Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

1 Apr 2012

Family Day - Guadix

Finally we have a Saturday free to be able to go out and enjoy a family day together. It was my idea to head over to the market at Guadix for a change as we haven't been there since having the little monster.



The market is fairly big with a wide range of stalls selling clothes, foods, toys, jewellery (although for me it isn't much different to all the other markets). I picked up a nice pair of hippie trousers though for €10 and decided if they dont fit I will take the pattern and make some more as they are so lovely........they might be in my Etsy shop soon!!! he he!

I can't remember the last time we were in Guadix - it takes us about an hour to get there so the diesel cost is too much for us to go. Fortunately last week I had quite a few baking orders so had a bit more money than normal to be able to afford to go that little bit further a field!

One reason I was excited to go to Guadix was we found a really nice tapas bar there a few years ago and the tapas is fabulous.

Meson Granadul Guadix

The Meson Granadul was a tapas bar we found in 2007 and everytime we go to Guadix we try to park close by and nip in to enjoy the tapas. The owners use the bar as a 'showcase' for the hams and varieties of cured meats and sausages that they also sell.

This picture shows a few of the hams for sale!

We love the bar as it is beautifully decorated, immaculate toilets, amazing tapas and friendly staff.  In previous visits we have found it difficult to find a seat and table but yesterday we were the first in. By the time we left it was heaving - the sign on the door mentioned paella tapas from 2.00......no wonder it was busy!

 of course I had to have a G&T and this was the free tapas......Granadul ham* with homemade bread and olives

Ramón really wanted to order some raciones but our budget only allows us this one treat with the free tapas!

*Granadul ham - our friends have a very successful ham business and they sell all over the world. One of their hams they sell is the Granadul jamon (see little write up from their website)........why not click here and order some of this delicious ham from them
Jamones Granadul
Jamones Granadul produce some very special and unique hams indeed. The secadero is based in the Andalucian town of Guadix which nestles in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range in Granada. The Serrano hams they produce are very low in salt which results in a sweeter flavour than most counterparts. Only the female hog is used to produce their Serrano hams. What has grown to be one of the most respected curing houses in the region is run by Encarni, a lady who certainly knows her jamon and who kindly gave us a guided tour of the spotlessly clean premises. Unfortunately no cameras where allowed as production is a closely guarded secret due to the uniqueness of the end product - this is the type of business we adore and fully respect the secrecy! Granadul do however boast no less than three eating establishments in their town, the hams hang high from the ceiling and the tapas are, of course sublime. Just when you thought the Spanish Serrano ham could not get any better - this unique supplier in the Sierras delivers an exquisite ham with striking characteristics in the flavour department.



GUADIX (from Wikipedia)

Guadix, a city of southern Spain, in the province of Granada; on the left bank of the river Guadix, a sub-tributary of the Guadiana Menor, and on the Madrid-Valdepeñas-Almería railway. It occupies part of an elevated plateau among the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
The city was once famous for its cutlery; but its modern manufactures (chiefly earthenware, hempen goods, and hats) are inconsiderable. It has some trade in wool, cotton, flax, corn and liqueurs. The warm mineral springs of Graena, much frequented during the summer, are 6 miles west.

History

Guadix el Viejo, 6 km northwest, was the Roman Acci (also Accitum) mentioned in Pliny's Natural History and as Akki by Ptolemy, who placed it among the Bastetani. Acci was situated in the region of the Bastetanos, whose capital was Baza. It is not known for certain whether it is of Phoenician or of early Spanish origin. According to Macrobius, the primitive inhabitants paid homage to Mars under the name of Neton. Julius Caesar established the Roman colony called Julia Gemella. According to tradition, it was the seat of the first bishopric in Hispania, in the 2nd century.
After 711 it rose to some importance as a Moorish fortress and trading station, renamed Wadi-Aci ("the Wadi of Acci" It was surrendered without a siege to the Spaniards, under Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1489.
The novelist Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, author of El Sombrero de Tres Picos (The Three-cornered Hat) was born in Guadix in 1833. The 19th and 20th centuries saw a period of economical crisis for the town. Currently Guadix is a center of production of fruit (strawberries), cereals, vegetables, as well as a tourist center.

Main Sights

  • Guadix Cathedral (16th-18th centuries), built over a Moorish mosque in Gothic-Renaissance style. The façade is in Baroque style.
  • Church of St. Augustine (18th century),
  • Church of Santiago (1540), with a Plateresque portal
  • Convent and church of the Conception
  • Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress commanding the town
  • Barrio de Santiago, a quarter characterized by houses carved in tuff rocks.



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