Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain (2014)

Restaurante Corrillo is located around the corner from many of the major attractions in the heart of old Salamanca. Here you can have a tasty lunch, a decent bottle of wine, and enjoy the local scene.

Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

We went with choices from the menu of the day, starting with a shrimp cocktail:

Shrimp cocktail at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Shrimp cocktail at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

And squid in ink that you see next:

Squid in ink at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Squid in ink at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Our main course was chicken in an apple reduction that was quite tasty:

Chicken with apple glaze at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Chicken with apple glaze at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Of course there was a bottle of wine to enjoy, another delicious albariño:

Wine at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Wine at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

And don’t forget dessert!

Dessert at Restaurante Corillo, Salamanca, Spain.

Dessert at Restaurante Corrillo, Salamanca, Spain.

We lingered here, taking a break from walking through the heat of the day. There’s plenty to see and do in Salamanca, including a spectacular basilica. More on that soon.

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Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain

In the village of Meaño, near Spain’s Atlantic coast, you’ll find a great little hotel called Quinta de San Amaro. This is the kind of place to get away from it all. Here’s a look at the swimming pool and main building:

Swimming pool and main building at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Swimming pool and main building at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Although in the countryside, Quinta de San Amaro is only a short drive to Santiago de Compostela and many of the interesting towns along the Atlantic Coast. I stayed in a standard room that you see next:

Standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

The bathroom was also spacious and comfortable:

Bathroom in standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Bathroom in standard room at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

You’ll also find a good restaurant here with seating inside as well as outside that you see in the next photo:

Outdoor seating at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Outdoor seating at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

And take a look at this unique “solar sauna” as I call it:

"Solar sauna" at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

“Solar sauna” at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Inside it was warm and refreshing, a comfortable place to relax, read a book, or meditate:

Inside the "solar sauna" at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Inside the “solar sauna” at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Of course then you’ll want to take another dip in the swimming pool, so here’s another view of that looking out to the vineyards:

View of the swimming pool and vineyards beyond at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

View of the swimming pool and vineyards beyond at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

You’ll have no trouble sleeping here. It was perfectly quiet, the way you’ll want it after a day of sightseeing or sampling the many delicious wines of the region.

A Meal in the Country, Spain

Many of the small hotels I like have their own restaurants, most of which are outstanding. Sometimes, given the location, I prefer to eat at the hotel rather than drive into town for a meal. Such was the case at Quinta de San Amaro in Meaño, Spain. Here you can dine inside or out. We decided to sit outside. Soon enough, the waitress brought this starter which got our taste buds excited.

Starter at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Starter at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Then we enjoyed a very typical dish of grilled vegetables.

Grilled vegetables at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Grilled vegetables at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Then there were two entrees, one a whole fish fresh from the sea:

Whole fish at at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Whole fish at at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

There was also some nicely cooked pork loin:

Pork loin at at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Pork loin at at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

As with every meal in Spain, why not enjoy a bottle of wine! In this case, another local albariño was the perfect fit with the meal.

Albariño at at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

Albariño at at Quinta de San Amaro, Meaño, Spain.

This was a very relaxing and leisurely meal, enjoyed outside within just a few yards of the vineyards. One of the joys of traveling is to take your time. Don’t rush it.

Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain

On the main street through the center of old Cambados, Spain, you’ll find Esquina de Miega, a local joint where I enjoyed a nice lunch.

Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

This is a friendly place that serves the local menu of the day. Take a seat with the locals.

Inside restaurant Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

Inside restaurant Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

Started with a nice octopus and ensalada rusa, as part of the menu al dia, both of which you see in the next photo:

First courses at Equina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

First courses at Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

Moved on to the main course of roast pork with fries. Simple and tasty as you see here:

Lunch at Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

Lunch at Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

These plates would not have been complete without a nice bottle of albariño to enhance the experience. Here’s the one I enjoyed:

A bottle of albariño at Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

A bottle of albariño at Esquina de Miega, Cambados, Spain.

It was a great lunch served by friendly and cheerful people. It was interesting to hear “bachata” style music playing there. I usually associate that type of music with the Caribbean, but it seems it has spread in popularity. At any rate, more from Spain coming tomorrow!