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Santa Pola Rice Cooking Experience

We all know how to boil a pot of rice but when it comes to paella rice a certain amount of skill is required which you can learn from a Spanish chef on a Santa Pola rice cooking experience. You would be forgiven in thinking paella is Spain's national dish but it is actually the regional dish of Valencia and two of its more basic forms, arroz a banda and arroz negra are specialities of the charming coastal town of Santa Pola.

The cooking lessons are held in Santa Pola which is known for harbouring the largest fishing boat fleet of any port on the Mediterranean sea and is a pleasure to explore. While visiting the town, those keen on trying scuba diving should check out the well established Dive Academy Santa Pola that offers all levels of PADI scuba diving courses. The Santa Pola rice cooking experience is run by Mandrinablue who are based in Alicante and offer a good choice of day tours to various areas and attractions on the Costa Blanca.

Santa Pola Rice Cooking Experience – The group meets at 10:00 outside the tourist information bureau next to the town hall where your guide will take you on a short tour around town before heading to the restaurant. During the walk you will learn about Santa Pola's fishing heritage and some of the traditional dishes of the region. After meeting your chef the group is separated into pairs for the cooking lesson, each pair sharing a small paella pan while the chef takes you through the preparation and cooking process. Then follows the highlight of the tour; sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labour accompanied by bread, salad and drinks. With your new found paella rice cooking skills you can turn a few heads in the kitchen at your next dinner party.

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The sunny Costa Blanca provides the perfect setting for water sports and activities and anyone who is keen on boats can choose from a number of RYA sailing courses, either to gain competence for recreational
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