, know every corner as the Generalife, Cathedral,... and lose yourself in the streets of the Albaicín.

Sierra Nevada, in less than an hour you can change the towel by skis, and enjoy the mountain's altitude of the Iberian Peninsula.

La Alpujarra, Poqueira Gorge, Pampaneira, Bubión, Capileira, Fuente Agria, Board of Rivers, Trevélez, are some of the towns that compose.
Ideal to learn the customs of yesteryear Grenadine saw and lose yourself in the trails enjoying nature.

Salobreña, The main population center is nestled in a rock topped by a Moorish castle.

Almuñécar, worth visiting tropical bird park, Park Majuelo Botanical Garden, old town, etc.

And lunchtime arrival, we want to know the best grilled meats hand Scorching Don Cactus Restaurant, where you will enjoy the best grill area.

Playa Tropical Coast Granada

Navaconcejo, Cáceres

Located in the Valle del Jerte, we find the town of Navaconcejo, a place surrounded by nature, precious nooks and crannies where you can lose.

Formerly it was also composed of people of Peñahorcada, but a rise of Rio Jerte destroyed the town and the inhabitants moved to Navaconcejo. We can visit several gorges and several natural areas, among them we can highlight the throat of hell and throat of Nogaleas.

We navaconcejo have to eat at the restaurant Scorching Rio Jerte, wonderful place to enjoy grilled meat while relaxing with nature.

Gorge of Hell

Villaviciosa, Madrid

In this suburb we can enjoy a myriad of leisure and culture.

We can find for sightseeing Castle Villaviciosa, its construction dates from the fifteenth century by the counts of chinchón, was downing 1521 and in 1538 He turned rebuild changing one of the towers and making it different from the others. Can visit, but in order group subscriptions.

We can also enjoy large parks such as the regional park Soto and the middle course of the Guadarrama river and its surroundings, perfect places to walk around and have a good time.

Here we find the restaurant Scorching Rainbow, Wonderful place to eat a good steak grilled Iberian pork and beef.

Castle Villaviciosa

Ruidera, Ossa de Montiel, Albacete

We arrived at the lagoons of Ruidera, the turquoise paradise, a place where you fall in love instantly see, a place you always want to return.

It has several waterfalls, many gaps, Rochafrida apart Castle and reservoir Peñarroya Castle and the Cave of Montesinos. This great place has many activities that make a day in the lagoons of Ruidera is something great and fun.

Within this great place we found the restaurant Scorching Los Batanes, to complete this great experience it is best to enjoy a good grilled meat in this lovely Abrasador.

One of the most famous lakes in Castilla La Mancha
Ruidera, the great attraction of this natural paradise

Torrelodones, Madrid

Come up with this perfect place for leisure, filled with sites which enjoy a very good day it becomes very easy.

Torrelodones is part of two major tourist routes, the imperial route and castles. Among all the services and activities offered at this place, Casino Gran Madrid stands, build in 1981.

We can also see the Atalaya Castle Torrelodones, Dating back to being the IX and XI centuries. It is one of the best preserved Muslim watchtowers time

In this great place we can enjoy a good steak, Scorching Zeppelin Restaurant, perfect place to eat a good grilled meat.

Atalaya de Torrelodones
Atalaya de Torrelodones

Navajas, Castellón

His good demographic situation, climate that offers its ancient villas and beautiful gardens filled, make Navajas receive tourists from the eighteenth century, which it is not surprising given the charm of this small town in the region of Alto Palancia Castellonense.

We can highlight the Parish Church Virgen de la Luz, built in the eighteenth century dedicated to Immaculate Conception and has a nice dressing room dedicated to the Virgen de la Luz, patron of the place. Tower of Altomira, 5 building plants ending with battlements that make the shape of a crown.

If we refer to nature, We can not leave without visiting the famous Olmo, a tree planted in 1636 with 14 meters high or jumping bride, a wonderful place located in the Palancia river where the waterfall is also Armband, a waterfall of 60 meters high.

This beautiful Torre takes its name Scorching Restaurant Altomira, a perfect grill to enjoy a wonderful grilled meat Navajas.

Tower of Altomira in Navajas population Castellonense

Villacañas, Toledo

Our next stop is Villacañas, a place with a lot of architectural interest, which can not miss if we are in this beautiful place.

It has several hermitages, each more interesting, we can highlight the chapel of Christ the eighteenth century in neoclassical style, the hermitage of San Roque built in 1835 in style of folk architecture and the hermitage of the virgin conception dating from the sixteenth century, with a popular style.

It should also enhance the ethnographic museum silo, a house dug into the ground, due to lack of financial resources in the eighteenth century, this property emerges, dug by hand by a journeyman, which only needed a peak, a shovel and lime to build a place to live.

In this pretty village, Scorching we find the Restaurante El Capricho de los Torres, a wonderful place to enjoy a great grilled meat.

panoramic view of the town of Villacañas
panoramic view of the town of Villacañas

Villarrubia de los Ojos, Real city

We stop along the way in this beautiful land of Ciudad Real, which gets the name of the blonde color Villarrubia terrain. Place after the reconquest stand and where Sanchez-Jijon brothers founded the oldest cattle ranch fighting bulls in Spain, thus creating, the “caste jijona”.

