Spain and Portugal - The Kingdom of Taste
SPAIN & PORTUGAL : DESTINATIONS - EUROPE
DESTINATION SPAIN & PORTUGAL - THE KINGDOM OF TASTE
Both Portugal and Spain have become pilgrimage destinations for worldwide foodies and wine lovers. No other place offers such a diversity of stimulating proposals for all tastes, from traditional gastronomy to fine cuisine, and from classic wineries to innovative wine aging processes. Savor and enjoy life like you never did before.
Experience the art of cooking: author, regional, traditional cuisine, Michelin-starred chefs, avant-garde cuisine, legendary tapas, and delicious tasting menus. Taste the secret treasures of their wineries and vineyards where legendary wines are born.
Itineraries tailored to your interests and adjusted to the time of the year of your trip. Always with the guidance of the best local experts, that will lead you through special enriching experiences and with exceptional lodging in well-selected properties.
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DESTINATION SPAIN & PORTUGAL - THE KINGDOM OF TASTE
Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain. The city has almost 3.4 million inhabitants and a metropolitan area population ... science, culture, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
Madrid has a lot to offer visitors in terms of a soul-warming food experience. You will visit some of the city's most vibrant and lively food markets and other places serving traditional Spanish and typically Madrid food and delectable treats.
Plaza Mayor is a marvelous place to sit out and enjoy a sip of good Spanish wine and tasty tapas – a culinary specialty of Madrid –
Spain is internationally reputed as a major gastronomic power and its capital city of Madrid is home to vibrant food markets and a plethora of restaurants serving traditional Spanish food and offering visitors a soul-warming food experience.
Barcelona offers some of the richest experiences anywhere in the world.
A visit to the legendary La Boqueria food market, where Catalonia’s best chefs do their groceries, is a must – but why not take a guided walking tour with cookery lessons afterward or what about a gastronomic walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, where you discover the authentic tapas bars and their culinary specialties (like razor clams, Spanish meatballs, and llonganissa sausage, and of course that Catalan classic pan amb tomaquet (tomato & bread), as well as the Modernista cafes serving chocolate and churros and the backstreet bars where the locals go for a shot of Vermouth before lunch.
Wine lovers won’t go thirsty in Barcelona either. The sparkling white wine is known as Cava (aka Catalan/Spanish champagne) is produced in the neighboring Penedes region, and you can either sample it in the city bars or take a day trip to some of the region’s top wineries.
Gorgeous art nouveau cellars, beautiful scenery, and fun and friendly locals make private tours from Barcelona a real treat! Take a tour of a boutique winery or two and you’ll discover some fantastic reds and still and sparkling whites, including ecological wines. Most excursions include rustic lunches, either homemade or in an authentic Catalan restaurant.
Surrounded by water, you’ll find a large diversity of sea creatures cooked in every way you can imagine in Andalucia. You can also find ample amounts of mussels, shrimp, squid, large prawns, calamari, and sardines. And let’s not forget one of our favorite Andalusian dishes, salmorejo, a creamy, cold soup – similar to gazpacho – consisting of tomatoes, bread, oil, garlic, and vinegar (preferably PX). The garnish, small bowls brimming with Jamon Serrano and diced hard-boiled eggs. It’s incredible, especially when paired with a glass of sherry.
The wines of Andalucia – Sherry being its most famous – These wines vary dramatically from bone dry Finos and Manzanillas to rich and nutty Olorosos, all made with the Palomino Fino grape. Dessert wines, on the other hand, are also made from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes. Hence, for every type of palate, you’ll find a style that meets your needs, and explore you will!!
Lisbon (or Lisboa) is the Capital of Portugal and has a population of over 500,000. Lisbon it's a vibrant, lively, colorful, cultural, and inexpensive city with over 3 million visitors a year. Visit the Alfama district and consider day trips to Porto, Coimbra, and Sintra.
Try one of Portugal's most famous dishes in a traditional Tasca, and understand firsthand the importance of simplicity in Portuguese cuisine
The coastal belt where most Algarvian live is fringed with sand-spit islands, lagoons, drifted dunes, spectacular headlands, cozy coves, and vast open beaches. The entire region contains over 100 beaches that are unique and brimming with biodiversity.
The Algarve’s gastronomy, east to west, would be best described as a rustic twist to the Mediterranean, and very much from sun, earth and ocean.
Traditional Algarvio’s insist on using the region’s infinite nutrient resources and demand fresh, honest, and unpretentious ingredients that you can smell, feel, taste, and cook with the guidance of a local expert.
Atlantic to the west, rivers to the north, mountains to the east:
Porto is spectacularly placed to garner ingredients. There are wonderful fish and seafood, rare breed meats, stunning charcuterie, fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Porto has its signature dishes, but it also serves the traditional cuisine of all the northern regions, copious cooking for rural, manual workers, heavy on potatoes, rice and bread – yes, all at once.