How to Keep Cool in Spain this Summer
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Summer in Spain is finally in full swing! There’s no denying that it’s one of the most exciting, vivacious, fun and festive times of the year throughout the country. From north to south, Spain is pulsating with energy: from city and village festivals, beach parties, music festivals… The list is endless! However, we can’t deny it: IT’S HOT. But have no fear! If you know the secrets to stay cool, you’re going to be conquering Spain’s most exciting summer festivities without even breaking a sweat! We’ve gathered the top tips on how to stay cool in Spain, based on how the locals do it! We promise, after trying these out, you’re going to be begging for the heat ;)
Drink Ice Cold Horchata
What in the world is horchata, you ask? We like to think of it as the Spanish brother of ice cream. Typical from Valencia, horchata is an ice cold drink made from tiger nuts, a very special nut that’s bred in the region. Similar to coconut milk, this naturally sweet drink will keep you cool in the hottest conditions! Of course, ice cream is another wonderful solution. However, when in Spain (especially Valencia) we recommend this novelty. Why not bring it to the…
This might be the most obvious of our “keep cool” secrets, but there’s no denying it’s one of the best! Spain has world renowned beaches throughout the country, waiting for you to dive in. From Andalusia’s lively beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, Asturias and Pais Vasco’s crystal blue waters on the Cantabrian Sea, to Valencia’s clear coasts along the Mediterranean: the water is waiting for you! That’s just to name a few. Discover hundreds of beaches, from lively city attractions, to undiscovered coasts; read more about Spain’s beautiful beaches here!
Drink Refreshing Gazpacho
This tomato-based cold summer soup is a summer staple in Spain, and a favorite amongst tourists and locals alike! The most typical way to drink it is out of a glass. Some even throw in a few ice cubes for an extra refreshing boost! Or, if you’re hungry and craving something a bit more substantial, try Gazpacho’s “best friend”, Salmorejo. A thicker variation of Gazpacho generally consumed with a spoon and served like a cold soup, topped with Iberian ham and hard boiled egg. The heat never tasted so good!
Fan Yourself with a Traditional Spanish Fan
If you go to Spain in the summer, you’ll notice all of the women fanning themselves with elaborately decorated hand fans. Not only is it an extremely effective way to keep cool, but it’s stylish! Fans are considered an essential summer accessory for stylish women of all ages across Spain.
Sangria & Tinto de Verano
There’s nothing more cooling on a hot summer afternoon than a cold glass of sangria. Order a pitcher with friends, and sit by the beach. Or, try the locals’ favorite, Tinto de Verano: a drink mixed with red wine and your choice of a fizzy soda, topped off with a lemon. Within the first sip, you’re sure to be letting out a big “ahhhhh”. Follow these insider secrets, and you’ll be as cool as a cucumber, in the hottest of Spanish heat! Not to mention, really, really happy while doing so ;) So, who is ready to take on the heat? Written by: Casie Tennin June 30, 2016