The reason of siesta:

- avoid mid-day heat

- enjoy the late night lifestyle

- enjoy long lunch

- have a healthy afternoon nap

- limit working hours


There are many places in Spain, that are proudly preserving the tradition.


Residents have a right to an afternoon nap, as stated in local laws, between 2pm and 5pm, when shops close and street noise must be kept to a minimum.

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Paella is a Spanish dish of rice, saffron, chicken, seafood, etc., cooked and served in a large shallow pan.

There are 3 main types of paella:


- Valencian paella (paella valenciana):

rice, green vegetables, rabbit, chicken, or duck, snails, beans, and seasoning.


- Seafood paella (paella de marisco):

rice, seafood, and seasoning.


- Mixed paella (paella mixta):

combination of seafood, meat, vegetables, beans, and seasoning.

But you will find dozen of different recipes of paella in Spain.

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