Start planning your Spain food tour
A food and wine tour in Spain promises much more than paella and tapas (though there's plenty of that, too). Fresh produce and artisan products combine to make delicious and distinctive dishes, all complemented by world-famous wines. So why not treat your taste buds to a food and wine tour of Spain?
What makes Spain a great destination for foodies?
Each region of Spain has its own specialties, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a food tour here. There are exceptional wines in places like Rioja and Castile and León, and one of the world’s oldest restaurants in the capital, Madrid. Food is such an integral part of Spanish culture, you won’t be disappointed.
The best gastronomy tours in Spain
Catalonia, the Basque Country, and La Rioja are all renowned for their excellent wines and fine dining, while the rustic interior and south of Spain are where tapas and seasonal game reign supreme. Here are the best food experiences in Spain.
Take an Andalusian foodie adventure
From the sherry of Jerez to the countless tapas bars dotted across Seville, Andalusia promises diverse gastronomic treats for foodies who appreciate rustic dishes that are bursting with flavor. Must-eats include espinacas con garbanzos (chickpea stew) and the local delicacy of mojama (air-dried tuna).
Visit a vineyard in La Rioja
Spain's most famous grape variety is found in an area rich in history and culture. Taste fine Rioja wines as you tour its countryside, where you’ll find ancient fortresses, castles, and peaceful working monasteries. The region is also famous as part of the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route popular with Christian worshippers.
Savor the flavors of Catalonia
The region of Catalonia is amongst Spain's most revered when it comes to produce, all thanks to its uniquely fertile land. Whether you dip into the Michelin-starred gastronomic temples of Barcelona or head into the lush countryside, you can expect fresh, punchy flavors andcenturies of cooking expertise.
Get a taste of the Mediterranean
Valencia is perhaps best known for the rice-based dish of paella, which has many mouthwatering variations. Foodies will also want to head to the Central Market, where you can nibble your way around the stalls, trying local cheeses, cured meats, and lip-smacking desserts along the way.
Eat sea-urchins and cider in Asturias
The northwest coast of Spain offers some sensational seafood, while the cooler climate helps the cultivation of apple orchards. The cider, known locally as sidra, is a perfect accompaniment to the tangy, salty, taste of the sea-urchin.
Tips for planning a food tour to Spain
Autumn is a great time to visit if you wish to see the grape harvest and enjoy warm, sunny days under bright blue skies. It's also a great time of year to avoid the crowds, so you have the space to explore at a leisurely pace.