Spanish culinary tours, offered by leading travel agents, are varied as the country's regions and dialects. Each region is specific in its culture and cuisine, while Spanish culinary tours enhance the understanding of both. Spanish culinary tours that reveal most of the Spain's taste combine several cities in their itineraries so that you can catch the differences and feel the distinctive features of each, while Spanish culinary tours to some particular region reveal the regional taste and flavor in depth.
Combined Spanish culinary tours may bring together such destinations as Madrid, La Rioja and San Sebastian. In Madrid, the center of Spain, you may visit a number of fine restaurants, serving local delicacies, such as cocido madrileno (chickpea stew) and tortilla de patatas (omelet with potatoes). La Rioja produces the finest wines of Spain and San Sebastian is considered a culinary capital of Basque cuisine and you can experience such dishes as bacalao (salted cod) and kokotxas de merluza al pil-pil (hake with a garlic sauce), prepared by world-renowned Basque chefs and take culinary classes at some exquisite culinary club.
Andalusia culinary tours bring visitors into the kingdom of bullfights and flamenco, beautiful horses and simple, but delicious cooking. The simple Andalusian cuisine is based on the freshest local products, including delicious seafood, game, lamb and fowl, olives, oranges, pine nuts and tomatoes. Andalusia is also famous for its local sherry. As you visit Andalusia tapas bars, you will notice that each has its own specialty. Some specialties include pringa (a stew of vegetables, pork and sausages), and espinacas con garbanzos (refried chickpeas and spinach).
If Spanish culinary tours include Barcelona as the major hub, you will find yourself in an artistic and dynamic city, a feast for the eye and indulgence for the palate. The visitors are most impressed by the city's architecture, ranging from gothic to modern styles. Being the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a capital of Catalonian cuisine. The most popular dishes to taste are mar y montany, (surf and turf), habas a la catalana (broad bean stew) and pa amb tomaquet (bread with olive oil and spread with tomato). Expanding your tour further to the Catalonian region, you will see that the Catalonian cuisine also exemplifies the Mediterranean diet that has olive oil, seafood, garlic, vegetables and red wine as key ingredients. Above all, Catalonia is a land of unparallel beauty, harmonically combining the opposites of gorgeous castles and villas with a rustic appeal of tiny fishing villages.
Longer culinary vacations in Spain expand your Spanish cooking experiences even more. Visit Basque country with its unique tradition, called the Txokos...a kind of gastronomic brotherhood. The members of the community regularly meet to share the pleasures of eating and drinking. For men only! Women are only allowed to visit at certain times of the year. However, if you travel with Epiculinary, this experience can be a part of your travel itinerary.