TOURISM businesses in the Almanzora Valley have launched new food and leisure guides aimed at spreading the word about the region’s attractions and encouraging more people to visit.
‘Sabores del Almeria’ (Flavours of Almeria) is based on the premise gastronomy is one of the main reasons for visiting an area, tourists and travellers relishing the opportunity to try local specialities made from regional produce.
The publication is the result of several months’ work. It features photos and descriptions of a selection of the most typical tapas and main courses in Almanzora towns and villages.
They range from contemporary-style Macael black pudding with goat’s cheese and mandarin glaze, roasted ribs with citrus and Filabres honey, and leg of lamb with spinach cream, mushroom and rocket to seriously traditional soups and stews.
More than 50 bars and restaurants contributed to the publication. It also features more than 20 products produced in the Almanzora Valley, among them hams, cheeses, wins, honey, olive oil, preserves and bread.
The Turismo Almanzora business association said the guide had been printed thanks to the collaboration of the provincial council and the Sabores Almeria brand, and that its members were keen to support the Almeria 2019 gastronomy capital of Spain status.
A second guide features 30 of the activities available in the Almanzora Valley. Ideas range from museum visits, wine and cheese tastings and taking part in craft workshops, to horse riding, cycle routes and guided routes in 4x4s.
The guide also suggests discovering locations like Seron, Laroya, Oria, Barcares and Urrucal, learning about the stars on an astronomy tour and taking a dip in the thermal waters of the Cela pool near Tijola.