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A Perfect Day - Wed 08th November 2017

A perfect day for me on a Sunday, or for that matter any day you’re free, is to encompass a picturesque walk with dog in hand followed by a traditional takeaway paella in its own cooked pan.  Importantly, you must first pre-order your paella takeaway early, to ensure there are sufficient burners to cook your meal, in order that you can collect your dish at the agreed time.

My favourite paella takeaway is from El Paso located by a large roundabout on the Javea, Gata, Benitachell junction roundabout. Address: Ctra. Data, 1, 03730 Jávea, Alicante.Tel 965 79 04 48 and open from 6am to 10.30pm.

Do pre-order by phone in the morning and give the exact time for pickup, whereby it will be ready on the dot including the traditional paella and covered to keep the dish hot.

The cost is a 10 euro deposit for the pan that you need to return. The Paella itself costs 10 euros per person and sold according to pan sizes 2,4,6 etc, so simply state the following in Spanish preferably;

Puedo encargo paella mixta por llavar por (x number of people) and state exact time for collection, so for 2 o’clock say a las dos hora. Name and tel number required. Translated means “can I order a mixed paella (mixed is shell fish and meat combined) for takeaway for 2,4 or whatever number of persons.

Alternatively, pop into the cafe/restaurant and order, whereby they will understand you, then go for the walk and return on time.

A paella for 2 is really enough for 3, or if you have too much leftover you can reheat it in a microwave  and introduce either roast rabbit or chicken breasts to accompany an evening meal.

One of my favourite drive come walk in the mountains with views is at Bernia_mountain_walk

Being lazy, however, on occasions, which one is more so on holiday and depending on the ambient temperature and weather, does only warrant a short walk. 

My perfect lazy day  would be to take a drive up towards the Montgo Mountain behind Javea old town. This road skirts the old town and takes you up and over the mountain to Denia. Take the CV734 towards Javea then take the Av Ondara road, which you can see on your left but have to go past to the mini roundabout and double back where you see a petrol station. Continue  past the Silvasol building on your left and straight on past the mini roundabout up the hill on calle Jurados until the next roundabout sign posted for Denia on the CV736. Continue up the windy road and take the first turning right on the CV 7362, being just a mile out of Javea town. About 3/4 mile along the road there is a monastery on the right. Park under the trees and walk for about 300mts along by the side of the monastery through a conifer tree lined avenue until you reach the historic windmills. There are several pathways and fabulous views over Javea and the port. You can enter the historic monastery on Sunday’s and fiesta days.

Posted by Bruce Gibson

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