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Sunday Times picks Spain as the world's best value destination in 2011 - Fri 14th January 2011

Not that any country wants to be regarded as the cheapest, but the Sunday Times article 9th January (Travel section) triple page spread places it above all other countries in the world as their top pick for being best holiday value. Not only that but it places the Costa Blanca top too of all Spain. Go to;

www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/travel/Holidays/article500875.ece 

If you missed our Newsletter about a villa price comparison of one of our villas against the same one with Europe’s largest rental operator then (click here ). You will then know, having a holiday in one of our villas is the best value by far, leaving you lots more money to enjoy your holiday with. One of my joys is eating out in a lovely restaurant and enjoying some of the great boutique bodega wines of the region, which are modern and unlike the oaky Rioja wines altogether....simply delicious and well priced. 

Tips;

If you fancy a night in and do not want to BBQ or cook then a great alternative to home cooking and eating out is to go to the local rotisserie shops, which are located in every town. They sell the most delicious juicy chicken, rabbit, lamb or beef that is all well prepared with fresh herbs, and can be accompanied with cooked side dishes too, so a takeaway feast can be just the perfect inexpensive solution when compared to buying the meats uncooked from the supermarket. 

I purchased some fresh squid from Mercadona’s (big supermarket chain) fish counter but found when grilling it that it would not singe and brown and released just clouded water content, so clearly impregnated with too much water. Having then on another day repeated the exercise but buying the squid from the local lovely fish market in Morraira it would singe and tasted wholly wonderful, just like they do at Pisces, my favourite fish restaurant.  Going to the local fish market in any town is the best and most interesting option too.When you choose the fish just say Limpia, which means to clean and they clean it for you ready to cook. 2-3 mins on the BBQ or griddle and some oleoil (mayo and garlic) and one is well with the world, along with a nice rose wine  

Posted by Bruce Gibson

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