Motorhome route to discover Spain’s best paellas


One of the dishes par excellence that belongs to the gastronomic DNA of our country is paella. Declared a Site of Cultural Interest since last year, due to its popularity, there are a large number of versions of this preparation, always with rice as the common ingredient. And it is that, although it is a dish born in Valencia, paella adapts to the ingredients and preferences of the different regions of Spanish cuisine.

So in addition to the traditional Valencian paella, whose origins can be found in the rice-growing area near Lake Albufera, and in which the carob bean, the ferradura bean, the rabbit and the chicken should not be missing; it is possible to taste other variants: the seafood paella based on fish and/or shellfish; the mixed with meat and fish or the mountain paella cooked with chicken, rabbit or rib. These are some of the ways to enjoy this delicious dish, which is undoubtedly one of the most international of our gastronomy and knows no boundaries.

For these reasons, and because September 20 is World Paella Day, Yescapa proposes a gastronomic route in a motorhome or motorhome to discover some of the best restaurants in Spain and enjoy a delicious paella.

Located in the Sierra Norte of the Community of Madrid, the city of Guadarrama has the privilege of hosting this restaurant, which in 2021 was the winner of the Sueca International Paella Valenciana Contest (Valencia) for preparing the “best paella in the world” . A family business now in its third generation that, despite specializing in more traditional dishes of the area such as ears, Madrid style tripe, pig’s trotters or oxtail, has succeeded, learning from the best Valencian chefs , this valuable prize for their Valencian paella. For this they cook it in a paella, as the Valencians call the paellera, with firewood from orange trees and always with native ingredients such as rabbit, chicken, green beans and snails.

With more than 40 years of experience in Valencian and Cordoba gastronomy, in the rice restaurant Casa Pepe Sanchís in Córdoba it is possible to taste an authentic Valencian paella, cooked with respect for the original elaboration of this dish. Respect for authenticity has earned this restaurant multiple awards over the years, and is also part of the ‘Wikipaella’ platform, which is responsible for recognizing restaurants around the world that make traditional Valencian paella .

At the foot of the beach of Es Bol Nou 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. They use the island’s raw material for this: traditionally caught sea products, but also vegetables from their organic garden and other local producers. Along with the bullit de peix and the lobster stew, one of the star dishes is the seafood paella. Indispensable if you visit the island of Pitiusa.

In the Puerto Deportivo de Lo Pagán, in San Pedro de Pinatar, we find this establishment, which is one of the most prestigious and recognized in Murcia. Their house paella, along with fish and the traditional Murcian cauldron, are their star dishes, so if you decide to take a jaunt through the region, this is a must stop. Of course we recommend that you make a reservation before you go.

When it comes to Valencian paella, this gastronomic itinerary would not 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 one of the most special spaces in the community, in the heart of the Albufera Natural Park, this restaurant offers traditional flavors that combine tradition and avant-garde. But the Nou Racó experience goes beyond gastronomy: you can contemplate the flora and fauna of the area from the chill-out area and enjoy the sunset by taking a boat out onto the lake.

In Spain, free camping is arranged depending on the municipality or place of the night, therefore it is very important to plan our getaway so as not to get any unpleasant surprises.

Overnight simply refers to sleeping in your RV or van. Camping, on the other hand, involves setting up the vehicle’s equipment outside, including the awning, tables, chairs, and all other types of furniture. Point out that free camping in Spain is illegal, but staying overnight is not. So if we want to spend the night in our motorhome or motorhome on the beach, we should try to do so in the designated areas.

Source: La Verdad


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