Dec 21, 2015

Christmas Doughnuts in Southern Spain (A Tradition) Feliz Navidad

In Southern Spain it's a tradition during the Christmas season to eat doughnuts called


1 liter of olive oil

2 kg of flour
1/4 litro of Aguardiente
1/4 litro of orange juice
1/4 litro of white wine
1/4 kg of sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
150 grams of anis seeds
rind of one lemon and one orange
2 tablespoons of baking powder

Fry oil with half of the anise seeds along with lemon and orange rinds. Heat cinnamon stick in a pan and then grind it up. Add to the mixture. Strain the oil and add flour, Aguardiente, white wine, orange juice, baking powder and sugar. Once all the ingredients are mixed together knead the dough into a tight ball. Form the dough into doughnut circles. Place doughnuts on a baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes at an oven temperature of 175 degrees.

Use the remaining anise seeds to add to hot water. The anise seeds and hot water should be like a herbal tea. Dip each doughnut into the tea then ice each doughnut with a powdered sugar icing.

Let the doughnuts cool and enjoy a true Spanish Christmas treat!

Tarifa Espana es Hermoso! (Tarifa, Spain is beautiful)

                                          An "Ancient Castle" in Tarifa

We never know in our travels what lies ahead of us especially when we're traveling solo to a destination for the first time with no exact itinerary. For me Tarifa, Spain was supposed to just be a stopover before sailing across the Straits of Gibralter on my way to North Africa's Tangler, Morocco. However when the bus from Sevilla arrived in Tarifa it was too late for me to catch a ferry to Morocco. I was fortunate to find a cozy place to stay for only 26 Euro's and the apartment was right on the beach. (Thanks to an AIRBNB host).

Tarifa, Espana (Tarifa, Spain) is the kind of place that you want to call home. It's laid back, the people are friendly, the beaches are gorgeous, there's an abundance of bakeries, cafe's, shops, and restaurants to choose from, and the weather is glorious. 

In Tarifa, the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet together, the sun shines a lot, and it's the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Tarifa is situated in Andalusia the southernmost top of Spain and is famous for its winds all year long. 

The Foundation for Information and Research on Marine Mammals (FIRMM) offers a 2 hour boat trip (April-October) with researchers. Passengers can watch various dolphins and whales swimming in the Straits of Gibralter.

From Tarifa, Spain there are two ferry companies that sail over to Tangler, Morocco. You can leave early in the morning, spend the day in North Africa, and sail back to Tarifa in the evening of the same day. 

When you're longing for a holiday don't pass up on Tarifa, and it's surrounding area. This part of the world is a dream place to be. Tarifa Spain is beautiful….Tarifa Espana es Hermoso!


Tarifa Kite School has an international team of professional instructors who teach kitesurfing.

Firmm (Foundation for Information and Research on Marine Mammals) offers daily 2 hour boat trips with close views of dolphins and whales. (Sailings are from April-October)

Ferry Companies (Daily Ferry Service from Tarifa to Morocco)

FRS, Calle Alcalde, 11380 Tarifa, Cadiz

Inter-Shipping, Estacion, Maritima, 11380 Tarifa, Cadiz

Tapa's (A Spanish Tradition)

Bar Restaurant Morilla

In the heart of Old Town, this place serves quality tapas and seafood

Bodega La Casa Amarillo

Nice decor, one of the most popular places to eat in Tarifa

La Burla
A simple place known for great tapas and wine

                               Beach in Tarifa, Spain

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