This week, I am on my annual family trip to Brixham in Devon, along the beautiful English south west coastline. I bet you’re thinking, “in what way is this linked to Spain or Spanish culture?”. Well.. you’re about to find out!
Family of fishing towns
The past few days I have been thinking about the similarities between the small fishing town of Brixham, and the towns located in northern Spain. Indeed, Brixham is one of England’s many fishing ports. Just like the northern Spanish towns found in the Basque Country and Galicia, fishing alongside tourism provide the main sources of income. Therefore, the importance of fishing means that many people rave about the sensational flavour of fresh Brixham fish. Actually, I myself went fishing this morning and caught some delicious mackerels.
Similarly, the north of Spain is scoured with small fishing ports, and towns like Baiona are said to be home to some of the most breath-taking views Spain has to offer. Whether you’re after trout, chipirones or cream teas, the southern English coast and the northern Spanish coast can offer you at least one of the three.
Live like a local
Galicia and the Pais Vasco (Basque Country) are known to have different languages to standard Spanish – known as castellano – and this can be confusing if you’re not prepared for it. However, you may suffer the same confusion in Brixham too. Although the language is English, the west country accent throws many off. You may find yourself asking for things to be repeated, or just nodding along in agreement! Therefore, I recommend you let the food do the talking, and focus on fishing and dining. There is a really great fish shop called ‘Simply Fish’ down on the Brixham harbour. If you’re renting accommodation I would recommend waking up early enough to pop to the fish market in the morning. This way, you can buy the fish at very reasonable prices a
nd cook them in the comfort of your own home. What more could you want!
Whilst I would wholeheartedly recommend a vacation in the north of Spain, Brixham can provide you with a cultural experience too. As you’re surrounded by such raw, beautiful nature it can be really thought-provoking. That is why I am writing today after all. Both offer fantastic views and great food, the only difference is the currency!
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