It is a place to get lost among all its hermitages and parishes, each more charming, Noteworthy in this place the clock tower and the Museum of Agriculture, where we can see and farming tools and everyday objects, some with more than 300 years old that are conserved in perfect condition.

We are in this place with the Scorching Mirador Restaurant de la Mancha, a wonderful place to enjoy a good steak grilled Iberian pork and beef.

Agricultural Museum in Villarrubia de los Ojos
Agricultural Museum

Callosa de Segura, Alicante

We can say it is a place with a long history, since the first known site dating from the Bronze Age and attached to the Argaric, which is considered the first metallurgical civilization of the Iberian Peninsula.

With a large number of places to visit, in highlighting their hermitages and churches, some of which are from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We should also mention the Castle of Callosa, known as “the Castillico”, which is located in the Sierra de Callosa, It is from the Islamic period and is listed as cultural interest.

One of the things you can not miss is the living representation of the Passion of Christ. And as a curiosity we can tell, the protagonist who plays Christ is Javier Amoros, Scorching Niagara's restaurant owner and Restaurante Morote.

To enjoy a good grilled meat, We found the restaurant Scorching Nigara's, a magnificent steakhouse that does not disappoint.

Representation of the Passion of Christ in Callosa de Segura
Passion Play in Callosa de Segura

Consuegra, Toledo

This magnificent village has a special charm, thanks to its mills and castle, antiquity showing that counts Consuegra.

Castle building is located in the tenth century, during the Caliphate of Córdoba. In the year 1097 Diego Rodriguez dies, son of El Cid, during the Battle of Consuegra, happened to be Muslim two years until these, in 1099 They were finally withdrawn from Consuegra.

Mills from the nineteenth century, although there is one that comes from the sixteenth century, There are some who still have all the original machinery, Another is an exhibition of wines , one of them has an exhibition of handicrafts Toledana, which makes them all something worth visiting for leisure and history of Consuegra.

In the square of Spain, We found the restaurant Scorching cinnamon and lemon, a great place to enjoy a good steak grilled Iberian pork and beef.

Windmills
Windmills of Consuegra

Trujillo, Cáceres

We have come to the land of conquerors, place from where Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, which we see honored in the town square with a statue and Francisco Orellana, discoverer of the Amazon.

If it is worth noting a time Trujillo, we highlight the average age, leaving us in this population the castle, Arabas as they built the fortress in the ninth and tenth centuries, the castle was built in the thirteenth century. It was a walled city, which we can still see four of the seven gates that had: Gate of Triumph, from Santiago, de la Vera Cruz and Coria.

We also have the house museum and the palace Pizarro Pizarro Orellana, in honor of these two discoverers of which we spoke earlier .

In the Plaza Mayor, Scorching have the restaurant Corral Del Rey, a spectacular place in which to enjoy a good grilled meat is something you can not miss.

Main Square
Plaza Mayor de Trujillo.

Cuenca

Júcar riverside and Huecar, we found this beautiful city, declared world heritage, It is a place where getting lost is incredible.

We can enjoy the cathedral, the hanging houses and ancient stone streets are calling to enjoy all the history that counts here.

The story begins in terraced houses 1565, since this year the painter Anton van den Wyngaerde onto its box “Cuenca from east”. Today only remains a small part of them, But it is more than enough to drop by and contemplate why Cuenca.

And after tourism, better than taste good grilled meat in Embid Finca Restaurant located next to Cuenca.

Hanging houses

Polientes, Cantabria

Located in the valley of Valderredible, we find Polientes, a place flowing with nature at every step, the Ebro to its passage by the municipality, make stroll along its paths is something unique, To which we add that we can enjoy the Ebro River Park.

The town is around the Plaza de la Olmeda, which it is the nineteenth century, We add to this the house of José Casado and entnográfico Museum Polientes, in which traits that make us know better the culture of this wonderful place are preserved.

In nature we find the restaurant Scorching Cantabria, a quiet place to enjoy a wonderful grilled meat.

Another photo of the Valley of Valderredible in Cantabria
Valley Valderredible in Cantabria

Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid

Pozuelo known as a place in which to spend a great day, If we talk about entertainment, as it has many places to spend a pleasant and entertaining time, such are cinemas, restaurants, parks, bares…

We do not know is that it is a place where life remains the oldest in the world found, I pass the average age being home to great personages of the time and which owes its name to, in 1632 It was sold to the Alarcon family, giving this name to the municipality.

After many economic progress, the passage of the civil war was devastating Pozuelo de Alarcon and returned to an era of poverty as he had earlier centuries, which he got out and today is one of the cities with the highest per capita income in Spain.

And great place there must always be a great restaurant, I speak of the Scorching Restaurante El Abuelito, where you can eat a wonderful grilled meat Iberian pork and beef.

Park Pozuelo de Alarcon