The English Cemetery of Malaga

23Juil

On the blog of Hotel Angela we always try to encourage you to discover the most beautiful spots of Malaga, so today we would like to recommend you visit the unique English cemetery.

This historical cemetery is in Malaga city centre in an area known as La Malagueta. This is the first protestant cemetery in the Iberian Peninsula.

It opened in 1831 due to the problems that back in the day there were to bury the big English colony that lived in Malaga, as up until then in Malaga non catholics were buried by the beach under torch lights.

William Mark (British consul in 1821), was present in these burials so we he did all he could to find a place where the members of his community could get buried with dignity. In 1829 the local authorities of Malaga finally accepted his request and gave him a piece of land that back in the day was in the outskirts of the city.

In this cemetery we can find many important English people in Malaga as they helped in the development of the city. Among them are British author and hispanist Gerald Brennan or British economist Marjorie Grice-Hutchinson.

For 175 years the cemetery was run by British consuls, thanks to a small contribution from the English government. When this contribution stopped, the cemetery got abandoned, until 1990 when Consul Bruce McIntyre started managing it and created a conservation fund.

The English cemetery of Malaga got declared to be a site of Cultural Interest in 2012, and it is registered in the Association of important cemeteries in Europe for its artistic, literary and botanic value.

If right now you are on holiday at Hotel Angela and you would like to visit it we recommend you to include it in your list of interesting places to visit in Malaga.

Enjoy Malaga city and have fun exploring all the great places that can be seen there!

Fernando Gonzalez

Virgen del Carmen Day

16Juil

If you have had the fortune of having stayed at Hotel Angela this time of year you might already know that today is very important day in Los Boliches.

The Virgen del Carmen festival is celebrated in many coastal towns and village across Spain, and the Costa del Sol is one of the best places to enjoy it.

The history of Virgen del Carmen appears in the Old Testament where it is said that during Pentecost prophet Elias saw the Virgin on a cloud and he then built a temple in Mount Carmelo in her honour.

Virgen del Carmen is now the patroness and protector of sailors, fishermen, scuba divers and even the Spanish Army, so they always ask her to provide good conditions for fishing and protect their boats.

In Fuengirola, the procession of Virgen del Carmen will start this evening at around 20:45 from the Virgen del Carmen Church in Los Boliches. This is considered by many as the most unique and special procession of the year as it ends with the Virgin in the sea surrounded by small boats and fireworks.

If you are staying at Hotel Angela this evening we definitely recommend you not to miss this celebration from your balcony or from our pool area.

We hope you enjoy one of the most awaited events of the year in Fuengirola!

Fernando González

The most typical dishes of Spain – Part 2

09Juil

Continuing with last week’s blog post, today we have more traditional Spanish food recommendations for you:

  • Spanish omelette: You will be able to find it in most bars and restaurants in Spain. It is very easy to cook as it just consists of frying potatoes and adding some chopped onion if you fancy. You then must strain the oil, mix them with egg and cook over a low heat. Its origin is humble, and people say they come from Badajoz and the first ones were cooked around year 1800 when housewives cooked using the products from their own gardens. There are many varieties of this dish as other ingredients can be added.
  • Galician Octopus: This is a very simple dish as the octopus is boiled by putting it 3 times inside a pot of boiling water for a few seconds. This way it keeps its skin and stays soft. It then gets sliced and it is served with sliced boiled potatoes, olive oil, salt and Very tasty!
  • Oxtail: It has been eaten since Roman times, though the current recipe comes from Cordoba. This is a stew where the tail is cooked with onions, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, red wine, olive oil and salt. This meat is super tender!
  • Pescaíto frito: This is a traditional Mediterranean coast dish, so if you are in Costa del Sol we recommend you give it a go. The popular “pescaito frito” is fish covered in flower and deep fried in olive oil.   In Fuengirola there are many great places where you can eat “pescaito frito”, like Chiringuito Rivera, right opposite our sister hotel, Hotel Yaramar.  There are lots of varieties of fish you can choose from: squid, baby squid, anchovies, fried octopus, dogfish, fried prawns… There is also another dish called fritura malagueña, fritura de verano or “Tierra y Mar”, very typical from here, which is a mix of fried fish and fried vegetables.

Well, if you love eating and discovering the typical cuisine of the places you visit, we hope you have enjoyed our last 2 blog posts and that you give these dishes a try next time you come on holiday to Hotel Angela, your hotel in Fuengirola.

Bon appétit!

Fernando González