Caravan route to discover the best paella in Spain
Mixed paella

Caravan route to discover the best paella in Spain

One of the excellent dishes that is a part of our country’s gastronomic DNA is paella. Reported of Cultural Interest since last year, due to its popularity, there are numerous versions of this preparation and it always has rice as a common ingredient. Despite being a dish born in Valencia, paella adapts to the ingredients and preferences of various regions of Spanish cuisine.

Therefore, besides the traditional Valencian paella, which originates in the rice-growing region near Albufera lake and where carob, ferradura beans, rabbit and chicken will not be missing; it is possible to taste other varieties: seafood paella based on fish and/or shellfish; Mountain paella mixed with meat and fish or cooked with chicken, rabbit or ribs. These are some of the ways to enjoy this delicious dish, which is without a doubt one of the most international dishes of our gastronomy and knows no boundaries.

For these reasons, and since September 20 is World Paella Day, yes capa He recommends a gastronomic route in a trailer or caravan to explore some of Spain’s best restaurants to enjoy a delicious paella.

Image - Restaurant El Madrileño (Guadarrama)

El Madrileno Restaurant (Guadarrama)

The town of Guadarrama, located in the Sierra Norte of the Community of Madrid, has the privilege of hosting this restaurant, which won the International Valencia Paella Competition in 2021 for preparing the “best paella in the world”. . A family-run business, now in its third generation, that has learned from Valencia’s best chefs despite specializing in more traditional foods from the region, such as ear, Madrid-style tripe, pork trotters or oxtail, has managed to win this prized prize. Prize for Valencian paellas. To do this, they cook their paella, which the Valencians call paellera, with orange tree firewood and always local ingredients like rabbit, chicken, green beans and snails.

Picture - Pepe Sanchis House (Córdoba)

Pepe Sanchis House (Cordoba)

In the rice restaurant of Casa Pepe Sanchís in Córdoba, which has more than 40 years of experience in Valencian and Cordoba gastronomy, it is possible to taste an authentic Valencian paella cooked in accordance with the original treatment of this dish. Respect for authenticity has made this restaurant worthy of many awards over the years and it has also become part of the ‘Wikipaella’ platform, which is responsible for recognizing restaurants around the world where traditional Valencian paella is made.

Picture - Sa Caleta (Ibiza)

At the foot of Es Bol Nou beach and a few meters from the fishing port of Sa Caleta, we find this small and cozy restaurant. Run by the Pujolet family, they have been preparing delicious fish, shellfish and of course rice dishes since 1988. To do this, they use the island’s raw materials: artisanally caught seafood, vegetables from their organic gardens and other local producers. Along with bullit de peix and lobster stew, one of the star dishes is the seafood paella. Very important if you visit Pitiusa island.

Picture - Restaurant Venezuela (Murcia)

Restaurant Venezuela (Murcia)

In Puerto Deportivo de Lo Pagán in San Pedro de Pinatar we find this resort, one of the most prestigious and well-known in Murcia. House paella along with fish and traditional Murcian cauldron are their star dishes, so if you decide to take a getaway from the area, this is a must stop. Of course, we recommend making a reservation before you go.

Image - Nou Raco (Valencia)

When it comes to Valencian paella, this gastronomic route wouldn’t be complete without a restaurant in Valencia. Nou Racó is, without a doubt, a must stop if you want to try the best version of traditional paella. Located in the heart of the Albufera Natural Park, in one of the most private areas of the community, this restaurant offers traditional flavors combining tradition and avant-garde. But the Nou Racó experience goes beyond gastronomy: you can watch the flora and fauna of the region from the rest area and enter the lake by boat and enjoy the sunset.

Free camping in Spain is organized depending on the municipality or the place where the night will be held, so it is very important to plan our getaway to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Nightgown simply refers to sleeping inside your trailer or van. Camping, on the other hand, involves placing the vehicle’s equipment outside, including awnings, tables, chairs, and all other types of furniture. Point out that free camping is illegal in Spain, but not overnight. So if we want to spend the night on the beach in our trailer or caravan, we should do it in designated areas.

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